Anyone with a true interest in the linguistic hybrid that is the English language will relish the opportunity to study Latin, enriching as it does the understanding of the roots and origins of so much of our vocabulary. If cras is “tomorrow” then procrastinate is revealed as putting off till tomorrow; if sinister simply means on the left, then how has this word acquired its sinister connotations?
Latin is offered at St Edmund’s to GCSE, though not ab initio. There is an expectation and requirement that pupils starting in Lower Fifth (Year 9) and then progressing to the full GCSE course in Middle Fifth and Upper Fifth (Years 10 and 11) will already have mastered the basics in previous study. The Cambridge Latin Course followed not only includes mastering the basics of the Latin language, but also ensures pupils have a working understanding of Roman society, culture and history.
At GCSE, the department’s objectives are:
- To provide a deep understanding of the grammatical structure of Latin, as well as building a wide vocabulary
- To gain insights into Latin literature, Roman culture and society
- To relate the above to enrich the enjoyment of the English language and to develop an appreciation of its history and development
- To encourage pupils to continue to gain pleasure from the study of classical cultures, philosophy and literature
The school boasts a specialist and highly qualified and experienced Latin teacher. The course is enriched where possible by opportunities to visit the seats of classical civilisations on school trips.
For further details of the course and its structure see The Right Course.