Three classes study Latin in both Year 7 and Year 8. The department follows the Cambridge Latin Course. This is a story based course which is very accessible to students and enriched by excellent background material on Roman life. As well as using the Cambridge Latin Course textbook we also deliver the course via the CLC DVD and online teaching materials.
In Year 7 students complete Unit I of the Cambridge Latin Course. This unit is set in the town of Pompeii and follows the lives of a Roman family in the run-up to the eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Students encounter the nominative, accusative and dative cases and become familiar with present and past tense verb forms. In addition, students learn about background topics including Roman family life, gladiators, the Roman theatre and the Roman baths.
In Year 8 students complete Unit II of the Cambridge Latin Course. This unit is divided between Roman Britain and Alexandria in Egypt. The story follows the adventures of the character Quintus who fled from Pompeii during the eruption of Vesuvius and subsequently travelled around various parts of the empire. Language features covered include the genitive case, present participles and adjectives.
Students will be studying for one GCSE certificate but will be assessed in three different areas: Latin Language, Latin Literature (Themes) and Roman Culture. All components are assessed in the summer exam season of Year 11.
In Years 9 and 10 students continue their study of the Cambridge Latin Course completing Books III and IV including translations, comprehensions and grammatical exercises. Midway through Year 9 students start learning the Defined Latin vocabulary list set for the unprepared translation and comprehension paper, and often the Roman Society topic, depending on what it is that year.
During Years 10 and 11 students will study original Latin set texts which are prescribed for the examination and this work continues throughout much of Year 11, together with the ongoing practice of unseen translation and comprehension papers. At the end of Year 10, we start preparing the students for the literature examination.
The qualification is made up of three units:
1. Latin Language (50%)
Paper 1 – Comprehension, translation and either grammar questions or English into Latin translation.
2. Latin Literature: (30%)
Paper 2 – Comprehension and style questions on a Roman Literature theme (changes every 2-3 years)
3. Roman Civilisation (20%)
Paper 3 – Factual recall, source stimulus, and extended evaluation questions on a theme of Roman society (e.g. Entertainment and Leisure or Religion).
In Years 9 and 10 students continue their study of the Cambridge Latin Course completing Books III and IV including translations, comprehensions and grammatical exercises. Midway through Year 9 students start learning the Level 2 Defined Latin vocabulary list set for the unprepared translation and comprehension paper, and also the Roman Society topic.
During Years 10 and 11 students will study original Latin set texts which are prescribed for the examination and this work continues throughout much of Year 11, together with the ongoing practice of unseen translation and comprehension papers.
Full details of the syllabus may be found on www.wjec.co.uk
Students should also visit www.cambridgescp.com where interactive resources can be found, including language exercises, a self-testing vocabulary program, sources for the Roman Civilisation Topic and annotated copies of the prescribed literature.
The Classical Civilisation GCSE is made up of two equally weighted examined units.
The first unit is a comparative thematic study of Greek and Roman Myth and Religion. The second unit is a most focused study of an aspect of Greek OR Roman culture and literature. This is likely to be a study of the Homeric World, but the City of Rome has also been taught for examination.
Students learn to select, organise and evaluate primary evidence taken from the literature and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations. They also undertake independent research and develop presentation skills. They gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greek and Roman
worlds through the topic areas studied.
All Classical texts are studied in English translation – no knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin is required.
Key Stage 5, Years 12-13: OCR Classical Civilisation (H408)
In this course, students learn much about the literature, society and values of the Ancient Greek and Roman civilisations.
The A Level Course is made up of three units:
- The World of the Hero (40%)
- Arts and Culture – The Greek Theatre (30%)
- Beliefs and Ideas – The Politics of the Late Roman Republic (30%)
In Year 12 students will begin their study of the World of the Hero through Homer’s great epic The Odyssey, which tells the thrilling tale of the return of the Greek hero Odysseus from the Trojan War. They learn, amongst other things, about the role of the gods, power and fate; the concept of heroism; life and society as portrayed by Homer; the roles of women and slaves. They will also learn about the transmission of oral texts and the archaeological and historical background. This study is continued in Year 13 through the study of the Roman epic, The Aeneid by Virgil. This text allows students to see the direct influence of the Greek literary tradition on Roman culture and contrast Greek and Roman ideas of heroism.
The arts and culture unit is also studied in Year 12 to complement the study of the Odyssey. Students study three great examples of Greek Tragedy; two tragedies and one comedy. In addition to a detailed study analysis of the set plays, students learn about the background to Greek theatrical festivals, the architecture of the theatre space and artwork as a source for understanding how plays were performed.
In Year 13, and also complementary to the study of the Aeneid, students learn about the key events that led to the fall of the Roman Republic and three different influential political figures of the age; Cato, Caesar and Cicero. Primary sources from all three figures are studied to appreciate the contrasting ideologies of the time.
To study this course, for AS, you should have a level 6 in Classical Civilisation GCSE if taken. However, if students have not previously studied Classical Civilisation we would look for a level 6 in English or another humanities subject. All Classical texts are studied in English translation – no knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin is required.
Key Stage 5, Years 12-13: OCR Latin AS/A2 Level H039/H439
Throughout the A Level courses students consolidate and develop their knowledge of the grammar encountered at GCSE to increase confidence in unseen translation, comprehension and composition. They also study prose and verse set texts to which they apply detailed, critical analysis. Recent set text authors have included Cicero, Ovid and Virgil.