King's College School

Coeducational Independent Prep school in Cambridge


Year 7 Key Objectives

In Year 7, the course aims to:

· Give pupils a firm grasp of the Greek alphabet so that it can be used with ease;

· Introduce basic elements of the language, emphasising similarities with Latin in terms of grammatical structure;

· Expand pupils' knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

The first few weeks are spent learning the alphabet and looking at transliteration - this includes a trip to the Cambridge University Classical Museum of Art and Archaeology to look at Greek inscriptions and to see the development of the written language. Thereafter, basic verbs and noun declensions are learned, as well as the following aspects of language:

· Greek Alphabet and transliteration;

· Verbs: present, future, imperfect and strong and weak aorist tenses of regular verbs in consonant and some vowel stems, and of the irregular verb "to be", including imperatives and infinitives;

· Present tense of the middle voice;

· Declension of the definite article;

· Nouns: 1st, 2nd and 3rd declensions, including neuter nouns;

· Agreement of article, noun and adjective in gender, number and case;

· Adjectives of some common types, and how to form adverbs from adjectives;

· The genitive sandwich;

· Time clauses in the accusative;

· Prepositional phrases taking the accusative, genitive and dative cases.

The children translate from English into Greek in order to become conversant in writing Greek, and to help reinforce the application of their knowledge. They work on comprehension skills, and are always challenged to think of English derivatives. This is a very stimulating year's study, and despite the extra learning required, many list Greek as their favourite subject.