Subject - Classics


Teaching Staff


Intent Statement

For a long time the classics have been reserved for the elite and used as a method of social exclusion. The CFS Classics Department embodies optimum omnibus and strongly believes that every child should have the opportunity to study the classical world, regardless of background or ability.


Pupils are well equipped to progress linguistically throughout the key stages by gradually building their understanding of vocabulary, grammar, translation, comprehension and appreciation of literary style.


At CFS pupils gain the ability to think and write like a classicist. Not only do they gain the fundamental skills to read ancient languages, but they also gain the skills to analyse and critically question the (often problematic) nature of the ancient world and its legacy.

Key Stage 3, Latin

At Key Stage 3 pupils follow the de Romains Latin course which they continue to use for GCSE. 


Year 7 




Year 8





Year 9



Key Stage 4, Latin

GCSE Latin

Syllabus: Eduqas

Latin Language, 50%, 1hr 30

Section A: 

Section B: 

A choice of either:


Latin Literature and Sources (Themes), 30%, 1hr 15

Students will analyse and compare a set prescription of Latin literature, both prose and verse, from a range of Roman authors on a theme. Students are also set a selection of ancient source materials on the same theme. 

This exam is open-book - students will be provided with a full vocabulary list during this exam.

Current theme: Magic & Superstition

Latin Literature (Narratives), 20%, 1hr

Students will analyse a set prescription of Latin literature forming a narrative, accompanied by adjacent passage(s) in English.

This exam is open-book - students will be provided with a full vocabulary list during this exam.

Current Text: Tacitus' Boudicca

Key Stage 4, Classical Civilisation 

GCSE Classical Civilisation 

Syllabus - OCR

Component 1: Thematic Study 

Myth and Religion

50% of GCSE, 1 hr 30 mins written paper 90 marks

A comparative study of ancient Greece and Rome combining literary and visual/material sources. 

Topics studied:

Component 2: Literature and Culture

War and Warfare

50% of GCSE, 1 hr 30 mins written paper 90 marks

An in-depth cultural study and one study of related literature. 

Cultural study topics covered:

Literature study texts include sections from:

Horace Odes 

Key Stage 4, Classical Greek

GCSE Classical Greek

Syllabus OCR

Language, 50%, 1hr 30

Learners study texts and stories in Classical Greek to build knowledge and understanding of Classical Greek vocabulary, accidence and syntax.

The Language component requires learners to translate a passage of Classical Greek, answer comprehension questions and either answer questions on syntax and accidence within the context of a narrative passage or translate short English sentences into Classical Greek.

Literature, 25%, 1hr

Learners study Classical Greek set texts and answer questions in English on aspects of content and analyse, evaluate and respond to the ancient literature they have studied.

The Literature component will require the study of between 110 and 120 lines of material in Classical Greek. These set texts will change every two


Current text: Prose A Herodotus' Ethiopians

Literature and Culture, 25%, 1hr

Learners study two topics on Greek Civilisation and Culture using the sources in the Prescribed Sources Booklet and answer questions in English on aspects of content, culture, social practices and values.

Current topics: Athenian Society & the Olympics

Extra-curricular opportunities

Classical Greek is run as an extracurricular club and GCSE. Pupils can join in Year 8 where they are introduced to the alphabet and then follow the Basil Batrakhos course. They can then opt to study the Greek GCSE as an extracurricular GCSE from Y9 to Y11.


In the past we have run a trip to Roman Bath in Somerset and will be planning a trip next year to the British Museum. Pupils have previously represented the school at a Latin Spelling Bee competition. In the future we would like to plan a residential trip to Rome and the Bay of Naples in Italy.