Classics at Wetherby Senior gives boys the chance to experience the ancient world.
The influence of the classical world is all around us. We are all familiar with Greek and Roman myths and legends – who has not heard of Troy’s wooden horse? – but the influence of these two cultures on our everyday lives is wider than that. The Greeks gave us democracy and theatre; the Romans brought us roads and baths. Over 50% of English is derived from Latin. Romance languages such as French and Spanish show the same level of influence.
Classical subjects are highly regarded by both universities and employers. According to the Careers Department at Oxford University, those students who study classical subjects such as Latin go on to have careers in medicine, law, central and local government, computing, and teaching. Famous ex-students of Latin include Boris Johnson (current Mayor of London), J.K. Rowling (author) and Frank Lampard (footballer) which demonstrates the diversity of career paths which students of Classics could embark upon.
All students study Latin for two lessons a week. Lessons include grammar, vocabulary, translation and historical components across the year. Students use the famous Cambridge Latin Course textbooks as a basis for their studies.
Students who choose to continue with Latin will, during their twice weekly lessons, continue with the Cambridge Latin course. Lessons will be at a more challenging level as the students look towards GCSE Latin in Year 10.
Students can choose to take Latin or Classical Civilisation as they move up the school. Both Latin and Classical Civilisation include a mixture of literary and historical topics. Latin remains focused on the language, with translation and interpretation of ancient sources a key component. In Classical Civilisation, boys will access ancient history and literature (such as Homer’s Odyssey) from the ancient world through translation. Both will enhance and extend the boys’ understanding and analytical skills.