Latin allows you to adore words, take them apart, and find out where they came from.
- Dr Seuss
We provide a Latin curriculum that reinforces the teaching of English vocabulary, grammar and spelling and gives children further opportunities to explore word order, word classes and other grammatical concepts. The aim is to support the children’s written work across all subjects; allow children to continue learning about language structure and patterns throughout Key Stage 2; deepen children’s understanding of how languages have changed over time; and develop the children’s understanding of the historical impact and significance of language as they make connections across time. Our Latin curriculum allows children to discover the roots of the English language, as well as supporting them to study and learn other romance languages, including French and Spanish. We also provide a model of language learning that will prepare the children for Key Stage 3 and beyond.
The curriculum overview illustrates the extensive coverage of the curriculum. Within each unit, the children acquire the knowledge and skills needed to achieve a range of vocabulary, grammar, cultural and conversation objectives. Throughout the curriculum and across Key Stage 2, pupils are able to build upon pre-existing learning by revisiting certain areas of study and experience new learning to enable pupils to consolidate new skills and knowledge. Our Latin curriculum focuses on providing the children with a linguistic foundation for reading comprehension and an appreciation of classical civilisation. Children participate in simple oral exchanges, while discussion of what they read is conducted in English.
We teach Latin in Key Stage 2 following the Maximum Classics scheme of work. As well as weekly Latin lessons, there are links to Latin objectives in other subjects, as learning is cross-curricular and not bound to Latin lessons. Latin education is underpinned by teachers sharing and demonstrating strong subject-knowledge. We have high expectations of all pupils. They are encouraged to understand and communicate ideas in speech and writing, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.