60% of English words are derived from the Latin language, which greatly assists the children with their spelling, vocabulary and writing across the curriculum.
At St Francis pupils start learning Latin in Year 6 (if they are in top set for English) and can also join a lunch time Latin Club. At this stage they use the Latin Prep book 1. They begin to read simple Latin and they also use games and challenges to consolidate their manipulation of the language. Pupils also explore topics of Roman daily life and start meeting Greek heroes.
In Years 7 and 8, pupils can opt to study Latin as part of the curriculum and can also join a lunchtime Latin club. The programme of study allows pupils to learn the key skills of translating passages of Latin texts and answering comprehension questions on them. Years 7 and 8 are prepared to the level of the Common Entrance Exam that suits them best (Level 1, 2 or 3) or to Scholarship Level. The different levels of examination cater for students of all abilities. As well as covering grammar and vocabulary, those children preparing to sit Common Entrance study the following Greek myths: Jason and the Golden Fleece, Perseus and Medusa, The Trojan War, Theseus and the Minotaur, The Labours of Hercules, and The Wanderings of Odysseus.
Year 6 students leaving their Latin Club: “That was so much fun!”