Key Stage 3 Latin

All boys in Year 7 study Latin; they have the option to continue it in Year 8.
The Cambridge Latin Course teaches the language of the Romans and many cultural concepts ranging from the traditional (religion, gladiators, army, the imperial government) to the challenging (slavery, Judaism and Christianity, poetry) and scientific and geographical (volcanos and archaeology). 
All Key Stage 3 students will follow a broad enrichment programme with teaching on mythology, Roman history, slavery, the archaeology of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the growth of republican, democratic and oligarchic government in Rome and Athens and their relevance to our form of democracy.
Year 7
  • Three declensions of nouns, four cases, active form of three verbal tenses, adjectives.
  • Background material – citizenship and slavery, the Roman family, mythology, archaeology of Pompeii and Herculaneum and role of Mount Vesuvius.
IPM assessments linked to learning of syntax, vocabulary, translation ability and background knowledge recall. Homework perceived in terms of achievement thereof.
The Cambridge Latin Course follows the life of Quintus from his birth (introduced through an Homeric flashback!), his experience of the eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii in A.D.79 and subsequent journeys across the Roman world Alexandria, Britain and Rome. Syntax, vocabulary and background are introduced through the stories in the textbook.
It is an exciting textbook as it is set in actual history with actual historical characters.
By the end of Year 7, boys will have commenced Book II, where the story follows Quintus to Roman Britain and his time in Fishbourne Palace. This links with the Year 7 trip to the Palace and Bignor Villa in Sussex during Activity Week One.
We use ‘ecce Romani’ in conjunction; this series introduces the students to the Cornelii, a typical noble family of the first century. Cornelius and his wife Aurelia have two children and live during the Summer months near Baiae where they enjoy the coastal climate.  On the spur of the moment, Cornelius is summoned by the Emperor Titus back to Rome for emergency senatorial business.  Their carriage is forced off the road into a ditch; the family is obliged to stay in an infradig tavern.  Thus the students are introduced not only to basic grammar but the Roman class and political system; the dangers of travel in the Ancient World, the road systems and the powers of the Emperors.
Year 8
  • Life in Roman Britain, the Roman army, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Roman Egypt, Egyptian religion and mythology, ancient medicine, introduction to ancient Greek, Roman Bath and Chester. Remaining cases of nouns; agreement of adjectives; irregular verbs; participles; relative pronouns.
IPM assessments linked to learning of syntax, vocabulary, translation ability and background knowledge recall. Homework perceived in terms of achievement thereof.
We follow Quintus through Roman Britain and his adventures in Alexandria. He makes friends and enemies. What is Salvius planning? Will Clemens survive his encounter with the Alexandrian mob? What will happen during a hunting expedition on the Nile? Will Quintus reach Bath and Chester?
In ‘ecce Romani’, the Cornelii family are ensconced in the inn where the women of the family head for the bedrooms and bolt their doors.  The menfolk scoff at their timidity, descend to the bar and enjoy drink.  There they hear in bardic tradition a story of murder told by a veteran soldier.  Frissons of fear are sent down the boys’ backs and after their initial bravado, they too head for their rooms where they spend disturbed evenings full of dreams of ghosts and murder.  It is with great relief that with Dawn raising her rosy finger that they all set off again to Rome.  The family are greatly cheered by the sight of typical landmarks; the tomb of Caecila Metella, the Porta Capena and the Colosseum.  Book 2 deals with dreams, oracles, civic buildings and the topography of the Italian landscape.