Hampton Preparatory School



Carpe diem
— Horace

Below is a brief outline of the Latin curriculum for each year group. Once your child is registered with us you will receive an information pack which includes the full curriculum. If you would like to enquire online, please click here.

Introducing Latin

Pupils begin to learn Latin in Year 5. At this stage they use the Minimus Course book, which provides a lively introduction to the Latin language and the culture of Roman Britain. They begin to read simple Latin and they also use games and challenges to consolidate their manipulation of the language, and to link this with familiar English, French and Spanish vocabulary.

Broadening experience

Pupils in the upper sets in Year 6 study Latin using the Cambridge Latin course, where the vividly portrayed lives of Romans living in Pompeii in AD 79 at the time of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius bring the language to life. A carefully structured programme of study allows pupils to learn the key skills of translating passages of Latin text and answering comprehension questions on them. Pupils also explore the topics of Roman daily life, the Roman villa and the Roman forum, as well as using interactive games and multi-media to reinforce their learning.

Developing technique

Pupils can also begin to learn Latin in Year 7, following an accelerated programme of study for the first term in order to catch up with those who have already completed a year of the language. Those who are in their second year of learning the subject, as well as newcomers, follow the Cambridge Latin Course which leads on into Year 8.