At Three Rivers Academy, we offer students the opportunity to study an additional GCSE in Classical civilisations after school.
Students have the opportunity to learn about Ancient Greece and Rome, their History, culture, myths and religions. Students of Classics will be expected to develop an understanding of the major themes in the Ancient world. In doing so, students will develop their essay writing skills and an understanding of how to critique a wide range of sources.
Year 10 – Myth and Religion in the Ancient World
Students will study myths regarding the role of the gods and heroes in the founding of Athens and Rome and the importance of Heracles/Hercules to both the Greek and Roman world. These are well known stories that learners will enjoy engaging with and studying in increased depth.
Learners will also look at the role of religion in the everyday lives of ancient Greeks and Romans. The study of temples, sacrifice, festivals, death and beliefs in the afterlife will give a broad overview of religion in the ancient world, and provides opportunity for the study of a wide variety of material remains, including remarkable temples and works of art.
Year 11 – City Life in Ancient Rome – Culture and Literature.
Students will explore everyday life in Roman cities, with a particular focus on the Imperial period and popular sites and artefacts from Rome, Ostia, Pompeii and Herculaneum. Examining typical Roman housing can be an excellent way to make learning tangible and relatable for learners, as can the study of education and the lives of young people in the Roman world.
The Literature topics examine poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction texts to provide learners with an introduction to a variety of literature. The Satires of Horace and Juvenal, fiction of Petronius and letters of Pliny will give learners an insight into different literary styles and techniques, as well as into interesting areas of Roman life and society.
At Three Rivers Academy, Classical civilisations has proven a very popular choice for students to take as an additional GCSE providing students with the opportunity of challenging themselves through further academic study.
We hope to be able to offer the Study of Classical Civilisations soon.
What will lessons be like?
Very Exciting! You will use Art, ancient writings, documents and literature to find out the History and Culture of the Ancient world. You will do drama to act out famous events, and you will produce project work and presentations on your own and with friends to show what you can do.