Key Stage 3

Year Group

Areas of Study

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 three 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 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

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  

Year Group

Areas of Study


Women in the Ancient World – As part of this unit students will study the sources of information, both visual and literary, for women in Greece and Rome and study their utility. Students will cover 8 separate units ranging from politics and religion to mythology and education. Students will be able to compare and contrast the position of women across different societies and in different contexts.


Roman City Life – Students will look at the housing, public buildings, entertainment and politics in the Roman world. Through analysis case studies from Rome, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia students will look at examples of everyday life for both the rich and poor in the Roman world. Students will also develop their understanding of these key themes by studying a variety of Roman authors which will help to enhance their understanding and also gain an appreciation of Roman poetry and literature.

Both topics are examined at the end of Year 11 and are worth 50% of the GCSE each.