Latin is a wonderful language – it unlocks the meaning behind common English phrases such as et cetera and ad hoc and helps develop an excellent basis from which to learn many other languages including French, Spanish and Italian. Latin builds English vocabulary, grammar and usage and helps us to understand medical, mathematical, legal and scientific terminology.
At Great Walstead all children begin learning the fundamentals of Latin in Year 5. Interspersed with the language, we listen to the excellent “War with Troy”, an initiative of the Cambridge School Classics Project, which is supported by worksheets and discussion.
From Year 6, a textbook, is introduced, and during the year we continue to study classic history and myths.
It is at Year 7 that study begins in earnest for Common Entrance, with regular vocabulary tests and careful translation of selected passages. At this stage, some children concentrate on Classical Civilization rather than the traditional Latin. This emphasises the Roman history element and includes the study of Roman emperors, daily life, gladiators and a variety of Greek and Roman myths. It is particularly designed to support history and literacy.
Some year 7 children will also begin Greek, learning the basis of the language with a few taking this at Common Entrance.
Head of Classics