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Latin & Classical Civilisation

In Year 7, all girls become familiar with the basic principles of this ancient language. In Year 8, they explore different learning dynamics as they extend their vocabulary and grammatical understanding. In Year 9, girls then either study Latin, wherein they continue to learn about the language and culture of ancient Rome, or classical civilisation which focuses solely on the mores and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.

Latin is taught as a logical yet dynamic and engaging subject, involving the inductive learning of linguistic forms and an appreciation of Roman culture. The language is brought to life for the girls through a variety of teaching and learning strategies which include kinaesthetic, visual and auditory activities as well as creative projects. Through studying classical civilisation girls develop creative and higher-order thinking skills as they encounter the myths, legends and cultures of the ancient world.

Challenge & Extension: English into Latin composition is offered as an extension activity and girls develop skills which enable them to extend their grammatical knowledge and understanding. Pupils also have the opportunity to attend Greek Club in Year 9 and Latin Prose Composition Club.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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