# Ancient Greek Maths for Year 6

Discussion in 'Primary' started by matt_moo, Jun 10, 2011.

1. ### matt_moo

Hi, folks!
I'm doing a topic on the Ancient Greeks with my Year 6 class this term, and so far they are loving it! However, I'm keen to keep Maths and Literacy based around the topic as much as possible, as I think that will engage the children more. Literacy lends itself really well and I've probably got too much that I want to teach before the end of term, but I'm finding it a little more tricky when thinking about ideas for Maths activities with an Ancient Greek theme.
I'm doing some work on Pythagoras, and we'll do some more algebra - which my class absolutely love! - but if anybody else has any ideas, I'd love to hear them. I'd like to make it more open-ended and investigative and I've got some extremely able mathematicians, so if it's a bit more challenging, it really doesn't matter!
Thanks all!

2. ### Cassandra

Our Y6s love using the golden ratio to discover who has the face of a Greek god or goddess. I begin with using photographs of famous celebrities (full face), e.g. Beckham or Cheryl Cole before moving on to recording their own measurements. Don't forget a prize for the boy and girl who come closest to the ideal of classical beauty.
http://www.northcanton.sparcc.org/~hck/cgi-bin/lp_display_page.pl?id=elc1nc&lp=1

3. ### Tilly80

I'm doing the Ancient Greeks with my class this term too and found this amazing book in my cupboard. If you can get hold of a copy you might find it useful too: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maths-History-Greeks-Mary-Brading/dp/1862151512/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1307795250&sr=8-8

4. ### matt_moo

Thanks to you both for your responses! I'll definitely be investigating these options further to see what I can find...
Matt

5. ### laolaoNew commenter

Try this link to outstanding lessons wiki- I have used the Greek City States lesson structure and ideas but with a different theme and worked really well.
http://outstanding-lessons.wikispaces.com/Maths+yr+6
Hope that helps