Latin is taught to almost all pupils from Year 5 to Year 8 when they will sit Scholarships and Common Entrance.
The emphasis throughout is on the structured learning of vocabulary and grammar. With solid foundations built up in Years 5 and 6, the pupils move on in Years 7 and 8 to the reading of colourful Greek myths and exciting scenes from early Roman history.
The syllabus is designed to give each pupil a real sense of achievement, not only term by term but even lesson by lesson. The aim is, of course, for exam success but, perhaps more importantly in the long term, for a genuine feel for the ancient world through a systematic study of its language and culture.
The study of Latin at Sandroyd is unique in that no formal course is followed. All exercises and stories have been written in-house giving the teachers the flexibility to adapt their teaching to suit the particular needs of the pupils. In addition we are able to change and amend what is learned to reflect closely the demands of the various syllabuses which are often altered at Common Entrance level and can be quite widely differing in Scholarship papers.