Lesson 4

Lesson 4: 12th June 2019, 12.30-1.15 (Y5 x 13)

Lesson Objectives

Recap alpha, kappa, lambda, tau, ai and introduce ; beta, rho, au.

Welcome, settle

Pupils sat in roughly the same groups as last week.

1. LESSON STARTER TASK: What Can You Remember? quiz [10]


  1. Passing the board round, write all your names in Greek characters
  2. Write a lower case alpha? What word comes from the word alpha?
  3. The Greek word for ‘but’ is alla – write this word in Greek characters.
  4. What sound does the Greek letter kappa make?
  5. Answer this question in English – που ᾽εστι Βασιλ;
  6. Write in Greek letters what English word Basil might exclaim if you told him a joke.
  7. Write in Greek letters what English word Basil might exclaim if you gave him a jam doughnut.

OUTCOME: All the pupils were able to write their names, and all remembered the alpha very well. With ‘alla’ two teams forgot the smooth breathing, so we did a brief oral recap on breathings using the 6/9 mnemonic. The ‘creative’ end questions are going down very well!

REFLECTION: The quiz is proving a very effective way to start the lesson as the teams are very keen to win Basil for their table! Since so much of the learning is cumulative, a solid recap at the beginning of every lesson is definitely useful.

2. ACTIVITY: Recap chapter 2 opening, read purple boxes and narrative on p.12-13  [10]

DETAILS: Ask for a recap of where the story’s at, then guide/ask for volunteers to guide class through the two purple boxes (repeat after me). Volunteers for a Basil and a Megamus to read.

OUTCOME: The class remembered what the purple boxes are for, and readers read the new vocab confidently. They all remembered what ‘kai’ meant, and most remembered ‘malista’ (those who didn’t spontaneously referred back to the purple box on the previous page)

REFLECTION: It was useful to get the whole class to repeat the new words after me.

3. ACTIVITY: New letters beta, rho, diphthong au and semi-colon question mark [10]

DETAILS: Volunteers read through the grey box. Practice writing letters on whiteboards.

OUTCOME: Rho was the first letter to really flummox the class as it is so similar to a P. I showed them an ‘unfurling’ rho becoming an ‘r’ on the whiteboard to help.

REFLECTION: It was really useful for the pupils to have written their names as many of the new letters aren’t new. Whiteboards are a great way to practice writing the letters as there’s no size constraint.

4. ACTIVITY: word illustration [rem]

DETAILS: List the words we know so far. Choose one of the words from Basil’s word bank, and make a poster. Finish at home.

OUTCOME: Fortunately, they didn’t all choose ‘pou’ as I’d assumed! Some wanted to pick words from the glossary at the back of the book, but I steered them away from this as this exercise is to recap and reinforce retention of words they already know.

REFLECTION: The class are readily exploring the whole book and enthusiastic to extend their learning. All were keen to take this task home.

5. PLENARY: Exit tickets

DETAILS: As last week, students were asked to say one thing they’d learned and give their emoji response to the lesson.

OUTCOME: The students recalled a variety of facts: mammia, bau bau, oikos, eimi, ; , rho, kai. 

🙂7 😀9 😍1 😂0 😴1

🤨0 😔0 😳0 😱0

REFLECTION: The students are really getting to grips with the Greek alphabet and are starting to use it spontaneously…


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