Latin KS3

Salve! A lively approach proves that Latin is not a dead language. All students in Years 7 and 8 study Latin using a mixture of ‘So you really want to learn Latin: Prep’ and our own created materials, bringing to life the world as well as the language of the Romans.

Minerva's Head   The Vilbia Curse tablet

It is really important to see just how much Latin (and Greek) exists all around us. You’d probably be surprised by how much Latin you actually already know. Hundreds of words — like memo, alibi, agenda, census, veto, alias, via, alumni, affidavit and versus — are all used in everyday English, as are abbreviations like i.e. (id est, "that is") and etc. (et cetera, "and the rest").

At Blundell’s, one of the main aims of the Classics Department, is to instil in pupils an enjoyment of the Latin language, where it comes from, how it forms a greater part of our own language, and to give them a taste of the history, culture and mythology of the ancient civilisations that shaped our modern western society. All the stories we translate are based around the stories of mythology they may know or will enjoy learning about.

Roman shield demonstration   Group takes a rest

We do this by making Latin relevant to today and we aim to give the pupils a thorough grounding in grammar and syntax. Pupils also work with English words and to identify the stem of a Latin word within its English counterpart, which often gives the clue to the English spelling and meaning. The logical, code-cracking nature of Latin provides pupils with key skills in learning. ‘Latin is having the edge’. For those learning the modern Romance languages, Latin is the root of these languages and so will help a great deal, both in terms of grammar and vocabulary. Even at this early age, Latin can be a real linchpin to pupils’ education. Not only are there the linguistic links, but Latin provides root words for the sciences; it is the language of law, government, logic and theology; finally it is about making connections. Latin is like the glue or Velcro of education: it helps connect everything.

Year 9 visit Bath   Year 9 visit Bath

Year 9 visit Bath
Year 9 trip to Bath

Roman settlement

Recommended ‘Classically Themed’ Reading for years 7 & 8

Author Title Information
Clarke, Lindsay The War at Troy The Return from Troy A novel of ancient history, about the Trojan War. About the homecoming of Greek leaders who fought in the Trojan War.
Caroline Lawrence The Thieves Of Ostia
The Secrets Of Vesuvius
The Pirates Of Pompeii
The Assassins Of Rome
The Dolphins Of Laurentum
The Twelve Tasks Of Flavia Gemina
The Enemies Of Jupiter
The Gladiators From Capua
The Colossus Of Rhodes
The Fugitive From Corinth
The Sirens Of Surrentum
The Charioteer Of Delphi
The Slave-Girl From Jerusalem
The Beggar Of Volubilis
The Scribes From Alexandria
The Prophet From Ephesus
The Man From Pomegranate Street
The Sewer Demon
The Poisoned Honey Cake
The Roman Mysteries which follow the adventures of Roman children.
Geraldine McCaughrean Odysseus
The Orchard Book of Greek Myths
Simon Scarrow Under the Eagle
The Eagle’s Conquest
When the Eagle Hunts
The Eagle and the Wolves
The Eagle’s Prey
The Eagle’s Prophecy
Eagle in the Sand
The Gladiator
The Legion
Gladiator: Fight for Freedom
adventure stories, mostly set in Roman-occupied Britain
Rick Riordan Percy Jackson:
And the Lightning Thief
And the Sea of Monsters
And the Titan’s Curse
And the Battle of the Labyrinth
And The Last Olympian

Heroes of Olympus:
The Lost Hero
The Greek Gods are alive and kicking in the 21st century. Percy Jackson discovers that he is the son of Poseidon and...
Rosemary Sutcliffe Eagle of the Ninth
The Silver Branch
The Lantern Bearers
Song for a Dark Queen
Black Ships before Troy
The Wanderings of Odysseus
Historical fiction