“For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.” Plutarch, On Listening to Lectures

Students at Kendrick are offered the unique and invaluable opportunity to study Latin alongside other Modern Foreign Languages.  Latin is taught at all Key Stages.  It is compulsory in Years 8 and 9, after which it is an option at Key Stages 4 and 5.

At Kendrick, we strive to bring this ‘dead’ language very much to life by using traditional methods, like memorisation and translation, alongside approaches derived from Modern Foreign Languages, such as singing, memory games, and interactive online quizzes and tests.  In the younger years, students make posters and videos on aspects of Ancient Roman life, and we have a thriving after-school Mythology and Ancient Cultures Club.

Latin assists in logical and critical thinking, complementing the other languages studied at Kendrick.  It adds depth to students’ knowledge of English, the way that language is used in general, and the ways in which ideas may be communicated effectively.

What is studied at KS3?

In Years 8 and 9, students use the Cambridge Latin Course (Books 1 and 2).  These books introduce key grammar concepts alongside a wealth of historical background, giving students a taste not only of the Latin language, but Ancient Roman history and culture.  In addition to acquiring a strong foundation in grammar and vocabulary, students are able to learn about and research topics such as theatre, gladiators, Roman Britain and Roman Egypt, and ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

What is studied at KS4?

Students build up their Latin vocabulary and strengthen their grammar in Year 10 through rigorous weekly vocabulary and grammar tests.  With the aid of Latin to GCSE 2 (Taylor and Cullen), students progress to unadapted Latin texts with guidance from the teacher and the assistance of commentaries.  For their GCSE examinations, students study one verse text, and one prose text by a Latin author, developing their ability not only to translate, but to analyse works for deeper.

What is studied at KS5?

At KS5, students tackle advanced grammatical structures in order to read original Latin texts with less assistance from textbooks.  Students analyse set texts extensively for content, style, and meaning, taking into account their literary and historical background, and using skills that are also applicable to English Literature.  At this level, students are also taught to develop and hone their unseen translation skills, with a focus on Livy’s prose and Ovid’s verse.  Students engage with exciting, difficult material, in both Latin and English (e.g. academic journal articles).  They are invited to think critically and meticulously, formulating their own opinions on the works that they study, and supporting their ideas with evidence.  This prepares them for the type of work that they may undertake at university.  Students are given the opportunity to learn some Ancient Greek alongside Latin, providing an additional challenge.


Mr Jacob Duncan - Classics Teacher