At Blanchelande, Classics is taught from Year 4 upwards.
Western Civilisation is built on the foundations of Ancient Greece and Rome, and the study of Classics enables students to understand the origins of art, literature, law, religion and the basis of most European languages. Classics principally consists of the study of the Latin language as well as a broad introduction to Classical Civilisation (both Greek and Roman).
In our Primary school, pupils are taught about Roman society and the Latin language through the Minimus course, books one and two.
In the senior school, Latin broadly follows the ISEB curriculum and resources (published by Galore Park). This course gives a thorough but accessible grounding to Latin grammar and translation as well as familiarising students with the stories of Greek and Roman mythology (in Year 7 English the set text is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief).
The core skill in Latin is that of accurate translation. This begins straight away with the basic vocabulary and grammar of simple words, phrases and sentences, and gradually builds up to ‘real Latin’ in authentic works of Roman literature.
Pupils receive regular short tests and assessments to ensure that they are assimilating the material. Assessment material in Year 7 and 8 will be based on Common Entrance Level 1.