Classical Civilisations

Key Stage 4
 
In GCSE Classical Civilisation  we follow the OCR exam board syllabus. We study the following preparatory and examination topics:
 
Year 9
  • A Classical Education - The study of the themes that continue to link the Classical world to our own time.
  • Archaeology - The study of how archaeologists discover, interpret and recreate our knowledge of the past.
  • Athens vs Sparta - The study of the culture and society of the two most famous, and very different, Ancient Greek city-states.
  • The Odyssey - The study of Homer's epic poem about the many adventures of the hero Odysseus on his long journey home, including monsters, battles, gods, goddesses and his cunning plans. This will be assessed in a 1 hour exam.
Year 10
  • Ancient Rome - The study of the city-life in the in Ancient Rome, including religion, sacrifices, temples, gods, the family, education, dinner parties, gladiators and the Colosseum, and the chariot races in the Circus Maximus. This will be assessed in a 1 hour exam.
  • Pompeii - The study of the culture and society of Ancient Pompeii through the surviving archaeology, including the magnificent forum, amphitheatre, theatres, bath houses, thermopolia, and beautiful private homes. This will be assessed in a 1 hour exam.
Year 11
  • The Aeneid - The study of Virgil's epic poem about the struggles of the hero Aeneas as he flees the ruins of Troy, carrying his father on his back and guiding his son by the hand, as they set off in search of a new homeland. Action, romance, monsters, magic, gods & goddesses, this epic has it all. This will be assessed through one extended essay, written in controlled conditions.
Key Stage 5
 
In GCE Classics  we follow the OCR exam board syllabus, and complete the following examination topics:
 
Year 12
  • Sparta (Greek History from original sources) - The study of the culture and society of the Greek city-state of Sparta, through the surviving evidence. This covers the period from the Battle of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartans sacrificed themselves to inspire the  Greeks to resist invasion, to the Sparta's triumph in the Peloponnesian War. This is assessed in a 90 minute exam.
  • The Odyssey - The study of Homer's epic poem about the many adventures of the hero Odysseus on his long journey home, and his wife and son as they fend off the unruly suitors in their home. Action, drama, horror, fantasy and romance. This epic has it all. This will be assessed in a 90 minute exam.
 
Year 13

Art and Architecture in the Greek World - The study of the famous buildings, sites, sculptures, beautiful objects and pottery of the Ancient Greek world. This will be assessed in a 2 hour exam.
The Aeneid - The study of Virgil's epic poem about the struggles of the hero Aeneas as he flees the ruins of Troy, carrying his father on his back and guiding his son by the hand, as they set off in search of a new homeland. Action, romance, monsters, magic, gods & goddesses, this epic has it all. This will be assessed in a 2 hour exam.
 
Extra Curricular
  • Biannual overseas residential trip to the sights and wonders of Rome and Pompeii. Three trips have taken place, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Check out the film on the website.
  • Biannual trip to the British Museum - The focus of this will be different, with students reinforcing classroom learning through the study of real remains. This is a central part of the Year 13 course of study, and compliments much of what is learned in all key stage 4 and 5 units.