Ours is a 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.
We divide our time between cultural studies and language formation.
Pinewood Pupils are introduced to Classics in Year 6, when they start discovering Latin, in particular its grammatical and etymological structure, which forms the basis of many European languages. They also explore stories from Greek and Roman myths.
In Year 7 pupils are focused on their preparation for Common Entrance. They build up their translation and comprehension skills, as well as widen their knowledge of Latin vocabulary. 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. We also explore the history of Roman Britain, as well as some Greek myths and legends within a more linguistic context.
Scholarship candidates in Year 8 have the opportunity to study Ancient Greek once they have completed their exams.
The Classics department is fortunate to have access to a wide range of language textbooks and resources for differing academic levels. We have also created a wealth of differentiated activities that are tailor-made for Pinewood pupils. We use a balance of traditional Latin learning activities, as well as technology in various forms, to cater to all styles of learners.
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.