Classics

Steeped in the myths and languages that have shaped our culture of today, Classics at Pinewood aims to provide pupils with a sound knowledge of the Ancient World.  We explore the Roman way of life and lead pupils towards an insightful understanding of Classical languages. Ours is an heritage both Greek and Roman and via the medium of broad linguistic and cultural experiences our pupils are able to see how this is at the heart of contemporary society.

Latin and Classical Civilization are available to all Pupils at Pinewood and we divide our time between cultural studies and language formation.

The Curriculum

Pinewood Pupils are introduced to Classics in Year 5 where they learn about stories from Roman legends and about life in Ancient Rome. In Year 6, pupils compare Greek and Roman life, religion and culture, exploring how these link to our world of today.

In Year 7 pupils commence their preparation for Common Entrance. They start exploring the language, its grammatical and etymological structure that forms the basis of many European languages. Pupils are encouraged directly, according to their ability, with appropriate differentiation in formal Latin grammar between the sets of each year group.  This carries on through to Year 8 and even Scholarship for some.  Pupils still continue to explore Greek myths and stories such as The Fall of Troy and the Odyssey within a more linguistic context.

Scholarship candidates in Year 8 have the opportunity to study Ancient Greek, and are encouraged to offer it for examination when applying for awards.

Resources

The Classics department is fortunate to have access to a wide range of language textbooks for differing academic levels.  We have also created in addition a wealth of differentiated activities that are tailor-made for Pinewood pupils. We use a balance of traditional books as well as technology in various forms to cater for all styles of learners.

Trips and Visits

Trips organised by the Classics department include visiting an original Roman site at Chedworth Villa near Cheltenham, as well as the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

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