Term One: Tuesday 3 September-Friday 20 December 2013


Topics to cover – concepts – skills

Assignments, tests, exams, activities









Week 1


Introduction. What is Latin? Why Latin? First two lessons totally in Latin quid est nomen tibi? mihi nomen est  ..... salve magister! salvete discipuli! ita vero. tibi gratias ago. mihi placet. Latin pronunciation.

Introduce Cambridge Latin Course: Caecilius and family – model sentences stage one. Use CLC DVD to do this.

 6/9 Homework: Find Latin expressions still used in English  e.g. ad hoc, c.v. etc.

Week 2


CLC 1 continued. More on the model sentences. Idea of subject and main verb. Mention too word order. Translate Cerberus together. Used too the work book for extra exercises.

Roman houses: powerpoint presentation and question sheet for students.




Homework: Practising the Language p. 7 1 and 2

Homework: Students prepare an advert for a Roman town house, pointing out all its desirable features and using Latin terminology.

Week 3


In villa. More model sentences. Notion of subject, object, verb. Using terms nominative and accusative. Translate Mercator and in triclinio.

Discussion about daily life. Types of Roman food. Show the students different types of recipe.






Homework: Practising the Language p. 22 no.2

Homework: Practising the language no. 3



Week 4


Stage 3: negotium. Talk about different types of business as a precursor to the stage. Translate together in foro.

Translate individually pictor.

Then move on to venalicius. Go through the different nominatives and accusatives of each declension. Talk about declensions and what that means.

Do practising the language p. 33 .1 in class

Talk about Pompeii and its significance.



Homework: Comprehension questions to Tonsor p. 30

Practising the language p. 33, 2

Week 5


Prepare for test.

Go over test and errors

Stage 4 sentences and Hermogenes. ‘About the Language p. 45. Verbs, I, you, he/she/it. Work through examples in text.





 Standard Test for stage 3

Homework: Practising the Language1, p. 46

Week 6


In basilica p. 44 in groups of four read through and then act out for rest of group.

Read through background material ‘The forum’. Use powerpoint for relevant slides. Compare it to Woluwe Shopping Centre. Ask students to think about similarities and differences.

Use workbook exercise to identify different sections of the Pompeiian forum.




Homework: Practising the Language p. 47 no. 2 ‘Grumio et Leo

Questions on Roman forum

Week 7


Prepare for stage 4 test by going over nouns and verbs.


 Prepare for Stage 4: Test

Week 8


Introduction to the theatre. Talk about its importance. Begin model sentences. What do students notice? Singular/Plural of nouns.

Read and translate actors.

About the language pp. 59-60
 23/10 Homework: Practising the Language qu. 1

All Saints Holiday


No Classes – All Saints Holiday



Week 9

4/11 Journée Pedagogique; 5/11-8/11)

Read and translate Poppaea (p. 61). Do Practising the language p. 63.2 in class.

Go over homework and exercises.

Talk about Roman theatre and what happened there. Use questions from workbook.



Practising the Language p. 63 .2 in theatre.

Stage 5: Test

Week 10


Stage 6. Introduction of perfect and imperfect tenses in model sentences.

Work through pugna and Felix.

Go over imperfect and perfect tense. Stress differences in meaning. Give students exercises changing words from present to imperfect; present to perfect; imperfect to perfect and vice versa.




Homework: Practising the Language p. 77 qu. 2



Week 11


 Felix et fur read and translate. Use as introduction to slaves and freedmen. Use mix of powerpoint and reading from text to stress the social and economic importance of slaves in Roman society.






Homework: Practising the Language, comprehension avarus , p. 76

Homework: Roman culture work on slaves and slavery. Question sheet from workbook.

Week 12


Model sentences. Sentences without an obvious subject (contained in the verb).

Fabula mirabilis. Just in time for Halloween a story about a werewolf so ties in nicely. Students do their own spooky cartoon of this story.

Work through Decens (Mr Decent) in groups. Students do their own translation. Guide them through with key questions.

Talk about Roman beliefs in life after death – compare to modern funeral. Allow plenty of discussion – to get students to relate to own experiences where appropriate.









Homework: Practising the Language p. 92.1

Homework: post cenam, translation p, 89.

 Week 13


Stage 8 – the gladiators. Model sentences. Go through first two stories: gladiators and in arena. Point out accusative plural. Go through the whole of the nominative and accusative for the first three declensions.

Finish pastor et leo.

Show video on the Colosseum referring back to what the students have read and noting the importance of the arena for Roman society.







Homework: venatio p. 103: comprehension.

Homework: create poster for a gladiatorial show


Week 14


Roman baths. Introduction of dative case.

pp. 116-117, students answer questions in palaestra in pairs. Go over nominative, accusative, and dative along with personal pronouns, ego  and tu. Students copy the declensions for the sake of memory. Then read through them as a class.

Read and translate In taberna and start in apodyterio.



Homework: Practising the Language p. 121, no.1

Homework: Practising the Language p. 121, nos. 2 and 3

Week 15


Finish in apodyterio

Powerpoint presentation on the Roman bathhouse, coupled with a visual demonstration in class. Main rooms in the bathhouse – technical vocabulary. Students answer question sheet and discuss the importance of the bathhouse from the sources provided.

Video: Terry Jones: the Lives of the Other Romans

20/12 Roman Mysteries.

 18/12  Stage 9 Test


Term Two: 7 January 2014-11 April 2014


Topics to cover – concepts – skills

Assignments, tests, exams, activities









Week 1


Rhetor – the teacher introduces students to scientific and engineering accomplishments of Romans v. the traditional line that the Greeks were better at artistic endeavour. Provides a nice opportunity for debate sciences v. arts!

Work through model sentences and dive straight into controversia.

Give students the whole present tense of all conjugations.






Homework: Practising the Language p. 140. 1 and 2.





Week 2


Translate statuae.

Read through material on the school day. Get students to write down similarities/differences to modern day education.



Homework: Comprehension questions on anulus Aegyptius pp. 138-139

Homework: Imagine a day in the life of a Roman school pupil. Write an account, a story, of his day.

Week 3


Candidati. A relatively easy chapter that deals with question of electioneering.

Work through Marcus et Quartus; Sulla. Use of dative case with faveo and credo. Work through on board to demonstrate.

L. Spurius Pomponianus. Get students to look at pp. 152-153 to decide their plan of attack for the mock election to be held the following week.



In-class – mock election, complete with bribery – based on stage 11.

Test on stages 10 and 11






Week 4


In class mock election.


Stage 12 eruption of Vesuvius. Model sentences. Students work through comprehension questions on pp. 164-5. Give them the translation for ad urbem. Then they work through ad villam to get some sense of the disaster that was happening.

Watch the video on Pompeii. to reinforce the disaster that unfolded. Then handed out homework on the Final Days of Pompeii.






In-class – mock election, complete with bribery – based on stage 11.

Homework: The Final Days of Pompeii. Imagine you are caught in Pompeii in its final moments. Write an account, compose a comic strip, a dialogue, or a letter telling of your last moments.


Week 5



Prepare for test and finish stage 12: finis (p. 168).

Watch rest of Terry Jones video on the other Romans.
 5/2  Test: Stage 12

Week 6



Stage 13. Introduction to Britain in the first century AD. GO over model sentences; and tres servi. Work through coniuratio.

Talk about infinitives and principal parts of verbs.

Translate Salvius fundum inspicit (p. 12).

Use workbook exercise to show distinction farms before and after Roman conquest.







Homework: Practising the Language p. 15, no. 3





Week 7



Stage 14 model sentences. Stories on Rufilla and first part of Domitilla cubiculum parat.

Latin adjectives: first, second, and third declensions.

Use section from workbook to reinforce concepts





Homework: Domitilla cubiculum parat pt. 2, p 27.




CARNIVAL - No Classes



Week 8


Read and translate in tablino in pairs. Students give dramatic readings.

Go over adjectives again. Especially second and third declensions.

In groups students work on Quintus advenit (p. 32) and answer the questions. Go over afterwards in class.

Begin tripodes argentei (p. 33)

Homework: Practising the language p. 35 qu. 1

Homework: Practising the language p. 35 qu. 2




Week 9


Finish tripodes argentei – in groups. Act out for rest of class.

Review for Test

Test, now more demanding with longer translation and less multiple choice questions.
14/3  Test: Stage 14

Week 10


Commence stage 15. Model sentences. Introduce ‘relative’ clause. Notions of antecedent and relation.

Preparation of ad aulam in groups of four. Students act this out for rest of class.
 21/3  Revise relative clause for quiz

Week 11


Do caerimonia in class – comprehension questions (p. 48-49)

Read ludi funebres I and II together. Use pictorial exercise from workbook.

Go over imperfect tense of possum.

Homework: Practising the Language p.54.1; 54.2

Week 12


Begin in aula (stage 16)

Model sentences – notice pluperfect tense.

Discuss the invasion of Britain, the revolt of Boudica, notions of client kings and position of Cogidubnus. Talk about natural resources in Britain. Use worksheet to investigate differences before and after invasion for British farmers.
 4/4  Worksheet on Roman Britain

Week 13


Translate Belimicus ultor p. 62. Go over imperfect, perfect, and pluperfect tenses

Translate spectaculum dat .1 (p. 63)in class.


Term Three: 28 April 2014-4 July 2014


Topics to cover – concepts – skills

Assignments, tests, exams, activities









Week 1


Spectaculum dat pt II comprehension

Quintus de se (p. 67)

Powerpoint on the Palace at Fishbourne

Thurs 1 May Labour Day


Homework: Practising the Language p. 68 

Week 2


 Go over tenses. Revision for test.

Video on Roman Britain

Fri 9 May Europe Day






 Test Stage 16




Week 3


Stage 17 model sentences and first part of tumultus. Introduction of the genitive case.

 Fri. 16 May Footfest



Answer comprehension questions for tumultus, p. 79 


Week 4


Omitted ad templum.

Practising the language 83.2 and 3 done in class.

Videos on Alexandria using CLC DVD and also History channel. Videos on pharos and its significance. Significance of finds at Alexandria. Question sheet from workbook on significance of Alexandria







Homework: Practising the Language p. 83.1

Finish Alexandria worksheet






Pentecost Holiday – No Classes    

Week 5


Start stage 18. Taberna (p. 95)

Translation of in officinal Eutychi (P. 96)

Comprehension questions Clemens tabernarius (p.98-99) done in class.
6/6  Homework: Revision of nouns and verb forms.

Week 6


Monday 9 June Whit Monday

Practising the language p. 104, 1 and 2 done in class. Talk about the importance of gender – recap of previous material.

Story: pro taberna Clementis(p. 102). Go through with cartoon strip on CLC DVD for this stage. 





Homework: revise for final test.

Final Test: Stage 18.



Week 7


Go over test and go over 7 wonders of the ancient world. Watch History channel video on the 7 wonders.

Last two days watch parts of Spartacus and Ben Hur.

   No Homework

Week 8


 23/6 Last Day of Classes    



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