Classics

At More House, we study the Latin language and how it is still relevant today. We also explore the culture of the classical world, delving into how both the Greeks and the Romans lived in order to broaden our understanding of how the ancient world has helped shape the world we live in today.

STAFF

Head of Department (Maternity Leave)

Mrs R Gilbertson

rgilbertson@morehousemail.org.uk

Acting Head of Department

Mrs R Tunnicliffe

rtunnicliffe@morehousemail.org.uk

 

Mrs K Thornton 

kthornton@morehousemail.org.uk

Aims

We aim to develop a knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the classical world, its languages, literature, and cultures. Through teaching the Latin language, we aim to instill in pupils an understanding of the way language works and help establish a framework that will be useful for learning languages throughout their lives. We teach an awareness of the links between the ancient and modern world, particularly in relation to language, literature, and art.

KS3 (years 8 and 9) – Latin

Latin is introduced in year 8. We follow the Cambridge Latin course, learning the language through the stories of Caecilius and his family in Pompeii. The focus at this early stage is on translation and understanding Latin sentence structure by recognising the verb and noun endings. The girls are encouraged to learn new vocabulary, which broadens their knowledge of English through derivations.

In year 9, the girls are split into two or sometimes three groups. Two groups continue with Latin, while the other group focuses solely on classical civilisation studies.

Year 9 – Latin

We move on to book II of the Cambridge Latin course in year 9. Having witnessed the devastation caused by Vesuvius at the end of book I, we move to Roman Britain where the translations are set to the backdrop of King Cogidubnus and his palatial abode at Fishbourne. New language topics are covered, which allow the girls to attempt the translation of more complex sentences. Particular attention is given to the introduction of adjectives and pronouns, while verbs are broken down into their principle parts to ensure a deeper understanding of the syntax.

Year 9 – Classical Civilisation

The course is designed to give the girls a flavour of what to expect from GCSE classical civilisation. Some of the topics covered include:

  • The Greek and Roman gods and their influence on the ancient world.
  • Hercules and how he is viewed by the Greeks and Romans.
  • Greek and Roman civilisations – their religious practices, temples, festivals, and the underworld.
  • Two books from Homer’s Odyssey, which is the GCSE set text.

Clubs and Activities

The Greeks and Romans left behind a wealth of resources for us to explore. At More House, we pride ourselves on providing enrichment for the girls across year groups by giving them the opportunity to visit some of the ancient world’s most remarkable sites. We run a variety of trips, including:

  • Year 8 trip to the Roman Baths at Bath.
  • Year 9 trip to the London Museum.
  • Years 10-13 trip to Athens, Greece or Rome, Italy.

Our central London location affords us regular visits to the British Museum: years 10 and 11 are able to study some of the artifacts that may appear in their exams, while year 12 girls are able to study the Greek vases that depict characters from Homer’s Iliad, the A-level set text. The sixth-form pupils are able to attend lectures hosted by Sovereign Education, which cover a variety of the topics studied at A level. Moreover, the Greek plays studied in year 13 are frequently staged in London – these are booked on an ad-hoc basis whenever they become available.