Classics & Latin
The teaching of Classics should:
• introduce pupils to a selection of the major achievements of the Greeks and Romans in such fields as literature, art, architecture, science, medicine, technology and law
• introduce pupils to significant aspects of the historical, political and philosophical thought of the classical period
• kindle their imagination through contact with the classical world and stimulate a personal response
• develop an open and sympathetic attitude towards the past and the unfamiliar
• develop a critical and reflective understanding of the world in which they live
• develop a European awareness through an understanding of their cultural and linguistic heritage
• develop tolerant but not uncritical attitudes towards customs and practices unlike their own
• develop pupils’ powers of observation, abstraction and analysis of information, judgement and communication
• enhance their command of language by requiring them to pay close attention to the relationship between concepts and the words and structures used to express them.
Key Stage 3
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. In Years 8 and 9, pupils will either take Latin or Classics. In Latin, the Roman world is 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 Classics, pupils study the civilisations of the Greeks and Romans in greater depth, again supported by a variety of audio-visual material.
Key Stages 4 & 5
Latin is optional at GCSE level but is very well supported and results are consistently strong. For the language, the familiar Cambridge Latin Course is continued in Year 10, before switching to John Taylor’s GCSE Latin in Year 11. Pupils will also begin to study a variety of passages of authentic Latin literature, which again, is fully supported by the examination board OCR. Students who continue their Latin studies to Advanced level appreciate the scholarly and informal atmosphere in which the subject is taught and enjoy a strong and special camaraderie together.
Classical Civilisation is also an 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 or mathematician. There is a range of material studied, examining the history, literature, religion, philosophy, art and other areas of Greek and Roman culture.
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.
Trips and visits
There are numerous sites both in the UK and abroad, which have been visited by our GCSE Latin and Classical Civilisation students to supplement and enrich their enjoyment and appreciation of the classical world. A variety of theatrical productions and study days are also organised by the department as appropriate.