Classics is the study of both the Greek and Roman worlds between 1200BC and 500AD. Within Classics there are 4 distinct subject areas: Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, Greek and Latin. At The King’s (The Cathedral) School we study Classical Civilisation and Latin.
'ad astra per humanitatem ac linguam, cum arte etlabore (atque cum Caecilio in horto)'
We believe it is important to use a wide variety of approaches to learning Classical subjects and include a wide range of different types of learning activities. These include creative, dramatic and imaginative tasks as well as written, analytical and reading tasks. The subject also develops a wide range of skills through the study of the language, history and culture of the Greeks and Romans and the study of their literature and the artefacts they created.
In year 7 pupils are given a taster lesson of Latin and a taster lesson of German in order to make an informed choice as to which they would like to study in years 8 and 9.
Those pupils who opt to do Latin begin studying the Cambridge Latin Course Book 1. This book is set in Pompeii in 79AD and follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of Caecilius, Metella and their household. The book covers the basics of the Latin language and introduces civilisation topics like baths, theatre, gladiators and houses.
In year 8 pupils get the chance to design their own poster advertising gladiator games. In year 9 pupils complete their study of Book 1 and then go onto Book 2 of the Cambridge Latin Course which is set in Roman Britain and Roman Alexandria. During year 9 they also get the chance to go to the Museum of London and the British Museum to develop their knowledge of Roman Britain. In year 9 pupils get the chance to design their own mosaics and create their own movies about Life in Roman Britain.
Every other year pupils are given the chance to go to Italy - either the Bay of Naples or Rome.
Those pupils who have studied Latin in years 8 and 9 have the opportunity to continue to study it in years 10 and 11. It is currently offered in two option columns.
Every other year there is the opportunity to go to Italy - either to the Bay of Naples or to Rome.
We offer A Level Classical Civilisation to any students who are interested – there is no requirement to have studied a Classical subject beforehand. We follow the OCR A Level Specification
. The Classical Civilisation course covers four units:
City Life in Roman Italy – we study the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia to understand what they can reveal to us about the lifestyle of the Romans.
Greek tragedy in its Context – we study four Greek plays to understand how they were performed, how characters were depicted and what we can learn about Greek beliefs and principles.
Virgil and the World of the Hero – we study parts of The Iliad by Homer and The Aeneid by Virgil to understand the concept of a hero in the ancient world, the importance of the Trojan War and its aftermath throughout Classical culture and the importance of Aeneas founding the Roman people.
Greek Art and Architecture – we study the development of vase painting and sculpture in Greek society and also the architecture of sanctuaries and the significance of those spaces for Greeks.
For those students who have studied Latin to GCSE Level there is the possibility of taking one Latin module and one Class Civilisation module each year at A Level and gain an A Level in Classics
We aim to take students to see at least one Greek play during the year and year 13 go to the British Museum as part of their Greek Art and Architecture Unit.
PGCE & MA in Classics and Archaeology
PGCE & BA in Classics