Classics is a broad and stimulating subject area, bringing together the languages, literature, drama, art, architecture, history, politics, and people of the ancient world under one umbrella. It is unique in its sheer variety of potential content and the vibrant interdisciplinary culture it encourages, and has something to offer every girl at Queen Anne’s.
The study of Latin has long been recognised as an essential component of a rigorous education. It instils in its students an awareness of language which improves their critical reading and writing in English, as well as aiding and complementing their acquisition of other modern foreign languages. Latin demands methodical learning as well as logical and considered thinking; in many ways it is a sort of verbal mathematics, which challenges its students to solve complex linguistic problems.
Exposure to Latin texts allows students to engage with some true literary masterpieces, perhaps examples of the finest prose and poetry ever written. It also encourages an engagement with Roman civilisation, which functions not only as an ‘other’ against which it is possible to better understand ourselves, but in many ways as an ancestral civilisation, as a central influence on the modern western world.
At Queen Anne’s, Latin is offered to all girl in the 4s.
In U4 the cohort is split into two strands and approximately half of girls continue to follow a demanding Latin programme to the end of the year. For girls who prove themselves able, Latin is a popular option in the Fifth Form and, following a GCSE in the subject, girls can pursue Latin to A Level at Queen Anne’s. Latin GCSE includes an element of Classical Civilisation.
THE CLASSICS CURRICULUM
Based in the main school building, the Classics department has a dedicated classroom with a well-stocked library for student use. State-of-the-art classroom technology enhances the student experience and good use is also made of the school’s modern ICT suites.