Code: 7462


This fast-paced webinar is designed to give teachers some different ideas to approaching the GCSE specification.  These techniques have been designed with both pupil engagement and the exam in mind.  We will look at various types of material culture sources (sculpture, vases architecture etc.) from both Thematic Studies (Women in the Ancient World and Myth and Religion) and all Literature and Culture options (Homeric World, War and Warfare, Roman City Life).


  • Pick up a variety of teaching strategies
  • Develop effective teaching materials
  • Build pupils’ confidence by effective scaffolding
  • Build pupils’ independent learning
  • Focus on achieving marks for both AO1 and AO2


  • All teachers of GCSE Classical Civilisation



4:15  Introduction and aims

4:20 Plot

  • Enabling the pupils to remember the details of the texts effectively.
  • Approaches to reading the literature
  • Model examination answers

4:30  Literary technique – particularly similes and other descriptive passages

  •  Teaching the pupils to assess and explain the importance of literary technique
  •  Model examination answers

4:40 Themes

  •  Encouraging pupils to recognise, remember and respond to recurrent themes in ancient  literature
  •  Model examination answers

4:50 Literature as a source

  • Helping the pupils to discover what the source tells us about the attitudes of the Ancient Greeks or Romans
  • Model examination answers

5:00 Final focus on literature essays

  • Understanding the differences between AO1 and AO2: what is the examiner looking for?
  • Considering the importance of evaluation
  •  Model examination answers

5:10   Questions

5:15   Finish

Alastair 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”.

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