Curriculum Subjects


See our Classics Curriculum below at Bentley Wood for KS3, KS4 and KS5



Classics is the broadest subject studied at Bentley Wood; it encompasses language, literature, history, politics, drama, art, and philosophy. The Classics department intends to foster a deep love of learning in its students and to nurture a curious and proactive attitude towards gaining knowledge, reading and also learning about themselves. Students of Classics will become confident and independent learners, inquisitive listeners and able researchers.


Classics students at Bentley Wood will become well versed in diverse topics regarding the ancient world. They will become confident in analysing ancient sources and they will also become critical readers and thinkers.

There are three different subjects that come under ‘Classics’; Greek, Latin and Classical Civilisation. We offer the latter two at Bentley Wood, with Greek being taught currently through the Year 8 enrichment Classics Club.

KS4 | Classics

Students have the option of studying Latin, the language of the ancient Romans, at GCSE in year 9. This curriculum is sequenced so that while students are building on their grammatical knowledge throughout KS4, they revisit and strengthen skills in reading and translating; they eventually move onto studying significant literature from the Western canon including authors such as Suetonius, Pliny and Virgil. Students also engage with the ancient world through study of specified topics on Roman life, such as entertainment, everyday life and Roman Britain.

KS5 | Classics

At KS5 we offer Classical Civilisation which is a study of ancient Rome and Greece looking at material culture that has survived, as well as sources translated into English. This is a broad and enriching inquiry into the literature and culture of the classical world which looks at Greek theatre, the world of the hero and ancient ideas of love and marriage. Students acquire an understanding of social, historical and cultural context and also learn how to respond critically and articulate discussions and arguments in a formal and coherent manner.