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The Latin Programme

What is The Latin Programme? (click link)

The Latin Programme improves English literacy in state primary schools through the study of Latin.

We combine classical Latin with modern English grammar and vocabulary, teaching everything in English first before introducing the equivalent in Latin.  Our fun yet rigorous approach emphasises cooperation, kinaesthetic learning and critical thinking and has proven results.

Once a week throughout the school year one of our highly trained teachers visits each class to deliver the programme.  Using imaginative teaching methods such as storytelling, games, songs and raps we create a well-rounded and visceral learning experience that boosts literacy levels, SAT results and supports the transition to secondary school. By the end of a year of The Latin Programme pupils of all levels come to understand sophisticated grammatical structures, their meanings and the patterns that are repeated across several languages.”

Latin is taught in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) by Laura Marmery Shiels. Class teachers remain in class.

Additional support and information can be found on The Latin Programme Class pages below.

Year 3

Part 1: Children are encountering Latin for the first time.  Talk about word roots and do lots of looking up in the dictionary.  Visit the Year 3 Latin link (click here) for games and activities to practise.

Part 2: Children are focussing on verbs.  They use hand gestures to help them learn the Latin verb endings.  Ask your child to show you the hand gestures and practise with them.  Try to learn the Latin conversation by practising it out loud as often as possible.

Year 4

Part 1:  Children are extending their understanding of verbs by looking at principal parts.  Ask your child to teach you the “four corners” principal parts song.   Try to spot unusual principal parts of English verbs in everyday settings like sink, sank, sunk and think, thought, thought and link, linked, linked.

Part 2:  Children are focussing on reinforcing their understanding of verb endings in Latin by discussing person and number.  Visit the Year 4 link (click here) to the person and number rap video on the Latin Programme.

Year 5 and Year 6

Part 1:  Having learnt about regular Latin verbs so far this term sees the first irregular Latin verb, the verb “to be”.   Use the hand gestures that children have used to learn their regular verb endings to learn this new verb.  As we work on noun roles in further detail it’s great to spot uses of the possessive apostrophe and indirect objects in everyday English.

Part 2:  Children are now learning to recognise and use the passive voice in both English and Latin.  When reading together try and spot uses of the passive voice in English and discuss why the writer has chosen to change the emphasis of the sentence in this way.  Learn the Latin passive verb endings using those same hand gestures.

Visit the Year 5 link here and Year 6 link here on The Latin Programme for additional resources.

  Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Term 1 Introduction to Latin and parts of speech Principal parts of verbs The verb “to be” and nouns roles in further detail The verb “to be” and nouns roles in further detail
Term 2 Verbs and how they change in the present tense Person and number in verb endings Active and passive voice in Latin Active and passive voice in Latin
Term 3 Nouns in singular and plural Subject and direct object in detail Masculine nouns and prepositions Masculine nouns and prepositions
Term 4 Nouns as subject and direct object Possessive and indirect object noun roles Imperfect tense for all verb types met so far Imperfect tense for all verb types met so far
Term 5 Combining Latin verbs and nouns Latin sentences with a variety of noun cases Neuter nouns and relative clauses Neuter nouns and relative clauses
Term 6 Short sentences in Latin Second conjugation verbs and the thematic vowel Perfect tense for all verb types met so far Perfect tense for all verb types met so far

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