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Geography

Greece

This is a Federation wide Geography project that should be completed over the Summer 2 term.

Our project is to learn about the country, Greece.

 

We will focus on learning about Greece's physical and human features.

 

We will learn facts about the country including traditions, customs, food and drink, weather and daily life.

Some facts about Greece are below.

  • Greece lies between the Mediterranean and the southern end of the Balkans in south eastern Europe.

  • It has 60,000 km of coastline, lots of mountains and over 1200 islands.

  • Tourism and shipping account for 15% of the countries income.

  • It is the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, it has a long and colourful past.

Some history:

  • The Olympics originated in ancient Greece in 776 BC on Mount Olympus, the mythical home of the Greek gods, from which they took their name. There were chariot races, boxing, wrestling and athletics events.

  • The Marathon race is based on the distance of 26.2 miles run by a messenger named Pheidippides, from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens in 490 BC. He made the journey to report a victory over the Persian army.

  • Athens hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

Fun Facts:

  • At weddings Greeks traditionally smash plates as good luck.

  • Greeks paint their houses blue and white to ward off evil spirits.

  • The Ancient Greeks invented chewing gum from a tree.

  • The cheese we still eat today called Feta, as the legend goes; was made by a one eyed gaint cyclops in his cave.

 

Week 1

We will design a cover for our booklet (A4 size).

You can be as creative as you like! 

You must include the name of the country and visual pictures/drawings of Greece.

You can use any materials you like.

You might need to do some research first to help you learn about the country.  The Geography pages are a good starting point.

Week 2 

I would like you to research the meaning, folklore and history of the Greek flag.

Present your findings in a unique way!

Spicy Challenge: Can you write the facts following the cross and lines of the flag?

Can you write the facts in a way that it draws a Greek Orthodox church?

Week 3

I would like you to research the history of food and drink in Greece.

Present your findings in a unique way (table, chart, pictogram)! 

Spicy challenge: answer the questions below and include in your findings

Has food changed from Ancient Greece to modern Greece today?

To the Greeks a healthy body was important, how does this link to the food they eat?

Extra Challenges

Travel the world and visit different countries each week – explore the food, art, music, language, flora, fauna, landscapes, explore towns via street view. Make the most of services like Streetmap to go for a wander through a city, town or out into the countryside. Have a look on Kids World Travel Guide for ideas and resources.

 

  • Create a map of your local area - use a key to show forest, lake, houses, place of interest
  • Write a fact file about a country you would like to visit
  • List physical or human features of an area.  Physical features are a river, lake, hill, mountain, forest and beach.  Human features are a house, flat, office, shop, factory, road, farm and harbour.
  • Design a futuristic town and include human and physical features.  Be inventive and think about how we might live in the future.
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