Manor Leas Junior Academy
At Manor Leas Junior Academy, all pupils have weekly Latin lessons in order to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the foundations of the English language. By using the Minimus Latin course, pupils have opportunities to broaden and extend their vocabulary and reading comprehension, gain a deeper understanding of English grammar and develop an appreciation of classical civilisations. The course is based on a real family who lived at Vindolanda in 100AD. Each lesson is taught through a mixture of comic strips, historical evidence, stories and myths from the Roman and Greek ancient civilisations. The DfE recommend that ‘A linguistic foundation in ancient languages may support the study of modern languages at key stage 3.’
We are supported in our Classics education programme by the charity Classics For All. We believe that learning Latin gives our children a strong foundation to move to the next stage of their education and study other languages. The study of Latin also support children's understanding of English and, in particular, grammar and etymology (where words come from).