StPeters Nov18 46Gone are the days of declining endless nouns and studying fusty topics from dust covered text books! We aim to develop a knowledge and understanding of Classical Greece and Rome through an enjoyable study of their language, literature, history, art and ideas, thus fostering analytical and linguistic skills along with perceptions of a culture which has given us so much of what we take for granted today.

Pupils are introduced to Classics in year 6, where they meet up with Minimus the mouse and follow him through various adventures in Britain alongside some great Classics from Greek mythology. All pupils take up the Cambridge Latin Course in Year 7 then begin the Cullen and Taylor course in Year 8 until the end of Third Form, when both Classics and Latin are put into the option pool. With such an early grounding and stimulating material, it is not surprising that take up in Fourth Form is excellent.

We aim to enhance the curriculum with a wide variety of extra activities both in and out of school. Author visits, reading competitions, hands-on presentations on Roman food and a Classics Quiz all provide pupils with knowledge of the classical world beyond the classroom. Various vocabulary learning apps and websites, along with the excellent Cambridge e–learning course have also helped to bring the study of the Romans into the 21st century.

See examples of our pupils work.

Curriculum

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J3 Classics

An introduction to Roman Britain and chronological placement of the Minimus family.

Minimus chapters 1 and 2 and associated grammar.

An introduction to the Greek gods.

The myths of Kronos and Rhea, Daedalus and Icarus, Perseus and Medusa.

Roman food.

Chapters 3 and 4 of Minimus and associated grammar.

Roman slavery.

Roman Education.

The myths of Pandora’s Box and Echo and Narcissus.

Chapter 5 of Minimus and associated grammar.

The importance of oral storytelling.

Extracts from Homer’s Odyssey: the Cyclops, Circe and the return to Ithaca.

Life in Britain for the Celts, before and after the Roman invasion.

J4 Latin 

Coverage of Book 1 of the Cambridge Latin Course

Stages 1 – 6 of the Cambridge Latin Course

Stages 7 - 11 of the Cambridge Latin Course Stage 11 - 12 of the Cambridge Latin Course

J5 Latin

Coverage of the Cullen and Taylor Latin to GCSE course

Chapters 1 and 2 of Cullen and Taylor Latin to GCSE course

Chapters 3 and 4 of Cullen and Taylor Latin to GCSE course

Completing Chapter 4 of Cullen and Taylor Latin to GCSE course then translation of Roman myths