Classics

“No talent is so much to be regarded in a young woman as the Latin tongue” Mary Ward

 

“Our own world would be immeasurably the poorer, and immeasurably less comprehensible

to us, if we did not continue to interact with the Roman past.” Professor Mary Beard

 

Welcome to the Classics Department at Loreto College.

Intent

The influence of ancient Greece and Rome can be seen in almost every aspect of our daily life, from the Greek concept of democracy and the political organisations of the Roman Republic to many of our public buildings, and even the names of leading companies such as Hermes and Nike.

We aim to give all of our students a stimulating introduction to the culture, language, literature and achievements of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. We encourage our students 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 student a greater sense of their own cultural and linguistic heritage.

We strongly believe that Classics, the study of the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, and their languages all contribute to providing a gateway to the humanities.

Implementation

Key Stage 3 Latin

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9, students study the Cambridge Latin Course.

This is, currently, the most popular Latin course in Britain, offering access to a dedicated website for home-learning and a wide range of supplementary materials.

Book 1 of the course is set in Pompeii, and student will study Latin stories which help them to learn about the lives of the people who lived there, and what happened when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79.

Book 2 is set in Roman Britain and enables students to learn more about life in our own part of the world some 2000 years ago. It continues to develop the idea of the expanse of the Roman world, with references also to a character’s adventures in Egypt, and how the Romans influenced other civilisations and cultures.

Students 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 exercises and learn vocabulary on a regular basis. They will also develop a greater insight into the etymology of many English words.

KS3 LATIN HOMEWORK

Year 7 students are expected to spend approximately 30 minutes per week on their Latin homework, rising to about 45 minutes by the end of Year 9.

Key Stage 3 Classical Civilisation

Our Classical Civilisation course begins in Year 8 with students working on two main topics areas that complement the Latin course – namely ‘Life in Pompeii’ and ‘Life in Roman Britain’. In Year 9 our course switches to look at the ancient Greeks, and introduces the ‘historical’ topic of ‘The Trojan War’ before moving on to look at ‘Life in Athens’.

We always run a special activity day for Year 8 students in the summer term. Click here to learn more about one of these Classics Days.

At the end of Key Stage 3, students have the option to study GCSE Latin and/or GCSE Classical Civilisation.

Useful websites:

The Cambridge Latin Course website

BBC Life in Pompeii

BBC The eruption of Vesuvius

BBC Roman Britain

GCSE Latin

At the end of Year 11, students will sit a GCSE in Latin.

We are following the OCR specification J282. Click here for more details.

Students will be examined on their knowledge of Latin vocabulary, word formation and sentence structure, their appreciation of the Latin literature and their understanding of the Roman world.

There are three exams to sit:

  • Component 01 – Latin language – 1 hr 30 minutes – 100 marks – 50% of overall mark
  • Component 03 – Prose Literature – 1 hour – 50 marks – 25% of overall mark
  • Component 05 – Verse Literature – 1 hour – 50 marks – 25% of overall mark

The 2022 prose passages are taken from these sections of the Cambridge Latin Anthology:

Germanicus et Piso – Piso in Syria, The death of Germanicus, Mourning, Revenge

personae non gratae – Regulus lines 1 – 19 (assem…detestatur)

The 2022 verse passages are taken from these sections of the Oxford Classical Text:

Virgil, Aeneid 2 – lines 506 – 558, 705 – 740, 768 – 794

KS4 LATIN HOMEWORK

Students are expected to complete one written task each week and one reading or learning task. Between them, these should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.

Useful websites:

The website for the Cambridge Latin Course

Online Latin dictionary and grammar tool

GCSE Classical Civilisation

At the end of Year 11, students will sit a GCSE in Classical Civilisation.

We are following the OCR specification J199. Click here for more details.

Students will be examined on their knowledge of the Greek and Roman world and their appreciation of the set Roman literature and their understanding of how it supports their knowledge of the Roman world.

There are two exams to sit:

  • Component 11 – Myth and Religion – 1 hr 30 minutes – 90 marks – 50% of overall mark
  • Component 22 – Roman City Life – 1 hour 30 minutes – 90 marks – 50% of overall mark

There is no controlled assessment involved in this specification.

KS4 CLASSICAL CIVILISATION HOMEWORK

Students are usually expected to complete one written task each week and one reading or revision task. Between them, these should take about 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.

A-level Latin

At the end of Year 13, students will sit an A-level in Latin.

We are following the OCR specification H443.

Students will be examined on their Latin translation skills, their Latin prose composition and comprehension skills and their appreciation of both Latin verse and prose literature.

There are four exams to sit:

  • Component 01 – Unseen translation – 1 hr 45 minutes – 100 marks – 33% of overall mark
  • Component 02 – Prose Composition or Comprehension – 1 hr 15 minutes – 50 marks – 17% of overall mark
  • Component 03 – Prose Literature – 2 hours – 75 marks – 25% of overall mark
  • Component 04 – Verse Literature – 2 hours – 75 marks – 25% of overall mark

KS5 LATIN HOMEWORK

Students should spend at least 3 hours per week on their homework at this level of study.

We take our students to attend a theatre production in London of a Classical play each year to enhance their appreciation of the Classical world in general. We also offer students the opportunity to take part in various competitions.

Useful websites:

Exam boards materials

Online Latin dictionary and grammar tool

Grammar tables

Latin Verb Drill

A-level Classical Civilisation

At the end of Year 13, students will sit an A Level in Classical Civilisation.

We are following the OCR specification H408.

Students will be examined on their knowledge of several aspects of the ancient world and their appreciation of both Greek and Roman literature.

There are three exams to sit:

  • Component 11 – The World of the Hero – 2 hrs 20 minutes – 100 marks – 40% of overall mark
  • Component 21 – Greek Theatre – 1 hr 45 minutes – 75 marks – 30% of overall mark
  • Component 31 – Greek Religion – 1 hr 45 minutes – 75 marks – 30% of overall mark

KS5 CLASSICAL CIVILISATION HOMEWORK

Students should spend at least 3 hours per week on their homework at this level of study.

We take our students to attend a theatre production in London of a Classical play each year to enhance their appreciation of the Classical world in general. We also offer students the opportunity to take part in various competitions.

Impact

Students who study Classics are motivated by a desire to understand these ancient cultures but also find that it leads them to question human culture – such as the limits of human nature, the role of religion, the purpose of political organisation, the place of literature, myth and history.

Uptake

Students are encouraged by their early introduction to both Latin and Classical Civilisation to such an extent that many will consider pursuing their interest further both at GCSE and A-level.

Our current Year 11 Classical Civilisation cohort consists of 61 students.

We regularly have students continue with their studies of the Classical World at degree level too.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Our Year 8 students participate in an annual celebration of the Romans through our Classics Day. Students have the opportunity to create a range of items seen in the ancient world, from mosaics to pottery; they have the opportunity to practise marching as a Roman legionary soldier and engaging in a Roman banquet with entertainment provided.

Our Sixth Form Classics students are invited to participate in a visit to see the performance of a Greek play at the Bloomsbury Theatre. They also have the opportunity to experience Greek culture and visit classical sites on our trip to Greece.

The department itself runs a weekly Classics Clinic which provides support to all students following a Classical subject. The Classics Prefects often engage with the promotion of Classics throughout the school and at promotional events; as well as working with the Yr8 students during the Classics Day.

Classics & Careers@Loreto