Latin is an ancient language that has formed the basis for many modern languages and the English we predominantly speak today. Here at St Paul's we believe it is vital for our children to understand where our language has originated from and how it has developed over the years. By understanding this language in more detail, it will enable children to make strong links with grammar and spelling therefore helping their reading and writing to also improve across all subject areas. Professionals feel that Latin helps with sentence structure and with knowledge of word placement within these sentences. It will give our children a solid understanding of nouns, pronouns, verbs and adjectives which are used daily, along with many other aspects of writing. As well as this, Latin gives children a strong base for the future learning of more modern foreign languages as their sentence structures are similar and many of their words have originated from Latin.
Currently, Latin is taught in Key Stage 2. We are using the Maximum Classics scheme and working our way through a series of exciting and interactive lessons which allow children to play with word order. They will understand that Latin doesn't use word order in the way the English language we use today does, instead it uses word endings to determine who or what. It is also very interesting finding out where our words come from. As we progress through this scheme as a school, we will begin to build on other links such as the Ancient Greeks and the Ancient Egyptians.
As Latin becomes more prominent in our school, our scheme will adapt accordingly through the introduction of Minimus. Minimus is a mouse who will take us on a journey deeper into Latin where we look in more depth at the language and learn many more words and phrases. Once the scheme is established Years 5 and 6 will focus on this scheme and Year 3 and 4 will be working through Maximum Classics in preparation for this.