Contact Teacher: Ms C Barnett, Teacher of Latin

Exam Board: OCR


Students will develop their linguistic confidence in a safe and supportive environment in which they are encouraged to take risks. The lessons foster cooperation, collaboration and teamwork. Students will develop their linguistic skills through the use of authentic materials (songs, articles, stories) in a positive atmosphere. Their teachers are experts in building positive relationships and they will have high expectations of students to engage and adapt to the pace of their lessons. Students will find teachers draw on their own experiences, which helps to take the subject outside of the classroom. They will be challenged to question where they have seen language used in the wider world, out of school. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a residential visit abroad.

Latin Learning Journey

This is a visual representation of how students' knowledge and skills develop through the Latin curriculum.

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Latin Learning Journey

Why study Latin?

Latin has an obvious link with such subjects as English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy and other Arts/Humanities subjects with its logical approach and emphasis on accuracy. However, it can also be combined successfully with Mathematics and Science subjects. It has traditionally been linked with such subjects as Law and Medicine, but it will provide you with an excellent qualification for a wide variety of courses.

Course details

You will study literature and develop your powers of literary criticism. You will study language and at the same time increase your knowledge of English vocabulary, grammar and syntax. You will continue to develop your logical reasoning and learn how to express things accurately and concisely. You will learn something of the social, military and political history of the Romans.

How the course is taught and assessed

Translation and comprehension of unseen passages of Latin, using a variety of texts to develop both accuracy and understanding of more difficult Latin. You will study a prose and verse author in detail, developing your ability to analyse and discuss the means by which the author achieves particular effects in his use of language.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 in GCSE Latin.