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The Latin department has seen great growth in recent years and is now a very strong subject at Kingsdale Foundation School with more and more pupils taking it up both at KS3 and KS4 every year.
The department is very well resourced. We use the Cambridge Latin Course as our main course book and supplement it with a variety of other resources: all our classes are equipped with textbooks, dictionaries, and interactive whiteboards, which enable us to teach interactive lessons with the Cambridge Latin Course E-Learning resources. Lessons are fun and encourage pupils to learn new vocabulary and grammar through songs and games. Homework is particularly important if what has been practised in class is to be remembered over a longer period of time. Homework is set every lesson and consists of either a translation task or a learning exercise. A vocabulary list is available for each module to help with homework and we recommend that pupils also use websites such as www.cambridgescp.com, and www.memrise.com to support their learning at home. Learners who experience problems with their homework are encouraged to go and work with their Latin teacher at lunchtime.
From the start of year 7 pupils follow the Cambridge Latin Course where we meet Caecilius and his family and learn about life in Pompeii in AD79 through a variety of Latin texts. By the end of KS3 pupils will be able to recognise and translate three tenses and three cases.
At KS4 pupils continue to follow the Cambridge Latin Course and in addition to being introduced to more complex language, Latin prose and poetry, they also learn about life across the Roman Empire. Pupils are able to complete both the GCSE in Latin and the Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate in Latin Language and Roman Civilization.
A variety of trips support pupils in their learning. Current visits being planned include Pompeii and Vesuvius; The British Museum and Fishbourne Palace.
For further information, please contact Ms Evans, Head of Latin and co Head of Languages
Please find below full details relating to the Latin curriulum for Years 7 to 13.