Classics outreach

Classics is an interdisciplinary subject which includes the study of the literature, languages, history and material culture of the ancient world, and their impact on later periods and cultures.

Our knowledge of the ancient world is based on texts and objects, and is constantly changing as different interpretations are offered. Study of the classical world encourages pupils to think critically about the value of different sources of information, to form arguments based on different types of evidence, and to combine theories and methods from different subjects as they encounter a new civilisation.

Through our workshops, subject talks and teaching resources, we can help you to bring Classics to life in the classroom!

Leicester Classics Hub

schoolchildren posing togetherIn partnership with Classics for All, we promote the study of the classical world. In particular, our students and staff are working to support the introduction of classical subjects in state schools where there is no current provision, as well as to provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities based on our cutting-edge research in classical archaeology and ancient history. We can provide:

  • Support and training for the introduction of Classical Civilisation, Ancient History, Latin and Greek within and alongside the curriculum (KS2-5)
  • Support and CPD for current teachers of Classical Civilisation, Ancient History, Latin and Greek (KS2-5)
  • Resources for use in the classroom
  • Campus-based and classroom sessions to complement a wide range of subjects in the national curriculum
  • Taster sessions (KS2-5)
  • Academic consultancy
  • School visits to give student-focused talks on our research

If you would like further information about the Leicester Classics Hub, or would like to arrange a school visit, please contact us at acc-cori@le.ac.uk.

Subject talks

Our academics enjoy visiting schools to give talks to students on various aspects of their research, and in particular on topics that relate to the current curriculum in Classical Civilisation, Ancient History, Latin and Greek. Such topics include:

  • Homer, the Iliad and the Trojan War
  • Knossos, the Minotaur and myth
  • Monuments of Athens
  • Greeks and barbarians
  • Women in the ancient Greek world
  • Disease and death in ancient Greece
  • Greek myth and religion
  • Greek bodies, body image and sculpture
  • The origins of democracy
  • Politics in the Late Roman Republic
  • Death in the Roman world
  • Roman religion
  • The Roman household - slaves, women, families
  • The city of Rome

Workshops

We can also visit schools to run hands-on workshops with groups of students, either as part of scheduled classes or in after-school clubs. The aim of these workshops is to stimulate excitement about and engagement with antiquity, rather than focusing specifically on curriculum topics. Workshop themes can include:

  • Codebreaking, inscriptions and writing
  • Artefact to Art: creativity from objects
  • Roman death and burial
  • What makes a Roman solider?
  • Going to school in ancient Sparta
  • The origins of the Minotaur

Feedback

"It's been so wonderful to give our children access to what has previously been seen as an independent school curriculum through Classics Clubs. The children deserve to have access to this culturally rich material and it is a joy to share it with them. The children literally groaned when it was time to send them home after their first club session!"

Teacher (Beauchamp College, Leicester)