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At BGGS we aim to create the very best classicists, teaching Classical Civilisation not only in Year 7 & 8 but also at the GCSE level. We challenge students to think, act and speak like those working in the field would: to research thoroughly, to weigh-up evidence, to understand chronology, to evaluate interpretations and develop arguments. We do this by a consistent approach across the department ensuring all students develop the range of skills needed to become confident in their own opinions, make well supported judgements and expressing them articulately using keywords from topics and academic, classical vocabulary.
Students of classical subjects engage directly with the major cultural achievements of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, which have had an enduring influence on the western world for two millennia. Introducing students to the mythology, historical events and personalities that have had such an impact on the world is one of the most valuable aspects of classical subjects. Classical mythology forms the bedrock of much modern art and literature, and is constantly reworked in theatre, in the visual arts, film and pop-culture. By the end of KS4 we expect our students not only to be able to evaluate Classical sources, to understand the chronology of the Ancient World and to explain the most important events from the period, but also to understand the importance of the subject for the modern societies, and its impact on their culture.