The following sites and resources are recommended by Classics for All. You will find links to resources which will help you introduce Classics and Ancient History as well as Latin and Ancient Greek to your KS2 or KS3 curriculum. For more advice and to find out about how WCN and Classics for All can help your school, please use the website feedback form or contact Dr Paul Grigsby at Paul.Grigsby@Warwick.ac.uk.
Interest in Classical civilisation and languages is growing in the state secondary sector. However, despite being included in the list of MFL languages, there is no established route to introducing Latin or Ancient Greek in state primary schools. The Maximum Classics course gives pupils from Years 4-6 the opportunity to learn foundation Latin, and to discover the ‘highlights’ of Classical culture.
The course is designed to be teachable by incumbent, non-specialist KS2 primary staff after minimal training by a Classics specialist. All classroom-ready plans and materials are available on this site for download. Free in-school training for the course is offered to UK state schools by Classics For All.
Why not give your KS2 pupils the opportunity of learning something really very special indeed? Who wouldn't want to learn a bit of Ancient Greek and be able to make sense of that strange alphabet?
Basil and his friends think everyone should have the chance to learn Ancient Greek and discover more about the culture that laid the foundations of Western civilisation. That’s why Classics For All commissioned Basil’s story to be written, giving students aged 9-12 an enjoyable, accessible and useful introduction to the language, stories and life of Greece in its classical heyday.
The book is free to download, but if print copies are required, they can be ordered by contacting Basil here.
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.
Together with Classics for All, the University of Leicester have created resources on Life in the Roman World: Ratae Corieltavorum (Roman Leicester), suitable for KS2-3 (9-13). The following sessions are part of this excellent suite of resources:
Session 1: Introduction (PowerPoint and resources); Session 2: Ratae (PowerPoint and resources); Session 3: Slaves (PowerPoint and resources); Session 4: Curses (PowerPoint and resources); Session 5: Death (PowerPoint and resources); Session 6: Memorials (PowerPoint and resources); Session 7: Army 1 (PowerPoint and resources); Session 8: Army 2 (PowerPoint and resources)
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!
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.
Watch this space for information on Classics for All's Olympus Challenge (with info on home-learning/self-study option for pupils) - coming soon.