This NEW course is designed for all teachers who are teaching A Level Latin. The aim of the course is to help teachers to fine-tune students’ performances so that they can achieve the highest grades. The course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.
Focussing on teaching and learning ideas for both language and literature options that will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher-level skills. The course will also highlight potential areas of weakness in students’ approaches and answers and offer suggestions as to how to overcome these.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Focus on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
Look at the different demands of questions across the language and literature papers
Analyse Mark schemes to identify and clarify the requirements of the higher-level responses
Discuss and mark sample answers at Grades A & A*
Provide materials that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students
Improve understanding of how to move beyond GCSE-style answers to high-scoring A-Level ones.
Allow teachers to take away suggestions about how to structure and cover the course so as to engage the higher ability students and elicit higher-level answers.
Grades A & A*: What do they involve?
10.00 – 10.30am
Feedback and grading analysis from the most recent exam papers
Analysis of mark schemes – what are the examiners looking for?
Grades A & A*: what are the differences between these?
Key attributes of Grade A & A* students in the classroom
Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A grade?
The Path to an A* Essay
10.30 – 11.15am
Supporting students with the increased content and the English sections of the text: how to make the most of the two years
Helping students to write less, but say more: considering sample answers and tackling vagueness in students’ essays
Avoiding narrative and lists in arguments: the use of super- and sub-arguments to create clear structure and analysis
11.15 – 11.20am
Teaching literature: stretching and challenging able students
11.20 – 12.20pm
Using wider reading to prepare for and complement the set texts
Deep examination of context – using who?/what?/when?/why? questions to push students
Context versus content versus style: how to incorporate stylistic points effectively.
Are 15-markers commentaries or arguments?: how to help students approach a short passage thoughtfully and meaningfully.
Concision and precision: avoiding monotony and moving beyond ‘Cicero says…’
How students should quote the set texts and discuss these efficiently
12.20 – 1.20pm
Teaching language: key challenges for Grade A/A* students
1.20 – 2.20pm
Tackling the toughest sentences: developing the skills needed to unpick hard Latin
Stretching top students with your choice of verse unseen passages and scansion questions
Approaches for the Comprehension paper: preparing for different authors and question styles
Using prose composition and grammatical analysis to stretch able students
Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams
Dealing with the step-up in accidence and syntax: how to make grammar learning more approachable for students
Vocabulary with no vocabulary list: how to avoid setting endless vocabulary tests and making the most of in-lesson games and activities
2.20 – 2.35pm
Exams: Tactics for achieving the highest grades
2.35 – 3.15pm
The shorter questions: what are the potential pitfalls?
Focus on the 15-mark questions and essays: what does a grade A/A* candidate need to do?
Varying commentary practice to stretch the most able
Prose composition or comprehension: which one should be chosen and why?
Use of peer-marking, sample answers, and re-writes to help students understand how to improve.
Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays
Crunch time: last minute revision advice and preparation on how to nail the A*
Katy is Head of Classics at St Paul’s School, and before that taught at Winchester College and Tonbridge School. She has experience of preparing pupils for A-Level and GCSE examinations in Latin, Greek, and Ancient History.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Heads of Classics
Teachers of GCSE Latin
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course