Tutor Profile: Richard Toley, Classics/Headmaster
The study of Classics brings ancient civilizations alive through their technologies, their culture and their conflicts but also provides students with the opportunity to think about how the events and stories from the past play a part in our present. Pupils learn how to evaluate evidence in different mediums, write analytical essays and structure cogent arguments in class debate.
During the course of the year pupils study the Greek gods, The Trojan War from a historical perspective, the wanderings of Odysseus, creation myths and the Underworld. Primary and Secondary sources are used and evaluated to aid skill set progression.
Here the battle at the Pass of Thermopylae, Athenian democracy, the "greatness" of Alexander, Hannibal and the battle of Cannae and the murder of Julius Caesar are all put under the microscope. Pupils are given the opportunity to present their findings in a variety of formats ranging from film footage through to essay format.
S5 and S6 Higher (Advanced Higher on request):
The study of Greek and Roman society reveals not merely the origins but provides instructive models of important issues, for example: democracy and other systems of government; imperialism; and social structures.
Life in Classical Greece. In this Unit, learners will develop techniques to evaluate the value and reliability of a range of sources of evidence to draw detailed conclusions about classical Greek society. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of 5th century BCE Athens by selecting from a range of topics such as religion, politics, society, morality or culture, comparing these with the modern world.
Classical Literature. In this Unit, learners will develop techniques to analyse classical literature, and draw conclusions about universal ideas, themes or values. Learners will be required to study classical Greek or Roman literature. Through this study learners will gain knowledge and understanding of the universal ideas, themes or values revealed by classical literature which link the classical and modern worlds.
Life in the Roman World. In this Unit, learners will develop techniques to interpret and understand a range of sources, including archaeological evidence, and will draw detailed conclusions about life in the Roman world. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of Rome in the 1st century BCE and the 1st century CE by selecting from a range of topics such as religion, politics, society, morality or culture, comparing these with the modern world.
The Assignment. This gives the learner the chance to choose and research an appropriate classical studies issue and to draw a reasoned conclusion from this evidence. The assignment is to be produced within 1hr 30min under controlled conditions. A research sheet can be used to assist.
Pupils need to achieve passes in the internal assessment of all 3 units stated above. The examination is worth 60/90 marks with the exam lasting 2hrs 15min. The Assignment is responsible for the remaining 30 marks towards the overall examination grade.