Ancient Greek at Key Stage One and Key Stage Two

Interest in Classical civilisation and languages is growing in the state sector, with many primary schools teaching Ancient Greece and Rome as topics, and with the inclusion of Latin and Ancient Greek as languages in the MFL curriculum.

As part of the Electra Programme, Classics for All has commissioned the writing of two new courses to support the teaching of Ancient Greek language and culture at primary level.

Mega Greek

Backed by funding from Classics For All, the Mega Greek course has been developed to give pupils from Years 4-6 the opportunity of learning the Ancient Greek language, as well as discovering how its culture permeates the modern world. The course is designed to be taught by incumbent school staff following one day’s training, with all plans and materials available online.

Mega Greek is a course with several aims:

  • to allow the teaching of Ancient Greek by teachers with no previous
    experience of the language
  • to support KS2 English literacy skills by increasing vocabulary with
    etymological links to Ancient Greek
  • to be engaging, enjoyable, and accessible to all abilities through games
    and creative activity
  • provide a relevant and enjoyable pathway for pupils to Classical language,
    history and culture, either as part of topic work or in its own right

Each lesson consists of both language and cultural components

Language work focuses on

  • reading and using the Greek alphabet
  • understanding the formation of Greek verbs and nouns
  • identifying Ancient Greek roots in modern English words

Cultural work examines the links between Ancient Greece and the modern
world in the fields of

  • art & architecture
  • entertainment & sport
  • maths & science
  • philosophy

Basil Batrakhos

This new course aims to give students aged 9-12 an enjoyable, accessible and useful introduction to the language, stories and life of Greece in its classical heyday. Together students will work with Basil the Frog as he attempts to decode a secret letter written by one of his ancestors in Ancient Greek. The course book is free to download from the website and print copies can also be ordered from Classics for All here.

For further information about either course, please contact Free training can be provided for state school teachers who would like to use Mega Greek or Basil Batrakhos.

For more information, contact