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Classics in the Curriculum

It can be difficult to persuade schools with no Classics on their curriculum to give the study of the ancient world timetable space, and therefore difficult to prove that there is demand for such classes. Even if classes are on offer in later grades, recruitment can be difficult if students have no previous experience of these subjects. 

CSCP's Classics in the Curriculum work intends to create materials that can be used by classics teachers to teach about the culture and history of the ancient world, but also by teachers of other subjects as part of their curriculum. The Phase 1 Amarantus materials are targeted particularly at middle school History classrooms.

The aim of these materials is threefold:

  • To give wider access to study of the ancient world
  • Empower teachers of other subjects to teach classical material and feel supported in doing so
  • Provide tangible evidence for school decision makers regarding the popularity and accessibility of classical subjects.

Amarantus in the History Curriculum

The Amarantus materials are being carefully developed to meet the needs of the History classroom as well as the Classics one. They will provide clear links to terminology and concepts necessary for success in the study of History, comprising:

  • an excellent 'depth study' on life in Pompeii, with great scope for studying the complexities of Roman society and interplay of aspects within it
  • historical enquiry focusing on key concepts such as contiuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity and difference, and significance
  • a focus on the use of evidence and how it supports (or refutes) historical claims
  • exploration of how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.