Latin is a thriving subject for all pupils in Years 5 and 6. We aim to combine discipline and a strong foundation in the language with a desire to encourage pupils to explore and investigate the historical heritage of the classical world.
Year 5 begin their journey into Latin by learning about the Roman Empire and the legacy of the Romans on our everyday life, combined with a foundation in the language and grammar from the level 1 Common Entrance curriculum. We cover the full range of Common Entrance vocabulary and study verb conjugations in the present tense. Learning is consolidated through songs, games, Greek mythology, and classical civilisation. Daily Roman life and entertainment, gladiatorial games, and story translations from Latin to English all combine to bring the language alive and immerse pupils in the world of Ancient Rome and beyond.
Year 6 build on the foundations they have gained in Year 5 by moving on to more detailed and longer stories, and tackle a variety of reading comprehensions and translations from Latin to English using the imperfect, perfect and imperative verb tenses. They learn about Roman houses, daily life in Pompeii, and slavery in Ancient Rome. Year 6 continue to extend their knowledge of Latin and the Classical world through stories, games and music, and each class performs their own play in Latin.
All Year 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to take part in an after-school Latin club in the Lent Term.