In the Classics department we offer Latin GCSE and CLassical Civilisation A level.
GCSE Latin has been offered at Redborne since 2011 and we are very excited to be one of the few state schools across the country to be offering it as part of the curriculum. Between twenty and forty-five students sit the exam each year, achieving excellent results and a lasting enthusiasm which sees many of them subsequently choose to take Classical Civilisation at A level.
There are three parts to the Eduqas GCSE course: Latin Language (50%), Roman Civilisation (20%), and Latin Literature (30%).
We use the Cambridge Latin course as a core textbook to study the grammar and vocabulary of the language, with additional texts as required. Students are expected to learn vocabulary and undertake translation on a regular basis. We also do some role playing, some cooking, and occasionally singing!
We run an educational visit to Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum every other year so that each student gets a chance during the course to take part in an experience that really brings the history we study to life.
At A level, the OCR Classical Civilisation course allows a more in-depth exploration of the history, culture and literature of the Greeks (Homer's Odyssey, and Athenian theatre) and Romans (the collapse of the republic, and Virgil's Aeneid), as well as an understanding of how these two cultures interacted with and built on the achievements of the broader classical Mediterranean. The educational visit for A level students is to Athens, Delphi and Mycenae and takes place in the years when GCSE Latin trips don't take place.
As at GCSE, students are successful and achieve grades which allow them to proceed to further study and employment, with a gratifying proportion choosing to pursue degrees in Classics or related disciplines.
Our departmental twitter feed can be found at @RUSClassics
Mr S. Dobson - Subject Leader for Classics