All Year 7 students learn Latin as an “enrichment subject”. In one lesson a week, students are introduced to the fundamentals of Latin vocabulary and grammar, using the popular and engaging Cambridge Latin Course Book 1.
The study of Latin has a range benefits for students. Evidence suggests that students who learn Latin have a greater English vocabulary, since learning the roots of words helps students to acquire and retain high level English words. It also helps students with their understanding of the structure of languages and grammar, thus assisting in their study of modern foreign languages, regardless of their origin. But perhaps most importantly, Latin can give students access to a whole world of ancient texts, read in the original language, enabling them to get one step closer to understanding the lives and experiences of the ancient Romans.
At the end of Year 7, students are given the choice to continue with Latin throughout Key Stage 3. These students go on to follow the Cambridge Latin Course Books 2-3, a fine preparation for further study in the subject.
Students who choose to pursue GCSE Latin will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the Latin language, and the society, values and literature of the ancient Romans.
You will continue to develop your skill in Latin translation, broadening your understanding of increasingly complex grammar and vocabulary so that you can translate genuine ancient Roman texts into English and appreciate them for their beauty and cultural significance. The GCSE also includes a civilisation component, which gives you the chance to study the myths and beliefs of the ancient Romans, as well as the lives of the Romans in Britain.
GCSE Latin is only available to those students who have studied it in Year 8 & 9.