This primary resource introduces children to the Ancient Greek Acropolis in Athens. Discover the Parthenon; a beautiful and famous temple in the Acropolis. Why was the Acropolis in Athens so famous? How long did the statue of Athena stand in the Acropolis? Why was the perimeter wall called the ‘Cyclopean’?

Pupils will learn about the features of the Acropolis and how it was used and altered over time in our National Geographic Kids’ Ancient Greeks primary resource sheet.

The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for understanding the importance of the Acropolis in Athens to Ancient Greek life. It can be used 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 the children to use the information in the comic and their own research to draw a poster about the Acropolis, advertising it to Ancient Greeks as a place to visit. Pupils could imagine they have travelled back in time to visit the Acropolis in Athens and write a postcard home to their friends or family about what they can see and do.


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 AfricaAustralia 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 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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