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.
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 learn more about one of these Classics Days.
Pupils will find the following websites useful:
Key Stage 4 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 Latin literature, and their understanding of life in the Roman world. There are three exams to sit:
Component 01 – Latin language – 1 ½ hour exam – 100 marks – 50% of overall mark
Component 03 – Prose Literature – 1 hour exam – 50 marks – 25% of overall mark
The 2021 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).
Component 05 – Verse Literature – 1 hour exam – 50 marks – 25% of overall mark
The 2021 passages are taken from these sections of the Oxford Classical Text:
Virgil, Aeneid Book 2 lines 506–558, 705–740, 768–794.
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.
Pupils will find the following websites useful:
Key Stage 4 CLASSICAL CIVILISATION
Students are following the OCR J199 specification. Click here for more details.
Pupils will be assessed in these two topics:
- Myth and Religion – 1 hour 30 minutes exam
- Roman City Life – 1 hour 30 minutes exam
There is no controlled assessment involved in this specification. Each topic counts towards 50% 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 reading or revision task. Between them, these should take about an hour and a half to complete.
Key Stage 5 LATIN
Students are following the OCR H443 specification. They 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
Students follow the OCR H408 specification. Click here for more details.
At the end of the two year course, students will be examined on:
- The World of the Hero (H408/11) – 2 hours and 20 mins exam worth 40% of the total A Level
- Greek Theatre (H408/21) – 1 hour and 45 mins exam worth 30% of the total A Level
- Greek Religion (H408/31) – 1 hour and 45 mins worth 30% of the total A Level.
Pupils should spend at least three hours a week on their homework at this level of study.
We regularly take our pupils to attend talks given in London by Oxbridge lectures.
We take pupils to relevant theatre shows whenever possible.