S1 & S2 Latin
The S1 Latin course provides pupils with an introduction to the Latin language and to Roman Civilisation.
The Cambridge Latin Course forms the basis for teaching in S1, and is used in conjunction with booklets produced by the department which contain grammar rules, extension exercises and vocabulary.
Pupils are introduced to various forms of verbs and nouns, and are encouraged to transfer this knowledge to the translation of sentences and simple stories.
Alongside the language, pupils learn about Roman society (houses in Pompeii; daily life; the forum; theatre; slavery) and Greek mythology. They also produce investigations, individually and in groups, on some of these topics.
Homework consists of learning vocabulary and tables of grammar and translating sentences.
The course for S2 pupils provides continuity and progression from the S1 experience. The material consolidates and develops pupils' language skills and understanding of Roman civilisation.
In the language part of the course, pupils extend their knowledge of verbs (imperfect and perfect tenses) and nouns (all cases) and are required to further develop their translation skills through the reading of passages which contain more challenging structures and vocabulary.
In addition, pupils continue to build on their understanding of Roman society through learning about Dido and Aeneas, Hannibal and Roman gods. They also have another opportunity to produce investigations on the Roman Army and Chariot-racing, which requires them to draw on the skills of note-taking and organisation, which were introduced in S1.
The Oxford Latin Course is used in S2, in conjunction with additional support, extension and practice material.
Homework tasks are similar to those in S1.