“I really enjoy Latin because we do different things every lesson. The quizzes are still my favourite!”
In Form 1 we explore what we can learn of the Roman way of life from the ruins of Pompeii, buried by the volcano Vesuvius in AD 79. The pupils really enjoy our competition to make a Roman Theatre mask. Roman Britain gives us a sense of our history. A trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace in Form 2 helps to bring this to life. The boy on the dolphin floor mosaic is spectacular. In Form 3 we study Roman Egypt.
Throughout the course we study the language and learn to translate short stories. This is taught with the use of mimes to help learn and retain vocabulary. We have exciting competitions which involve both the language and the culture. The aim is always to have fun whilst we are learning!
In Form Four we start the GCSE course where our studies are supported by a great trip to see the Roman Baths at Bath. GCSE consists of an appealing mix of language and literature from the first century AD. In one class we could be reading Pliny’s eye witness account of the eruption of Vesuvius while in another we might be studying the narrative poem about how the Greeks entered Troy with the trick of the Trojan horse. We still make room for some dramatic performances in class to help us enter into the subject material. Pupils are surprised about how much fun they have studying for a GCSE in this subject!
Let me end with another quote from a pupil: “Latin is interesting and an engaging, academic challenge. It is great fun!”