The Classics Department is dedicated to the study of the Latin language for all pupils. Not only is Latin offered at all levels, but there are opportunities for Higher and Advanced Higher Classical Studies, as well as short courses in Archaeology and Classical Greek for senior classes.
About Our Classics Department
- About half of English words can be traced back to their Latin roots; learning Latin helps English vocabulary.
- French, Spanish and Italian come directly from Latin; knowledge of Latin is a great asset in learning these languages.
- Many scientific, medical, legal and technological terms are in Latin or come from Latin roots.
- The Curriculum for Excellence document states that "a knowledge of Latin...accelerates the learning of other languages...by providing young people with a structural framework for language acquisition in general. The interpretative skills taught through classical languages have direct links to English, the expressive arts and social studies; learning in areas of the curriculum such as science can be enhanced through knowledge of classical languages."
- Classics opens up a world of great literature which has had a fundamental influence on western civilisation.
- The High School values Latin – that is why all pupils in S1 and S2 study the subject.
- The study of Classics gives pupils a greater awareness of a different culture, and one that is the basis of western civilisation.
Classics graduates are highly employable and the skills acquired can be transferred to other areas. For example, many are successfully working in computing and the media. For more information about courses, please feel free to contact the department.
The outline of our S1/S2 course is:
- An introduction to Latin/the classical world at the beginning of S1;
- Completion of the Oxford Latin Course Part I chapter 6 by the end of S1 (and chapter 11 by the end of S2);
- Study of the Trojan War with S1 as classical background, and in S2 as part of the course book;
- Completion of a short investigation on a classical topic (in December/January); and study of the Greek alphabet (in May)
Mr Alan Milligan (Head of Department)
Mr Jack Bullen
Mrs Bernadette Roarty
National 5 Latin
There are two elements to the course: Literary Appreciation; and Translating. The two authors we study for Literary Appreciation are Pliny the Younger and Catullus.
There are two elements to the Latin course: Literary Appreciation; and Translating. The two authors we study for Literary Appreciation are Cicero and Virgil.
Higher Classical Studies
There are two elements to the Classical Studies course: Religion & Belief (in Greece and Rome); and Literature. Literature involves the study of three texts. This course also includes an Assignment on a chosen topic.
Advanced Higher Latin
There are three elements to the Latin course: Interpretation; Translation; and Dissertation. The theme we study for Interpretation is Ovid and love poetry. The Dissertation involves an investigation on a chosen topic.
Advanced Higher Classical Studies
There are two elements to the Classical Studies course: Heroes & Heroism (in Greece and Rome); and Dissertation. The Dissertation involves an investigation on a chosen topic.
Classical Theatre Club
The Classical Theatre Club is a lunchtime club, run by Senior pupils, which gives younger pupils the opportunity to take part in a dramatic performance of stories from classical mythology.
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There was no round 2 verification activity at this level in 2017.
There was no round 2 verification activity at this level in 2016.
Field of Study 4 — Scotland: from the Treaty of Union to the Enlightenment (106 KB)