Latin - Ratcliffe College

Latin – Ages 11-16

In the Senior School, Latin can be taken both by students who have chosen to continue it at the end of Year 6, and by those who are new to the school and have not studied it before. Students study Latin throughout Years 7 and 8, and can then choose to continue studying it for GCSE from the start of Year 9.

Latin is also offered at A Level, and those who study it at this level never regret it. Latin is taught in a dedicated room, which includes its own, specific library. Three Department experienced members of staff teach Latin at various stages throughout the School, and the Department offers a variety of study trips and events, including the opportunity to visit sites of Classical interest both in the UK and abroad.

Class numbers from GCSE onwards are invariably small; this, of course, facilitates a strong staff-student relationship, which is matured and deepened at A Level. Co-Curricular Activities – Students have the opportunity to participate in events organised by the East Midlands Association of Classics Teachers (EMACT) including the annual Reading and Poster Competitions. The department also plans to offer trips to Hadrian’s Wall and Italy.

Latin helps me with English – it’s amazing!

Year 8 pupil

Academic Programme

Year 7:

Pupils study four periods of Latin per fortnight.  Classes are taught in sets. Pupils work from the Cambridge Latin Course (CLC) series of textbooks.  We aim to cover most or all of the first volume. 

Year 8:

Pupils study four periods of Latin per fortnight, in one set.  We aim to finish CLC Book One and cover most of CLC Book Two. 

Year 9:

Pupils study four periods of Latin per fortnight.  In this year, we will finish CLC Book Two and cover most of CLC Book Three. 

Years 10 and 11:

Pupils study six periods a fortnight.  When CLC Book Three is completed, we move on to a variety of different textbooks, to consolidate grammatical knowledge.  We then introduce work involving past papers and, in the third term of Year 10, we start the set texts which form the basis of half the GCSE examination. 

Co-Curricular Activities

The Department offers a Greek club, which covers ancient Greek language and culture. We intend to run a trip to Hadrian’s Wall. We visited Classical sites in Italy in October 2017 and plan to go to Greece.