Learning Classics is a bit like putting on a magic pair of 3-D glasses. Once you start delving into the language and the culture, you'll start to see it all around you. This blog is a record of the club's journey through the worlds and language of ancient Rome and Greece... and through modern times, too, searching for the influence of classics all around us. You'll also be able to find vocab, home tasks, links and generally enlightening info here, too.

12 September 2014

Lesson 1 - name badges and disgusting pictures of fish

We kicked off Classics Club today with some great contributions, and we're already making connections between ancient and modern worlds. Here's a few of the things we explored today...

Word matching
CC members sped through their word matching task, proving that they already knew loads of associations between English and Latin words.

What do invading forces bring to conquered lands?
Armies and language, and this is how English ended up with so much Latin influence in it, courtesy of William the Conqueror in 1066. 

Name badges in Greek
Overcoming the challenges of lack of J and W in the Greek alphabet, CC members all wrote their first names in Greek on badges. An especially colourful badge from Anna.

What is the most important difference between Latin and English?
English uses word order, Latin uses...?

(I think we shouted it loudly enough)

Here's that picture of the boy eating the fish that you all loved so much (note: not the fish eating the boy). And excellent connection-making between 'piscis' ('fish') and Pisces the star sign.

In case you've forgotten/lost your sheet, this week's vocab for learning can be found by clicking the 'vocab' link on the home page of this site. Have a go at the optional gold star home task if you're feeling keen: write your whole name in Greek letters. There's a link to the Greek alphabet on the home page, too.

Did we do ALL THAT in an hour?!