St Peter's School

Latin

LatinPlease note: Classical Greek follows the same course structure as Latin

The Course

The study of Latin is hugely rewarding, providing an understanding of, and sensitivity towards, our own language, a recognition of the influence of Latin on many modern languages, a knowledge and appreciation of the enduring power of Roman literature, and the ability to make informed responses based on a range of evidence.

The Lower Sixth course guides candidates into gaining a high degree of competence and understanding in the Latin language. Pupils can expect to develop their translation and appreciation skills and read selections from both verse and prose authors: the year is designed to smooth the transition from GCSE.

The Upper Sixth year is used to consolidate these skills and to extend them through the reading of original texts for the exams. Throughout pupils will be challenged to appreciate writers within the context of their genre, as well as assessing the impact on literature of the political and social trends.

Assessment

  • Paper 1 - 1hr 45m written paper
    Unseen Translation - 33%
  • Paper 2 - 1hr 15m written paper
    Prose Composition or Comprehension - 17%
  • Paper 3 - 2hr written paper
    Prose Literature - 25%
  • Paper 4 - 2hr written paper
    Verse Literature - 25%

Examination Board: OCR

Additional Notes

Pupils will need to have enjoyed and succeeded in Latin GCSE. In addition to the language studied in the classroom, we enjoy regular study days at universities across the UK, along with theatre and museum trips as appropriate. Talks, lectures and plays provide an excellent stimulus for revision and consolidation, as well as enabling pupils to see universities at work.

The subject combines well with a variety of subjects: the skills and attitudes demanded are shared both by other humanities subjects and also by mathematics and the sciences.