LECTIO, QUAE PLACUIT, DECIES REPETITA PLACEBIT (Horace, Ars Poetica).
(What’s worth reading, is worth reading over and over).
The Classics department at Holmewood ensures that Latin and Greek are taught in a fun and stimulating manner, whilst retaining the highest linguistic and syntactical standards.
The department aims to provide a challenging and rewarding curriculum and provide sturdy foundations for further study. Both Latin and Greek are firmly placed in their historical context and the department makes a point of drawing upon original texts to provide examples and further understanding of linguistic usage. All linguistic and historical work is supported by a well-stocked departmental library. Timetable allocation for both languages is generous, a further indication of Holmewood’s commitment to Classics.
A tailor-made Latin course, developed by the department, is followed by all pupils from Year 5 and this is taken forward in Year 6 when the Common Entrance syllabus is begun; a separate programme is followed by the scholarship programme, which also has the option to take Greek.