The Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall’s Classics department offers Latin to all pupils from Year 6 onwards. It is at this stage that they begin their exploration of the language and the culture of the ancient Romans, as well as learning about the great myths of the Greek and Roman world.

So why study Classics? There is much to be gained from studying a Classical language; the insight into the world and literature of the ancient Romans, the understanding of the language and grammar upon which English and many other modern languages are based and the training it provides for the mind. Don’t take our word for it; here is what some of our pupils have to say about Latin:

“It is useful because we can understand where the words we use today come from. The lessons are fun and we learn new things all the time.”

“Latin is interesting and helpful because most scientific plant names and chemical names are in Latin.”

“Latin helps your English, Science and day-to-day understanding of the world.”

Latin remains a cornerstone of the English language and other modern languages; it helps develop a deeper understanding of grammar and raises attainment in other subjects.

By studying Latin, children develop transferable skills in reasoning and application of logic. It is a good companion to many subjects: in Music, the rhythmic nature and flow of the language; in Mathematics, in solving patterns and sequencing. We also work closely with the English department and the mythology opens up opportunities for projects in Art.

Here, at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall, the Latin department is at the forefront of modern teaching techniques. We pride ourselves on delivering imaginative, thought provoking lessons where the pupil’s ability is truly stretched. Pupils are expected to present information to each other, work in groups and display independent study skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Pupils also have the opportunity to learn about the workings and culture of the Ancient World through the works of original authors such as Pliny and Juvenal. By looking at the day to day life in Ancient Rome and the wider empire, pupils are able to compare and contrast with the modern world, and learn more about what it means to be a citizen in
the 21st century.

Pupils are given a unique opportunity to explore the Latin world through  a 5-day trip to the Bay of Naples which takes place every two years.

Studying Latin enriches pupils’ problem- solving skills, as well as the opportunity to really stretch their minds – Conanti Dabitur!