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Learning to Fly

These are the skills and habits which outstanding students of Latin develop. Do as many of these as possible to become completely independent in the subject and to develop the skills and knowledge needed to attain 8/9 at GCSE and A* at A Level. Remember that just doing what your teacher tells you - in your lessons and beyond - is not enough to develop your full potential in the subject.

In your lessons

  • Focus on the language you’re learning throughout the lesson
  • Don’t worry too much about making mistakes – you learn from mistakes (yours and other people’s)
  • Try to work things out for yourself before asking the teacher – use Brain (think about it) -Book-(look it up) – Buddy (ask a friend) –Boss (ask the teacher)!
  • Make sure you do ask the teacher if you’re still unsure

Between your lessons

  • Looking back over your notes and activities from the last lesson. Try to do this as soon after the lesson as possible, before you forget it!
  • Writing down questions about words and ideas you don’t understand to bring to your next lesson.
  • Contact your teacher to ask for clarification and guidance if you’re stuck – don’t wait till the next lesson
  • Use the teacher’s feedback to redraft your work and make sure you’ve really understood (you may be given time for this in lessons too)

Beyond your lessons

KS3:

  • Use language learning apps and websites e.g. Memrise and Quizlet to practise vocabulary and structures. You can compete against your friends!
  • The course website www.cambridgescp.com is particularly useful for testing your vocabulary
  • Make notes on your self-assessment sheet as you master new learning objectives

KS4:

  • Use language learning apps and websites e.g. Memrise and Quizlet to practise vocabulary and structures. You can compete against your friends!
  • The course website www.cambridgescp.com is particularly useful for testing your vocabulary
  • Keep a learning diary of your independent learning