'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 Civilisation
The aims and rationale of the curriculum in Y7- 9 in Ancient Civilisations are:
- To introduce students to the daily life and belief systems of a range of ancient cultures, whilst instilling a sense of self-knowledge through an on-going comparison of ancient and modern societal practices and attitudes.
Key Stage 3 / Years 7-9/ Latin
The aims and rationale of the curriculum in Y7- 9 in Latin are:
- To introduce students to the language and life of the ancient Romans, whilst instilling a sense of self-knowledge through an on-going comparison of ancient and modern societal practices and attitudes.