Welcome to the second part of our Iris Project Double Bill! Last week we heard from Lorna Robinson, founder and director of The Iris Project; this week, we follow Lorna and Elton into a school in Oxford, where a group of energetic Year Sixes have their first encounter with ancient Greek archaeology!

In the text below, Lorna gives some background to the lesson. Clicking on the YouTube screenshot at the bottom of the page will take you to the video. Thank you very much to the pupils who took part – you were all brilliant!


“We’re teaching ancient Greek in east Oxford primary schools this school year on the school literacy curriculum to see if this will enhance and enrich the children’s learning of English and other connected subjects in year six. The children in the video are year sixes, and they’re learning today about some ancient Greek words that have come into English (such as idiotes – idiot, and barbaros – barbarian!). The idea is that Iearning ancient Greek as part of the English KS2 curriculum will provide a fascinating insight into the language they use every day, and we’re also introducing them to an hugely influential culture and explaining how this culture and its language has shaped the world they live in today.

In the lessons I’ve written, I’ve tried to connect with as many aspects of the school curriculum as I can, from history and geography, through to science and maths, and also drama, art and sport., and including introductions to ancient Greek philosophy, theatre, democracy, and sport. What I hope to demonstrate to the schools, pupils and patents is that teaching ancient Greek will act as a wonderful bridge between these various aspects of the curriculum, and enhance and enrich the school curriculum in all areas.”