Languages

Languages are a specialism of Twyford CofE Trust schools. We will offer a range of modern languages plus Latin in the curriculum and a full portfolio of extra-curricular visits, including exchanges. Ada Lovelace CofE High School will develop confident linguists through an outstanding curriculum offer and an unrivalled wider learning programme.

In Year 7 students study French and Latin with more able linguists offered a second modern foreign language from Year 8. The Twyford CofE Academies Trust has developed programmes to support the learning of languages in local primary schools and students from Ada Lovelace will act a Language Ambassadors supporting this programme.

Students are also encouraged to take qualifications in their native language.

Curriculum

Year 7

The curriculum opportunities in Languages are second to none at across the Trust. The Curriculum is worthy of that of a private school, with all its pupils studying two languages: French and Latin.

French in Year 7

The Twyford Academies Trust philosophy of language learning revolves around the idea that exposure to the Language is essential. The more exposure to a language a pupil has, the more fluent he or she becomes. This exposure happens firstly in the lessons and secondly in the numerous trips and exchanges, which pupils are encouraged to take part in.

The lessons are therefore taught essentially in the target language. There is a great emphasis on listening skills and memorisation. Language lessons follow a rigorous pattern which is in line with Ofsted requirements. A very detailed programme of lessons and assessments has been put into place and parents will be able to access to it via Copia our online learning platform.

Latin in Year 7

In Latin we study the University of Cambridge School of Classics course, where pupils learn about the wonders of Pompeii and translate the fascinating stories of a wealthy family who lived in Pompeii, shortly before the Mount Vesuvius eruption. Having completed textbook 1, pupils will be offered the possibility to take the University of Cambridge Examination in Latin Level 1. A visit to Bath enables students to discover life under the Roman Empire in Britain.

Each year, pupils complete one textbook, with each one taking place in a different part of the Roman Empire. Textbook 2 for example takes place in Bath. At each stage, pupils work toward a Cambridge qualification.

Why Learn Latin? (see presentation attached here)

“vita brevis, ars longa, lingua latina aeterna” Hippocrates (life is short, art is long, but Latin language is eternal).

Latin is said to be a dead language; taught to be read, not spoken. It is taught entirely through its grammatical rules not through its everyday use. As pupils learn Latin they gain an understanding of the structure of language, ahead of any they would gain from the study of a modern tongue. Any other language - not just Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, but also German, Russian and Arabic - becomes easier for a child with a deep understanding of Latin. A student can use Latin to grasp the essence of any language. It is therefore utterly useful and a core language to learn.

Latin is the language of scholars and poets such as Virgil, Pliny and Cicero. Latin offers entry into an astonishing world, a lost world but paradoxically exciting through its literature. Knowledge of the Roman literature offers an inestimable advantage in reading and understanding English language.


The Extra-curricular Offer:

In order to develop their exposure to language, pupils are encouraged to take part in a visit each year.

In Year 8 pupils are given the opportunity to take part in the trip to Normandy in the summer term.


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