Key Stage 3 Latin, Greek & Classical Civilisation:

8 Latin

Cambridge Latin Course Book 1

In each stage the study of the Latin language is set in its historical context by studying 12 aspects of Roman life and culture:

Term 1  Stages 1-2:  Introduction to the Roman family, houses, food and daily life; basic work on nouns and verbs

Term 2  Stages 3-4: The town of Pompeii and its forum; developing case usage and verb endings

Term 3  Stages 5-6: Entertainment in the Roman Theatre and Roman use of slavery; Latin plurals and introduction of the perfect & imperfect tenses

Term 4  Stages 7-8: The Romans and the supernatural & focus on the Roman amphitheatre; further study of the perfect & imperfect tenses and introduction of the accusative plural

Term 5  Stages 9-10: The Roman baths and Roman schools; introduction of the Dative case and consolidation of verb tenses, with special focus on the present

Term 6  Stages 11-12: Roman elections and the archaeological implications of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius; verbs that take the dative and general consolidation of the 3 tenses covered by the course: present, perfect, imperfect

9 Latin

Cambridge Latin Course Book 2

In each stage the study of the Latin language is set in its historical context by studying appropriate aspects of Roman life and culture:

Term 1  Stage 13-14: Roman influence in Britain, especially on the economy & agriculture; the infinitive, volo & possum

Term 2  Stage 14-15: How the Romans governed Britain, with special focus on King Cogidubnus;  use and agreement of adjectives

Term 3  Stage 15-16: The palace at Fishbourne; revision of verb tenses & introduction of the pluperfect

Term 4  Stage 16-17 Alexandria and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; the genitive Case

Term 5  Stages 17-18 Life in Roman Egypt, with a focus on glassmaking; more on adjectives

Term 6  Stages 19-20 The worship of Isis and ancient medicine; hic, haec, hoc & imperatives; the present participle

Students also gain a qualification: Entry Level Latin (OCR)

9 Classical Civilisation

Term 1 – Mythology and the Trojan War

Term 2 – The Greek Theatre, with focus on the Antigone and the Medea

Term 3 – Women in the Ancient World

Term 4 – Roman Britain & Canterbury

Term 5 - Classics in the 21st century eg. Should the Parthenon Frieze be returned to Greece?

9 Greek

Textbook: Athenaze Book 1

Term 1 – Chapters 1 & 2: introduction to verbs and nouns in 1st & 2nd declensions

Term 2 – Chapters 3 & 4: imperatives and infinitives; plurals; verb ‘to be’

Term 3 – Chapters 5 & 6: pronouns & adjectives; middle verbs

Term 4 - Chapters 7 & 8: 3rd declension nouns and adjectives; τις

Term 5 - Chapters 9 & 10: focus on participles; impersonal verbs; introduction of the strong aorist tense

Term 6 - Chapters 11 & 12: Further work on the weak and strong aorist tenses


 Key Stage 4 Latin, Greek & Classical Civilisation:


Subject:               Classical Civilisation (OCR)                                         

Link to other subjects/degrees/careers:

Classical Civilisation requires the same skills as humanities subjects such as History, Geography, English or RS, and explores some of the same ideas.  It can lead to a degree in Classics, but is a good preparation for most other degrees in humanities subjects. It could lead to careers such as: teaching, journalism, law, administration, the civil service, broadcasting, archaeology, museum work.

Skills/competencies developed:

  • Ability to construct a reasoned argument and think logically
  • Enhanced understanding of the origins of our own civilisation
  • Development of skills in literary appreciation
  • Understanding of the origins of modern literature
  • IT skills


Content :

City Life in the Classical World (Athens)

Epic and Myth (the Odyssey)

Community Life in the Classical World (Pompeii)

Culture & Society in the Classical World (the Olympic Games) – controlled assessment

All 4 units carry equal weight