Latin is intellectually stimulating in its own right and has always been regarded as an essential subject in a grammar school environment, but the subject of the classical world opens up far more than just academia, which is why we place equal emphasis on the study of classical civilisation and ancient history at GCSE and A Level.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)
All pupils study Latin in Year 7 and many continue to do so in Year 8. The course encompasses traditional grammar learning in a colourful and user-friendly style. Learning is supported by online exercises and activities to enhance vocabulary learning.
Year 8 and 9 also offer an opportunity to explore the culture and history of the ancient world. Here there is an even greater scope for study beyond the textbook, including online research, project work, drama and learning from film. Year 8 covers popular topics from ancient Greece while Year 9 looks at the early Julio-Claudian Roman emperors.
In all cases, assessment is by an end of year examination. Latin requires flair for the translation and comprehension exercises and factual recall for the grammar exercises. Classical Civilisation requires knowledge from every topic undertaken in the year.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11)
- Latin – we follow the OCR GCSE Latin course over two years. Occasionally, pupils are able to accelerate this over one year. Pupils are examined in two language papers; unseen translation and comprehension, as well as two short literature papers drawn from texts studied in class.
- Classical Civilisation – pupils enjoy a high degree of flexibility in their studies, supported by both books and online resources. There are two examined modules. The first involves a combined study of literature and culture, with the Homeric World being a popular choice where pupils examine the archaeology and social life of the Mycenaean Civilisation before studying selected chapters of The Odyssey by Homer. The second module covers a range of topics within myth and religion fro both ancient Greece and Rome.
Trips and visits
Every two years we aim to offer a week-long classics trip to either Rome and Pompeii or Athens and the Peloponnese. These trips take place during one week of the Easter holidays.
As members of EMACT, the East Midlands Association of Classical Teachers, we encourage our pupils to take part in talks, lectures and competitions, often achieving notable success. Find out more about the EMACT Latin Competition