We offer the more able linguists in Years 8 and 9 the opportunity to learn Latin. Latin is an enjoyable and challenging language which is a highly regarded academic subject. Learning Latin will aid students’ English vocabulary, as much of our language is derived from Latin, and also their grasp of English grammar. Working out the word order and detail in Latin sentences teaches the skills of analysis, attention to detail and precision which are extremely useful in a wide range of careers such as law, medecine, accountancy and engineering. Learning Latin also complements the learning of modern languages as there are many similarities between German and Latin grammar and much French and Spanish vocabulary derives from Latin.
Year 8 and 9 follow the Cambridge Latin Course; as well as learning vocabulary, English derivatives and about the language, they read stories in Latin. In Book 1, students learn about life in ancient Pompeii, looking at topics such as daily life, the theatre, gladiators, slavery and the baths before learning about the eruption of Mt Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii. In Book 2, students learn about life in Celtic Britain and the changes that the Roman invasion caused before looking at life in Alexandria under the Romans. Learning is enhanced by using the website that accompanies the text books and the interactive DVDs.
Students take two WJEC Level 2 Latin Certificates (equivalent level to GCSE): They all study Latin Core Language, then have the option to take Roman Civilisation or Additional Language; this makes up one level 2 qualification. The linguistic material is presented against cultural topics as the stories are set in Roman Bath and then in Rome using the Cambridge Latin Course Books 3 and 4. Those opting to study civilisation will also look at a variety of sources from the Roman world on daily life, whereas those taking additional language will translate more challenging stories.
Latin Literature is the second qualification; student read and translate original Latin literature; they look at the literary style and techniques of the authors, so are gaining knowledge and skills which will be readily transferable to help with their English literature studies.
Certificate in Latin Language or Latin Language and Roman Civilisation
- Unit 9521 Core Latin Language (compulsory) - comprehension and translation of Latin.
- Plus Unit 9524 - Additional Latin Language - A single passage of more challenging Latin for comprehension and translation.
- Or Unit 9522 - Roman Civilisation topics - short questions based on primary sources (pictures and written) from Roman authors in translation. Extended questions will require a personal response to sources or making comparisons between the ancient and modern world.
Certificate in Latin Literature
- Unit 9541: Latin Literature - themed (compulsory) - approximately 120 lines of literature on a theme a mixture of verse and prose.
- Unit 9542: Latin Literature - narrative (compulsory) - approximately 120 lines of literature verse, forming a continuous narrative.
|Scheme of Assessment|
|Language/Language and Civilisation||Duration||Weighting|
|Unit 9521||1 hour 15 minutes||67%|
|Unit 9524||45 minutes||33%|
|Unit 9541||1 hour||50%|
|Unit 9542||1 hour||50%|