Classics for All: Why Teach Latin in Ks 1 & 2?

  • No Forthcoming Dates
  • Curriculum, Literacy
  • Full
  • Primary
  • Teaching & Learning, Curriculum

Primary schools have been required to teach a language in KS2 from September 2014; Latin is included in the approved list and could be adopted as a school’s main language. Alternatively it would support MFL learning and provide a foundation for making the required “substantial progress” in another (MF) language.

  • It does not require a specialist Classics or even Languages teacher and can be much easier to teach effectively than a modern language (no worries about pronunciation or contemporary idioms and spelling is simple).

  • Teachers and TAs (or any other suitable adult) can be trained to teach Latin. Training can be arranged to suit your circumstances.

  • Children love it. The most common word used by children to describe it is “fun”.

  • Latin opens the door onto the whole legacy of the Romans, much of which remains all around us. It is an excellent cross-curricular resource and fits in well with National Curriculum History and project work.

  • Latin words, phrases and abbreviations are in common use in everyday English. Around half of English words derive from Latin. It is a real support for Literacy and it speeds up the acquisition of vocabulary in English and in modern languages.

  • Learning Latin fosters an understanding of how language works; it creates “language learners”. This lays a sound foundation for work not only on English vocabulary but also on English grammar, spelling and punctuation as well as for learning MFL.

  • “Minimus” has sold 180,000 copies worldwide and offers lively, authentic and, above all, flexible, material upon which Latin teaching can be based. It is suitable for pupils of all abilities. Support material is available (including an Ibook) both on the website and in new publications. This includes a wealth of activities, songs, games and plays.

  • Generous funding is available to assist with the purchase of “Minimus”.

  • Local museums with Roman collections can offer excellent support for Latin learning.

This course will be led by Jane Maguire (Classics for All Trainer):

PLP members: £30 per delegate Non PLP members: £50 per delegate

For further information see:

You Tube – Search “Classics for All”

  1. “Classics for All Video”

(Introductory film narrated by Bettany Hughes about reasons for teaching the

Classics and descriptions of CfA funded projects)

  1. “Classics for All Film 2013”

(Follow-up film about CfA work including days at museums)

  1. National Curriculum: Jane Maguire of Classics for All”

(Benefits of teaching Latin to primary children)

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