Primordials in Oxford: Year Eight Graphic Novel Project

This September, our two Year Eight Latin classes at Cheney School, Apollo and Artemis, are taking part in a project to design, write and illustrate a graphic novel which imagines the primordial Greek gods in modern day Oxford. A series of lessons are being delivered to introduce different primordial gods, as well as exploring the…

Welcome

Welcome to the Iris Classics Centre’s blog! The Iris Classics Centre, hosted at Cheney School, is a vibrant community learning venue for people of all ages to attend events, workshops, lessons, and exhibitions. The Centre opened in October 2013, and a schedule of events is available on our website. The Centre is founded and run…

12 Olympians, a Titan and a Primordial Monster

In this week’s lessons, we have been continuing to explore how comics work. We looked at two comic pages at the start of each lesson, and discussed how they used the panels to show different parts of the story, as well as how the reader needs to use their own imagination to draw out the…

The Parthenon Frieze and Introducing Comics

We kicked off our second lesson with a quiz on on the vocabulary from chapter one, including a mixture of translation and word derivation questions. We then recapped the translation from chapter one of Telling Tales in Latin, and we explored what sort of story this was. The class spotted straightaway that it was a…

Unravelling the Fates

In this week’s lesson, we first looked at some clips from a film called The Adjustment Bureau. This features a group of men who appear to represent fate. They keep a close eye on everyone’s lives, and nudge people back in line if they are somehow veering away from their ‘plan’. The ancient Greeks grappled, just as…

Iris Classics Summer School: 26th – 28th August

This week, 30 children arrived at Cheney School to take part in the Iris Project’s sixth annual classics summer school. This year, the theme was Greek myths featuring transformation, and the four Latin and ancient Greek classes were named after characters who had been changed into other things – Arachne, the expert weaver who became…

Myths for the Modern Age

The Greeks and Romans had lots of inventive stories to explain how birds, trees, mountains, rocks, islands, and many other things came into being, but since classical times, we don’t have any new Greek and Roman myths to explain things. As a final lockdown project of the year, Year Eight Classics students have been inventing…

Sky Tales

Following on from our Garden Tales, we are starting our Sky Tale series. Each day, we will produce a different sheet detailing a bird, some facts about it, the myth explaining how it came into being, and some activities for children. You can download the sheets from the Iris Project website here, as well as viewing…

Garden Tales Series

We are starting a new lockdown project this Monday! Each day, we will produce a different sheet detailing a plant, its Latin name, some facts about its use by the Greeks and Romans, the myth explaining how it came into being, and some activities for children! You can download the sheets from the Iris Project…

Aristophanes in the Time of Covid

In our final lessons with Year Eight Classics students before the lockdown began, we had been exploring ancient Greek theatre, and as their a home project after schools closed, the students set to work on adapting ancient comedy to the modern age. Working in digital groups or alone, they produced trailers, posters, masks, and updated…

Frogs by Alice

Here is my mask: Here is my trailer. Here is my poster: Here is my backdrop: Scene/part of my play updated to a modern setting During Xanthias and Dionysus’ way to the underworld, they do not only come across the frogs, which in my adaptation to the play are blue and there are 7 of…