Classics Curriculum

Classics runs for Sixth Form students only (Years 12 and 13).

Click on the links below to jump to a particular Year Group:

 

 

Year 12

Half Term 1 (September – October)
Unit 1: The Odyssey

  • Introduction to oral poetry, and the historical and cultural context of Homer’s Odyssey.
  • The Mycenaeans: Bronze Age warriors and kings.
  • Books 1-4 of the Odyssey: a son searches for his father.
  • The characterisation of the Suitors.

Unit 2: Roman History

  • Introduction to Roman society and politics.
  • Historical background – Augustus’ rise to power, the battle of Actium.
  • Using primary sources from history.
  • Focus on sources – Augustus in his own words (was he as popular as he tells us?)
  • Horace – happy to praise the ruler.

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 2 (November – December)
Unit 1: The Odyssey

  • The Adventure Books: Gods and Monsters, Books 5-11.
  • Calypso, the Cyclops, Aeolus and the bag of winds, Circe and descent to the Underworld.
  • Fantasy and realism in the Odyssey.
  • Analysis of the concept of a hero, and consideration of Odysseus’ leadership qualities.

Unit 2: Roman History

  • Three Roman historians dish the dirt about the emperors: Suetonius, Tacitus, Velleius Paterculus. How accurate are their accounts of Augustus?

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (January – February)
Unit 1: The Odyssey

  • Study of Books 12-17.
  • Odysseus loses his men, yet returns to Ithaca.
  • Disguise as a beggar and loss of identity.
  • The importance of Xenia to Homeric society.
  • Group ICT presentations on individual books and themes.

Unit 2 Roman History

  • The propaganda poets – Virgil and Propertius build up the legend of Augustus.

External Assessments: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 4 (March – April)
Unit 1: The Odyssey

  • Study of Books 18-24: Banquets and Slaughter.
  • An analysis of the motif of light as a symbol for the return of the King.
  • The Lapiths and Centaurs: a legendary struggle.
  • The role and presentation of women in Homeric society.
  • The development of the character and confidence of Telemachus.
  • Husband and wife re-united.

Unit 2: Roman History

  • Balancing the picture – sources from various writers give accounts of unrest, unpopularity and attempted assassination.
  • Strabo, Macrobius, Seneca the Younger and others complete our knowledge.

External Assessments: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 5 (May – June)
Unit 1: The Odyssey

  • Thematic overview and exam preparation with practice questions
  • May exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 2: Roman History

  • Thematic overview of the course
  • Exam preparation
  • May exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

External Assessments: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

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Year 13

Half Term 1 (September – October)

  • Virgil’s Aeneid Books 2 – 4: analysis and study.
  • The fall of Troy and Aeneas as a hero.
  • The tragedy of Dido and suffering of man. How far is Aeneas responsible for Dido’s death?
  • Roman History: Overview of the Emperors and their reigns from Augustus to Domitian.
  • Tacitus and Suetonius as sources: history and biography as genre.

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: No
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 2 (November – December)

  • Aeneid Books 5-8: The pursuit of Rome. How far does Aeneas’ visit to the Underworld where he sees the vision of the future greatness of Rome spur him on to accept his mission and quest?
  • The shield of Aeneas and a comparison with the shield of Achilles.
  • Roman history: Structure of Roman society. The emperors’ relationships with the senate, equites, freedmen and plebs. To what extent does the evidence help us to understand how emperors gained and maintained the support of the various classes in Rome?

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: No
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (January – February)

  • Aeneid Books 9-12: Duels and Death. ‘There are tears for the suffering of all’.
  • How successful is the ending of the Aeneid? How effectively does Virgil portray the sense of loss in war? To what extent does Aeneas act with the qualities of ‘piety’ and ‘clemency’? Is Aeneas a model Roman hero?
  • Roman History: The administration of the city of Rome. How consistent were the emperors in their policies during the period relating to water supply, policing, fire-fighting, management of the grain supply and housing regulation? How well organised was the city and did living conditions improve in the course of the 1st Century AD?
  • ‘Bread and circuses’: is this all that mattered to the people of Rome?

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: No
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 4 (March – April)

  • Homer’s Iliad: a study and analysis of Books 6, 18, 22 and 24.
  • The portrayal of women in Homer and Virgil: wives and mothers.
  • A comparison of similes and characterisation in Homer and Virgil.
  • The importance of the father/son relationship.
  • Fate, Jupiter and the gods.
  • Roman history: Buildings and religion in the city of Rome. How far were building projects designed to benefit the people of Rome, or were they merely an act of self-indulgence and self-interest on the part of the emperors?
  • How far did the 1st century AD witness a development in religion, with Eastern mystery religions becoming more popular and being promoted by the emperors? What evidence is there to suggest that the emperors were intolerant of certain religions?

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: No
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 5 (April – May)

  • Preparation for exams

External Assessment: Yes
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: No
Field Trips/Visits: No

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