Latin and Classics thrives at Dartford Grammar School.
Students are introduced to the classical world through Latin. Students can opt for Latin as their European Language in Year 8.
In Year 7, students get a taste for the riches that Latin offers through taking part in Roman Day, Humanities Units on the Trojan War and Ancient Rome, as well as the KS3 Latin and Classics Club, which runs weekly.
Students here understand that Latin is far more than just a language. It is the gateway to a whole new world and civilisation that has had such an important role to play in moulding the very fabric of our culture and society to this very day.
There are many ways for our students to explore the ancient world at DGS including the Sixth Form Classical Society, annual Classics lectures and pub quizzes, and several regular trips for different year groups to destinations including Rome, Sicily, and Greece abroad and Fishbourne, the British Museum, and the University of Oxford closer to home.
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In Years 8-10, students follow the Suburani course, including both volumes of the textbook and the full suite of online resources.
We build students understanding of the language and culture to level where they are able to read ‘proper’ Latin literature, prose and verse.
For GCSE, we use the Eduqas/WJEC exam board. Students take 3 papers:
- 50%: Language
- 30%: Literature
- 20%: Civilisation
For the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Latin is offered at Higher and Standard Level. Students continue reading Latin verse and prose. Higher and Standard Levels continues to develop linguistic fluency and cultural awareness through study of literature. Students also choose a social or historical topic to create a Research Dossier of primary sources, developing skills vital for university study.
- Language Paper (35% at Standard Level, 30% at Higher Level)
- Literature Paper (35% at Standard Level, 30% at Higher Level)
- IA: Research dossier on Roman civilisation (30% at Standard Level, 20% at Higher Level)
- HL Composition in Latin (20% at Higher Level only)
Classical Civilisation is also offered on the International Baccalaureate Diploma, where we study the ancient world (in translation). This combines aspects of literature and historical study. It is a beginner’s course and does not require prior study of Latin or any classical subject.
Areas of study: Homer’s Odyssey; Greek tragedy; Augustan Rome; Roman Architecture.