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  • Just in case you missed it – OCR have created ‘workbooks’ with the prescribed literary sources for the different topics. Text down one side and a notes page on the other side. They went up at the end of July.

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    • Thanks for mentioning this Lizzie as I’d missed it. My only concern is that with defined boxes the children’s notes might be constrained whereas in a exercise book they have more ‘freedom’. I’m wondering whether I could make better use of the workbooks rather than just end up with duplication between workbook and exercise book. Have you thought…[Read more]

      • Hi Kim. I have decided, in the end, not to print them out as workbooks but to print out the sources (with notes section available) as we use them, so that the source analysis can then be filed with their notes and activities on each section. e.g. Pandora section, Helen section etc. Every time we look at a literary source, I get them to…[Read more]

  • Lizzie Madden posted an update in the group Group logo of General QuestionsGeneral Questions 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi everyone – I have a colleague who has Sicilian parents living in Chobham. They have always wanted to learn Latin and are looking for a private Latin tutor. Any recommendations?

  • What did people think about the OCR Roman Life paper and the questions? I thought the question on the gods were particularly baffling – b) explain why the Romans had more than one female god? This seems more a question on the origins of Roman religion (not on the specification) than the various attributes of the gods? Or am I overthinking it?

    • One of my pupils came up with a better answer than I did when we discussed this – she thought it gave lots of positive female role models to reflect the number of different roles women could have, as well as to create a family feel for the gods (rather than, if you’ll excuse the phrase, a giant sausage fest) to parallel Roman family life. We all…[Read more]

    • There were pretty negative comments about the same question in the Greek equivalent of the exam on Twitter #ocrclassics

  • Hello – does anybody know where I can find exemplars of candidate answers from OCR? The AQA used to have a bank of them for their Spec (when I used to use them) but I can’t find any equivalent with OCR. The structure of the exams is a bit different to AQA and so I would like to get an idea of how much students should be writing for the 10, 20…[Read more]

    • Dear Lizzie,
      I don’t teach Classical Civilisation so I can’t help directly. However, I have just started teaching Entry Level Latin and had a similar problem when trying to work out what was needed for the mini essays and how to mark them. So I rang OCR and they sent me some sample answers. Why these can’t simply be put on their website with the…[Read more]

      • Hi Jane – sorry for the late reply. Just seen this – I shall phone up OCR and find out.

        Thanks for your advice! Best wishes. Lizzie

      • I’ve just rung OCR to ask about this, and they claim that they have no sample answers for Class Civ. This seems very odd to me and I’ve e-mailed the Classics team there to ask if this can really be true. Did you do any better, Lizzie?

  • Hello – I am teaching the OCR version of Art and Architecture for the first time this year, having previously taught AQA Art and Architecture at a previous school. The AQA course moved chronologically through all the topics rather than dividing them into 4 sections. Can people who have taught this advise me on whether it works to teach each…[Read more]

    • Lizzie, I taught the A&A paper for the first time last year, and was at my wits’ end wondering how I was ever going to get through all the prescription. Best thing I did was to go and visit a neighbouring school, who advised me pretty much to focus strategically on the core areas. For me, this amounts to free-standing sculpture, vases, the…[Read more]

      • Thanks Julian. That’s really helpful. Any other advice from others who have taught it would be much appreciated!

    • We teach all four sections, one per half term. You have to go at quite a lick but it’s definitely manageable. In general I think that students dislike the sanctuaries/temples bit the most and they like the architectural sculpture.

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  • Due to a new job, @UCGSClassics is no more but has transformed into @MadClassicsUK please follow!

  • Lizzie Madden posted an update in the group Group logo of General QuestionsGeneral Questions 3 years, 4 months ago

    URGENT! Classics/Humanities teacher needed at my school for September 2014…..
    I have just handed in my notice to my current school (due to a promotion at another school) and they are in a bit of a pickle as they need (at short notice) someone who is willing to teach Classical Civilisation at GCSE and A-Level (part time) or is willing to teach o…[Read more]

  • Lizzie Madden posted an update in the group Group logo of General QuestionsGeneral Questions 3 years, 6 months ago

    Hi there – I have had a parent of one of my students, whose elder daughter is studying GCSE Class Civ in another school, ask me for some advice. He is looking for a tutor for his daughter to help her in the lead up to the exams. I don’t teach any of these topics but was wondering if anyone knew of a tutor in the London/Slough area that might be…[Read more]

  • Hi there – I have had a parent of one of my students, whose elder daughter is studying GCSE Class Civ in another school, ask me for some advice. He is looking for a tutor for his daughter to help her in the lead up to the exams. I don’t teach any of these topics but was wondering if anyone knew of a tutor in the London/Slough area that might be…[Read more]

  • We have changed the name of our school to Upton Court Grammar School and our amended twitter feed is @ucgsclassics

  • Hi there – I am currently writing a G&T Policy for Classics for my school and was wondering if anybody had a ‘G&T identification list’ with criteria for Classics students? I know that Ofqual used to have ones for other subjects such as English and History but they have disappeared off the site now. Any guidance would be much appreciated! Thanks!

  • Slough Grammar School Classics Dept is now on twitter. Follow us at @sgsclassics

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