King's College School

Coeducational Independent Prep school in Cambridge


Year 5 Key Objectives

During the year, the following language topics are studied:

· Parts of speech – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions;

· The concept of singular and plural (nouns and verbs);

· Gender, and simple adjectival agreement;

· Present tense of verbs, commands and the present of sum;

· The concept of subject and object, and the relevant endings of 1st and 2nd declension nouns;

· Sentences, clauses and the role of punctuation;

· Latin word order and how to approach translation.

The basis for this scheme is Minimus, a textbook which follows the life of a Roman commander's family living in a fort at Vindolanda, in 100AD. Through stories of family life, the children are introduced to various basic elements of grammar and vocabulary in a fun and stimulating way, learning at the same time about the Romans in Britain; aspects of Roman life; and Greek mythology. The Greek mythology work may be supplemented by translations from Latin through Greek Mythology. The opening chapters of Ecce Romani Book 1 may be used as a supplement for longer translations and for extension work on some language topics.

The children are taught methods of learning vocabulary, which are reinforced through regular testing. They learn to identify and recognise Latin derivatives in the English and Romance languages.