Teaching A-Level Classical Civilisation For The First Time
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course is designed for teachers new to teaching A Level Classical Civilisation, whether new to the profession, coming to the subject from a different specialism, or returning to the subject.
It offers a practical approach from which delegates can explore effective and successful ways of structuring the course, a clear understanding of the criteria, take away a range of highly effective teaching strategies, most notably regarding essay writing skills and ways of supporting all students with the scholarship requirement of the 30 mark essay.
There will also be hints and tips along the way for how to keep students engaged and motivated, as well as how to promote and grow your course.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Explore effective ways to structure and organise the course.
Deepen your understanding of subject specific writing style, assessment criteria and marking by examining exemplar student work.
Take away a range of teaching strategies and methods to support students of all abilities to success
Find out how to access the highest marks for each component – achieving A and A* grades
Take away strategies for developing students’ understanding of examination questions and subject content
Take away hints and tips on how to promote and grow your course
Starting off Well: Tackling A level Classical Civilisation with students entirely new to the ancient world
10.00 – 10.30am
Addressing ways to quickly engage students who have never studied the ancient world before.
Identifying the type of background content students require before they can successfully move on to the set OCR components.
Learning how to diagnose student starting points on the course.
Ensuring induction periods are more inclusive, including finding ways to take a more global approach to the ancient world and how to raise student awareness of inherent biases within the field.
Structuring Your Course: The key elements of the specification.
10.30 – 11.10am
What is the best way to go about delivering this course?
The big picture – how to turn the specification into an effective course structure
Sequencing content over the course span of two years to allow opportunities to re-visit material and embed deeper knowledge with retrieval practice techniques.
Teaching the essential skills students need to have to achieve success in
Establish where the priorities and pitfalls lie in the course
11.10 – 11.25am
Teaching the World of the Hero
11.25 – 12.30pm
Identifying the key learning challenges
How to introduce the key themes in the World of the Hero
Effective teaching strategies for engaging with Homer and Virgil
Teaching strategies to address the historic context of Augustus and the Early Empire
Identifying and delivering key areas of scholarly debate
Questions and question types – what is the examiner looking for
12.30 – 1.30pm
Teaching Culture and the Arts
1.30 – 2.15pm
Effective strategies to teach Visual and Material Culture
Engaging students with innovative and interactive lessons
Cultural context of the texts
How to introduce the key “Beliefs & Ideas” elements
Questions and question types – what is the examiner looking for and how to support your students in applying the appropriate knowledge effectively
2.15 – 2.25pm
Developing Students’ essay skills with a particular focus on structure.
2.25 – 3.10pm
Developing the structure of student essays
Moving students onto A/A* and B grades
Selecting appropriate scholarship that is broad and flexible, and getting students to recall and deploy it.
Embedding scholars’ views in the 30 mark essays to meet examiner’s expectations and show active engagement with the ideas.
Maximising marks for the lower ability students in essay writing
The Exams – what is expected
3.10 – 3.45pm
Overview of the papers, what are the examiners looking for?
Applying effective feedback and ensuring all students act on it.
Embedding question styles in your teaching
Focus on essay structure in exam, what grade responses look like
Ben Tanner is Head of Humanities at RGS Worcester, with ten years experience as Head of Classics. He has significant experience of teaching both OCR and AQA Classical Civilisation specifications, in a range of educational contexts, and has recently been an AQA A Level examiner.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Teachers new to A level Classical Civilisation
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course