Classics

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.