The resources below are all recommended for use with Key Stage 3 pupils and range from language courses to materials to support the teaching of ancient history and classical texts in translation. Free training and support can be provided to support teachers wishing to use any of these resources. 

 

The Cambridge Latin Course

LATIN: Book-based narrative course leading to GCSE level

The Cambridge Latin Course (CLC) is the most popular Latin course used in UK schools. The core resource is a series of five textbooks. These are currently available in ‘WebBook’ format for free here and are supported by a full suite of free online resources

For those starting out with teaching Latin using the CLC, we have produced a new 10 week introduction course which provides detailed guidance about how to use the course and includes a scheme of work, Powerpoints and suggested activities. For more information about this 10 week CLC course, please email contact@classicsforall.org.uk

De Romanis

LATIN: New, two-part Latin course from Bloomsbury

De Romanis is a new Latin course that provides an introduction to both the Latin language and the cultural world of the Romans. It also develops English literacy skills through derivation tasks and two-way translation exercises, which promote the understanding of English as well as Latin. Cultural topics, supported by background notes, and primary sources, included for study and analysis, enable students to engage with authentic Roman history and acquire a broad understanding on which to build in future study.

Visit the website for more information. 

Suburani

LATIN: A new story-based language course designed by Hands Up Education

It’s the spring of 64 AD, and as dawn breaks over the Subura in Rome, a young woman calls from high in a tenement block to her aunt working in a bar below. While her father collects the rent from the other tenants, a falling tile narrowly misses a senator’s son passing through the streets in a litter. Was it an accident? In the Subura, your life hangs by a thread.

In a few months Rome, heart of an empire, will burn....

Check out the website for more information on Hands Up's Suburani Latin course and for additional resources.

Maximum Classics

Maximum Classics

LATIN/CLASSICS: A free online course for Key Stage 2 & lower Key Stage 3 pupils

An engaging and accessible course combining foundation Latin language learning with work on classical civilisation and culture. All materials (including Powerpoints, worksheets for students and teaching guides) are free to download here.

Mega Greek

GREEK: An 10 week introduction to the language and culture of Ancient Greece

Ten thematic lessons which combine foundation Greek language learning with work on Ancient Greek civilisation and culture. All materials (including PowerPoints, worksheets for students and teaching guides) are free to download here. There are also three ‘taster’ modules available (each comprising three lessons) that introduce pupils to a particular aspect of Ancient Greek culture – ‘Homer’s Heroes’, ‘Professor Pythagoras’ Magical Maths’ and ‘Speak Like the Gods.’

These resources are primarily designed for Key Stage 2 pupils but many schools are successfully using them with Year 7 pupils as well. 

Greek to GCSE Part 1

GREEK: A textbook-based language course for Key Stage 3+ pupils

This course was written in response to a JACT (Joint Association of Classical Teachers) survey of over 100 schools. It offers a fast-track route to GCSE for those with limited time. It aims to be user-friendly, but also to give pupils a firm foundation for further study. Part 1 covers the basics: the main declensions, a range of active tenses and a vocabulary of 275 Greek words to be learned. Pupil confidence is built up by constant consolidation of the material covered. After the preliminaries, each chapter concentrates on stories with one source or subject: Aesop, the "Odyssey" and Alexander the Great. 

For those starting out with Greek, we have a free PDF resource which is closely modelled on the first three chapters of John Taylor Part 1. For a copy of this free 'Introducing Ancient Greek' resource, please email hannah@classicsforall.org.uk

 

Streamlined Greek

GREEK: An introduction to the grammar and syntax of Ancient Greek

Written originally for the prep school Greek sector, this resource provides a clear introduction to the grammar and syntax of Ancient Greek. Please email hannah@classicsforall.org.uk for a free PDF copy of the course book and answer key. 

EMACT Greek certificates

GREEK: EMACT offers a certificate system for the introduction of Ancient Greek via a series of graded test booklets.

The East Midlands Association of Classical Teachers exists primarily to connect teachers of classical subjects (Greek, Latin, classical civilisation, ancient history) throughout the East Midlands with each other.

EMACT's aim is to support the teaching of classics at any level, from primary education to A levels, as well as helping to prepare students for higher education through links with local universities and the local branch of the Classical Association.

EMACT also offer Classical Greek graded tests at four levels. Anyone can use these resources - you do not have to be based at a school in the East Midlands.

  • Level 1E (Entry) is for non-specialists and can be taken with resources supplied in the booklets and is meant for interested time-strapped groups.

  • Levels 1S/2S/3S (Specialist) are higher levels that presuppose certain amounts of teaching time; these have been successfully taken by groups working outside the timetable.

Further information about the EMACT certificates can be found here. 

Word Roots

ETYMOLOGY: Learning about the roots of the English language offers a key to understanding novel words and enriching vocabulary.

These new Word Roots resources explore Latin and Greek roots that feature frequently in English. Each downloadable file consists of a stimulus poster and five worksheets themed around etymologically-linked vocabulary. A series of short Word Roots videos is also available on the CfA Youtube channel here. 

Science of Stories

CLASSICS & SCIENCE: Myths and materials to enhance science capital at Key Stage 3

The Science of Stories project invites teachers and pupils to use a selection of ancient classical myths as a way to ignite curiosity, develop ‘science capital,’ and deepen understanding of key scientific concepts. Students are encouraged to engage with the science through storytelling, practical demonstrations, abstract thinking, debate, and creative exercises. They are aimed at Key Stage 3 pupils studying the National Curriculum for Science, but some activities are also suitable for pupils at Key Stage 2 and GCSE.

Please download, copy, and use these resources in classrooms and extra-curricular clubs freely. If you want to adapt them in any way, or if you require an official license, please contact us on classics-hub@bristol.ac.uk.

Science of Stories Resource Booklet (PDF, 1,163kB)

These resources were developed in a collaboration between classics and science teachers in schools across the South West, Classics for All, the Bristol and South West Classics Hub, and the University of Bristol.

Classical Tales

CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY: Free classical tales listening and learning resources

A range of stories from Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Ovid’s Metamorphoses have been retold by professional storytellers and recorded for a modern audience. The recordings are available for free, along with accompanying teachers’ notes, transcripts, images, activities and discussion questions. Visit the Classical Tales website for full information. 

The Ovid in the West Country competition, run annually by the Bristol Classics Hub, demonstrates how these resources can be used to enrich the English curriculum at Key Stage 3. 

Homer's Odyssey

CLASSICAL LITERATURE: A six week course designed to be taught in Key Stage 3 English lessons

This six week course on Homer's Odyssey has been created by our Classics for All North network and is designed to accompany the Key Stage 3 English curriculum. All PowerPoints, handouts, activities, homework tasks, assessments are available to download for free here. 

Ancient Worlds

ANCIENT HISTORY: A comprehensive suite of resources on topics from the ancient world

Peter Wright from Blackpool Sixth Form College, Anna McOmish from Aldridge School, and Alastair Thorley from Stockport Grammar have created a suite of resources on topics from the ancient world.

These downloadable resources can be used for home-schooling, enrichment sessions, or improving general background knowledge. Ideally they can be downloaded and used by teachers at Key Stage 3 as full courses in their own right, or can be used to supplement knowledge at GCSE and beyond. All the course materials are available here. 

Latin club at Lionheart

Life in the Roman World: Ratae Corieltavorum (Roman Leicester)

ANCIENT HISTORY: Resources on life in Roman Leicester

Together with Classics for All, the University of Leicester have created resources on Life in the Roman World: Ratae Corieltavorum (Roman Leicester), suitable for Key Stage 2-3 (9-13). These resources are part of the university's Roman Leicester project. 

The resources include a book, Life in the Roman World: Roman Leicester by Giacomo Savani, Sarah Scott and Mathew Morris, suitable for Key Stage 3-5 and a range of free downloadable classroom resources suitable for KS2-3. 

The Leicester Classics Hub is providing free classroom sets of the book to schools in Leicestershire and Rutland with the support of Classics for All and University of Leicester Research Impact Funding. If you would like a free set for your school, please email acc-cori@le.ac.uk to book a place on one of our free half-day training sessions, which explain how the book and resources can be used to support national curriculum subjects. 

History Association: an Introduction to Ancient Greek Religion Podcasts + accompanying scheme of work

ANCIENT HISTORY: Introducing some of the key rituals of Ancient Greek religion.

The podcasts are for advanced Key Stage 2, and Key Stage 3 students; Year 13 students (ancient languages) have also successfully used them for background, and they may be helpful in preparation for OCR A Level Classical Civilisation (H408/31) Greek Religion. The scheme of work is aimed at advanced Key Stage 2, and Key Stage 3 students.

The podcasts are narrated by Simon Brown and written by: Hugh Bowden (King’s College, London), Felix Budelmann (University of Oxford), Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol), Olympia Panagiotidou (University of Thessaloniki), Robert Parker (University of Oxford), and Yulia Ustinova (Ben Gurion University, Israel).

The podcasts were produced by participants in the AHRC-funded research network ‘Cognitive Approaches to Ancient Religious Experience’. Please contact Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol) for more information about the project or to give feedback about the podcasts and scheme of work.

To view the resources, you will need to register with the Historical Association for FREE Basic Website Access - click here for more information. 

Amarantus (in development)

ANCIENT HISTORY: a new suite of materials designed to meet the needs of the Key Stage 3 History classroom

The study of the Greeks and Romans is compulsory at Key Stage 2, and qualifications are on offer at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, but there is a ‘gap’ at Key Stage 3.

CSCP's Classics in the Curriculum work intends to create materials that can be used by classics teachers for Ancient History and Classical Civilisation lessons, but also by teachers of other subjects as part of their curriculum. The Phase 1 Amarantus materials are targeted at Key Stage 3 History classrooms.

The materials also provide clear links to terminology and concepts necessary for GCSE History or Ancient History comprising:

  • an excellent 'depth study' on life in Pompeii, with great scope for studying the complexities of Roman society and interplay of aspects within it

  • historical enquiry focusing on key concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, and significance

  • a focus on the use of evidence and how it supports (or refutes) historical claims

  • exploration of how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

One of the key aims of these materials is to present the very latest research into the reality of Roman life for all members of society; slaves, citizens, non-Romans, men, women and children. Amarantus himself was a slave and then freedman, giving slavery and the life of the Roman lower classes an unprecendented central role in these materials.

This module of work will cover six key themes in the study of Pompeiian life:

  1. The neighbourhood of Region I, Insula 9 and Roman social system

  2. Public order and the realities of city living

  3. Roman Beliefs

  4. Politics and Commerce

  5. Trade in Pompeii and the wider Mediterranean

  6. Diet, cooking, eating and celebrating

Amarantus will be launching formally in Spring 2021. For more details about the course materials and how to get involved in the project, visit the CSCP website.