Classics: How the new Classical Civilisation 13+ exam can supplement and enhance the teaching of the Latin and Greek syllabi
Classics is a subject with great diversity, incorporating everything from great literature, mythology, warfare, science, philosophy and the list goes on. For most colleagues teaching Classics in the prep school system, I am sure that they already incorporate various aspects of civilisation studies into their teaching. However, the advent of the new civilisation examination appears to have met with a mixed response, with some colleagues questioning, with already limited lesson time per week dedicated mainly to the study of Latin, how they can facilitate preparation for this new examination. The argument to be made in this colloquium is that this new examination presents opportunities to reinforce language studies, rather than obstacles. Speakers for the day present views from an expert in the field of the Persian Wars, a perspective of how students’ learning in the prep system can feed through to their senior studies, and an understanding of what is to be expected of pupils undertaking the new examination paper.