Latin and Greek: Year 8 Validate Their Vocab


What do a baseball cap, a fly swat and an iPad have in common?

You may be surprised to discover that they have all been seen in recent Classics lessons, where the children have been taking part in vocabulary-learning exercises.

Latin and Ancient Greek may be seen as ‘dead’ languages, but studying these two subjects is a lively experience.


Whether it be appealing to the children’s competitive spirit through team games such as Latin Pictionary or the football game on a customised website called Task Magic Latin, or ‘winning’ individual games such as ‘Last Man Standing,’ quizzes on Kahoot or Quizlet using the iPads or even the above-mentioned ‘vocab in a hat,’ the children will have been involved in a wide variety of active learning lessons this term.

Some children find it easier to learn vocabulary in the same way that they often learn spellings – look, write, cover, check – and this too has a place in the classroom.

Whichever way they choose, however, learning the vocabulary associated with each grammatical structure is essential if children are to make good progress in Classics. This does not mean it has to be a chore, however!


The children are usually asked to work out the English meaning of Latin words, for example, from a number of possibilities; many words are derived from Latin and they enjoy thinking their way through this puzzle by relating the Latin words to their English counterparts.

Having made a list of the meanings, they also take delight in being taught – or coming up with their own – rhymes and word association slogans to help them remember the vocabulary.

Songs and short plays are also popular, although my Year 8 Latin group probably remember the ‘Hic, Haec, Hoc’ song more for my poor singing than anything else!


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