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What will I Learn?

Latin is a fascinating and rewarding subject which all students study in Year 7. The focus of study is on the Latin language, vocabulary, grammar and most importantly how to translate Latin into fluent English. There is also an emphasis on expanding the students’ knowledge and understanding of English by looking at derivations. Finally, the courses which we follow help students to learn more about the Romans and their culture. As a result of this, the two courses of Latin and Classical Civilisation, go extremely well together. Students will develop invaluable skills when studying Latin; an eye for detail, understanding of grammatical structures, expansion of their English vocabulary and an ability to appreciate cultural differences and different values. Two thirds of the cohort continues with Latin in Year 8, while one third move to study Classical Civilisation. From Year 9, Latin is an optional subject.

Year 7

  • Introduction to Ancient Languages and Latin
  • Cambridge Latin Course Book 1 – Stages 1-4 (Pompeii and Caecilius)
  • Cambridge Latin Course Book 1 – Stages 5-8 (Pompeii and Entertainment)
  • Cambridge Latin Course Book 1 – Stages 9-12 (Pompeii and the Eruption)

Year 8

  • Revision of Year 7 vocabulary, grammar and knowledge of the Romans
  • Cambridge Latin Course Book 2 – Stages 13-15 (The Romans in Britain)
  • Cambridge Latin Course Book 2 – Stages 16-18 (Fishbourne Roman Palace and Roman Egypt)
  • Cambridge Latin Course Book 2 – Stages 19-20 (Roman Egypt)

Year 9

  • Pupils study the Cambridge Latin Course Book III
  • New grammar features are introduced for pupils to learn
  • In each stage they have the chance to further develop their knowledge of vocabulary
  • The course also covers the Romans in Britain and the adventures of some Roman soldiers, as well as the death of King Cogidubnus and the plot against his life.

GCSE

Pupils study the OCR GCSE Course, which is designed to give the pupils an appreciation for Latin language, literature and culture. They will study three modules (1 compulsory module – Latin Language, and two other modules which will be chosen each year from the three below).

Latin Language

Compulsory module worth 50% of the GCSE. This unit focuses on developing students’ ability to translate Latin into fluent English. This is achieved by learning vocabulary, developing understanding of Latin grammar and how the language works. In this unit students read and translate many interesting stories, both historical and mythological.

Latin Prose Literature

One of the optional units worth 25% of the GCSE. Pupils will study a text written in Latin by an ancient author such as Caesar, Tacitus, Cicero or Pliny. They will learn about the story, historical context and also analyse the language used.

Latin Verse Literature

One of the optional units worth 25% of the GCSE. Pupils will study a text written in Latin by an ancient poet such as Virgil, Horace or Catullus. They will learn about the story, historical context and also analyse the language used.

Latin Literature and Culture

One of the optional units worth 25% of the GCSE. Students study a series of literary, archaeological and inscriptional sources to learn about ancient Roman culture and values. There are 3 key topics (two of which will be studied each year; Entertainment, Myths and Beliefs and The Romans in Britain).