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Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Callington Community College

Cultural Studies


The writer Charlotte HiIl neatly sums up our intent for our students at Callington Community College when she says that studying Latin ‘helps create curious students who have the tools to see our world as it really is because they have encountered and imaginatively experienced another that is so like, and so very unlike, our own

Latin aims to provide a foundation in linguistic and cultural competence, enabling learners to gain knowledge and understanding of the Roman world through reading and responding to its language and literature. In particular, GCSE Latin encourages learners to deploy their knowledge and understanding of the ancient language to deepen their understanding of English. Further, students will develop research and analytical skills which will empower them to become independent students and enquirers.

In a multi-cultural and multi-faith society such as our own, the Roman civilisation warrants close study and understanding. It is through an empathetic approach to cultural difference that we aim to promote the values of tolerance and respect for others within our community.

By the end of their education in Latin at Callington Community College, all students of Latin will: 

  • Not only learn the language that the Romans spoke but also (and just as importantly) learn about the people using this language – their lifestyles, entertainment and daily routines.
  • Become confident readers of Latin.
  • Have the ability to respond in detail to Latin Literature.
  • Become experts about Roman Civilisation topics.

In order to fully appreciate Latin and develop a deep schema, the Latin curriculum will be implemented by the following rationale:

  • Latin lessons are planned using a logically sequenced iterative curriculum that is structured and engaging.
  • Latin lessons start with review questions on prior learning.
  • Concepts and skills of Latin language are broken down into small steps. Students will master each step.
  • The teacher will use a variety of modelling strategies to explain how to solve language problems. This will be supported by visuals and concrete resources.
  • Questioning will be used to check understanding, draw out misconceptions and encourage deeper thinking. Students will use key vocabulary to explain and reason.
  • Mini-whiteboards will be used for guided practice and to check understanding.
  • Students will practise language skills through intelligent practice and then through a broad range of problem solving tasks.
  • Reasoning skills are developed through both verbal and written work.
  • Language programs such as Suburani and Textivate are used to support vocabulary learning.
  • Opportunities will be planned to practise GCSE questions.
  • Language problem solving is a key element of every lesson. Teachers model how to solve language features.
  • Whole class feedback is used to support students.
  • Students will have a clear understanding of their strengths and areas for development.
  • The teacher will use weekly and monthly reviews of prior learning to reinforce long-term memory. 
  • Formative and summative assessment is used to measure the acquisition of knowledge so that teachers know the gaps in student knowledge and can adapt their interventions, planning and classroom practice accordingly.


A key purpose of education is to prepare young people for their adult lives. However, from environmental issues to the internet, and from international relations to national politics, the world is an uncertain place. Therefore, education should help young people to develop the knowledge, skills and resilience that they will need to thrive in our complex world.  PSHE isn’t just another school subject. It is an opportunity to give all our students a place to develop some of the necessary knowledge and skills that they will need to make informed decisions that will help them to be healthy, happy and successful now and in the future.  

By the end of their education in PSHE at Callington Community College, all students will have participated in a range of curriculum experiences that encourage them to make healthy, safe and informed decisions regarding various situations and challenges which life may present them. In particular, relating to relationships (including online), drugs and addiction, and both physical and mental health. 

In order to fully appreciate PSHE and develop a deep schema, the curriculum will be delivered through the following themes: 

  • Relationships and sex (RSE)
  • Drugs and addiction
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Physical health living in the wider world
  • Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG)  

Each of these themes will develop through a spiral curriculum that is planned to provide key knowledge, understanding and skills at a relevant and age appropriate time.

The PSHE Curriculum at Callington Community College has been influenced by:

The Department for Education’s statutory guidance on Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE). Further support has come from the PSHE Association, Brook (sexual health and wellbeing), YZUP (drugs and addiction), Citizens Advice Bureau and Devon / Cornwall Police.

Our PSHE curriculum addresses disadvantage through ensuring that all students are given opportunities to develop key knowledge and skills to participate healthily, safely and confidently in society. Furthermore, the prominence of discussion in PSHE will help to develop all students’ ability to articulate opinions and understanding with confidence and clarity.