Lesson 5

Lesson 5: 19th June 2019, 12.30-1.15 (Y5 x 14)

Lesson Objectives

Recap beta, rho, au, tau, introduce delta, epsilon and the diphthong omicron + upsilon

Welcome, settle

Pupils sat in the same groups as the previous weeks. They handed in word bank words.


1. LESSON STARTER TASK: What Can You Remember? quiz [15]


  1. Write one Greek word you can remember in Greek characters
  2. Write a lower case beta. What word comes from the word beta?
  3. How do you write a rho, which makes the sound ‘r’?
  4. What does Ancient Greek use instead of a question mark?
  5. Answer this question in English – που ᾽εστι Βασιλ; IMG_4068 (on top of the computer monitor)
  6. Basil has brought a friend.kuonWhat is he saying? (“βαυ βαυ”)
  7. Without looking at your books, can you remember any of the names of the children we met last week in the story?

OUTCOME: Competition continues to be fierce for the privilege of having Basil for the lesson! Pupils are recalling a variety of Greek words (mammia, iou, oimoi, Sophia) and are able to write them with reasonable accuracy in Greek characters. Recall of rho and of the semi colon question mark was very strong. All teams correctly translated που ᾽εστι Βασιλ;, an improvement on last week. Nobody remembered poor baby Hektor!

REFLECTION: There seems to be stronger recall for words that we’ve all practiced orally together as a class.

2. ACTIVITY: Recap new characters p.12-13, time travel words  [10]

DETAILS: Following on from the quiz, look at the new characters – lead on using oikos. Read and ask the ‘-onomy’ questions. Read mammia.

OUTCOME: Pupils had only a vague idea of what ‘economy’ meant but had a better grasp of the meaning of ‘economical’ (in the sense of ‘parsimonious’). They eventually worked out what gastronomy was when I told them that ‘gaster’ meant stomach. Taxonomy drew a complete blank! However, a few students then started asking about words such as ‘astronomy’ and also ‘ology’ words.

REFLECTION: Time travel words continue to be very popular. If I had more time, I would be happy to devote a whole lesson to ‘-onomy’ and ‘-ology’ words.

3. ACTIVITY: More story p.14, new letters delta, epsilon, ou [15]

DETAILS: Read through purple vocab box with class (repeat out loud). Volunteers to read Mikromus, Hektor and Sophia. Read through crack the alphabet code and get them to practice writing letters on whiteboards.

OUTCOME: Students are getting very fluent at reading the dialogue, and it is still a very popular activity. They did not have to be prompted to try writing the letters – some even started before we finished reading through the rubric. For the lower case delta, I modelled on the board how to start the letter formation from the top, rather than starting with the bowl (as is done with the cursive ‘d’).

REFLECTION: The students seem to be enjoying the physical act (and novelty) of writing Greek letters. One exit ticket this week commented that, “δ is so fun to draw.”

4. PLENARY: Exit tickets

A wide variety of vocabulary, letters and facts were recalled from today’s lesson. One of the most frequent was the recall of δια τι;

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