Exploring the Value of Classics in the Primary Curriculum

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The Bristol Classics Hub and Classics for All are working in partnership with Castle Court School to support the teaching and learning of primary classics in Dorset.

On 17th October, they will be running a free after-school CPD session for Key Stage 2 teachers in Wimborne, Poole and the surrounding area. During this session, they will explore the value of classics in the curriculum and discuss ways in which classical subjects could enrich the learning experiences of students in your schools. Whether you are interested in introducing Latin or Ancient Greek to support literacy or language learning at KS2, or you would like to explore how classical mythology, literature or ancient history can be incorporated into the English or History curriculum, this session will prove invaluable.

Why classics in primary schools?

Latin and Ancient Greek can now be studied as part of the compulsory Key Stage 2 languages curriculum. Classical languages are proving to be increasingly popular alternatives to modern foreign languages and are accessible for pupils of all abilities. They offer pupils a great foundation for later study of French or Spanish at Key Stage 3 and help to enhance literacy. Primary Latin and Greek courses are accessible and fun, using story and cartoons to open a window on Roman history and culture as well as insight into word derivation and grammar.

What will the session include?

The session will:

  • Explore how Latin and Ancient Greek can be taught as part of the primary languages curriculum
  • Discuss why an increasing number of state schools are using classics to enrich the busy school curriculum
  • Provide an overview of teaching resources and materials available to support the teaching of classics in schools.

Further free training and support will be available for those who choose to introduce Classics in their primary school.

Contact information

To register your interest for this free CPD session, please sign up online by 25th September or email the organisers, even if you would just like to know a little more at this stage.