Welcome to Year Eight Classics! There are two Year Eight groups, Apollo and Artemis. Follow our journey through this year as we learn all about Latin, as well as exploring a range of civilisations, stories, histories and archaeology!

Greek Comedy Project… with a suffrage twist!

In our final lesson of term, we started off by looking at some unusual looking ancient Greek words and transliterating them. Examples included: “epopoi…. poipoipoipoipoi” and “torotorotorotorotix”. You guessed at what these might be, and many of you correctly identified that they were animal sounds. They were in fact sounds made by the birds in…

Krateres and Kylikes: Exploring Greek Pottery

In this week’s lessons, we started by exploring the Greek concept of a symposium, which literally means a “drinking together”. We saw how wine was mixed in beautiful jars called “kraters” and how guests would recline on couches and discuss both serious and trivial matters. We met a game called “kottabos” involving flicking the dregs…

Plato, the Forms and Fictional Worlds

We had a very mind-bending lesson this week, where we had our first taste of Ancient Greek philosophy! We started off by looking at some Greek words – ‘demos’, ‘kratos’, ‘oligos’, ‘monos’ and ‘arche’. You correctly identified that ‘demos’ and ‘kratos’ gives us our word ‘democracy’ and means ‘people power’. The Athenians had the first…

The Cyclops and Xenia

In our first lesson after the Festival, we returned at last to the Odyssey. We looked at the Greek words ‘xenos’, agora’ and ‘phobos’ as a starter task, and many of you recognised that ‘phobos’ was connected to ‘phobia’, and that ‘xenos’ meant ‘foreigner’. I explained that ‘agora’ was the Greek marketplace where speakers would…

Imagined World: Daisy’s Wardrobe

Louis, Subhan and Na’el created a story about an imaginary world that lies inside the wardrobe of a young girl called Daisy. The world features imaginary creatures and a beautiful river. You can hear Na’el talk about their story and world here:  

Imagined World: Swapped

Cyanne called her Imagined World “Swapped” and it features a dramatic storyline between angels and devils! You can hear Cyanne talk about her world here:  

Imagined World: Seasonal World

Leri created an Imagined World called “Seasonal World”. It features a tree which has leaves in all seasons, and one day, two characters stumble upon it… You can hear her talk about her ideas for this world here:

Imagined World: Diapinettes

“Diapinettes” is the name of the Imagined World created by Lilly, Lola and Tabitha. It is a world of two halves, one of light and happiness, and another of darkness and death. Lilly tells us more about the world of Diapinettes here:

Imagined World: World of Seasons

Runa and Mary have created an Imagined World called the “World of Seasons”. In this world, there is a new season every day, and it is ruled over by a Pegasus, inspired by the famous flying horse from Greek mythology. Here Runa tells us more about the ideas behind their world:  

Imagined World: Dawmania

Callum, Nathan and Thomas have created an Imagined World called Dawmania, where there are multiple types of intelligent life-forms – two of whom live in constant conflict with each other. In this recording, Callum tells us more about their world:  

Imagined World: You’re Not Actually Clever!

Faith and Katherine developed a most unusual premise for their Imagined World: a world where celebrated thinkers from ancient and recent history turned out only to have made the mental leaps in science that they did due to aliens! Were Socrates and Einstein inspired by aliens?! You can listen to Faith talk about their idea…

Imagined World: Aether

Kasra and Bethany created a world called “Aether” for their Imagined World. “Aether” is a name inspired by the Greek word “aether” meaning “the upper air”. You can hear Kasra talk about Aether here: