Welcome to the Classics Department. We aim to give all of our pupils a stimulating introduction to the culture, language, literature and achievements of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. We encourage the pupils to develop their own opinions about the events, personalities and ideas of the classical world. In order to help them achieve this, we develop their powers of observation and deduction, their ability to think analytically, and their ability to communicate ideas effectively. In the process, we also hope to foster in each pupil a greater sense of her own cultural and linguistic heritage.
Latin is taught to the majority of pupils in Year 7. Some will continue with Latin into Years 8 & 9, whilst others will take up Classical Civilisation instead. Both subjects are taught through to A-level standard, and our students achieve very good results.
The Classics department has its own website which contains various resources to support the students’ learning. Click here to visit it.
Key Stage 3 LATIN
Throughout Years 7, 8 & 9, pupils study the Cambridge Latin Course. This is the most popular Latin course in Britain, offering access to a dedicated website for home-learning and a wide range of supplementary materials.
The first book of the course is set in Pompeii, and pupils will study Latin stories which help them to learn all about the sort of lives people led there, and what happened when Mount Vesuvius erupted nearby in AD 79. The second book is set in Roman Britain, so pupils will learn more about life in our own part of the world some 2000 years ago.
Pupils learn how to understand and translate increasingly complex Latin sentences. To support the development of their language skills they will study stories in Latin, complete language exercise, and learn vocabulary on a regular basis.
In Y7, pupils are expected to spend about half an hour/week on their Latin homework, rising to about 45 minutes by the end of Year 9.
We always run a special activity for Y8 students in the summer term. Click here to see details of the 2016 Classics Day.
Pupils will find the following websites useful:
Key Stage 3 CLASSICAL CIVILISATION (Years 8 and 9)
In Year 8 over half of the students begin to study Classical Civilisations. They will cover some historical topics such as life in Roman Britain, Pompeii and Ancient Athens, as well as studying the literature and mythology of the Ancient Greeks.
In Y8, pupils are expected to spend about half an hour/week on their Classical Civilisations homework, rising to about 45 minutes by the end of Year 9.
As part of their study of Roman Britain, we take all pupils to explore the remains of Verulamium (Roman St Albans) during Year 8. We also invite them to enter various competitions with a Classical theme to them.
All of the websites listed in the KS3 Latin section (above) will also support the study of Classical Civilisation in Years 8, and the following sites will be of benefit in Y9:
Key Stage 4 LATIN
At the end of Year 11, students will sit a GCSE in Latin. Year 10 students are embarking on a new course for GCSE Latin and we are following the OCR specification J282. The current Year 11 group follows the OCR J281 specification. Students will be examined on their knowledge of Latin vocabulary, word formation and sentence structure, their appreciation of Latin literature, and their understanding of life in the Roman world.
Students are expected to complete one written task each week and one reading or learning task. Between them, these should take about an hour and a half to complete.
We aim to take all Latin students on some sort of trip which may involve one or more nights away from home. Previous visits have taken us to Bath, Italy and Greece.
We also invite students to take part in various national and international competitions with a classical theme to them, such as the Jowett-Sendelar essay-writing competition.
Pupils will find the following websites useful:
Key Stage 4 CLASSICAL CIVILISATION
At the end of Year 11, pupils will sit a GCSE in Classical Civilisations. We follow the OCR J280 specifications. The course focuses on the social history and literature of the Greeks and Romans, but does not involve the study of their languages. This course provides several opportunities for pupils to develop confidence in responding to exam-style questions. Pupils will be assessed on these four topics:
- Life in Ancient Athens – 1 hour exam (they will have some understanding of this from the Y9 course);
- Life in Pompeii – 1 hour exam (they will have some understanding from Year 8 course);
- Ovid’s Metamorphoses (mythology) – 1 hour exam (similar to the Trojan Wars story that they have studied in Year 9);
- Sophocles’ Antigone – Controlled Assessment.
Each topic counts towards 25% of the final mark. All exams are taken at the end of Year 11.
Pupils are usually expected to complete one written task each week and one learning task. Between them, these should take about an hour and a half to complete.
We aim to take all Y10 pupils on some sort of trip which involves one or more nights away from home. Previous visits have taken us to Bath, Italy and Greece.
We also invite pupils to take part in various national and international competitions with a classical theme to them, such as the Jowett-Sendelar essay-writing competition.
Key Stage 5 LATIN
Year 12 students are following the new linear A Level in Latin following the OCR H443 specification and as such will sit their final exams at the end of the two year course. The current Year 13 students are following the OCR H439 specification and will sit their A2 modules at the end of the year. Students will be examined on their Latin translation skills, their Latin Prose composition skills, and their appreciation of both Latin verse and prose literature.
Students should spend at least three hours on their homework at this level of study.
We regularly take our students to attend talks given in London by Oxbridge lecturers.
We continue to offer students the opportunity to take part in various competitions.
Key Stage 5 CLASSICAL CIVILISATION
At the end of Year 12, pupils will sit an AS-level in Classical Civilisation, and at the end of Y13 they sit the A2 exams to complete the full A-level. We follow the AQA 1021 (AS) and 2021 (A2) specification for Classical Civilisation. Pupils will be examined on:
Unit 1D: Women in Athens and Rome (AS)
Unit 2B – Homer Odyssey (AS)
Unit 3C – Greek Tragedy (A2)
Unit 4C – Roman Epic (A2)
Pupils should spend at least three hours on their homework at this level of study.
We regularly take our pupils to attend talks given in London by Oxbridge lectures.
We continue to offer pupils the opportunity to take part in various competitions.
Pupils will find the following website useful:
Page updated Sept 2016