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At Argyle we have decided to adopt Latin as our Modern Foreign Language. This decision came about after taking part in the Latin Programme, initially for Years 5 and 6, and seeing the impact it had on their learning of English Grammar. Latin is the root of English and many other languages. It is a valuable key to understanding and learning these, and is a fun and fascinating subject for all children and so we now teach it to all children in Key Stage 2.

 Storytelling, games and activities are used to introduce Latin grammar and to demonstrate the links between Latin and English. In this way we hope to unlock the complexities of English and instil a fascination for learning new languages. Further information can be found by clicking on the following link: The Latin Programme.

The Latin Programme gives Year 6 pupils the opportunity to visit Cambridge University to further their studies and give them experience of life at a university.

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 Roman Cooking

Children in years 3,4 and 5 learned how Romans prepared their food with teachers from the Latin programme.. They made flatbreads from a kind of wheat called spelt and ate it with mashed carrots and cumin seeds, mint and a little feta cheese. They also sprinkled dates with honey and cinnamon.

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Aeneas Project

 January 29th 2019 saw the premiere The Aeneas Project, a rap-retelling of the Aeneid featuring 300 students at the BFI IMAX.  We are extremely proud to have been involved in this project and the making of the film. We were joined on the day, by hundreds of the films stars who gathered to watch our teachers perform live rap and an extract from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas before seeing themselves on the big screen.

The Aeneas Project premiere coincided with the launch of The Latin Programme: Via Facilis's 10-year anniversary, celebrating the continued success of their small charity. The film captures the essence of what the Latin Programme: Via Facilis has been doing for the last 10 years with a showcase of the talented young people they work with. The programme believes that young children, whatever their background, should have the chance to learn an ancient language whilst discovering the patterns, history and grammar that underpins their own and do so in a way that is creative, imaginative and relevant to today's world. The film captures the essence of what the Latin Programme: Via Facilis has been doing for the last 10 years. Produced by the Latin Programme: Via Facilis, written by Lucia Yandoli, with music composed by Jonathan Goddard, Ed West, J.F. Mordo and Jazzyman, the Aeneas Project turns up the volume on the voices of the children - their readings, their raps and their re-tellings as well as the language of the poetry itself.

The Aeneid is relevant to the lives of children in London today. Focussing on rich but accessible themes of 'journeys' and 'finding inspiration for the future' allows the children to re-frame their own experience through this epic poem  and allows us, as the audience to re-experience the story through their eyes.


  Latin Homework

It is important that children keep practising their Latin knowledge. Listed below are weekly activities for each Year group. Some have accompanying videos.

Years 3 and 4  
Week 1

 Building Words from Latin Roots

Comprehension -Echo and Narcissus

Latin Mottos

Latin Roots Wordsearch - Set 1 

Week 2

Latin Songs

Video: The Verb Song

Video: Salve, Quid Agis

Video: The Latin Rap

Pssword: TLP2020

Week 3

 Comprehension - Boudica

Boudica Match up

Boudica Sources

Boudica Wordsearch

Week 4

Movement Exercise - Body Parts

Roman Languages - Colours

Roman Language - Body Parts

Roman Languages - Food

Watch the video about Latin and Romance Languages

 Week 5

What did Roman Instruments Sound Like?

Grammar - Roman Instruments

History - Roman Music and Instruments

Making Roman Musical Instruments

Design Your Own Musical Instrument

 Week 6

Derivatives - Latin Animal Noises

Wordsearch Animals

Drawing - Animals in Latin

Vocabulary - Latin Animal Noises

 Week 7  Full pack on thinking philosophically in the Roman World
 Week 8

 History - Roman Emperors Background

Comprehension - Emperor Caligula

Language - Claudius and Nero

Crossword - Roman Emperors

Activity - At Home with Roman Emperors

Week 9

 Art Exercise - Poseidon

Comprehension - Poseidon

Poseidon Language Match-up

Poseidon Movement Task

Poseidon Spot the Difference

 Week 10

Comprehension - Roman Playwrights

Crossword - Roman Theatre

Drawing - Hercules and the Rope

Grammar - Latin Word Order

History - Roman Theatre Introduction

 Week 11

Art - Design Zeus Track Suit

Comprehension - Zeus

Movement Challenge - Zeus and the Olympics

Wordsearch -  Zeus

Zeus - Traits and Symbols

 Week 12

Colouring Exercise - Hera

Comprehension - Hera

Wordsearch - Hera

Hera - Make your own Factsheet

Game - Blindfold Challenge

 Week 13

Apollo Art - Your Prophecy

Comprehension - Apollo

Game - Mahister Dicit

Language Match up - Apollo

Wordsearch - Apollo

Week 14

Comprehension - the suffix 'ism' and where it comes from

Etymology challenge - the English suffix 'ous'

Language - the suffix 'ism' and derivations

Make your own 'ism' board game

Wordsearch - English 'ous' words and their Latin roots

Years 5 and 6


 Week 1

Comprehension - Echo and Narcissus

Comprehension - Pompeii - Fast Food Bar

Latin Mottos

Latin Root Wordseach Set 1

 Week 2 Click to download Homework Pack
 Week 3

 Comprehension - Roman Gladiators

Gladiator Vocabulary

Gladiator Top Trumps

Wordsearch - types of Gladiator

 Week 4

 Jabberwocky Comprehension part 1

Jabberwocky Comprehension part 2

Jabberwocky Drawing Exercises

Jabberwocky - Extensions

Jabberwocky - Poem

Jabberwocky - Vocabulary and Grammar

 Week 5

Comic Strip - Demeter and Persephone

Fill in the Gaps - Demeter and Persephone

Greek God Family Tree Exercise

Wordsearch Demeter and Persephone

Comprehension - Demeter and Persephone

 Week 6

Short Lesson Proto- Indo European Languages - watch video

Comprehension Indo-European Languages

Numbers and their Indo-European Roots

Wordsearch Latin Numbers

 Week 7

Who was 'Aesop' and what is a 'Fable?'

The Fable of the Lion and the Mouse

'Aesop's Fables' - the moral of the story

Wordsearch 'Aesop's Fables'

 Week 8

Present Tense

Future Tense

Imperfect Tense

Perfect Tense

Tenses and Derivatives

 Week 9

Comprehension - How the Romans Wrote Numbers

Cultural context - Mathematics Millenia Ago

Grammar Counting in Latin

Numbers Game

Tabula the Roman Board Game

 Week 10

Comprehension - Roman Travel

Crossword - Roman Travel

History - Travel in Ancient Rome

Language - Roman Travel by Boat

Movement - Roman Exercise

 Week 11  Full Pack History - Ruling the Roman World
 Week 12

Comprehension - Roman Aqueducts

History - Roman Infrastructure

Grammar - Roman Sewers

Movement - Infrastructure Exercise

Crossword - Infrastructure

 Week 13

Latin Commands

Negative Commands

Present Participles

Indirect Commands

Purpose Clauses

 Week 14

Background - How We Name Living Things

Comprehension - the Fascinationg Wildlife of Ancient Rome

Creating a Wildlife Map of the Roman World

Drawing - The Biological World

Scientific Vocabulary in Latin

 KS2 Writing Competition

The rules: Write a piece of prose or a poem of 500 words or fewer, using the Latin phrase 'tabula rasa' as a starting point.

The judges: This year the winners will be chosen by children's author Caroline Lawrence ( The Roman Mysteries, The Time Travel Diaries) and YA author Alexandra Sheppard (Oh My Gods). The winner will receive a £100 of book tokens.

How to enter: Complete the form below or create one like the one below with your name, year group, school and your piece of work and email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please send all entries by May 1st.

The Latin Programme Writing Challenge 

Scriptores Writing Challenge 2020 Application Form

 Here's a blog post our judge Caroline Lawrence, wrote about the competition including helpful hints and prompts to get you started.