Latin is studied by all girls in Year 7 and by most girls in Years 8 and 9. In Year 7 we follow the Cambridge Latin Course which introduces the language through stories about different aspects of life in Pompeii. There are interactive CD-Roms to support the course and the Cambridge Latin Course website provides a wealth of additional activities and resources. From Year 8 we use Latin to GCSE as our textbook, with additional study of the story of the Trojan War and Roman Britain, especially Boudicca.
In Year 7 the girls enjoy a Roman Workshop at school; we visit the Museum of London and the London amphitheatre in Year 8, and the Roman Baths in Bath in Year 9. The Classics department also offers occasional trips at Easter to Pompeii and Herculaneum.
In the first term of Year 9 in addition to continuing language studies, we give pupils an introduction to Virgil’s Aeneid, particularly the story of Dido and Aeneas, including a few lines of the original Latin poem, in order to give them a taster of GCSE set text study.
By the end of Year 9 pupils will have acquired a sound basis for further study to GCSE and will also have tasted some of the richness of Roman Civilisation. Pupils who choose not to study GCSE take the OCR Entry Level Qualification in Latin at the end of Year 9.