Latin is taught to our more able students with the main aim in the early years of providing a literacy challenge, improving their knowledge of language in general and their vocabulary in particular. Latin provides young people with the roots of many higher-register words in many modern languages, including English. Studies suggest that studying Latin greatly improves students’ command of language.
We follow the Cambridge Latin Course which encourages the students to read Latin as fluently as possible, giving them lots of Latin vocabulary and making lots of connections between the Latin words and the higher register English words that derive from them. It also covers many elements of Roman culture, such as gladiators, baths, education and elections and Book 1 culminates in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. At GCSE level the students study more classical culture including ancient history and some mythology. This will help the students to appreciate the many classical references that appear in the literature of many modern languages.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students have one Latin lesson a week. If students then choose do continue with Latin for GCSE, they have three lessons a week in Year 10 and 4 lessons a week in Year 11.
In Year 9 we take the OCR Entry Level qualification. This qualification consists of two short language tests and a culture or literature based piece of writing. You can find more details of this on the OCR website, under ‘Classics’.
Latin counts towards the language requirement of the English Baccalaureate and is also considered a "facilitating subject" by universities. The subject gives you the opportunity to study the language and literature of ancient Rome, reading the works of famous authors such as Virgil, Ovid, Cicero and Tacitus. You experience elements of the culture, language and social and political life of the Roman civilisation which has inspired many later generations. As well as being exciting and inspiring, studying Latin helps you develop analytical skills and intellectual flexibility which will be useful in a wide range of jobs or in further study. Historically it has been exclusively a private school subject but Latin is increasingly being offered in comprehensive schools and we are thrilled to be able to provide our students with this opportunity.
We are also starting to introduce Ancient Greek at RPA in the form of a club. We will start by learning the Greek alphabet and some Greek words and studying some Greek history and culture.
If you have any questions about Classics at RPA or would like to discuss the programme in more detail please contact Mrs Robert-Nicoud at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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