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City of London

School for girls

WHY IS LATIN EXCITING AT CLSG?

Latin is far from being a dead language. At City there are many reasons why studying Latin is interesting and exciting:

  • Students enjoy the challenge and discipline of learning a highly inflected language
  • We read quality works of ancient literature in the original
  • We make interesting comparisons between the ancient world and today
  • Latin helps to improve spelling and widen English vocabulary
  • It provides a key to many modern European languages
  • The study of a classical language teaches students to solve problems, think precisely and communicate clearly

"I love Latin because of the ancient history and glory which surrounds the Roman Empire. It is fascinating to learn a language which was universal and still influences all of our culture and language today." Ania

COURSE CONTENT

Years 7-9

Students focus on the life of ancient Romans living in Italy, Roman Egypt and Roman Britain. From the outset of the course, we read Latin stories set firmly in a Roman context, with language points introduced into the stories and analysed after reading.

While language work accounts for most of the students’ time, the study of the background is an integral part of the course. Students are encouraged to notice the contribution of Latin to English vocabulary and learn to interpret and evaluate archaeological and simple written evidence.

Years 10 - 11

Students who choose this subject can expect to be reading real Latin literature by the spring of Year 10. They will study set texts, including a selection of poetry and prose and supplement their academic studies with trips to museums, lectures and plays as appropriate.


Sixth Form

Students read in the original language some of the most influential works of poetry and prose in Western Literature, and gain a deep insight into the way language works through the medium of interesting and thought-provoking texts. Latin is a fantastic resource for developing advanced thinking skills which are valued highly by employers. Classical subjects do not commit you to one degree or another. They lead precisely to the same job as any non-vocational subject. All of the above combine well with all arts subjects, and many girls who study science enjoy Latin as a contrast.

EXAM BOARDS

GCSE: OCR. The examination comprises two language papers - one prose literature and one verse literature paper.

A Level: OCR

TRIPS/LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Joint Classics and Geography trip to Italy
Members of the department organised a joint Classics and Geography trip for Year 7 to Italy. We visited the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis.  We also visited Mount Vesuvius and the volcano at Solfatara.

Classics trip to Athens and Delphi for students studying classical subjects in Years 10-13 
We visited the archaeological sites of the Acropolis and Ancient Agora at Athens, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi. We also visited the Acropolis Museum and National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Archaeological Museum at Delphi and the church of Osios Loukas near Delphi.

"Studying Greek and Latin is a perfect combination of language and literature with the added benefit of leaning about great civilisations that influenced life today so much." Jenny

Head of Department: Mr D Themistocleous

LINKS

Perseus Digital Library
Latin Library
Cambridge Latin Course
British Museum