Three charities, including the Esmee Fairbairn foundation, one of the largest independent grant-awarding organisations in the UK, have given a pound;9,000 grant to Bethnal Green Primary in Hackney for the scheme.
Lorna Robinson, a classics teacher from Oxford, is travelling to the school three times a week to teach the pupils, who come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds.
She hopes to hold a conference later this year to present her findings on the pilot and explore its impact on literacy.
Dr Robinson previously set up the Iris Project, a scheme to increase the teaching of Latin in comprehensive schools. She said: "I really believe Latin is a fantastic tool which will help children with their English, history, and other disciplines."