Our vision statement "Inspiring Minds to Universally Succeed" has been translated into Latin to reflect our teaching of this language "inspirati omnia impetramus".
At Story Wood we have chosen to teach Latin because of the rich opportunities that come with learning this
ancient language. As well as being a fascinating language in its own right, knowledge of Latin helps to develop literacy skills. Through Latin, children develop their knowledge of spelling and vocabulary through learning Latin roots of English words and deepen their understanding of grammar. Alongside language learning, the study of Roman and Greek civilisations aids cultural literacy, encourages cultural insights and gives opportunities for wide-ranging thinking across many linked subjects (including history, philosophy, art, maths and science).
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Story Wood children receive weekly Latin lessons that include both language learning and classics (study of Ancient Rome and Greece), enabling them to make substantial progress in the language. Lessons provide a balance of spoken and written language, enabling children to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing. The focus is to provide a foundation for reading comprehension and an appreciation of classical civilisation.
We first introduced Latin in September 2020 to Years 5 and 6. In April 2022 we began teaching Latin to Year 3 and 4. Teaching our Latin curriculum across four years enables us to provide both depth and breadth to the curriculum and allows children to build steadily upon what they have learned.
Through our Latin curriculum we aim to ensure the pupils have the opportunity to meet the national curriculum requirements as follows: