Capital Classics

Information for Schools

The Capital Classics Project consists of the following centres and hubs:

The Classics Centre comprises the East End Classics Centre and the Nower Hill High School North London Classics Centre Hub and will be working with secondary schools and sixth form colleges.  We are particularly interested in hearing from secondary schools and sixth form colleges in London boroughs who offer classical subjects or who might be interested in offering classical subjects (with support and assistance from the Classics Centre) in the future.  Please see below for further details and contacts.

The Iris Project will be working with primary schools.  We are particularly interested in hearing from primary schools in London boroughs who offer classical subjects or who might be interested in offering classical subjects (with support and assistance from the Iris Project) in the future.  Please see below for further details and contacts.

The East End Classics Centre

The East End Classics Centre is a collaboration between schools and colleges in the East End of London and university partners, including the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford; Wadham College, University of Oxford; the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London; the Department of Greek and Latin, University College London and the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at Liverpool.  The Centre is based at BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College in Hackney and includes the Library of the Ancient World, which is open to all students in the local area and anyone else with an interest in classical subjects and the ancient world.

The collaboration hopes to develop and enhance the study of Classics in schools and colleges by hosting events such as academic lectures, cultural visits, trips, and summer schools.  Most events and activities are open to both students and teachers.

We also hope to assist schools and colleges to develop and enhance the teaching of classical subjects (such as Latin and Classical Civilisation subjects) through the provision of continuing professional development (CPD), support and subject-specific training for teachers.

The East End Classics Centre is particularly interested in hearing from local schools and sixth form colleges in the East End of London, both those that already offer classical subjects to students and those who might be interested in offering Latin, Greek and classical subjects to students in the future, with support from the Classics Centre.

We are especially interested in hearing from teachers at secondary schools and colleges in East and North London boroughs: whether you already teach classics-related subjects or not, we would like to assist you with developing or enhancing the provision of Classics in your school or college.  All teachers, including those who teach History, Drama, English and modern foreign languages (or any other subject), are strongly encouraged to contact us to discuss your needs and possible ways that we can help us.

Please contact the East End Classics Centre Co-ordinator, Dr. Crystal Addey (caddey@bsix.ac.uk) for further information or to register your interest.

iris

The Iris Project is a charitable organisation established by Dr. Lorna Robinson. It aims to promote and facilitate the teaching of Classics and classical languages in primary schools across London and the UK.

The Project is offering primary schools a Latin programme of ten weeks’ duration, beginning in September 2014. The course is based around a beautifully illustrated and informative course book, ‘Telling Tales in Latin’, which introduces students to Latin and the classical tradition through tales from classical mythology, read in the original language (please see below for cover illustration). Initially, the course will be taught to pupils by undergraduate students of Classics from University College London, King’s College London, and Birkbeck, University of London.

The course is designed to be fun and interactive, and uses a variety of resources to bring the Classics to life in the classroom. While aiming to open up the classical world to students, the course also works towards improving students’ confidence, raising their aspirations, and bolstering their all-important Reading and Writing Skills required for SATs examinations. By the end of the course, pupils are expected to have a solid grounding in how a language such as Latin works, will be able to connect the Latin language to its literary canon, and will have developed an understanding of the way in which the ‘building blocks’ of many languages fit together.

Ultimately, the Project aims to help teachers teach and run the programme independently in their schools. As such, schools and teachers will continue to benefit from the expertise at Iris’ disposal, including access to additional teaching resources, advice and guidance from the Project Co-ordinator, and a detailed fifty-page teachers’ guide.

Please contact the London Schools’ Co-ordinator, Mr. Xavier Pollock (xavier.murray-pollock.10@ucl.ac.uk), for further information or to register your interest.

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