‘Our vision is to provide a curriculum that is both inclusive and challenging. We aim to be innovative and effective in our teaching, through lessons which are engaging and creative. We strive to maintain the high profile of Classical subjects within the school and to make an impact on the wider community’
Classics is alive and thriving at Kendrick. It is fully committed to bringing Classics to life through inspirational lessons as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We regularly arrange visits to museums and Classical sites in the UK, as well as theatre trips to see Classical plays in London and the surrounding area.
The Ure Museum at the University of Reading has been working with our students on cultural projects based on their artefacts. This involves creative work and consideration of how museums can benefit the community.
Kendrick students use the Cambridge Latin Course in Years 8 to 11 for language and paralinguistic work. In Years 10 and 11 students continue with their language study and begin to read prose and verse literature in the original language for the GCSE examination. Latin and Classical Civilisation are studied at AS and A2 level.
At all levels there is a good uptake of students who derive great enjoyment from the courses and many go in to Higher Education to study Classical subjects.
Learning Latin will give you the tools with which to sharpen your mind. It is a subject which rewards careful, analytical study of language and how it is used; this in turn will go on to be of benefit in any area which requires clear, concise and persuasive use of language or detailed analysis of written material. Additionally, did you know that around half of the words in the English language are derived or taken directly from Latin? This means that learning Latin will improve your understanding of English enormously, enabling you to decipher many difficult words as soon as you encounter them. The study of French, Spanish and Italian is also made immeasurably easier by knowing Latin well. Learning Latin is the key to learning the complex languages employed in Mathematics, Science and Law. Latin is enjoying a significant increase in interest which is evidenced in contemporary films, books and television documentaries.
Dr Lucy Fletcher – Subject Leader of Latin and Classics