Ovid in the West Country

Ovid in the West Country is our annual competition run in partnership with UWE Bristol for KS2 & KS3 students at local state schools.

The aim of the competition is to get students excited about storytelling and the ancient world by listening to a handful of stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses available via the Classic Tales website. 

During the autumn term, students listen to recordings of these stories with their teachers in the classroom before responding creatively to a myth of their choosing.

You can watch our Ovid in the West Country 2020 prize-giving video below for some examples of the brilliant work students have produced:

We will be running online teachers' workshops 16:30-18:00 on Wednesday 7th July (KS2) and Thursday 8th July (KS3) for those wishing to learn more or take part in this year's competition.

These sessions will include an overview of how the competition works, as well as some helpful guidance from Bob Lister on approaching these Ovid stories with your students.

Please sign up here to register your interest in the competition / teachers' workshops, or contact Lizzie Gourd at classics-hub@bristol.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Key dates for 2021

  • Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th July: introduction and information session for KS2 & KS3 teachers, respectively (16:30-18:00). Free resources made available online, including audio files, transcripts, & lesson plans.
  • Autumn term (first half): teaching of Ovid’s stories in English lessons, clubs, or writing groups.
  • Late October / early November: students submit their competition entries to teachers. First round of competition judged internally at each school.
  • Mid November: deadline for the submission of all shortlisted entries to the Classics Hub.
  • Monday 29th November: official prize-giving event at The Roman Baths, Bath.

Without doubt, the most exhilarating and thrilling part of this whole project is the response from the students. They love it! They love it because even the most challenged student can achieve. They love it because the brightest students can progress and fly at their own pace– and we encourage those students to do just that.

English teacher - Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre
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