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.

26 September 2014

Lesson 3 - Beastly blends and feminine wasps

Zedonk - overdoing the cuteness
More exploration of beasts this week, this time looking at compound creatures in myth and reality. We marvelled at the zedonk and beefalo, and now know that a unicorn is NOT REAL! FICTITIOUS! A FANTASY! We matched beginnings and ends of words to make familiar and novel creatures, showing our creative excellence along the way (see selection of pics at the end of this post).

Language work saw an introduction to nouns that have genders, and how adjectives need to agree in gender with their noun. Plus we discovered the similarities between wasps and motor scooters (the word 'vespa' and the buzzy noise that they make).

Top effort on home tasks, with even more suggestions flowing in for links between Latin and modern words (left). And here's the start of our Mythological Top Trumps deck (right) - keep those cards coming in, we need as many as possible.

She's got wings and feet - she's a pteropod

Here's a selection of our new mythological creations...

A Minodactyl: wouldn't want to meet one on a dark night
Klaudiusz' Biocephian - surely the next Dr Who alien?