The study of Latin offers an insight into the language, literature, life, times and culture of the ancient Romans.  Its study complements many other subjects – English (a high percentage of English words come from Latin), modern languages, science and history, for example, and representatives of a large number of different professions testify to its relevance and usefulness.  It encourages an understanding of language in general, helps to develop literacy and builds cultural insight.

Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students follow the Cambridge Latin Course which aims to teach comprehension of the Latin language for reading purposes and also to develop an understanding of the content, style and values of Roman civilisation, with special reference to the 1st century AD.  The course presents language not as an end in itself, but as a means of gaining access to literature and to the culture from which it springs.  

In Year 8 students have six half-hour taster sessions during their English curriculum time.  They can then opt to attend a further six half-hour sessions towards the end of the year.  From Year 9 Latin is wholly extra-curricular, with students choosing to study either during registration twice a week or before school or at lunchtime.  Students learn Latin through the context of the topics outlined below:


Year 8

·         members of the household

·         houses in Pompeii

·         daily life and food in Pompeii

·         town life and business in Pompeii

·         the forum and law courts in Pompeii

Year 9

More about life in Pompeii, including the theatre, slavery, the amphitheatre, the baths, education, the eruption of Vesuvius.

An introduction to life in Roman Britain.

Key Stage 4
Students who opt to study Latin at GCSE (again, wholly on an extra-curricular basis) follow the Eduqas GCSE syllabus.  We continue to use the Cambridge Latin Course to build language skills and, in addition, we study specific topics of Roman civilisation and Latin literature. 

The current civilisation topics are:

·         public baths

·         the amphitheatre

·         the theatre

·         dinner parties

·         recitations (recitationes)

The theme of the literature currently studied is ‘A Day at the Races’, and includes texts by Ovid, Martial, Pliny, Juvenal, Suetonius and Virgil.

Exam Board:

For further details please visit: Eduqas Latin GCSE

For further information about the Latin curriculum please contact:

Mrs Philippa Buswell

Teacher i/c Latin

For further information about the Latin curriculum please contact:
Mrs Philippa Buswell
Teacher i/c Latin