Date: Saturday 22nd June 2024

Location: Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN

Timing: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: £49.00 for teachers; £25 for PGCE and ITT students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Bursaries are available - please contact us for details.


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10.00 – 10.20 am Coffee and Registration
10.20 – 10.30 am Welcome to the Museum of London (Laura Turnage)
10.30 – 11.15 am
Session 1
AA beginner's introduction to Suburani  (Will Griffiths)
BFocus on: Suburani Chapters 11 to 16 - top teaching tips and ideas  (Laila Tims)
CObject Handling  (Laura Turnage)
11.15 – 12.00 noon
Session 2
ADigital support for Suburani  (Tony Smith)
BUsing images in the Latin classroom  (Steve Hunt)
CWhat is Latin metre? An introduction for complete beginners  (Will Griffiths)
12.00 – 12.15 pm Break with refreshments
12.15 – 1.00 pm
Session 3
APromoting Classics in the classroom  (Julia Richards)
BTeaching Roman imperialism through characters and culture  (Will Griffiths)
1.00 – 1.45 pm Lunch
1.45 – 2.30 pm
Session 4
ATeaching 'The City of Rome': support and ideas for Eduqas Paper 3B  (Dr. Sara Aguilar)
BUsing tiered readings in the Latin literature classroom  (Laila Tims)
CFocus on: verbs - using the Suburani verb trainer to promote competence  (Tony Smith)
2:30 – 2.40 pm Break with refreshments
2.40 – 3.15 pm
Plenary 1
-Suburani Book 3 - a theme-based introduction to literature (Tony, Laila, and Will)
3.20 – 4.00 pm
Plenary 2
-Escape to the Country ... with Cato the Elder! (Dr. Ersin Hussein)
4:00 pm End


Session 1

A beginner's introduction to Suburani

This session will give you an overview of Suburani Books 1 and 2. We'll look at its aims, some of its characters, and its linguistical map. We look at the locations in which the storyline is set, and the book's approach to myth and history, as well as the topics covered in the civilization sections.

Focus on: Suburani Chapters 11 to 16 - top teaching tips and ideas

An overview of Chapters 11 to 16 of Suburani. We investigate the storyline, introduce the characters we meet in Gaul and Lusitania, as well as the Great Fire of Rome, cover the language development in these chapters and dive into the civilization, history and mythology topics. We’ll also consider how different chapters could make good stopping or pausing points at the end of a term or year of teaching. This session is suitable for anyone currently teaching or interested in teaching with Suburani.

Object handling session with Museum of London

Laura Thomson-Turnage, of the Museum of London, will lead a hands-on session looking at, and exploring, Roman artefacts from the Museum's collection.

Session 2

Digital support for Suburani

Tony Smith from Hands Up Education will demonstrate the extensive digital support for Suburani. Find out about the Activebooks with story explorers for the whole course; interactive exercises that track student progress (vocabulary trainer, verb trainer, sorting, auto-marked translations); and games that are fun while practising Latin forms (Catena, Arepo, word search). There will be plenty of opportunity for questions.

Using images in the Latin classroom

How can we use images in or out of the text book to prepare, support and check students' comprehension and understanding of the Suburani stories? We will touch on schema theory, dual coding and social and collaborative learning approaches, direct instruction and elicitation techniques.

What is Latin metre? An introduction for complete beginners

If you teach Latin poetry for GCSE, and have heard of metre but never been quite sure what it is or how it works, this session is for you. In a very gentle way, we'll find out how to uncover the rhythm of a line of Latin poetry, and then look at examples where the rhythm of the poetry reflects the meaning of the words. There is no great mystery! By the end of the session, you'll be able to scan hexameters (the metre of Vergil's Aeneid and Ovid's Metamorphoses), and possibly even pentameters (depending on how we get on).

Session 3

Promoting Classics in the classroom

The session will investigate:

  • The perception of Latin & Classics in schools vs the reality: the uniquely challenging situation faced by Classics departments
  • The need to get school leaders & parents on board (not simply the students)
  • Methods for highlighting the value of a Classical education
  • Recruitment & retention ideas for KS3, 4 and 5
  • How to prove that Classics is a valuable degree option for KS5 students
  • Aligning Classics with the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks

Teaching Roman imperialism through characters and culture

Is Italian coffee Italian? Were Roman gemstones Roman? This session will use a few case-studies to question the extent to which objects that we think of, and refer to, as 'Roman' actually were Roman. Through an analysis of some of the characters in Suburani, we'll also consider what we mean when we talk about the 'Romans' - we may uncover a more interesting, varied and engaging world for students. Finally, we'll look at how the people of Rome justified and conceptualised their imperialism, and discuss ways in which we can use Roman attitudes to imperalism to explore the topic in the classroom.

Session 4

Teaching 'The City of Rome': support and ideas for Eduqas Paper 3B

This session focuses on The City of Rome (Eduqas Latin GCSE, 3B). The main aim of the session is to look at the different sections of the prescription to discuss possible sources of information, as well as levels of detail we need to give to students for them to answer this topic successfully, with a special focus on the topics which are not included in Suburani. In addition to this, I will discuss ways in which students can revise the material effectively, and I will bring some examples of materials I use in the classroom and in revision sessions.

Using tiered readings in the Latin literature classroom

An introduction to the creation and use of tiered literature readings (adaptations of Latin texts at different levels). We will look at the different principles that guide the creation of tiered texts, tips for how to create them, and ideas for how to use them in a variety of ways in the Latin literature classroom, to allow for differentiation and a gradual transition into reading unadapted Latin text. This session will use examples from Suburani Book 3 that are set texts for the Eduqas and OCR GCSE.

Focus on: verbs - using the Suburani verb trainer to promote competence

This session looks at how to use the Suburani verb trainer to best effect in developing students' competence and confidence with verbs. It takes you through the functionality of the Verb Trainer, looking particularly at how to use the manual settings to create and share bespoke verb trainers to students, and how the scoring works and is reported to the teacher. We also demonstrate the additional support pages for particular aspects of a verb, where students can consolidate their knowledge in areas where the trainer identifies weaknesses.

Plenary 1

Suburani Book 3 - a theme-based introduction to literature

Suburani Book 3 launches in the US this summer, and in the UK this coming academic year. The book is a themed Latin reader, which is intended to develop students’ ability to read and appreciate Classical Latin literature. The themes of its eight chapters are love, the environment, self-presentation, migration, morality and philosophy, avarice, the city, and imperialism. Each chapter contains about 160-180 lines of unadapted Latin literature (supported by notes, glosses, and questions), language notes, essays on cultural topics, an author, and a literary genre. Those with Suburani digital accounts will find the digital edition becomes available (at no additional charge) as the year progresses. In this session we'll investigate the book, its digital support, and discuss ways it may be used in the pre- and post-GCSE classroom.

Plenary 2

Escape to the Country ... with Cato the Elder!

This talk will look at attitudes to rural life (compared to the experience of living in cities) from the 2nd c. BC into Imperial Rome. From idealised presentations of rural pursuits and agriculture, to the gritty realities of finding a spot for a farm, managing your workers, growing produce to survive, contact with other communities to sell produce or buy equipment. Literary evidence and material culture will be explored to investigate what life was like for the population of the Roman countryside.

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