Inner-City Latin

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This year, we were delighted to be back in classrooms full time. There was, of course, much work to be done, with many pupils having experienced major disruption to their teaching time over 2020-21. With that being said, we were incredibly proud of all of our pupils—and their schools—for maintaining as much consistency as they could under very difficult circumstances. Many of our pupils had been using our free worksheets and home-packs to supplement their learning over the course of the pandemic, and it was brilliant to have the opportunity to pick up where we left off and get the ball rolling once again.

CASE STUDIES 2021-22

St Barnabas' Primary, Westminster

The Latin Programme has been embedded in the St Barnabas' curriculum since 2014. In the academic year 2021-2022, we taught across four Key Stage 2 classes from Years 3-6. At St Barnabas', where the majority of pupils are eligible for Free School Meals and speak English as an additional language, 54% of pupils achieved 65% or above in the end of year Latin tests even after two turbulent pandemic years.

St Mary's Primary, Brent 

We have taught The Latin Programme at St Mary's Primary since 2014. In the academic year 2021-2022, we taught across five classes from Year 3 to Year 6. At St Mary's, where the majority of pupils are eligible for Free School Meals and speak English as an additional language, 63% of pupils achieved 60% or above in the end of year tests.

A TOPIC-BASED APPROACH

The academic year 2021-22 has seen The Latin Programme implement a revised curriculum that organises our teaching of Latin language and English literacy around a series of engaging, world-expanding topics. We have worked hard to make sure that we not only retain all of the vocabulary, syntax and grammar work that make our Latin lessons a smart choice for Foreign Language Provision, but also to bake into our curriculum an even more compelling answer to the question 'why do we learn Latin?' We have found, over the course of the year, that our pupils have responded energetically to our sessions on rhetoric, horticulture, medicine and the body, Romans in Britain, Roman food, and lots more besides.

SUMMER SCHOOL 

For the third year in a row, we headed online to host our Latin Programme Summer School. And what a week it was! From 2nd-5th August, we delivered a daily YouTube Live session available to all, followed by two 50-minute Zoom sessions for 120 subscribed participants.

With the help of expert facilitators including children’s author Caroline Lawrence, dancer Tommaso Petrolo, storytellers Alys Torrance and Lucy Lill, and Vicky Price of UCL Special Collections to name but a few, we explored Roman hair and wig-making, the ancient seas and oceans, weaving and its importance in ancient myth, Roman catacombs, the architecture of Piranesi and so much more. For the first time, we also provided our pupils with a Summer School online portal accessible anytime after their daily sessions, and through which they could find extension task videos and worksheets made by our facilitators and Latin Programme staff.

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The Latest Latin Programme Lecture 

On June 1st at 7pm we held our sixth Latin Programme Lecture, delivered by Maria Wyke on the subject ‘Representations of Ancient Roman Women in Silent Cinema’.

From its earliest days, silent film gave narrative and visual agency to Roman women in its historical reconstructions. Storylines were drawn from modern representations of the Roman past that had already given women larger roles to play than those on offer from the primary sources. Gesture, words and accompanying music often worked to colour a Roman woman’s story in empathetic terms. Maria’s talk explored some of cinema’s strategies for feminising Roman history and consider some of the reasons why they were developed, including a desire to draw women into cinemas as spectators.

The Latin Programme Poetry Prize

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to announce the winner of The Latin Programme Poetry Prize 2021. Our judges were poets Arji Manuelpillai, Brighde Mullins, and Rebecca Watts who were all blown away by the standard of entries for a second year running. It was extremely difficult to whittle the entries down to a longlist and shortlist, but the process was a real delight. Read the winning poem and the rest of the longlist here: https://www.thelatinprogramme.co.uk/poetryprize2021

Summer School 2022

The Latin Programme Summer School is back for another year! Over four days we’ll be exploring our theme Little-Known Greece and Rome through language classes, storytelling, theatre, music, creative writing, art history and more!

The Dates: August 2nd-5th

The Schedule:
10-10.45: YouTube Live session
11-11.50: Zoom Class #1
12-12.50: Zoom Class #2

The week before the Summer School begins, we will send you the Zoom links you’ll need to access the classes. A register is taken at the beginning of every class.

The Cost: Thanks to the generosity of The Classical Association, the Summer School is FREE TO ALL. If you’d like to make a donation to the programme when booking your place, you can follow the instructions on the registration page or head to https://www.thelatinprogramme.co.uk/summerschool.

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TLP IN SCHOOLS

The academic year 2020-21 was the second to be affected by the pandemic. Although we were disappointed not to be able to teach our programme face-to-face from September onwards, the previous year had stood us in good stead for delivering lessons flexibly.

A significant portion of the year's teaching, across all schools, had to be undertaken online, either via live video links, or pre-recorded lessons.

To make things as easy as possible for our schools, and to maintain consistency for our pupils, we built an online portal through which school staff and pupils alike could access video and worksheet content from school or from home. This allowed us to continue delivering lessons even when circumstances called for self- isolation.

We were delighted that, despite the ongoing

disruption to our regular face-to-face lessons, our programme remained effective. Our biannual tests saw an 8% overall increase in results from the first

test in winter term to the second in the summer term. In the summer tests, 64% of all Year 6 pupils achieved 60% or above, while 76% of all Year 5 pupils achieved over 60% or above.

“We are very lucky to have Latin at our school. Our teacher is funny and helps us understand the vocabulary. “

“It's very fun and it really helps with grammar!”

“I tell my friends to do it because it helps with English and science.”

“You get to play games like 'unlucky -nt' and 'gladiator'!”

CASE STUDY – ARGYLE PRIMARY

The Latin Programme has been embedded in the Argyle Primary curriculum since 2013. In the academic year 2020-2021, we taught across seven Key Stage 2 classes: one Year 3, and double-entry in Years 4, 5, and 6.

At Argyle, where the majority of pupils are eligible for Free School Meals and speak English as an additional language, pupils across the board achieved between 60% and 70% in the end of year Latin tests even after a turbulent pandemic year that meant our in- person teaching time was hugely reduced, and lessons were often taught via video.

In 2019, 92% of pupils spoke English as an additional language. 85% of the cohort achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths overall, 20% higher than the England average of 65%. The same group achieved a score of 106 in reading, compared to an England average of 104.

CASE STUDY – ST MARY’S BRENT

We have taught The Latin Programme at St Mary's Primary since 2014. In the academic year 2020-2021, we taught across eight classes from Year 3 to Year 6. At St Mary's, where the majority of pupils are eligible for Free School Meals and speak English as an additional language, the class average in the end of year tests was 70%.

In 2019, 76% of pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths overall, 11% higher than the England average. The same group achieved a score of 104 in reading, matching the England average

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The Latin Programme Online Summer School 2021 
From 26th-30th July 2021 we ran the second edition of our online Summer School in partnership with The Classical Association. Over five days, we were delighted to work with over a hundred pupils, exploring all things 'natura' (that's 'nature' to us!) in the ancient world, from animals in Aesop's Fables, to constellations and how we can recognise them, to fruit and vegetables in myth!
Head over to our YouTube channel to watch five sessions back: 
Easter Mini-Courses
After a jam-packed two weeks over the Easter, there are ten episodes of our Mini-Course available to watch on Youtube1
Both The Meditations Project and Introduction to Opera and Theatre are available to view whenever you like, and are suitable for Key Stage 2 and above.
The Meditations Project: a mini-series exploring the Stoics and their influence on ways of thinking.
Introduction to Opera and Theatre: looking at Ovid's Metamorphoses through the lens of Handel's 'Acis and Galatea' and Lerner and Loewe's 'My Fair Lady'.
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Easter YouTube Mini Courses

Over two weeks, we are delivering two brand new mini-courses for Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils.  From 5th-16th April, we’ll post a 30-minute video on our YouTube channel each weekday morning at 10am. We have been marketing the course via social media and our mailing list.

Introduction to Opera & Theatre, exploring Ovid's Metamorphoses through the lens of Handel's 'Acis and Galatea' and Lerner and Loewe's 'My Fair Lady'.

The Meditations Project, which asks the question ‘Who were the Stoic philosophers and how can they help us?’ Over 5 30 minute episodes, we explored the key figures of Stoicism and the influence of their teachings throughout history.

Watch the videos on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/thelatinprogrammeviafacilis

Latin Programme Lecture 

On March 3rd at 7pm we held our third Latin Programme Lecture, delivered by Simon Goldhill on the subject ‘The Spectacular Politics of Theatre’. We were delighted to be joined by 40 audience members!

Latin Programme Poetry Prize

In 2020, we launched our inaugural poetry prize. Poets were encouraged to compose a poem using the Latin phrase ‘de rerum natura’ (‘on the nature of things’) as a starting point. How our poets used the phrase was completely up to them.

Many thanks must go to our wonderful judges, Blake Morrison, Deanna Rodger and Ella Hickson, who chose the winner from a shortlist of nine. Read the winning poem and the rest of the longlist here: https://www.thelatinprogramme.co.uk/poetryprize2020

Summer School 2021

Now that spring is here, we’re looking forward to our next online Summer School, which will take place on 27th-31st July.

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