This primary resource introduces children to Ancient Greek life and culture. Discover the influence of Ancient Greece on the western world and what life was like for Ancient Greek citizens. What were the Ancient Greeks known for? What made them so successful? What beliefs did they have?

Pupils will learn about how and where the Greek Empire started, who the great thinkers of Ancient Greece were and what went on in the famous Greek theatres in our National Geographic Kids’ Ancient Greeks primary resource sheet.

The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for understanding aspects of Ancient Greek life, as a printed handout for each pupil to review and highlight key information, or for display on the interactive whiteboard for class discussion.

Activity: Ask children to choose one of the subheadings in the resource and use the information and their own research to create their own comic strip based on that topic. They could also design their own statues of the Ancient Greek monsters mentioned in the resource, or construct a piece of creative writing about these mythical creatures.


N.B. The following information for mapping the resource documents to the school curriculum is specifically tailored to the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working to bring specifically tailored curriculum resource links for our other territories; including South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. If you have any queries about our upcoming curriculum resource links, please email:


This History primary resource assists with teaching the following History objectives from the National Curriculum:

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.

 National Curriculum Key Stage 1 History objective:

  • Pupils should be taught significant historical events, people and places in their own locality 

National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History objective:

  • Pupils should be taught about: Ancient Greece – a study of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world

This History primary resource assists with teaching the following Social Studies Second level objective from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:

  • I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence 
  • I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences

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