In Classics, girls have the opportunity to study Latin or Classical Civilisation throughout the Senior Department.
In Latin at Key Stage 3, we follow the highly acclaimed Cambridge Latin Course whose books and stories are progressively set in Pompeii, various towns in Roman Britain and the Roman provincial city of Alexandria. At GCSE, girls begin their study of ‘real’ Latin literature texts, either Verse or Prose authors such as Ovid, Martial, Pliny, Horace; this is of course in addition to the ongoing language element. The final unit involves a study of certain Roman society topics based wholly around a range of primary evidence; topics include Entertainment, Myth and Beliefs, and Roman Britain.
In Classical Civilisation we study both the culture and literature of Ancient Greece and Rome.
At Key Stage 3, the girls are exposed to a broad range of classical areas e.g. Homer’s timeless tales of the Trojan War and its heroes, the city of Athens, the role of women in ancient Greek society, gods and myths, the founding of Rome and the invasion of Britain.
At GCSE, girls take the following 2 units:
1. Myth & Religion (including topics such as the gods, heroes, temples, symbols of power, the underworld, all of which are studied in both the Greek and Roman civilisations);
2. Roman City Life (including the cultural study of family, housing, society, entertainment, and a literary study of Roman attitudes towards aspects of their culture, analysing the satires of Juvenal and Horace, as well as a number of Pliny’s Letters).
In Geography, we start by looking at where we are in the world, right down to our local area shown in detail on maps. Later on, we study Physical Geography topics such as coasts, earthquakes and volcanoes and the weather. We also look at economic development and the role of aid, trade and tourism in the world economy. At GCSE we study the AQA specification with equal emphasis on physical and human geography, including practising fieldwork skills. Girls also have the opportunity to take part in trips abroad such as Iceland and Morocco.
History explores the events which have shaped our world today. Via the struggle between the Church and Crown in the Middle Ages and the Reformation we follow slave ships across the Atlantic and relive the Industrial Revolution. At GCSE we look at the impact of the Norman Invasion of 1066 and explore the history of medicine and health in Britain. We visit the battlefields of the Western Front and the city of Berlin to examine conflict and tension in the 20th century, studying the First World War and the rise of Hitler.
In Religious Studies we look at a variety of religions, including Judaism, Islam and Sikhism. Christianity is the foundation of our investigations so we spend time studying the impact the Bible has had on shaping people’s lives. In Year 9 and throughout our studies we examine our own journey of faith; asking lots of questions and listening to each other’s views. We visit the NW Surrey Synagogue, Bookham Baptist Church, Shah Jahan Mosque and the Life of Christ at Wintershall. At GCSE level, we study Ethics and Christianity. A challenging course, which involves understanding and interpreting the world we live in – and developing informed opinions for ourselves.
All girls continue with General Religious Studies which includes topics such as the looking for happiness, crime and punishment, the existence of God and moral decision making.