'It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.' Aristotle
'Our vision is to provide a curriculum that is both inclusive and challenging. We aim to be innovative and effective in our teaching, through lessons which are engaging and creative. We strive to maintain the high profile of Classical subjects within the school and to make an impact on the wider community.'
The teaching of Classics takes place in a safe and disciplined environment: high standards of behaviour are expected, and at the same time students are rewarded for their efforts.The Classics department respects the needs of all learners and adopts a wide variety of approaches to suit individual styles including whole class discussion, group work, drama, art and using Information and Communications Technology. All three classrooms have digital projectors for teaching use.
Homework is set on a regular basis in line with the school Homework Policy.
In Year 7 students receive one 30 minute slot of homework every other week. This may involve written work, reading or research.
We have a Junior Classics Society (run by Sixth formers and teachers) for students in Years 7 and 8. The emphasis is on hands-on fun! After school Classical Greek is available from Year 9 onwards, with a taster session at the end of year 8. There is an opportunity to gain accredited qualifications in Classical Greek. We also run a Classics week in the Autumn Term which consists of a variety of activities for students to participate in during school time and a series of lectures on various Classical themes from visiting speakers in the evening.
Grouping within Classical Civilisation and Latin is decided on a year by year, cohort basis depending on the needs of the particular group.
On-Line Learning - The CSCP e-learning course for GCSE and A-Level.
Key Stage 3 / Years 7-9
Ancient Civilisations and Latin are both offered throughout Key Stage 3 / Years 7-9.
Ancient Civilisations: we introduce students to ancient Greece and the world of the hero via a taster course which lasts just over half a term (approximately 12 lessons). We study the War with Troy (Homer’s Iliad) via story-telling and a variety of activities. If students choose to continue with Ancient Civilisations as one of their two Year 8 options, they will also study a number of other ancient cultures.
Latin: we introduce students to the Cambridge Latin Course via a taster course which lasts approximately 12 lessons. We meet the family and learn about daily life in the town of Pompeii. Students also learn about the links between Latin and English, and other modern languages.
Ancient Civilisations: we study three ancient cultures over the year – the Egyptians, the Minoans and Greeks. We look at the daily life and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, and the art, architecture and mythology of ancient Crete. We revisit the world of the Greek hero with the story of the Return from Troy (Homer’s Odyssey).
Latin: students continue to follow the Cambridge Latin Course and complete Book 1 in Year 8. We study the basics of the Latin language through stories set in Pompeii . We also learn about life in the town and the eruption that preserved it.
Ancient Civilisations: we focus on ancient Rome , beginning with its mythical origins and the establishment of the seven kings. We explore key elements and personalities of Republican Rome and move on to the Roman Empire, focusing on important emperors and Roman conquests, including the province of Britannia. Finally we cover the reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire.
Latin: we continue to use the Cambridge Latin Course, moving on to Book 2 and more advanced language skills. We will study Roman Britain, the Celts and Roman Egypt as part of this work.