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Latin, once the language of many of the greatest thinkers and writers of the western world, is an intellectually stimulating language which is the key to understanding many central aspects of Western thought and culture. Our aim at Harris Academy Wimbledon is to improve the life chances of all students through a rich, varied and diverse curriculum. Learning Latin provides an opening to Roman culture and fosters students’ curiosity and understanding of the classical world. A high-quality learning of the language should enable students to understand ideas, thoughts and different aspects of the life in the Roman Empire in written texts and read great literature in the original language.
Latin also provides the groundwork for learning other modern foreign languages as well as to know more deeply their own language. It will also provide a strong foundation in linguistic and cultural competence, enabling students to break the boundaries of time and space and access knowledge and understanding of the ancient world, through reading and responding to its language and literature. Learning Latin will encourage students to:
- develop insights into the relevance of an ancient language and of ancient literature and civilization to our understanding of our modern world of diverse cultures
- deploy their knowledge and understanding of the ancient language to deepen their understanding of English and other languages
- relate their knowledge and understanding of the ancient world to other disciplines, such as History, Science and English.
- develop research and analytical skills which will empower them to become independent students and enquirers, equipping them for further study in arts, humanities and sciences
The Key Stage 3 Latin curriculum must:
- foster students’ understanding of certain aspects of life in the Roman Empire
- provide students with the linguistic tools to be able to write and translate texts of different lengths using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt
- develop the breadth and depth of students’ competence especially in reading and writing, based on a foundation of core grammar and vocabulary
- ensure students identify and use tenses or other structures, which convey the present, past, and future as appropriate
- increase students´ use and manipulation of a variety of key grammatical structures and patterns, including voices and moods, as appropriate.
The Key Stage 4 Latin curriculum must:
- develop and deploy students’ knowledge of vocabulary, morphology and syntax in order to read, understand and interpret Latin texts
- increase students’ knowledge and understanding of ancient literature, values and society through the study of original texts, adapted and abridged, as appropriate
- provide students with the necessary tools to select, analyse and evaluate evidence to draw informed conclusions from the literature studied and be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical, literary and cultural context of a text