Latin is the basis for many of the world’s languages and provides students with an in-depth understanding of vocabulary and grammatical structures in English. Latin literature has influenced international culture for more than 2,000 years and the study thereof has been a tradition in UK schools for centuries; we are proud to offer students at BDA the opportunity to access this rich and interesting subject. 

In addition to providing students with a range of skills applicable to a cross-section of academic disciplines, Latin offers a window into a vastly influential period of world history that is sure to engage and enlighten.



  • Half Term 1: Roman houses and daily life. Grammar: Nouns – the nominative and accusative cases 
  • Half Term 2: The town of Pompeii. Grammar: the declensions of nouns 
  • Half Term 3: The Roman forum. Grammar: the present tense of verbs – singular forms 
  • Half Term 4: The Roman theatre. Grammar: Plural forms of nouns and verbs 
  • Half Term 5: Slaves and freedmen.  Grammar:  The imperfect and perfect tenses 
  • Half Term 6: Roman beliefs about life and death. Grammar: More on the imperfect and perfect tenses 


  • Half Term 1: Gladiatorial shows. Grammar: Nouns - accusative plurals; the superlative of adjectives 
  • Half Term 2: The Roman baths. Grammar: Nouns – the dative case 
  • Half Term 3: Education in Roman times. Grammar: Verbs – full form of the present tense; the comparative of adjectives 
  • Half Term 4: Local government and elections. Grammar: Verbs followed by the dative case; asking questions 
  • Half Term 5: The destruction and excavation of Pompeii. Grammar: Verbs – the full forms of the perfect and imperfect tenses 
  • Half Term 6: Revision – End of Year Exam. Translation and Comprehension 


  • Half Term 1: Farms in Roman Britain. Grammar: Modal verbs followed by an infinitive – volo, nolo, possum 
  • Half Term 2: The Romans in Britain. Grammar: Agreement of adjectives 
  • Half Term 3: King Cogidubnus and British tribes. Grammar: Relative clauses; imperfect tense of modal verbs 
  • Half Term 4: Vespasian and the Duotriges.  Grammar: The imperfect tense of modal verbs 
  • Half Term 5: A Roman palace for a British king. Grammar: Verbs – the pluperfect tense 
  • Half Term 6: Revision – End of Year Exam. Translation and Comprehension 


YEAR 10 

  • Half Term 1: Alexandria – the Romans in Egypt. Grammar: Nouns – the genitive case 
  • Half Term 2: The worship of Isis. Grammar: Adjectives – gender agreement; demonstrative adjectives (this & that); Verbs – imperatives 
  • Half Term 3: Medicine and science. Grammar: Verbs – present participles; pronouns 
  • Half Term 4: Aquae Sulis and its baths. Grammar: Verbs – perfect passive participles; Adjectives and adverbs 
  • Half Term 5: Magic and curses. Grammar: Verbs – perfect active participles; Nouns – more about the genitive case 
  • Half Term 6: Roman religion. Grammar: Consolidation of participles; Nouns – the plural of neuter nouns.  Literature – A Day at the Races. 

YEAR 11 

  • Half Term 1: Travel and communication. The legionary soldier. Grammar: Uses of the subjunctive – ‘when’ clauses with pluperfect and imperfect subjunctive; indirect questions. Literature - A Day at the Races. 
  • Half Term 2: Agricola, the governor of Britain; the legionary fortress. Grammar: Uses of the subjunctive – purpose clauses; indirect commands. Verbs – gerundives. Literature - A Day at the Races. 
  • Half Term 3: The forum of Rome. Grammar: Nouns – the ablative case; expressions of time; prepositions; the passive voice.  
  • Half Term 4: The city of Rome. Grammar: The ablative absolute; deponent verbs; Verbs – the future tense. 
  • Half Term 5: Revision: Vocabulary; Grammar; Roman Religion; Literature. 
  • Half Term 6: Final exams: Paper 1 – Latin Language; Paper 2 – Latin Literature and Sources (A Day at the Races) ; Paper 3 – Roman Civilization (Roman Religion).