Classical Civilisation & Latin

The Classics Department is based in Room CL1.  We use an interactive whiteboard as well as Netbooks in lessons and utilise lots of display space both inside and outside the classroom.  The Classics Department provides its students with the opportunity to come into contact with the language, literature and culture of the classical civilisations of Greece and Rome.

The Department provides areas of study in which students:

  • Are encouraged to compare and contrast the values of their own lives with those of people in distant yet related cultures.
  • Enjoy the discipline of learning a highly inflected language which encourages logical thinking.
  • Learn about the origins of our democracy, thus heightening their awareness of civic responsibilities.
  • Read in translation some of the greatest and most influential literature of Western Europe.
  • Develop into informed, open-minded and questioning young people.

Year 7 :  Students study Latin using Book 1 of the Cambridge Latin Course.  Alongside the language they will learn about aspects of life in Roman Pompeii and in Year 8 Book 2 takes them to Roman Britain and Roman Egypt as they continue their language studies.

Year 9 :  In Year 9 we cater for many different types of Latinist – beginners or experienced.  Students go into the appropriate set and either start the Cambridge Latin Course or pick it up somewhere in Book 2 and continue from there.

GCSE Year 10 & 11 :  We teach the EDUQAS GCSE Latin course in Years 10 and 11.  Students continue to study the language (worth 50% of the final grade) via the Cambridge Latin Course culminating in Book 4 set in Rome itself.  In Year 10 students compile information on the chosen civilisation topic (currently Entertainment and Leisure) which is worth 20% of the final GCSE.  In Year 11 they study the literature for the remaining 30%.  This is a selection of original Roman writings on a theme, currently A Day at the Races.

A Level Year 12 & 13 :  In the Sixth Form we offer the very popular OCR Classical Civilisation A level.  This requires no knowledge of Latin or Greek as all the literature is read in translation.  The three areas of study areas are:

  1. The World of the Hero which covers Greek and Roman epic poetry, specifically the Odyssey, where we examine what happens to Odysseus after the Greeks win the Trojan War, and the Aeneid, which is about the mythical ancestor of the Romans, Aeneas, and his struggles to fulfil his destiny.
  2. Culture and the Arts, which is a study of the theatre of ancient Greece through the reading of two Greek tragedies and a comedy play.
  3. Beliefs and Idea. Greek Religion is our topic based module where students learn all about Greek gods, the important part they played in ancient Greek life, and how they were worshipped.

For AS level only, students study The Odyssey and some of the theatre topic. Classical Civilisation lessons always inspire lively debate when we compare our own values and society with those of the ancients.

For extra-curricular enrichment students can experience a variety of activities such as, when possible, a trip to Rome and the Bay of Naples.  Nearer home we have run trips to Fishbourne Roman Villa, lecture study days and play performances.  We are planning to take Year 7 to Lullingstone Roman Villa.

Mrs Ginny Warren, Head of Department : warreng@cranbrook.kent.sch.uk