Latin is taught in years 5, 6, 7, and 8.
In Year 5 the pupils develop their listening skills as well as their understanding of the importance of Roman myths through listening to and discussing a wide variety of myths including a retelling of the Odyssey. Later in the year, pupils follow the Minimus text book to introduce the Latin language and to reinforce English grammar. Latin is taught once a week and there is no prep or exam.
Year 6 pupils have two Latin lessons per week and one prep session. There is a Latin exam in the Michaelmas and Trinity terms. In Year 6 the pupils start the Common Entrance syllabus following the ISEB Book 1 which provides an excellent grounding in the basics of Latin grammar. This is supplemented by the Cambridge Latin Course to provide information on the importance of Latin as the source for many English words and detailed investigation of Roman life topics including daily life in Pompeii, Roman family life, education, clothing, food and entertainment. During Year 6 a strong emphasis is placed on how to learn a language including revision techniques and flashcards. Whether a pupil continues with Latin in Year 7 will be determined mainly, but not exclusively, by the end of year exam.
In Years 7 and 8 the focus is on the Latin grammar, vocabulary and translation skills necessary for Common Entrance. The Year 7 pupils continue with the grammar required by the Common Entrance curriculum, building on the knowledge and skills developed in Year 6. During Year 8 pupils continue to prepare for Common Entrance at the appropriate level. Year 7 and 8 pupils have two Latin lessons per week, one prep session per week and sit exams in Michaelmas and Trinity terms. Specific Year 7 and 8 pupils who may be preparing for scholarship exams or an extended Latin curriculum will have extra support and teaching using other appropriate materials. Pupils will sit Common Entrance at the appropriate level in June of Year 8.