Classics Conference 15th June 2019

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Session 1

A. Suburani : teaching and learning Roman civilisation, history and mythology

Laila Tims, Hannah Smith and Steve Hunt

The writing of a new Latin course provides an opportunity not only to change or refresh the culture topics we teach for GCSE, but also to review the way we teach them. Following feedback from teachers, we are increasing the role of primary sources in the course, as well as providing opportunities to explore a variety of historical themes. Come along and find out about what we're doing, give your own thoughts and help shape this new textbook course. We'll also be looking at the role that the study of mythology might play in students' learning and understanding at KS3 and 4.

B. GCSE Latin language: best practice teaching and learning

Sara Aguilar

We'll look at very practical ideas to help students acquire vocabulary and develop confidence in grammar at KS3 and 4. The session will cover reading comprehension, translation, 'spot the grammar' and very simple translation from English to Latin. We'll also consider how to cover the course when time is limited, and look at differentiating for those students who struggle or who need further challenge.

C. Reading the Past: identity and epigraphy

Ben Paites

Ben Paites, from the Collections and Learning Team at Colchester Museum, will explore the different approaches to studying life in Roman Britain through the tombstone of Longinus Sdapeze, on display at Colchester Castle. The tombstone is an excellent resource for helping pupils to understand the complex nature of Roman identity through its epigraphic and iconographic context. It also plays a strong role in the story of Boudica, which can be explored through archaeological and historical sources.

Session 2

A. Suburani : approaches to teaching and learning language

Will Griffiths

Suburani aims to cover the language content of GCSE Latin in two years (although schools with more time may choose to work much more steadily through the course). In this session we'll discuss the order and pace of its linguistic map and look at the ways in which Suburani aims to support a broad range of approaches to teaching and learning language. We will also discuss our attempt to prioritise DVL and Dickinson 500 and 1,000 vocabulary, so that students are well prepared not only for GCSE but also for reading Latin literature.

B. GCSE Latin literature: best practice teaching and learning

Details coming soon.

C. Aquae Sulis: the latest news and thinking

Lindsey Braidley

The Roman Baths is one of Britain’s most important, well-known and enchanting historic sites. Our project will open up new and exciting opportunities by: creating more events, programmes and activities; developing stimulating spaces for schools and groups; transforming part of the Roman site into a hands-on archaeological investigation zone for school children, and revealing more of the Roman site to the public for the very first time.

Have you visited the Roman Baths before and have you brought a school on a trip? Want to know a bit more about who we are and what we do? Find out about our site and learning opportunities and contribute to our project.

D. Visit to the London Mithraeum

Self-led group visit

If you have never visited the London Mithraeum, this is your chance! The incredibly well-preserved artefacts alone make the visit worthwhile and are available as a digital resource to use in the classroom. But add to that the atmospheric visit to a 2,000 year old temple under the heart of the City of London and you're sure to have an exhilirating experience.

Session 3

A. Suburani : using technology to personalise students’ learning

Tony Smith

A showcase of the work we are doing in developing tracking technology to analyse individual students’ strengths and weaknesses in Latin. Our aim is to provide teachers and students with detailed knowledge of each student’s needs. The inclusion of automated grading will also free teachers from some of the tyranny of grading. Teachers will have the opportunity to try out the software, both as a student and as a teacher. There will also be time to discuss the scope and benefits of a detailed tracking of students’ learning and performance. In addition, teachers will be able to try out some word games we’ve been developing for classroom use at all levels!

B. GCSE Latin Roman Civilisation: best practice teaching and learning

Will Griffiths

Details coming soon.

C. Introducing the Young Archaeologists’ Club

Alexis Haslam

There are Young Archaeologists' Clubs right across the UK, and most are open to both primary and secondary age students. The clubs are great ways for students with an interest in archaeology to develop their skills, and are brilliant for helping all students learn about some of the practicalities associated with using material culture as evidence. In this session, Alexis Haslam, Community Archaeology at Fulham Palace, will outline the activities available via YACs, and bring a few unusual artefacts for a hands-on discussion.

D. MoL Roman gallery tour

MoL team member

A member of the Museum of London's highly experienced team will take you on a guided tour of the Museum's Roman gallery. The gallery contains a wealth of material and detailed reconstructions which are excellent teaching topics such as trade, home-life, Roman Britain, religion, the army, and leisure and entertainment.

Session 4

A. The Persians : new materials for KS3 Classical Civilisation

Laila Tims and Andrew Wilson

Discover more about our Investigating Civilisations series and have a look at the first freshly-printed book The Persians. This session will look at why and how to teach the Persians as a topic, explore links between the materials and schools’ existing KS3 and KS4 courses in Latin, Classical Civilisation and/or Greek. We will give an overview of the approach and content of the Persians book and available support materials and think through practical ideas for the KS3 Classical Civilisation classroom.

B. GSCE Latin: lessons from the first year’s results

Sara Aguilar and Will Griffiths

This session will focus on what we can learn from the first year of Eduqas GCSE Latin assessment. We will look in particular at issues raised by the higher-mark questions in Components 2 and 3B and explore marked scripts provided by the Board. The aim will be to learn the lessons of last summer in order to be better prepared for next summer. Finally, if time permits, we will consider the evidence that KS4 Latin numbers have dropped by approximately 20% across the country and share practical ideas for increasing department sizes as the dust settles on this new assessment regime.

C. Hands on! Object handling at the MoL

Moa Taylor Hodin

This is your chance to hold in your hands objects that are 2,000 years old. Feel their texture, their weight and their history. Laura Turnage, Secondary Schools Programme Manager at the Museum of London, will challenge you to work out what they are, where they were found, and what links they share. You may wish to return to the Museum with your students for a similar session.

D. Basil Batrakhos: an introductory course for KS2 and 3 Greek

Charlie Andrew

Basil and his friends think everyone should have the chance to learn Ancient Greek and discover more about the culture that laid the foundations of Western civilisation. Let Charlie Andrew tell you all about this course, which is aimed at students aged 9 to 12.


Hands Up team

io Suburani! Where have the residents of the Subura got to now?

An overview of the latest developments in this new, not-for-profit, secondary Latin course. Find out about the direction the storyline has taken so far, view the linguistic and cultural maps, see the first twelve chapters and discover where the characters are likely to travel to as we move into the second year of the course.