Latin

Introduction

The Latin Department's aim is to open up the classical world to curious young people.  It achieves this by introducing a range of new and interesting ideas and concepts, including the Classical languages, to enable pupils to have direct access to literature and other aspects of the ancient world. Through this, pupils gain a stronger appreciation of the roots of European languages and culture and are better placed to view current issues with a greater depth of understanding.

Lower School

Latin/Classics is to be introduced in First and Second Year from September 2022 and in Third Year from September 2023.

In First and Second Year, this will be an introduction to key aspects of the Classical world: history; geography; mythology; philosophy; culture and languages.

In Third Year pupils will pursue a more formal study of the Latin language, within its cultural context.  This will provide a firm foundation for those pupils who wish to continue with Latin to GCSE.

Middle School

GCSE Latin
Board: OCR

In the Fourth Year pupils acquire competent language skills using Latin to GCSE by John Taylor.

In the Fifth Year pupils continue to develop the skills learned previously and, in addition, study some extracts from Latin Literature.  Writers such as Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Catullus, Pliny and Seneca are regularly included in the selections offered by the OCR specification.

Senior School

A Level Latin
Board: OCR

Pupils continue to develop the skills learned at GCSE.  More emphasis is placed on the reading and analysing of literary texts at AS Level and A Level, translation of both prose and verse is undertaken and there is the option to develop the skill of translation into Latin.

Co-Curricular

Trips to Roman sites within Britain are taken most years, most recently to Hadrian's Wall.

There is a Greek Club to enable pupils to gain a wider experience of Classics and therefore pupils can prepare for the OCR GCSE in Greek. It is also hoped that the availability of Greek may enable pupils to consider the study of Classics at University level.

Pupils are accompanied to Classics lectures and Open Days, when appropriate.

Sixth Form

Latin is well-established on the Sixth Form curriculum at Kirkham Grammar School.  Small but increasing numbers are choosing to study Latin in the Sixth Form and most go on to courses such as classics, English, law, mathematics, medicine, modern languages and PPE at leading universities, including Oxford.

A knowledge of Latin will help you to understand the grammar, vocabulary and linguistic structures which underpin much of English and many other European languages. It will also open up the whole world of classical literature and civilisation, fire imagination and deepen experience by considering a wide range of issues, such as aesthetic, ethical, linguistic, political, religious and social questions.

Latin is highly regarded by university admissions tutors; those with a qualification in Latin are known to be able to solve problems, think precisely and communicate clearly.

The Course

Examination Board: OCR

AS Level

Component 01: Latin Language

Component 02: Latin Verse and Prose Literature

A-Level

Component 01: Unseen Translation

Component 02: Comprehension

Component 03: Prose Literature

Component 04: Verse Literature

ICT

Wherever possible, ICT is used to develop relevant skills in Latin, in both language and literature work.  This builds on established and recognised good practice developed at GCSE level.

Careers

Latin is widely recognised as a subject which offers excellent intellectual training, and those with a qualification in Latin are sought after by university admissions tutors and employers. 

Those with qualifications in Latin can usually expect to be heading for a wide range of careers and professions such as:

Law

Medicine

Journalism

Teaching

Civil and Diplomatic Services

Careers involving Modern Languages

Latin can be combined with other languages, modern and ancient, English and non-linguistic subjects at university.