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.
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.
This project aims to provide ideas and resources to plan and execute a Community Curriculum project about Ancient Greece that can follow either an Enquiry-Based Learning or a Project-Based Learning approach. The resources can be used for single lessons or over longer periods of time. However you choose to use them, these resources will enable you to create a bespoke and engaging project that will develop your students' knowledge of and interest in the world of the Ancient Greeks. This project has been created by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLaT), Newcastle University, in collaboration with the Great North Museum at Newcastle upon Tyne (UK).
AIE resources illustrate the relevance of ancient Athenian inscriptions, especially those of the classical period (the fifth and fourth centuries BC, c. 500-300 BC), to pre-18 education in the UK and beyond. They aim to support teachers who wish to introduce inscriptions into their teaching as a way of captivating their students’ imagination and fostering enthusiasm for the ancient Greek world.
These resources, consisting of teachers’ notes and slides for classes, underline the textual and visual potential of inscriptions for those engaged with learning about ancient Greek history and civilisation. The idea of an inscription being carved and read “in real life” is a way of fostering the curiosity of students about the past. Accordingly, through inscriptions, learners benefit from the bringing to life of the ancient world, perhaps in a way that helps it seem less abstract and initially less complicated. At the same time, they hope that introducing students at pre-18 level to inscriptions will encourage them to explore ancient source material of their own accord, and will help them to ‘bridge the gap’ into University study if they chose to pursue it. In their Introduction to AIE for Teachers resource you will find more ideas about using inscriptions in the classroom. They also offer a set of slides which introduce learners of all ages to Greek inscriptions: see Introduction to ancient Athenian inscriptions.
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!
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.
Crews Project - Writing in the Ancient World. This is a collection of free teaching materials on Writing in the Ancient World, which includes teaching packs on five writing systems, cartoons and ideas for play sessions. They were designed with age 8-11 children in mind (i.e. roughly KS2).