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Compass Primary School


Languages (Latin) Curriculum Intent:

“We know that around 60% of our English lexicon is drawn from a combination of Latin and Greek origins, with the more technical vocabulary of school reaching even higher, to something like 90%...By making the roots of the English language more obvious, we present many teachable moments”

Alex Quigley (2018).

The development of language, vocabulary, word consciousness, eloquence and communication plays an important part in the Peckover curriculum. Developing this from an early age gives the opportunity to develop their understanding not only of Latin, but also of English. We place an emphasis on helping children to make connections between the Latin they learn in class and the English language that is already familiar to them.

It has been demonstrated in research and literature, that understanding of language and expansion of a child’s vocabulary in English and other languages (such as Latin)  is a “convenient proxy for a whole range of educational attainments and abilities” (A Wealth Of Words, E.D. Hirsch Jr). Furthermore, evidence shows that, alongside socio-economic status, vocabulary and understanding of language are two of the most significant factors, which proved relevant in children achieving expected grades in their GCSE English Language, English Literature and Mathematics (Spencer et al, 2017).

It is our aim, to give our pupils the best possible life chances and in order to do this, we focus the teaching of Latin on areas of language that allow children to develop their written and oral communication skills. Developing confidence and enthusiasm for language and its roots provides children with wider opportunities later in life and good language and communication skills link with improved mental health.

As children become more proficient in their understanding of Latin vocabulary, they will progress on to answering simple questions (verbally and in writing) looking at simple grammatical concepts and then applying their understanding to allow them to unlock the academic code of vocabulary in academia.


Animals and other topic related vocabulary (for example equator in Geography)

Mathematical language (number, shape etc)

Scientific and legal language

Creating connections between English and Latin.

Understanding why we have a language deeply rooted in Latin.

Etymology & morphology.

Core Values