Classics plays a significant part in the education of pupils at Cargilfield. Our studies help to promote literacy in a general sense, providing a sound basis for the understanding of English syntax, and an insight into the structure and form of modern-day, European languages. In addition the study of Latin and Greek, even at this junior level, fosters a rigorous, intellectual discipline within the young, developing mind. All in all, we owe a great deal to these “dead” languages, and to generations of long-departed Roman and Greek authors!
We approach the teaching of Classics in a well-tried and tested, traditional manner, and take particular pride in this. We teach our pupils to translate into and out of Latin and Greek, and from an early stage, the boys and girls of Cargilfield learn about the structure of the two languages and the derivation of words, as well as the life and civilisation of the Romans and Greeks. By the time each pupil moves onto his or her Public School, we know that they will have developed certain essential skills of analysis and criticism, a sense of precision in their thoughts and a real clarity in their writing.
Pupils are introduced to the world of Greek Mythology in Year 4, progressing to Latin in Year 5. At the end of Year 8, the majority of pupils sit the Common Entrance examination at 13+, with some sitting Scholarship Papers to a wide range of Public Schools. Greek is introduced in Year 7, and all pupils in the Greek Class sit the Common Entrance Examination or a Scholarship Paper at the end of Year 8.
It is extremely gratifying to know that nearly all our pupils go on to study Latin at GCSE level at their senior schools, with a substantial number opting to take the subject at A level and, thereafter, a Classics degree course at University.