Bootham students all have the opportunity to broaden their minds with the study of Classics and Latin from Lower Schoolroom onwards. We offer study of the language, culture, literature and history of the Greeks and Romans, and our aim is to make learning as stimulating, challenging and enjoyable as is possible. We encourage our students to think critically and logically as well as to make links and comparisons between ancient civilizations and modern societies.
Both Classics and Latin are popular choices at GCSE and A Level and in recent years a number of our students have gone on to study both Classics and Archaeology at university.
We offer regular educational visits to enhance the students’ learning and recent trips have included Rome and the Bay of Naples at Easter 2016 and Hadrian’s Wall, the British Museum as well as nearby visits such as the Yorkshire Museum. College Classics and Latin students also have the fantastic opportunity to win a travel scholarship to study sites of Roman interest.
View over Vesuvius
Lower Schoolroom (year 7) Classics: Minoan Crete, Greek myths, gods, the Greek alphabet. Latin (from February half term): Cambridge Latin Course, Book 1, Stages 1-4.
Middle Schoolroom (year 8) Two groups of students continue learning Latin, finishing Cambridge Latin Course Book 1 by the end of the Summer Term. One group studies Classics: Celtic and Roman Britain, Boudicca, Roman Entertainments and Leisure, Roman numerals.
Upper Schoolroom (year 9) Typically one group studies Latin using Cambridge Latin Course Book 2 and two groups study Classics: the Trojan War story based on Homer’s Iliad, Spartans and Alexander the Great.
GCSE Latin: Language - Translation and comprehension questions on an unseen Latin story and short sentences from English into Latin. Literature - a range of original Latin texts and other related source material on a given theme, e.g. ‘Growing up in Rome’ and one particular narrative of a given author such as Virgil.
GCSE Classical Civilisation: Homer’s Odyssey, Pompeii and Herculaneum, Roman Social Life and the emperor Nero (for controlled assessment)
A Level Latin: Language - Unseen translation of passages of prose and of verse into English, Prose Composition (translation of at least 100 words into Latin). Students build on their knowledge of vocabulary and linguistic structures following on from GCSE. Literature - translation, comprehension and an analysis question on two set texts of prose and two of verse.
A Level Classical Civilisation College 1 (AS): Greek Tragedy in its context, Greek History from original sources on Athenian Democracy. College 2 (A2): Greek Art and Architecture, Virgil and the World of the hero.
The link to the GCSE curriculum for 2016 entry is here, and for the sixth form curriculum for 2017, click here. Updated information for GCSE 2017 entry will be available in September/October 2016.