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Sir Henry Fermor

Church of England Primary School

Tel: 01892 652405

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At Sir Henry Fermor, we learn Latin in KS2. We use the Minimus Latin course. 

There are great benefits to learning Latin and there are so many links to words in our own language! Latin is also a useful basis to help and prepare our pupils for their transition to Secondary school and the subjects they will learnt there. It will aid their understanding of the languages they may study, as well as Tier 3 vocabulary in other subjects, such as Geography and Science.

 

By teaching Latin, we are providing children with a toolkit for understanding and decoding difficult English words, whilst learning in a fun, interactive way through stories, songs, games and activities linked to other subjects in our school curriculum such as Art, DT, Maths, Science, History and Geography.

The Minimus course is based on a real family who lived at Vindolanda, the site of a Roman fort near Hadrian's wall in 100AD. Flavius was the fort commander and he lived at Vindolanda with his wife Lepidina, their three children, assorted household slaves, their cat Vibrissa - and Minimus the mouse. Each term, pupils will discover more about this family and what life was like in Roman Britain through stories and fact files. Through these stories, pupils will also learn to read and speak Latin, making links to English grammar and vocabulary. Each lesson has a word root focus, linking a Latin word to words in English and building on children’s vocabulary.

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