ABOUT THIS COURSE

This course will demonstrate how to support and guide your students to achieve Grades A and A* in Classical Civilisation A level examinations. The course will outline what is expected of students across the three A-level units (The Homeric World; Culture and Arts; and Beliefs and Ideas) as well as demonstrating teaching approaches to ancient texts, historical context and visual & material culture. In addition, this course will outline effective teaching approaches to modern scholarship, how to embed scholarship within the curriculum and how to effectively support students to use scholarship in 30 mark exam questions.

 

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:

  • Develop an understanding of the precision and detail examiners are looking for in grade A and A* students.
  • Discuss sample answers at Grade A and A* to identify key characteristics.
  • Increased awareness of what we should aim for with our top students.
  • Provide materials as well as ideas of teaching approaches and methods to support students to achieve grades A and A*.
  • Provide effective teaching approaches to the modern scholarship element of the A level.
  • Develop an understanding of the potential hazards students face when studying A level Classical Civilisation.

 

DATE & LOCATION:  London | Wednesday 24 November 2021
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? 
  • A Level Classical Civilisation Teachers and Heads of Classics.
COURSE CODE  8645
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
INCLUDED
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

10.00 – 10:30am: How are A/A* grades achieved?:

  • Develop an understanding of the precision and detail examiners are looking for in grade A and A* students.
  • The structure of the specifications and using it to plan for the success of students.
  • 2019 Feedback: What does it tell us about what examiners were looking for at top levels?
  • How can we support our students who have not previously studied classical subjects to achieve grades A and A*?
  • Supporting students to make links through the whole specification.
  • Supporting students to build their vocabulary.
  • Missing out on the A and A* grades: Common mistakes and key issues.
  • Key attributes of grade A and A* students in the classroom.

10:30 – 11:15 am: The World of the Hero

  • Teaching approaches to the Homeric epics and Virgil’s Aeneid.
  • How to demonstrate depth of engagement and understanding of the texts.
  • Using a thematic approach to teaching the epics.
  • Approaches to gobbets and 10 mark questions.
  • Achieving grades A and A* on the 20 and 30 mark essays
  • Discuss sample answers at Grade A and A* to identify key characteristics.

11.15 – 11.30am : Discussion and morning break

11.30 – 12.45pm: Modern Scholarship – Effective Teaching Approaches

  • Embedding scholarship into the curriculum.
  • Teaching scholarship effectively within lessons.
  • Supporting students to engage with scholarship independently.
  • Supporting students to use scholarship successfully within their exam answers to achieve grades A and A*
  • Discuss sample answers at Grade A and A* to identify key characteristics.

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch

1.45 – 2.15pm: Culture and the Arts

  • How do we structure the teaching of this unit to best support our students?
  • Teaching approaches to visual and material culture.
  • Embedding ancient texts into the teaching of the unit.
  • Achieving grades A and A* on the 20 and 30 mark essays.

2:15 – 2.45pm: Beliefs and Ideas

  • Ensuring students’ understanding of concepts and ideas rather than factual recall.
  • Using modern scholarship to support students’ understanding of beliefs and ideas.
  • Achieving grades A and A* on the 20 and 30 mark essays.

2:45 – 3:00pm: Afternoon break and informal discussion

3:00 – 3.45pm: Exams: Tactics for achieving the highest grades

  • What are the biggest challenges of A level Classical Civilisation for A and A* students?
  • Revision ideas to help students achieve the highest grades.
  • Timings for the exam.
  • What are the potential hazards for our top students?

3:45 – 4:00pm: Plenary and depart

Gemma Williams

Gemma is the Curriculum Leader for Classics at Allerton Grange School in Leeds. She has experience of teaching GCSE and A level Classical Civilisation specifications as well as Classics at Key Stage 3.

In 2021 Gemma won awards from the Classical Association and Classics for All for her promotion of the teaching of classical subjects within schools and providing support to other schools with establishing Classical Civilisation within the curriculum.