The Perse School
 

Classics

Promoting mental discipline, use of language, analysis and discussion

Our aim

Studying classics encourages mental discipline through the close and accurate reading of texts and develops a more refined use of language through the learning of parts of speech, derivations and so on. It also promotes the skills of analysis and discussion, and encourages succinct expression.

We aim to provide an entrée to the literature and culture of the ancients and, through the study of mythology, to enhance the understanding of English literature. This can make an important contribution to pupils’ communication skills.

Because of its structure, Latin can provide an excellent introduction to general linguistic awareness. It is the source of various Romance languages and therefore a good basis for future study.

Classics provides a route by which pupils can find out about a culture which underlies Western civilisation, leading them to reflect upon our relationship to it, and an opportunity to discuss issues arising from comparison with it.

Finally, it helps pupils to understand the context of original works of art or literature and the springs of concepts such as democracy or theatre, and express their responses.

Learning journey

Pupils spend two thirds of their time on an introduction to the Latin language, translating from and into Latin.

We spend the other third gaining a good classical background, exploring Roman entertainment, Roman and Greek gods, the Iliad and Odyssey, and receiving an introduction to ancient Greek.

Beyond the classroom

Our immersive history days (such as Roman Day) provide opportunities to deepen learning, and the library’s visiting author programme has recently included Caroline Lawrence and Marcia Williams.

Classical references frequently find their way into assemblies, as the Head is a classicist.

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