Pupils are introduced to Latin in Year 6. The study of Latin increases general language awareness at a grammatical and syntactical level. In addition, pupils are able to appreciate the close links between, and roots of, other European languages.
As they progress, the more able will be in a position to read simple prose, letters and histories written by a variety of Roman authors – an exercise of curious pleasure.
Another benefit of studying Latin lies in the requirement that pupils should think in a structured, methodical and logical fashion – in short, exercise their brain as well as their memory.
Classical Studies has a variety of aims. Most students take an interest in the origins of western civilisation, both in terms of the contrasts and continuities with our modern world. As they progress they will become more aware of the political changes and choices made, some of which we still live with, some of which we learn from as mistakes. And there are some very good stories too.
In Years 6 and 7 the pupils study a common syllabus (the Common Entrance syllabus) to cover the basic grammar and vocabulary.
In Year 8, those who may be taking a scholarship, or who show a particular aptitude for the language elements will push on with more advanced work. For the most able and interested, some elementary Greek may also be introduced.