Term One: Tuesday 2 September-Friday 19 December 2014


Topics to cover – concepts – skills

Assignments, tests, exams, activities









Week 1


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

Week 3


CLC 2: In villa. More model sentences. Notion of subject, object, verb. Using terms nominative and accusative. Discussion of word order. Translate Mercator together; translate in triclinio in pairs. Practising the Language (p. 22) nos 1 and 2 in class.

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






Two part homework on Roman food.

1. Compose an invite to a Roman dinner. Include a brief menu with the gustatioprima mensa and secunda mensa. Don't forget to say what kinds of entertainment will be on offer! Here is the lesson handout.

2. Create a Roman dish! Here is the lesson handout and here are some weblinks to help you:

In Trier (Germany), the restaurant Zum Domstein offers 'real' Roman food. Its just two hours away - get your parents to take you!

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.

25 and 26/9

Practising the Language p.  33 questions 1 and 2.

Week 5


Finish venalicius in class.

Presentation and discussion about Pompeii and its significance. Omnibus workbook exercises on Pompeii.



 Revision for Test on Stage 3

Week 6


Stage 3 Test.

Stage 4: in foro. Model sentences. 1st and 2nd person singular. Read Hermogenes and in basilica. Act out in basilica in small groups.

About the Language p. 45.

Practising the Language p.46.

The Roman forum presentation and questions from Omnibus workbook.


 Grumio et Leo (p. 47)

Week 7


Stage 5: in theatro

Discussion of importance of theatre in class, use of masks based on p. 53.

Introductory sentences: plural forms of nouns and verbs. 

actores in class. Begin preparation of Poppaea in groups, read in Latin and then translate.

Video: Roman Mysteries

17/10 Practising the Language 1 and 2 (p 63)

Week 8


Practising the Language 3: individually in class and self-correct.

Poppaea (p. 61) in groups. Read in Latin, translate in English, perform plays in class.

The Roman Theatre. Discussion of main features, the two theatres in Pompeii (the 'big' theatre and the Odeon), theatre activities, tragedy and comedy, Plautus and Terence.

Draw a picture of a theatre and label it in class.

Video: Roman Mysteries



All Saints Holiday


No Classes – All Saints Holiday


 No Classes – All Saints Holiday

Week 9

3/11 Journée Pedagogique; 4/11-7/11)

Begin Stage 6: Felix.

Discussion of picture and what it shows. Introduciton of notion of slavery and manumission.

Introductory sentences. Discussion of differences imperfect and perfect tenses.

Translate pugna and Felix (p. 72) in pairs. Go over passages and self-correct.

Revise form of imperfect: (present stem + ba + personal endings -m, -s, -t, -mus, -tis, -nt)

Introduction to perfect tense (3rd person singular and plural)



Practising the Language 1 (pp. 76-77)

avarus 'the miser'

Week 10


Stage 6 continued: 

Recap. imperfect and perfect. Go over homework.

Felix et fur (p. 73); Practising the Language no. 2 (p. 77)

Slavery 1: Spartacus and The Romans video. Discussion regarding sources of slavery and costs of slaves.

Slavery 2: Read background material to Stage 6 with discussion of slavery. Play slavery game. Give out worksheets on slavery.



Revision for test on Stage 6.

Imperfect (- ba - ) and Perfect (- vi -) tenses.

Nominative and Accusative Singular and Plural

Do worksheet on slavery as revision for questions on slavery.

Week 11


Test on Stage 6.

Go over Stage 6 test.

Stage 7: model sentences and fabula mirabilis. Begin comic strip based on story.

Discussion of language and lack of 'he'/'she'. Different forms of perfect tense (already introduced in stage 6).

 21/11  Finish comic strip on fabula mirabilis.

Week 12


Decens p. 88. Read in groups and act out the story. Post cenam in class together.

More on different forms of the perfect tense.

Metella et Melissa individually in books.

Roman beliefs in life after death; Tartarus and Elysium; Charon and Cerberus etc.

 28/11  Practising the Language p. 92, nos 1 and 2.

 Week 13


Begin ch. 8 'gladiatores'. Discussion of gladius - gladiator

Model sentences pp. 98-99. 

Go over singular and plural p. 102 and read sentences 4 a-h together.

venatio (p. 103) in books individually in class.


Practising the Language p. 106 nos. 1 & 2.

Week 14


Mon - General Strike - no class

Stage 8. Finish pastor et leo.

Discussion of gladiators and video Colosseum.

12/12  Finish handout and questionnaire on gladiators

Week 15


Mon - General Strike - no class.

Stage 8: Finish Colosseum. More on gladiators

Trip to Velzeke

Debrief from trip. Roman Mysteries.



Term Two: 7 January -27 March 2015


Topics to cover – concepts – skills

Assignments, tests, exams, activities









Week 1



Recap. Previous term's work and gladiators.

Begin Stage 9: thermae.

Model sentences. Introduction to dative case.

in palaestra (p.116-7). Read and answer questions individually in class. 



Revision for Test

Week 2


Test on Stage 8.

The Dative Case (About the Language p. 118-9). Presentation and discussion.

Translate individually and go over in taberna (p. 120).

Go over test in class.

The Roman Baths. Video and ppt presentation.


H/W Practising the Language p. 121, 2 and 3.

Week 3


Handout and questionnaire on Roman baths. 


Begin CLC ch. 10. Explanation of rhetor. Read model sentences and explain verb forms - I, You, He/She/It, We, You, They. Begin controversia (p. 134).



  Practising the Language p. 121 nos 1-2



Week 4


controversia in two groups (Romans: ll. 14-22 and Greeks ll. 23-31). Debate Romans v. Greeks. Further discussion of 'Roman' v. 'Greek' qualities.


statuae together in class.


anulus Aegyptius as an individual exercise.


Read background pp. 140-143. Discussion of Roman schooling v. modern schooling.





Practising the Language p. 140 nos. 1-2


Week 5


Begin candidati. English derivatives. Model sentences. New features (dative). Read Marcus et Quartus (p. 148) and Sulla (p. 149)

 6/2  Revision for test on stage 8-10

Week 6


Test on Stage 10

Go over test.

The Romans board game.

Roman Mysteries






CARNIVAL - No Classes








Week 7


Recap dative case. Go over dative with faveo and credo; placet + tibi.

Read Lucius Spurius Pomponianus (pp. 151-154) in four groups. Take notes and give Latin phrases relevant to each part of the story.

P. 154: question words incl. quis/qui/quae; quando; ubi'/quo; quid; quomodo; cur.

 H/W  Practising the Language nos. 1 and 2. P. 155.

Week 8


Begin Stage 12.

Model sentences. Quick intro. to forms of the perfect tense.

tremores (p. 164) and answer questions in class.




Week 9


Go over ad urbem and  ad villam together in class.


Background to Vesuvius. Pliny the Elder and his son. pp. 172-175. Importance of archaeology and the finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum


Start watching Pompeii

13/3 Questions on Pompeii

Week 10


Begin Chapter 13. The Britons. Discussion of opening picture. Differences to Roman culture.

Model sentences (pp. 1-4). New characters; possum, volo and nolo.

tres servi as a a play in groups.

coniuratio together in class. Begin Bregans and answer questions.

20/3  Revision for test stages 1-12

Week 11


Practising the Language p. 14, nos. 1 and 2.

Test Stage 12

Go over test

Finish Pompeii.




Term Three: 13 April - 3 July 2015


Topics to cover – concepts – skills

Assignments, tests, exams, activities









Week 1


No classes Tuesday 'LipDub'

Recap ch. 13 finish Salvius fundum inspicit and finish. Ex. 3 (p.15).

Read and discuss Britannia (pp. 16-21)

 H/W  Exercises on Britannia from Omnibus Workbook. 14.1 'British Farms'; 14.10: 'Life in Roman Britain'

 Week 2


Begin ch. 14 'Apud Salvium'. Model sentences.

'Rufilla' in pairs p. 25. 

Explain adjectives and their usage (pp. 28-29).


 H/W  Domitilla cubiculum 1. To finish.

Week 3


Finish Domitilla cubiculum parat 2. More about adjectives.

in tablino in pairs.

Quintus advenit as individual exercise in class

 May Day Holiday


 Practising the Language p. 35 nos. 1 and 2

Week 4


Finish Quintus advenit. Go over tripodes argentei together in class.

The Romans in Britain. Overview of the conquest, Romanisation, and the revolt of Boudica.

Begin Boudica.







ASCENSION - No Classes







Week 5


Start ch. 15: Rex Cogidubnus.

Model Sentences p. 44-5. Notion of relative clauses, antecedents, qui, quae, quod.

ad aulam. In groups of four or five. Read, prepare and act!

caerimonia in class in pairs.

 22.5 Practising the Language 1 and 2 (p. 54.

Week 6


Teacher goes over ludi funebres. Imperfect tense of possum, volo, nolo.

Begin Stage 16: in aula. Model sentences pp. 60-61.

Go over all forms of the pluperfect tense (p.66).

Translate Belimicus Ultor (p. 62). Begin rex spectaculum dat together in class.




 Practising the Language p. 68




Week 7


Recap. pluperfect tense and respond to quickfire questions in class.

rex spectaculum dat (p. 64-5) answer questions individually in class.

Quintus de se. Translate.

Rex Cogidubnus. Background to stages 15-16 including slides and videos on Romans in Britain, Cogidubnus and Fishbourne Roman Palace

 5/6  Revision for Test on Stage 12-16

Week 8


Test on Stage 16

Go over Test

Introduction to Alexandria and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.







Week 9


Presentations on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The Romans Board Game.

Roman Mysteries





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