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Curriculum Intent

Appreciation and analysis of the Latin language and the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome

Curriculum Rationale

Throughout Key Stage 3 the analysis and appreciation of the Latin language, through translation and other language exercises, is interweaved with the study of background topics in order to simultaeously promote a wider appreciation of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. 


Grammar Areas 

Background Topics 


  • Accusative case as marker of the object 

  • Verb endings determining the subject of the sentence  




  • Varieties of subject plural markers according to declension 

  • Longer verb endings determining tense as well as subject 

  • Roman families and houses 

  • The Roman forum as the focus of urban life: 

  • Religious 

  • Commercial 

  • Adminisatrative 

  • Roman theatre 


  • Slaves and freedmen 


  • Varieties of object plural markers according to declension 

  • Dative case for indirect object 

  • Verb endings of all persons for present, perfect and imperfect tenses 

  • Roman amphitheatres and gladiatorial games 

  • Roman baths 

  • The eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii 


  • Irregular verbs and the infinitive 

  • The relative pronoun 


  • Possessives 

  • Present participles 

  • Life in Roman Britain 

  • Client kings and Cogidubnus 

  • Fishbourne palace 

  • Life in ancient Alexandria 

  • The seven wonders of the ancient world 


Key Stage 4: Latin and Classical Civilisation GCSE courses 

  • In KS4 Latin the analysis and appreciation of the language through translation and other langaige exercises, now with a focus on the GSCE Latin Language examination, continues to be interleaved with the study of background topics. These latter include: 

  • Ancient Rome and the Roman forum 

  • The Jewish War, Masada, and the arch of Titus 

  • The patronage system 

  • Stoic philosophy 

  • Early Christianity 

  • Language analysis and cultural appreciation also combine in studies which prepare students for the GCSE Latin Literature examination. 

  • Cultural appreciation of ancient Greece and Rome is the focus of the GCSE Latin Roman Civilisation paper, and of the whole GCSE Classical Civilisation course. 

Key Stage 5: Latin A2 and Classical Civilisation AS courses 

  • Language analysis and cultural appreciation also combine in studies which prepare students for the GCSE Latin A2 examination. 

  • Cultural appreciation of ancient Greece and Rome is the focus of the whole of the AS Classical Civilisation course. 


  • Dr R Fielden (Head of Department)
  • Mr S Wilkinson

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We have one dedicated Classics classroom with a small library of Latin and Greek texts in the original language and in translation, as well as source books for the study of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History.


We have three key aims in the Classics curriculum:

Translation and comprehension of Latin texts, working also with English to Latin work.

Understanding and appreciation of the ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean, including both Greece and Rome.

Evaluation and analysis of the evolution of society from the ancient world to today, considering the difference in response or approach to behaviours or values, for example slavery, the place of women or social class.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 we work to develop an understanding of the Latin language and the background of Roman life. Using the Cambridge Latin Course, we work through Books 1, 2 and 3, studying life in Pompeii, Roman Britain and Alexandria

In Years 7 & 8, students are taught in mixed ability teaching groups. In Year 9 students are separated into Latin or Classics classes based on their abilities in the two areas of study.

Key Stage 4

For GCSE we follow the Eduqas Latin GCSE course. After completion of CLC Book 3 and 4, we study Latin literature in the original language as well as other source material for two separate units: Themes and Narratives.

Key Stage 5

For A Level we follow the OCR Latin course. This allows students to build on their prior knowledge from GCSE in both language and literature. We study one prose and one verse text in Latin in Year 12 and then another pair of texts in Year 13, along with further reading in translation.

We also offer an AS in Classical Civilisation, following the OCR specification. This allows students who have not studied Latin at GCSE to continue their studies of the Ancient World. We study literature in translation alongside other material evidence.

The modules of the current course are:

-The World of the Hero: Homer's Odyssey

-Greek Theatre: Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Euripides' Bacchae and Aristophanes' Frogs


Students are enabled to develop their own particular interests within the ancient world making use of the department's resources. This includes learning Ancient Greek and specific topic study that supports their wider Latin learning.

We have a number of opportunities for trips for students, including set text study days at Cambridge University, the Lincolnshire Classics Sixth Form Conference, and the University of Warwick Ancient Drama Festival.

The department also offers trips abroad, alternating between Greece or Rome and Pompeii.