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Bringing Latin to life for Spalding students

Making Roman masks helps grammar school pupils like Matthew Nightingale to put Latin into a cultural context. Photo: SG170114-140TW

Making Roman masks helps grammar school pupils like Matthew Nightingale to put Latin into a cultural context. Photo: SG170114-140TW

Latin is taught at Spalding Grammar School from Year 7 right up to Year 13.

Head of classics Katy Adams says that includes not only the language but the cultural background, with topics such as gladiators, slaves, architecture and archaeology covered.

Katy says the subject has an “elitist”overtone because it is most often public schools that offer it, but that grammar school pupils enjoy learning about things like a family from Pompeii and making Roman masks.

At Spalding High School Charlotte Jones is head of classics.

The subject is taught from Year 8 and students have the option to take it to GCSE. Latin and Classical Civilisations are taught at A Level.

Charlotte says: “We teach the whole thing. You have to put the language into context so we have done Latin words with English derivatives, the construction of Pompeii and we are coming up to theatre masks.

“Caroline Lawrence, best known for The Roman Mysteries series of historical novels, is coming in to talk to students.

“It’s about bringing it to life and her books are fantastic for that.”

 

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