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Classics is thriving at Wyedean School

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Year 7 Latin students at Wyedean

17 November 2016

In January 2016, the Bristol Classics Department began an ongoing training and mentoring partnership with Wyedean School to help establish Latin as a club and as part of Modern Foreign Language and English teaching there. The partnership was kicked off with an intensive one-day workshop for two of Wyedean’s adventurous teachers, Gwenda Watson and Lucy Roberts. The workshop included a refresher course on Latin grammar and syntax, some translation work, and practical tips on setting up and sustaining a Latin club. Gwenda and Lucy were given a take-home folder of classroom resources, along with guidance on accessing and utilising free online Latin teaching resources and future sources of funding. It was hard work, but has paid off. With the enthusiastic backing of the school’s Head, Robert Ford, and with additional financial support from Classics for All, Wyedean has now introduced both Years 7 and 8 to Latin and run some induction days for Years 5 and 6. The feedback has been incredibly positive and Lucy and Gwenda report that they are really enjoying learning alongside the students. The school is currently in the process of setting up a Classical Civilisation GCSE short course study group, to consist of eight or nine teachers and some Year 12 students. Res secundae Wyedean!

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