Latin with Ricards Lodge High School

Partner: Ricards Lodge High School, Wimbledon, London
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

A team of sixth-formers teaches an introductory Latin course to Year 9 pupils from Ricards Lodge  High School. We work from Cambridge Latin Course Book 1, which revolves around a family living in Pompeii shortly before the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79. Sessions, which are held on site at King’s, involve short presentations using an exciting E-learning resource, followed by work in small groups.

Aims of the project

To extend the range of subjects on offer at Coombe Girls’ School. To give pupils who would not otherwise have access to it the experience of learning the Latin language. To give our sixth-formers and younger pupils the opportunity to share their knowledge of a subject they love. To give teachers in the Classics department the opportunity to work with pupils in maintained schools and to teach Classical Civilisation, which is not on our curriculum.

Critical factors: Trust, mutual respect, clear communication, designated staff in charge of the project at both schools, termly reviews of the programme. Beneficiaries: staff and pupils.

Resources

The support of the Head of Classics and two teachers in his department. Timetabled time on Friday afternoons. The projects are costly in terms of invisible expenditure (mainly salaries) but the only visible financial contributions are a budget for books and catering. 

Pupil involvement

A team of year 12 &13 students teach a class of year 9

Frequency and duration

Weekly