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Classical Civilisation (KS3 and GCSE Only)
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Classical Civilisation (KS3 and GCSE Only)

The study of Classical Civilisation introduces pupils to the culture, history and lifestyle of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The stories passed down from ancient times are peopled by gods, heroes and monsters: some are mythological, others all too real, and many remind us of characters from our own modern age.

From the origins of democracy to the first great book of Western literature, The Iliad, the study of Classical Civilisation teaches the history of ideas that are at the root of the modern world. Not only can students understand history and culture better by seeing where they came from, but they can also enjoy the sheer escapism of plunging into the mists of time. The study of Classical Civilisation has something for everyone: eager historians will enjoy studying Pompeii and learning how to evaluate source material, philosophically minded students will be fascinated by the rituals and beliefs behind ancient religious practices, and the more literary students will have a chance to read extracts from ancient texts.

Kingswood's Classical Civilisation department is particularly fortunate to be part of a school that is located in Bath, the Roman town of Aquae Sulis, and home to the best-preserved Roman baths complex in the world outside of Italy.

Key Stage 3

Pupils studying one Modern Foreign Language in Year 9 will study Classical Civilisation. The purpose of this course is to acquire an understanding of some of the elements of Classical Civilisation, literature and language which have had a profound influence on modern societies, to fire the imagination and to deepen and develop experience by considering aesthetic, ethical, linguistic, political religious and social questions.

In our study of Classical Civilisation, we shall explore Ancient Greece. Our course looks at ancient religion; daily life; landmark historical events, such as the Battle of Thermopylae; and characters such as Alexander the Great. We use a range of textbooks, set texts, DVDs and videos, as well as an interactive programme on our Intranet focusing on Greek gods and goddesses.

GCSE

The GCSE course affords pupils the opportunity to study both the history and literature of the period in order to enhance their understanding of the ancient world.

Students follow the OCR specification at GCSE level and study the following topics:

  • Thematic Study: Myth and Religion
  • Literature and Culture: Roman City Life