Classics

Staff

Mrs J. Johnson (Head of Department)


Dr S.E. Foster


Miss S.C. Roberts (i.c. Extended Project Qualification)


Facilities

The department is based in the George Hill Building, with two classrooms. Both classrooms have data projectors and audio visual facilities.

Curriculum

Lower School

We follow the Cambridge Latin Course Books 1-3 during these years, which takes the pupils from knowing no Latin at all to being able to confidently translate passages involving a wide range of vocabulary and grammar. During these years we also explore aspects of the Roman world, looking at gladiators, the baths and the military, and the towns of Pompeii, Deva (Chester) and Aquae Sulis (Bath) as well as the city of Alexandria, amongst other things. There is also a day trip to Cirencester for the Shell Form and a day trip to Bath for the Fourth Form.

GCSE

Latin

We follow the OCR specification, which consists of both language and literature. There is one unseen language paper and two set text papers. The course allows pupils to read original Latin, exploring how different authors create effects and moods.

Classical Civilisation

We follow the OCR specification, which consists of four modules, including the Ancient Olympic Games, Community Life in Pompeii, City Life in Athens and a literature module, reading Homer’s Odyssey.

Sixth Form

Latin

We follow the OCR specification, which allows pupils to further develop their language skills and read longer and more sustained passages in the original Latin.

Classical Civilisation

We follow the OCR specification, which consists of four modules, including City life in Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia, Greek Tragedy, Greek Art and Architecture, and Virgil and the world of the hero.

Co-curricular Activities

The Classics Society regularly runs a wide variety of trips, including architectural walking tours of Birmingham, visits to museums and exhibitions, exploring Roman towns in Britain and outings to theatres to see Greek drama being performed. We also run residential trips to Greece, Rome and Pompeii on a two yearly basis.

Destinations

In recent years students have gone on to read Classics at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Birmingham and Nottingham.


"The quality of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent." (I.S.I. 2011)


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