Pupils begin their study of Latin at the end of Year 7 as part of their introductory Classics course (see information on Classical Civilisation). In Year 8, the Roman world is further brought to life using the Cambridge Latin Course, which is highly popular among our pupils. The complementary e-learning resource packages contain well over 1,000 activities, including video clips, audio sequences, dramatisations and interactive exercises. In Year 9, pupils will either take Latin or Classics, upon the recommendation of their Year 8 teacher. Latin is optional at GCSE level but is very well supported and results are consistently strong. Students who continue their studies to Advanced level appreciate the scholarly and informal atmosphere in which the subject is taught and enjoy a strong and special camaraderie together.
All pupils study Classics in Year 7. At the heart of the course is a study of classical mythology, including the Trojan War, which embraces many other areas of the curriculum including PSHE and language work. Classical Civilisation is a popular option at both GCSE and Advanced level, being accessible and attractive to students across the ability range as well as providing a rewarding contrast in study for the budding scientist.
Facilities and resources
The Classics suite is located in a prime position on the first floor of the Queen’s Wing. Our well-appointed rooms are equipped with data projectors to facilitate the delivery of our popular e-learning resources. In this area there is also a very well stocked Classics bookstore and office. Examples of pupils’ work adorn the classrooms and adjacent corridor.
The highlight for many of our pupils is our trip to the Bay of Naples. This is primarily, but not exclusively, designed for our GCSE Latin and Classical Civilisation students to supplement and enrich their enjoyment and appreciation of the classical world. A variety of other trips to classical sites of interest, theatrical productions and study days are also organised by the department as appropriate.