The pupils’ introduction to the classical world begins in Quartus, with a year of Classical History.
During this time the pupils investigate the history, geography, art, literature, scientific achievements and religious beliefs of the ancient Greek world. Greek myths are a gateway to their studies, and they are returned to again and again to illuminate the subject matter.
The main aim of this course is to encourage a creative response, artistic and literary, to all the material encountered. As well as a range of factual essays and projects, poems and stories are written, vases, musical instruments and mosaics are created and fabulous drawings are made. This is, of course, in line with the great European tradition of constantly re-interpreting the cultural achievements of antiquity.
These activities will enrich each pupil’s life-long response to western art, literature, music, theatre, and even cinema, by allowing them to recognise and understand themes, references, and images gleaned from antiquity.