Home-Schooling Resources for KS2
The benefits of a bit of etymology on pupil's vocabulary and understanding are well documented - think Alex Quigley's Closing the Vocabulary Gap.
Indeed, learning about the roots of the English language offers a key to understanding novel words and enriching vocabulary. The downloads on the site explore Latin and Greek roots that feature frequently in English. Each file consists of a stimulus poster and five worksheets themed around etymologically-linked vocabulary.
Leicester is one of the most excavated cities in Britain, giving us an exceptional insight into what life was like in the city in the past. This website draws on that incredible resource of archaeological information and the research of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History (University of Leicester). It provides a wealth of information and resources for students, teachers and everyone with an interest in life in the Roman world. Archaeology and Classics in the Community is a unique collaboration between the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, the University of Leicester Archaeological Services and Classics for All.
BBC Bitesize is an excellent free resource with great activities and video clips on a range of topics, including Prehistoric Britain; Roman Britain; Ancient Greece; Indus Valley; Roman Empire; Shang Dynasty; Ancient Egypt; Understanding evidence. Click on the pictures below to go to each site.
Part of the University of Cambridge School Classics Project, this website provides free, accessible and engaging materials for teaching Ancient Greece at KS2. The stories for each week are linked by a common theme and provide the introduction to a history topic. Resources include a ‘How to use these materials’ section with information about learning objectives and teaching approaches
Minimus is a unique Latin course for younger children. It's based on a real family who lived at Vindolanda in 100AD: Flavius, the fort commander, his wife Lepidina, their three children, assorted household slaves, their cat Vibrissa - and Minimus the mouse!
Follow these links to access the FREE Minimus workbook, a selection of Audio-Myths, Schemes of Workand other General Resources.
The Primary Latin Project is a charity which promotes the teaching and learning of ancient languages in primary schools. They can provide training for teachers and help with resources to run the Minimus Programme in your school.
Online resources include free Minimus workbooks, schemes of work and other resources; audiomyths; and Minimus schemes of work
Hands Up’s Primary Latin course is a free online introduction to the ancient world through the exploration of life in Herculaneum. Learning is supported with archaeological evidence, audio files and worksheets. Hands Up Education is a not for profit organisation and international community of practice, creating and sharing high quality teaching resources. The core focus of our work is on Latin and Classics for a modern curriculum.
The resources on the Literacy Through Classics website relate to ancient languages and cultures, and have been designed for primary school age children by Classics staff and students at Swansea University, in collaboration with the Iris Project. They have run a schools' project through which students teach primary school pupils since 2012, and since then more than 200 students, 1,200 pupils, and 20 schools have taken part. You can find out everything about our ongoing project on the About page.