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KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Classics
Term 1The Gods    
The Gods This topic examines the pantheon of gods, focusing on the twelve Olympian gods, as well as Dionysus/Bacchus and Hades/Pluto. We will discover what unique skills each of them had, and how the Greeks and Romans typically represented them in their art and literature.
Assessment: GCSE style assessment on the GodsKey Words and Terms
Term 2The Universal Hero: Heracles/Hercules   
This topic is about the myths associated with Heracles (known to the Romans as Hercules) and how he is typically represented. For the Greek element of the topic we examine the twelve labours of Heracles and his importance to the site of Olympia. For the Rome element we study Hercules' victories against Achelous and Nessus as told by the poet Ovid. We also learn about Hercules' victory over Cacus and why this was important to the Romans by reading a section from Virgil's Aeneid.
Assessment: GCSE style assessment on both topics covered so far: the Gods and Heracles/Hercules. Key Words and Terms
Term 3Religion and the City    
In this topic we study the design, function and importance of temples in Greece and Rome. We are using the Parthenon and Temple of Zeus in Greece, and the Pantheon and Temple of Portunus in Rome as case studies. We also examine the various religious officials that existed in the Greek and Roman world and their roles and responsibilities. Finally, we examine the procedure and importance of animal sacrifices to those who conducted them.
Assessment: GCSE style assessment on Greek/Roman temples, religious officials and sacrifices. Key Words and Terms
Term 4Myth and the City: Foundation stories   
In this topic, we learn about the myth surrounding the naming of Athens and the role Theseus played in the development of Athens. For Rome, we explore the role Aeneas and Romulus played in the founding of the city. While exploring both cities, we look at how and why the myths are depicted as they are and what they meant to Athenians and Romans.
Assessment: GCSE style assessment on religion and Foundation Stories. Key Words and Terms
Term 5Festivals and Symbols of Power   
In this unit we study some of the key festivals that took place in Greece and Rome, such as the Great Panathenaia and the Lupercalia. We also explore the links between myth and the portrayal of power. For the Greeks we examine the Athenian use of the Centauromachy on the Parthenon. For the Romans we examine emperor Augustus and how he used popular Roman mythology and sculpture to promote his bod for power in Rome.
Assessment: End of Year assessment. One paper 1h 30m combining all topics studied this year. Key Words and Terms
Term 6Death, burial and afterlife   
In this topic we learn about Greek and Roman practices and beliefs surrounding death and burial including the preparation, funeral procession and burial of the body. We also study some of the festivals of remembrance that the Greeks and Romans held. The Greeks and Romans had various myths and beliefs regarding what happened to the dead once they left the world of the living. In this unit, we study some of the myths about journeys to the underworld, as told by Greek and Roman authors.
Assessment: GCSE style assessment on death, burial and afterlife. Preparation for holiday homework. Key Words and Terms