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    Studying Classics is not about burying your head in the past. Time and time again, Classics gives you new insight into the present – from politics to poetry.

    Mary Beard

    Department Overview

    A discovery of the ancient world through the study of language, literature, history, politics and culture.


    Mrs E. Taylor (Subject Leader)

    Mrs N Midgley-Haste

    An overview of the Key stage 3 curriculum

    Latin is compulsory in Years 7 and 8, and then may be selected as an option in Year 9.  Pupils follow the Cambridge Latin Course, learning both the language and the background material. Students will learn to translate primarily from Latin to English, answer comprehension questions and complete grammar exercises. Vocabulary tests are given regularly throughout the year.

    An overview of the Key stage 4 curriculum

    In Year 10, Students can continue their Latin studies at GCSE level, following the EDUQAS specification. Language is studied using the Cambridge Latin Course and students then read original Latin literature by authors such as Virgil, Martial and Juvenal. They also study various aspects of Roman Civilisation in translation, including daily life and Roman sport and leisure.

    An overview of your 6th Form curriculum

    The Department follows the OCR A Level in 'Classical Civilisation'. Students have the opportunity to critically analyse ancient texts in translation, including Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, and to explore modules in Greek Theatre and Greek Religion. Students will also develop a wider understanding of the social, cultural and political contexts of ancient society and will explore the philosophical thought of ancient scholars.

    Independent Study

    Students in KS3 have Latin homework per week to supplement their learning. They are encouraged to use the Cambridge Latin website to practise their vocabulary and complete extra grammar exercises.

    Students in KS4 have two homework tasks per week and regular assessments on the language, literature and background components of the course. They will be expected to consolidate their work regularly and learn the EDUQAS prescribed vocabulary list.

    Students in KS5 are expected to supplement their Classical modules with additional reading. The Classics department has its own Classics Library which the students are encouraged to use. The A level course requires the students to read and implement modern critics in their essays, so independent research and reading is imperative to the students’ progress.

    Enrichment in the subject

    Sixth Form students have the exciting opportunity of teaching the 'Minimus Primary Latin' Course in local primary schools, imparting their love of the ancient language to younger students. On Mondays an Ancient Classical Greek club runs after school for all year groups, leading up to a Common Entrance qualification. We regularly arrange theatre trips to watch Greek Comedy and Tragedy, and we visit Dover Painted House and the British Museum to enrich the students' learning.

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