Wolverhampton Grammar School is the only independent school in Wolverhampton to offer Classics. We offer Latin at GCSE and Classical Civilisation and Latin at A Level.
Our Classics Department promotes the interest in, understanding and appreciation of the ancient worlds through its language, history and culture. Although academically focussed, the department aims to ignite intellectual curiosity in the ancient and modern world.
Classics is really brought to life at Wolverhampton Grammar School with students visiting several sites of archaeological interest and study, as well as whole class participation in activities like reading Latin plays out loud. Year 8 students are even tutored on different combinations of gladiatorial combat!
Diane Birt and Ruth Taylor-Briggs make use of 21st century technology including incorporating the use of Apps and iPADS throughout lessons.
For those interested in extra-curricular ways to get involved in Classics the department also runs Greek and Archaeology Clubs, and there may by opportunities to visit ancient sites overseas.
Students have gone on to study Classics at Cambridge as well as teaching and research careers.
Latin continues to be a most respected and academic qualification, looked upon with approval by all academic institutions. This course gives students the opportunity to study elements of the language, literature and culture of the Roman world which is the foundation of so much of our language and culture today. Through the continuation of the Cambridge Latin course and other support materials developed to address the needs of the individual, students will develop their knowledge of the Latin language alongside an aptitude for analysis. Understanding of the use and application of grammar is an essential, cross curricular skill that will aid the development of the ability to analyse and evaluate then apply findings in a logical format. Later in the course, students will read extracts from some of the most famous works by well-known Roman authors and study these alongside other source material in order to gain a unique insight and perspective into the life of a Roman 2000 years ago. There are further opportunities to study aspects of Roman civilisation. The course follows a linear structure.
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Latin Literature and Sources (Themes)
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Component 3A Latin Literature (Narratives) or 3B Roman Civilisation
Wolverhampton Grammar School is the only independent school in the area to offer Latin at A Level.
The School’s Classics Department promotes the interest in, understanding and appreciation of the ancient worlds through its language, history and culture. Although academically focussed, the department aims to ignite intellectual curiosity in the ancient and modern world.
Latin A Level is an attractive course of study with a real focus on language skills. You will gain impressive transferable skills including the confidence to approach language sensitively and critically, thanks to the focus on analytical and evaluative skills. You will study a unique range of texts – students have the chance to study texts covering a range of disciplines such as history, philosophy, literature, religion and politics. Stimulating your intellect and honing your analytical skills.
Latin is really brought to life at Wolverhampton Grammar School through a variety of different teaching techniques designed to stimulate independent learning and intellectual curiosity. It is the aim of the department to bring to life the language and culture of the Ancient World and explore its
relevance in modern society. Teaching and learning is enhanced with the use of modern technology, as well as visits to sites, museums and participation in competitions and events.
Unseen Translation (01):
Prose Composition or Comprehension (02):
Prose Literature (03):
Verse Literature (04):
Studying Classical Civilisation allows students to examine various aspects of the classical world that are significant to the development of the modern world including archaeology, architecture, art, history and politics, literature and philosophy.
The study of Classical Civilisation complements many other popular A Levels, including Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature, Government and Politics, History and Philosophy, as well as a study of the classical languages i.e. Latin (all of those subjects are also available at Wolverhampton Grammar School).
Wolverhampton Grammar School’s Classics Department promotes the interest in, understanding and appreciation of the ancient worlds through its language, history and culture. Although academically focussed, the department aims to ignite intellectual curiosity in the ancient and modern world.
The World of the Hero
Culture and the Arts
Beliefs and Ideas