Studying Latin will make enable students to read the world around them as a product of its ancient past.
Latin offers the reward of studying the ancient Romans through their original language, therefore allowing an incredible insight into a civilisation that has so influenced society today. It will also enable students to think logically, rigorously and analytically.
It is a challenging subject and as such the GCSE is held in high regard by many universities and businesses as they recognise the varied skills and concepts that this subject teaches. Latin is an extremely versatile subject; it works very well with any combination of GCSE subjects. It is also offered as extracurricular subject as such does not form one of the students’ timetabled options but is studied after school and at lunchtimes.
New Specification 2016 J282 OCR
Units and weighting
Year 9 2015
Students will be expected to attend introductory sessions one lunchtime a week after the Easter holidays in order to gain a grounding in the vocabulary as well as basic grammatical structures. This should allow for a head start come the beginning of year 10.
Year 10 2016
In Year 10 students embark on a voyage of discovery of both the Latin language and the Roman world, meeting concepts such as slavery and patronage as well as religious worship and superstition. Working through books 1 to 3 of the Cambridge Latin course and following the triumphs and trials of a variety of Roman characters. As part of the new specification for the language unit students will also be spending some time developing your English into Latin translation. Students will be attending a session for one hour a week after school and one lunchtime.
Year 11 2017
In Year 11 students will continue to develop your language learning and begin to explore some of the most famous writers of the Roman world. Students will look at a variety of texts and meet various famous characters, from emperors to Boudicca. Students will also be given a sources pack of images and texts about different aspects of the Roman world which we will investigate together. Students will be attending a session for 1 hour a week after school and one lunchtime. Stretching to two lunchtimes/ longer after school session (whichever proves the more popular) as the exam approaches to ensure students are ready and able to achieve their target grades.
There is no coursework of controlled assessment in Latin. Students will be assessed by four exams in Year 11 which will consist of a combination of translation, comprehension as well as essay writing. Unit 4 will entail answering source based questions on the history of the Romans; it will not require any translation or Latin reading.
Students will also have the opportunity to Visit the Roman baths, take part in an artefact handling teaching session as well as the possibility of a trip to Rome and Pompeii to meet Ceacilius!
In year 11 you will continue to develop your language learning and begin to explore some of the most famous writers of the Roman world. Students will look at two authors Pliny and Tacitus and one text from each. Students will explore and develop the skills of analysing Latin literature as well as continuing to build on their linguistic skills as demanded by the J281 specification. Students will also be given a sources pack of images and texts about different aspects of the Roman world which we will investigate together in class through research, seminars and lectures as well as trips to the Roman Baths at Bath and Rome/ Sorrento Oct 2016.