"Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?"
The study of Classics is all about asking questions, about the past, and about ourselves. Our culture is built on the ideas of the Greeks and Romans and the questions they asked about life and how to live it, and these are questions we still ask today: Who should rule, and how? How should we treat other people? What can we learn from the past? How can we be good?
Classics is more than just one subject; Classics is about life: art, language, politics, myth, drama, architecture, law, science, religion, archaeology, philosophy, history.
There’s something for everyone in Classics, and Classics is for everyone.
Classics is introduced in Year 7. It is a combination of Latin language and Roman and Greek civilisation. Pupils learn about the ancient world through art, drama, research, stories and language. Topics studied in the past have included:
• Gods and goddesses
• The Trojan War
• Heroes and myths
• Ancient Pompeii
• Latin and Ancient Greek
During Year 7 pupils will decide whether they would like to continue with Latin into Year 8 and 9. They take part in a number of taster sessions through the year to decide whether Latin is the right choice for them.
Year 8 and 9
Girls who choose to continue their study of Latin in Years 8 and 9 read The Cambridge Latin Course - a stimulating program which covers both language and society, from Rome and Pompeii to Roman Britain and Egypt. The course benefits from a large number of interactive resources on the iPad and computer. One lesson a fortnight is in the computer room where the pupils use an interactive program with videos, activities and quizzes to improve their understanding.
Latin can be continued to GCSE and A level, where girls achieve excellent results.
The study of Classical languages is a proven method of improving linguistic competency with often dramatic results in reading, comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar. Latin and Greek have a wide cross-curricular impact, fostering the development of a whole range of transferable skills such as analysis and problem solving, and providing a foundation for the study of many modern languages. Besides which, there are so many wonderful stories and writers to discover!
The GCSE is split into two sections: Language and Literature.
Language: Pupils study the vocabulary and grammar needed to translate unseen Latin in the examination
Literature: Pupils study two texts – Verse and Prose – in the original Latin. The texts change every two years but are always exciting and engaging.
Classical civilisation is an exciting and unique GCSE which covers some of the best areas of art, history, philosophy, literature and societies in the western world. There is no requirement to have taken Latin prior to taking classical civilisation. All that is required is an open and enquiring mind and a desire to engage in the literature and culture of others.
There are two units and GCSE.
Women in the Ancient World: This unit explores what it was like to be a women in Greece and Rome using a wide range of ancient sources including sculpture, pottery, legal texts, epic poetry and drama.
The Homeric World: This unit first studies the incredible Mycenaean cities of Mycenae, Tiryns and Troy. The second half includes 4 books of the epic poem The Odyssey which follows the hero Odysseus as he returns home from fighting in Troy.
Extracurricular Ancient Greek (all welcome!)
‘Almost everything men have said best has been said in Greek’ Marguerite Yourcenar
It’s Greek to Me! is a fun introduction to Ancient Greek language and culture, and is open to all girls from Years 7-10.
Greek for GCSE is for girls who would like a more intensive approach to the Greek language, and is open to Years 9-13.