Term one - second half

Continued from Term one - first half


You'll need... card cut into playing card size.

Firstly... Write lots of Latin words and their meanings on the board.

Secondly... Ask children to make 6 playing cards, with a Latin word(s) from the board written clearly on the card, and a picture depicting what these words mean. Once they have made a sufficient number of cards, then they can play a game of snap with one another in front of the class taking turns... These cards can be used in a variety of ways to consolidate vocabulary!

Telling Tales...

Tell them the Classical myth of creation. Ask what they thought the beginning of the world might have been like. Explore as a class imaginative interpretations and possibilities. Use images to show how artists have depicted these, and ask them to produce their own images.


You will need... worksheet

Firstly... write up in random order the Latin for numbers 1-10, 100 and 1000.

Secondly... Hand out worksheets with a selection of English words which are derived from the Latin numbers on the board. As the children to work out which Latin words represent which numbers on the basis of the English words.

Thirdly... Get children to give their suggestions about which word means which number, going through each English word and how they connect to the Latin word.

Fourthly... You can play a game of Latin bingo as a fun way of consolidating number vocabulary and teaching more numbers!

Telling tales...

Tell the story of King Midas, interactively. What do they think of his wish? Discuss the issues the myth raises. Ask them to come up with a similar myth where a wish backfires, and to tell the class their myth.


You will need... pictures and paper.

Firstly... “puella est laeta”, “puer est laetus” on the board. Ask the class what they mean, and why the adjective has changed?

Secondly... Using a projector or pictures printed on paper, of a girl, a man, and a tree, ask the children to write three simple sentences describing each picture, e.g. puella est parva, puella est laeta, puella est pulchra. Write some adjectives on the board for them to use, with their meanings (unless the meaning is quite obvious). Only use 1st and 2nd decl. adjectives.

Thirdly... get a sentence describing each picture on board from various answers given by the children. Explore the case of “arbor”, before explaining how words like trees also have a gender.

Telling Tales...

Tell them the story of the twelve labours of Hercules. Ask them to each come up with their own 'labour of Hercules', which they can then act out in front of the class in pairs.


You will need... cube outline worksheet

Firstly... Write sentences “puella est laeta, “puer est laetus”, “puellae sunt laetae”, “pueri sunt laeti” to demonstrate plural endings. Write up lots of nouns and adjectives.

Secondly... Ask children to make giant dice, two each, one with nouns, one with adjectives.

Thirdly... They can then role the dice until they get matching results, i.e. words which agree with one another. Do a few class practice attempts once the dice are completed, to see if children can roll nouns and adjectives which agree!

Telling Tales...

Discuss some of the famous heroes they have met in mythical stories. Ask them what qualities they think makes someone heroic in Classical times, and whether those qualities have changed. Ask them to invent a 'modern' version of a hero, and write a character sheet for them in the style of 'choose your own adventure' games.


You will need... worksheet

Firstly... Ask them to have a go at translating the story on the worksheet, which uses all the new things they've learned so far.

Secondly... Work through it in class, taking a few sentences at a time, giving them ten minutes to work them out, and then taking answers before reading out a correct version, which they can write up on the sheet.

Telling tales...

Ask them to choose the myth they have enjoyed the most this term, and explain to the class why they chose this myth as their favourite.

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