In preparation for the fantastic visit of Caroline Lawrence, I asked my Year 7s to think of questions they might like to ask her. The questions they came up with were often quite good, and showed a real understanding and inspiration. I reproduce some of them here (minus the more obvious ones, which were largely answered in Caroline’s talk).
(Caroline – they would be delighted if you would be able, perhaps, to choose one to answer!)
Ed: “Why did you choose to make all your facts true unlike many writers?”
Lara: “How long does the research about the books take you?”
Matt: “Why did you decide to take up Latin?”
Guy: “In the Dolphins of Laurentum, what gave you the idea about the monster at the ship wreck?”
Ellie: “Did you always want to be an author?”
Tom: “Do you have to check over and over again that your information is right?”
Prateek: “What does it smell like in the market?”
Especially for one of my Lower 6th Latin class, who was asking about the mosaics at Piazza Armerina, having never seen them despite having been to Sicily, and being Italian herself, here is Piazza Armerina on a clickable map of Sicily. I recommend Sicily very highly, and Piazza Armerina is not to be missed!
iPhone map of Sicily
Best of Sicily Piazza Armerina page
If you have an iPhone or iPad, try this excellent app which takes you round the British Museum and shows you its highlights.
To all BGS students:
Why not spend half-term or some spare time at the weekend on some Roman-themed creative writing for the amazing Golden Sponge Stick competition? There are several age categories.
Full details and advice from Caroline Lawrence here:
From the BBC News website (18 October 2012)
A “nationally significant” stash of Roman gold coins has been found by a man
with a metal detector in Hertfordshire.
Read the story and watch the video here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19986855
25 October 2012 – from the BBC News website
The world’s oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics.
Read the rest of the story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19964786