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Ancient Language - Latin


Latin is an important part of our cultural heritage and the foundation of many modern European languages. Latin also provides an opportunity for pupils to develop a range of knowledge and skills, including linguistic, analytical, and cultural awareness. The National Curriculum (2014) for languages aims to develop pupils' speaking, listening, reading, and writing ability. As an Ancient language, Latin provides a linguistic foundation for reading comprehension and inspires an appreciation of classical civilisations for our pupils. We draw on resources and expertise from Maximum Classics, an organisation which aims to bring Latin to state schools to give more pupils the opportunity to study this important subject.

  • To introduce pupils to the Latin language and its importance in Western culture.
  • To develop pupils' linguistic and analytical skills, including their ability to analyse language structures and to identify linguistic patterns.
  • To develop pupils' cultural awareness and understanding of the contributions of Ancient Rome to Western civilization.
  • To develop pupils' ability to make connections between Latin and modern languages, such as English.
Curriculum Intent

The Latin curriculum is designed to introduce pupils to the Latin language and culture, and to provide opportunities for pupils to develop their linguistic and analytical skills. The curriculum aims to provide a foundation for the study of modern languages, as well as an understanding of the cultural and historical context of Western civilization. The curriculum is structured to ensure that pupils develop a secure understanding of Latin vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, and that they are able to read and translate age-appropriate written Latin with confidence.

Scheme of Learning

Ancient Languages: Latin