Classics/Latin

Working with the Latin language is pretty powerful

Eyvind Kang

Welcome to Classics and Latin! Research suggests that the study of Latin and Classics is extremely beneficial. Not only does it improve the learning of other languages, but it promotes critical thinking, literacy and cultural knowledge too. Classics and Latin inspire students to become inquisitive, disciplined, persistent and imaginative. For these reasons, we have found a way to bring Classics and Latin into our school’s curriculum.

Our aim is to establish Latin into our curriculum, and promote a whole-school/ cross-curricular ethos about its significance in literature, literacy, numeracy, spelling and civilisation. This means that we will aim to draw connections between English, Modern Foreign Languages as well as Humanities and Drama.

During this academic year, each Year 7 and Year 8 student will be offered Latin lessons once a fortnight. In addition, our Year 9 students, who have enjoyed the Latin taster lessons last term, will start attending Latin lessons twice a week as an after-school class. Also, a group of Year 10 students are attending after school Latin classes twice a week with the aim of having their GCSE exams in 2022.

We really hope that this new project will be fruitful and beneficial for our students. Also, we hope that an effective collaboration with the students will be developed during this exciting project, and thus, we will ‘create excellence together’. We wish that this learning journey will motivate the students to develop an interest in Latin and Classics.

Head of Faculty

Katty Jacob | kjacob@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk 

Apprentice teacher of Classics/ Latin:

Eleni Sanida  | esanida@aclandburghley.camden.sch.uk

Curriculum

Our Schemes of Learning and resources allow the students to explore the Latin language (vocabulary, grammar, derivations) and the Roman Civilisation (culture, traditions, history).

Our lessons are taught using various resources and strategies with the aim of making the learning journey as enjoyable as possible. Students are encouraged to practise the language (vocabulary and grammar) by practising their knowledge outside of the classroom.  

All students in Year 7 and Year 8 study Latin once per fortnight. In addition, our keen and enthusiastic linguists in Year 9 have the opportunity to study Latin twice a week as an after-school class. Last but not least, our committed Year 10 linguists study Latin twice a week as an after-school class and they now have the chance to undertake a GCSE exam this academic year.

Studying Latin gives the opportunity to the students to be inquisitive, persistent, collaborative, imaginative and disciplined. Pupils explore  in depth the Latin word order (sentence structure), Latin verbs (conjugations) and Latin word endings (cases). They also make comparisons with Modern Foreign Languages and English, and compare the cognates, derivatives and root words. In addition, the students gain insight into the Roman culture and society; they question, link and compare the Roman society and habits with the modern world. The ability to understand, read and investigate Latin is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure not only in UK and Europe but in other parts of the world too.

KS3

Y7 Latin           

Autumn term 

  • What is Classics and what is Latin
  • CLC Stage 1 – vocabulary about family and parts of the house; Latin word order; houses in Pompeii
  • CLC Stage 2 – vocabulary about houses, friends and food; introduction to nouns and cases; daily life in Pompeii

Spring term

  • CLC Stage 3- vocabulary about social life and jobs; first, second and third declension nouns, the town of Pompeii
  • CLC Stage 4 – vocabulary about jobs and trade; verbs with focus on present tense; the Forum

Summer term

  • CLC Stage 5- vocabulary about entertainment and drama; more about the verbs in the present tense and more about the plural nouns; the theatre at Pompeii
  • CLC Stage 6- vocabulary about class division; imperfect tense of the verbs; society structure and social classes

 

Y8 Latin           

Autumn term

  • CLC Stage 2 – vocabulary about houses, friends and food; introduction to nouns and cases; daily life in Pompeii
  • CLC Stage 3- vocabulary about social life and jobs; first, second and third declension nouns, the town of Pompeii
  • CLC Stage 4 – vocabulary about jobs and trade; verbs with focus on present tense; the Forum             

Spring term

  • CLC Stage 5- vocabulary about entertainment and drama; more about the verbs in the present tense and more about the plural nouns; the theatre at Pompeii
  • CLC Stage 6- vocabulary about class division; imperfect tense of the verbs; society structure and social classes

Summer term

  • CLC Stage 7- vocabulary about food; perfect tense of the verbs; Roman beliefs about life after death
  • CLC Stage 8- vocabulary about leisure and events; introduction to adjectives; Gladiatorial shows

Y9 Latin after-school

Autumn term:

  • What is Classics and what is Latin
  • CLC Stage 1 – vocabulary about family and parts of the house; Latin word order; houses in Pompeii
  • CLC Stage 2 – vocabulary about houses, friends and food; introduction to nouns and cases; daily life in Pompeii
  • CLC Stage 3- vocabulary about social life and jobs; first, second and third declension nouns, the town of Pompeii
  • CLC Stage 4 – vocabulary about jobs and trade; verbs with focus on present tense; the Forum
  • CLC Stage 5- vocabulary about entertainment and drama; more about the verbs in the present tense and more about the plural nouns; the theatre at Pompeii
  • CLC Stage 6- vocabulary about class division; imperfect tense of the verbs; society structure and social classes

 

Spring term:

  • CLC Stage 7- vocabulary about food; perfect tense of the verbs; Roman beliefs about life after death
  • CLC Stage 8- vocabulary about leisure and events; introduction to adjectives; Gladiatorial shows
  • CLC Stage 9- vocabulary about baths, leisure and sports; nouns and the dative case; the Baths
  • CLC Stage 10- vocabulary about education; adjectives and comparatives; school and education

Summer term:

  • CLC Stage 11- vocabulary about political life; personal pronouns and question words; local government and elections
  • CLC Stage 12- vocabulary about city and landscape; revision of present, imperfect and perfect tense; the destruction and excavation of Pompeii
  • Revision

 

KS4

Y10 GCSE (OCR) Latin

Autumn term:

  • Language and grammar revision (CLC Book 3, CLC Book 4 and John Taylor’s Book 1)
  • OCR sources: Roman state religion; Roman gods; beliefs about the after-life; Aeneas, Romulus and Remus; Roman army; Roman roads; Roman villas; Roman bath
  • Introduction to Virgil’s Aeneid Book 2

Spring term:

  • Language revision following John Taylor’s Book 1 and Book 2
  • Study of Virgil’s Aeneid, 2.506–558, 705–740, 768–794
  • Exam practise questions and past papers

Summer term:

  • Language revision
  • Virgil’s Aeneid Book 2 Revision
  • Exam practise questions and past papers

We will be offering extra revision sessions during lunchtimes and during half terms for the current Year 10 GCSE group– TBC.

Exam dates 2021-22 have not yet been confirmed by the exam board.

Extracurricular - Upcoming trips TBC

  • Y7 & 8 Virtual Tour of the Roman Forum - TBC
  • Y9 Latin- Visit Roman City of Bath- TBC
  • Y10 Latin trip to Pompeii- TBC