Latin, in terms of its vocabulary and grammar, underpins almost all European languages and provides a challenging and interesting subject in its own right. Children who have studied Latin find that the experience is of benefit to them in all their linguistic work.
In teaching Latin, we aim to:
- provide a challenging and stimulating linguistic and cultural learning experience
- promote an awareness of classical civilisation and its relevance to the modern world
- develop the skills and attitudes necessary to facilitate further study in the subject
- develop the logical and analytical thought-processes which are aided by studying a classical language
Head of Department – Mr S Hewitt
Around two-thirds of the pupils in Years 5 to 8 study Latin, exclusively by the Head of Department.
In Year 5, we use the Minimus course materials, which provide a lively introduction to the language as well as reinforcing pupils’ knowledge of background and historical topics that relate to Rome and especially to Roman Britain.
From Year 6 onwards the programme of study reflects a more grammatical approach, as pupils work towards the Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations taken in Year 8. As well as studying the language at widely differing levels, pupils also study background topics: Daily Life in the Roman Empire; the City of Rome; the Army and Roman Britain, and Greek Mythology.
Pupils in all year groups are able to use the School’s virtual learning environment to access a wealth of information on both linguistic and background topics. In addition, pupils in Year 8 use the “Pipiatum” app on their personal tablets to review essential vocabulary and grammar.