Monday 08 March 2021 – 4.15pm

Code: 8366


This is Session 2 of a series of 2 webinars, Session 1 being How to Succeed in Paper 1: Thematic Study.  The webinar will provide your students with a boost on the exam skills and knowledge for Paper 2.

The webinar is designed to encourage and direct pupils into revising effectively for the exam.  We will look at all three Literature and Culture options: the Homeric World, Roman City Life and War and Warfare and at aspects of examination technique for all the different question types.

This interactive webinar will focus on the most challenging areas of Paper 2, including:

  • understanding and responding to the themes, characters and style of ancient literature
  • how to learn literature in the required detail
  • working out how to produce examiner-friendly answers
  • providing scaffolding for source analysis

A handout containing the primary sources and model answers used will be provided ahead of the webinar.

The PowerPoint used in the webinar will be available after the session.


  • Building students’ confidence in their own ability to revise effectively and succeed
  • Practising key exam techniques to get your students to achieve the very best result
  • Deepening students’ understanding of marking criteria and how to achieve the highest scores in the Paper 2
  • Developing a range of strategies to enable students to produce high quality answers
  • Insights from an experienced examiner
  • A set of notes and resources that can be used immediately in class and for revision


4:15 Introduction and aims

4:20 Structuring revision of the three topics: Homeric World, Roman City Life, War and Warfare (pupils will be given a revision activities to do while we are covering the topics which they are not studying, although much of the advice is applicable across all three topics)

  • Developing a consistent method for evaluating and revising primary sources
  • Understanding the key terminology for each topic and how to use it in exam answers
  • Considering possible exam questions throughout the revision period

4:40 Directed revision techniques for both the literature and the culture elements of the paper: understanding the differences between AO1 and AO2: how to learn the information, how to use the information.

  • Ensuring that the students revise the necessary analysis skills (AO2) as well as the content (AO1)
  • Developing confidence in self-assessment of these skills
  • Developing the ability to create exam-style questions
  • A range of relevant examples will be used

4:50 Responding to the different question types: the skills are relevant across all six elements (3 literature, 3 culture) and model answers will reflect the different options on this paper.

  • Looking at how an examiner will form a question
  • Considering what an examiner wants – looking carefully at how questions are worded
  • Understanding how to produce top level answers (particularly on the extended response questions)
  • Looking at model answers and understanding how to use successful writing frames

5:10 Questions

5:15 Finish

Alistair Thorley

Alastair is the Head of Classics at Stockport Grammar School. The school has a department of four full-time Classics teachers. He teaches Latin and Classical Civilisation at all levels of the school. After its introduction 14 years ago, Classical Civilisation remains strong at the school with around 100 pupils studying the subject at GCSE and 40 continuing to AS/A Level. Alastair has taught GCSE Classical Civilisation for 17 years. In the last three years 76% of his pupils have achieved either A* or A.

He currently marks the Epic and Myth paper for OCR and AS Classical Civilisation for AQA. Alistair contributed to two of the Bloomsbury/OCR A Level Classical Civilisation text books: “Invention of the Barbarian” and “Love and Relationships”.