Classics Teach-Meets in Bath and Bristol
30 November 2018
This year we held two Classics Teach-Meets, the first at the Royal High School in Bath on 14th November 2018, and the second at the University of Bristol on 28th November 2018. Both events saw primary and secondary teachers in and around the South West come together to network, share ideas, and relate their experiences of teaching classics to colleagues and peers.
At the Bath Teach-Meet, the Royal High School taked about incorporating Latin drama in the curriculum, while Queen’s College spoke about the Bloomsbury GCSE Latin course and Lindsey Braidley (Roman Baths) discussed the creation of the new Roman Baths Learning Centre, which she warmly welcomed input on.
For the Bristol Teach-Meet, Bristol Grammar School regaled us with tales of their successful lunchtime mythology club, while Clifton College provided examples for how to keep language teaching interesting with activities and games. Finally, St Katherine’s school gave a wonderful presentation on how they have incorporated Classics at Key Stage 3 in English lessons, using tales from Homer and Ovid to inspire and engage students in creative writing, storytelling, and literary.
The Teach-Meets offered an excellent platform for sharing information about upcoming events for teachers and schools, discussing ideas for introducing Classics at schools with little-to-no existing provision, and in particular gave us a chance to spread the word about the new Science of Stories teaching resources.
These resources, which are free to download/order, have been developed in collaboration between South West classics and science teachers, Classics for All, the Bristol Classics Hub, and the University of Bristol. Their aims is to encourage teachers and pupils to use a selection of ancient classical myths as a way to ignite curiosity, develop ‘science capital,’ and deepen understanding of key scientific concepts. They are aimed at KS3 pupils studying the National Curriculum for Science, but some activities are also suitable for pupils at KS2 and GCSE.
Many thanks to all those who attended and particularly to those who presented. Thanks also to Chloe Harvey from Cambridge University Press, who set up a book stand with all the various Classics resources that the Press publishes.
We are looking forward to organising more Teach-Meets in the coming year, and would welcome any suggestions regarding the structure or timing of future events.
Please contact Richard Cole: firstname.lastname@example.org