Pupils are introduced to the Latin language through a wide variety of activities. They learn the basic building blocks of Latin grammar, such as the significance of word endings and the role of the case system, and in the process gain an understanding of sentence structure that is valuable for learning any language. From an early stage they begin to build a tool kit of translation skills, tackling sentences at first and then progressing to passages of Latin. Throughout they are encouraged to make links with other languages and even broaden their English vocabulary as they learn related Latin words.
Alongside the grammar, pupils study various aspects of Roman life, history and mythology, investigating the rich Roman heritage right under their feet here in Exeter. All pupils take Latin in year 6 and many continue to sit a Common Entrance paper in year 8.