Latin paradoxically forms part of the Modern Foreign Languages carousel in Year 7 before boys opt for the subject in Year 8. The subject is taught by a specialist teacher using the Cambridge Latin Course. It is expected that nearly all the boys studying Latin in Year 8 will continue with it into the Upper School.
The Cambridge Latin Course is supported by a textbook, resources on e-Learning and the excellent course website and interactive DVD. In both Years 7 and 8 boys spend at least one lesson a week working interactively as independent learners in the Computer Room accessing the DVD.
There is also co-operation with the Upper School: recent activities have included a Joint Classical Quiz and a lecture on Odysseus. In the past year Legio XIV has also visited to talk about Roman life and particularly the Army.
Boys learning the Latin language are also exposed to the classical world in its broadest sense and many choose to study Classical Civilisation at GCSE and/or A’ Level. Emphasis is also placed on the boys beginning to appreciate the role of the ancient world in a modern context paying special attention to the structure and vocabulary of other languages.
Primarily it is hoped that boys will enjoy their experience of the classical world in whatever capacity they choose to study it.
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