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  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of General QuestionsGeneral Questions 2 months ago

    Anyone else having trouble with the links on the OCR website? I can get as far as the page for individual subjects but then the links (for stuff like sample assessment materials) just take me back to the top of the page.

  • @juliewolseley Hi Julie, my email address is c.jessop@stmargarets.herts.sch.uk. Many thanks for offering to send the paper. C.

  • @catharine Hello. Not sure what to do with this…….sorry! Can I email you or post the paper if it would be helpful?
    Julie

  • Picking up again on the earlier discussion of weird exam results, we have just looked at the returned Epic paper for our student who we expected to get an A but actually got a low C on this paper. We are both completely baffled by the marks she has been given. It does appear as if she has been heavily penalised for not mentioning all the points…[Read more]

    • We have had a similar situation. Our A (if not A*) calibre student ended up with a B in Virgil/Iliad and C in Comedy. Remark for Comedy came back very fast and unchanged, Virgil/Iliad came back with 2 extra marks. I have read through the scripts with my colleague, and while they are far from her best answers, and we agreed they were both a grade…[Read more]

  • Does anyone know what the source is for the quote from T S Eliot calling Achilles a “superhuman adolescent”? Can’t find it online. I guess it must be in one of his essays.

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of A Level LatinA Level Latin 3 months ago

    Re marking of language work in the new A level, am I right in thinking that the extra marks for style which used to be awarded in the old A2 have now disappeared (except for prose comp)?

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of Iliad (AL ClassCiv)Iliad (AL ClassCiv) 3 months ago

    Dear all, I don’t usually ask to piggy-back on other people’s schemes of work. But I didn’t do one for the new Iliad spec because no-one had signed up to do Class Civ. However, I am delighted that I now have one keen pupil desperate to study the Iliad. She has already read it, and the Odyssey, and the Song of Achilles several times. So I’m…[Read more]

  • Our results a bit mad too as so often. Art – two did very well, one very badly (but I have a sneaking feeling she didn’t answer the question so am not altogether surprised). World of the Hero – my strongest student (who should have got an A) scraped a C on this paper and we can’t understand why. We’ll try for a remark – last year I had a couple of…[Read more]

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update 4 months ago

    @sarahd Hi Sarah, hope you are well! I noticed that you have kindly uploaded a number of resources for the new Latin to GCSE book and I wondered how you are finding teaching with it. I’m about to use it for the first time and ditch the CLC, which is a bit scary. But I’ll be using it for a Y10 class who have done books 1 and 2 of CLC. If you…[Read more]

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for replying so quickly! I too have a massive to-do list this holiday – how come the workload never seems to get any lighter? I had concluded that the book probably wouldn’t work with any kids younger than Y9 at the earliest (at least not in my school), and thought I’d start by seeing how it goes with Y10. My provisional plan…[Read more]

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of GCSE LatinGCSE Latin 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Quick question: does anyone know whether the new OCR DVL is the same as the old one (before I spend hours crawling over them)?

  • I’ve got a student who wants to apply for Class Civ/Classical Studies or similar at uni. She is quite unlikely to get more than BBB in her A levels and most courses seem to ask for at least one A. I imagine that she’s quite likely to be accepted even with lower grades in the current climate, but I fear the headline grades will put her off app…[Read more]

  • I’ve got a student who wants to apply for Class Civ/Classical Studies or similar at uni. She is quite unlikely to get more than BBB in her A levels and most courses seem to ask for at least one A. I imagine that she’s quite likely to be accepted even with lower grades in the current climate, but I fear the headline grades will put her off app…[Read more]

  • I’ve got a student who wants to apply for Class Civ/Classical Studies or similar at uni. She is quite unlikely to get more than BBB in her A levels and most courses seem to ask for at least one A. I imagine that she’s quite likely to be accepted even with lower grades in the current climate, but I fear the headline grades will put her off…[Read more]

    • Hi Catharine. We had a student last year go to Reading. I think his offer was BBB, but he ended up with one D, and still got his place. There was a similar case with Swansea a few years ago too. We’ve got a student this year who applied to Cardiff (for Ancient History), got an initial offer of ABB, then had the offer lowered to BBB, on the…[Read more]

    • Roehampton is worth a look…BBB I think

    • Trinity St Davids makes lower offers, have a student with CCC prediction this year and has an offer for Ancient History from them.

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of KS2/3 ClassicsKS2/3 Classics 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Does anyone have any ideas for books/resources for teaching a Classical Civilisation course in Year 9? We have multiple copies of a book called “Discovering Greek Mythology” but they are in poor condition and it seems to be out of print. I’m pretty flexible (I think) about what the course would include, since we don’t unfortunately offer GCSE…[Read more]

    • Hi I teach a Year 9 Class Civ course, largely based on Bradley Ancient Greece in the Cambridge Junior History series plus some materials from her Ancient Greece, Using Evidence. I also build in some mythology and work on the Iliad and Odyssey. I am in the same situation with no GCSE so the scope is considerable but ready made books at this level…[Read more]

    • ‘These Were The Greeks’ (Amos & Lang) is long in the tooth now, but you could use it for some good stuff, notes, illustrations, plan etc.

    • We also have no GCSE, (but offer A level). For our year 9 Classics course, we read myths from Ovid Met in the Autumn term, then letters by Pliny in the Spring term. After summer exams, we look at some Greek pots, plus something on the Olympics. They paint their own pots with a mythological scene!

      • Thank you Claire – that’s great. Good to get some thoughts on the Roman side as well as the Greek. Where do you get the pots – or do they actually have to get their hands dirty and make them?

      • We used small flower pots from B &Q! We asked the art dept for what type of pens to use – we didn’t used paint because of being in an ordinary classroom. So it wasn’t too messy, but still fun!

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of A Level LatinA Level Latin 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    If anyone is using the Poetry in Translation website for translations of prescribed Propertius, Tibullus & Ovid material, be aware that there is a mistake in the translation of Propertius II.14 – refers to Cynthia where it should be Cytherea (giving the misleading impression that the poet is addressing his girlfriend as a goddess). This isn’t one…[Read more]

  • Catharine Jessop posted an update in the group Group logo of MinimusMinimus 9 months, 1 week ago

    I have a question! I’ve got a Y6 group who are now on Minimus Secundus. We’ve just begun Chapter 3 and I don’t have them next term, but will pick them up again in Y7 (unfortunately with probably only one 35 min lesson a week). I would normally start CLC at this point (because I would have beginners in Y7) but am thinking it would be better for…[Read more]

    • In your position, I would teach a ‘collapsed’ CLC I, chh. 1-5 at the start of Year 7; you will have to draw up a new scheme of work, but it will get you into CLC II in Year 7. I have dome something similar in the past. You will have to watch your newbies’ progress, of course!

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