National Curriculum Subject Area/s: History, potential for cross-curricular work
Length of session: 1 hour and 30 minutes 
Max group size: 32 pupils


  • Understanding more about the importance of sport and warfare in Ancient Greece.
  • Understanding more about the roles and importance of Greek Gods
  • Knowledge and understanding of using archaeological evidence to learn about the past
  • Understanding that objects can give us information about how people lived and worked
  • Awareness of similarities and differences between the Ancient Olympics and other games and the modern games
  • Improved speaking and listening skills




Activity 1: The Origins of the Olympic Games Pupils will search the Cast Gallery for sculptures that tell us about sports in Ancient Greece. They will discover where and when

the games began and which deities played a role in the games.

Activity 2: Evidence from objects Pupils will discover why keeping fit was so important in Ancient Greece.They will explore the Greek gallery to find images on pots that tell us more
about sport and warfare.They will handle original artefacts that tell us more about the ancient games.

Activity 3: Ancient vs Modern Pupils will return to the Cast Gallery and take part in a mime-based activity highlighting the similarities and differences between the Ancient
Olympics and the modern games.