Foreign Languages

Latin Curriculum

Intent

Our intent at St Hugh of Lincoln, is to provide an outstanding English curriculum for all our pupils.

Latin contributes widely to our Catholic identity as the language of The Church.

We aim to introduce pupils to a real family that lived in Vindolanda (which is near Hadrian’s Wall) at the beginning of the second century AD. Through the family’s various adventures, pupils should learn something of what it meant to be invaded by the Romans, to serve the Roman army, and to be the wife or child of someone serving in the Roman army.

We aim to give pupils a taste of the language that the Romans spoke and brought to Britain, and which was so influential on the development of many other languages, especially English.

We aim to help pupils understand English grammar, and to extend their English vocabulary, through the study of Latin. Most of the parts of speech which have to be known at Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum feature in our teaching.

Implementation

We use a scheme of work called ‘Minimus’ to deliver our Latin curriculum to children in Key Stage 2.

Course Structure

  • Each chapter contains the following elements:
  • Picture Story – to introduce the subject matter and language.
  • Words to Help – lists new vocabulary from the picture story.
  • Grasp the Grammar – introduces and explains grammatical concepts.
  • Roman Report – contains information about Roman Life
  • Latin Roots – introduces English derivatives
  • Mythology – a myth or story is told in English
  • Grammar Summary – Minimus recaps on the key grammatical points
  • Words to Remember – reinforces key vocabulary from the chapter

Impact

The aim of Minimus is not to turn children into Classical scholars but simply to give them a taste of the most rewarding and satisfying language. Above all it should be fun! All pupils respond to encouragement. On completion of each third of the course (at the end of chapters 4, 8 and 12), pupils may be rewarded with a certificate.