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Year 10 Latin

Guidance for Parents

What will students be studying in Latin this year?

The focus of the year 10 course is on literature,  both prose and verse, which provides an insight into the life and culture of the ancient world.  Through the study of Latin set texts student will develop their knowledge and understanding of vocabulary and grammar.

Expectations of Students in Latin

The year 10 Latin course takes place after school for an hour each week with the expectation that students will take the Latin GCSE at the end of the year.  Additional lessons are provided at the end of the summer holidays, during the autumn and spring half term breaks and during the Easter holiday.  In view of its accelerated nature students have every opportunity to develop their ability to be   independent learners.  To this end self-assessment is an important element of the course and the weekly starter on an aspect of the set texts and the prescribed vocabulary is especially important.

What are the major assessments this year?

There will be mock examinations in the autumn and spring terms, in preparation for the four papers to be sat (two Language papers – comprehension, grammar and syntax, translation; the Prose Literature paper; the verse Literature paper).

What will the current performance grade be based on and what do the levels mean?

Students’ performance in mastery of the set texts and in understanding grammar and its applications to translation and comprehension is assessed regularly, both in class and in homework exercises.  The assimilation of prescribe ed vocabulary is an essential part of the course.  The current performance grade encompasses all these elements.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling with the subject?

Your daughter should seek advice from her subject tutor who will help identify the precise aspect of the course that is presenting a problem and to be able to suggest ways to aid understanding of grammar or literature.  Additional exercises may be set.  The course  website www. Cambridgescp.com contains some very useful exercises to consolidate learning of vocabulary and grammar.

How can I support my daughter in year 10?

The best way to support your daughter is by taking an interest in her work in Latin.  No prior knowledge is required!  Indeed if you have never studied Latin you  might find it interesting for your daughter to share her learning with you, as this is a powerful way for her to re-enforce her knowledge and understanding of the subject.  Do offer to help with testing vocabulary or discussing her set books with you.  Look out for interesting articles and television programmes about the classical world which can enlarge your daughter’s knowledge of those times.

What kind of independent work should my daughter   be completing?

Although your daughter will be set regular homework targeted at the set texts and at specific vocabulary and grammar she needs to take responsibility for regular revision of all aspects of the course.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Mr Moren has oversight of the twilight language courses and will be pleased to follow up any queries.

Peter.moren@newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk.

One hour’s homework is set each week.