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Is Latin part of the National Curriculum?

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ChinaInYourHands Tue 13-Sep-11 14:32:16

If so, is it part of the NC at Primary level?
If it is not part of the NC, at what age is it usually introduced in independent schools?
Thank you

belledechocchipcookie Tue 13-Sep-11 14:34:11

No, it's not part of the NC. It depends on the school as to what age it's introduced. It's not usually taught in state schools though.

Ladymuck Tue 13-Sep-11 14:36:59

Not part of the NC. Across our 3 prep schools, 1 introduces it at Year 5, the others at Year 6. If you are at a prep school preparing for Common Entrance at 13 then you would start by Year 6.

ChinaInYourHands Tue 13-Sep-11 15:49:55

DS is in Yeat 3 at a state school but very interested in latin so wanted a simple textbook for him, but not the 'usborne' type.
Thank for the info.

juuule Tue 13-Sep-11 15:54:30

I've heard that minimus latin is good.

LIZS Tue 13-Sep-11 15:55:23

Cambridge Latin course is still fairly standard and you can access it online. dc have learnt since year 5

If you can get it, Latin for Children Primer A here is pretty good. If you get the answer key book too, that helps, if you don't know much yourself. I'm working through it slowly with DS (would be yr 2 if at school) and it's fine. There's also Minimus, but I think the full course of that's really expensive. It is more 'child-friendly- in the way it's laid out than the primer - it has cartoons and stuff that the primer doesn't have, but the primer is far better for basic grammar, imo.

juuule Tue 13-Sep-11 15:56:06

On Amazon

pointissima Tue 13-Sep-11 15:57:02

Galore park (google them) do "so you really want to learn Latin" which is amusing and rigorous. Year 3 is quite little to start; but I can see why you want to start while he is showing an interest.

ChinaInYourHands Tue 13-Sep-11 19:11:22

I will look up all your suggestions; thank you all so much. I wanted something simple but not simplistic. For example the usborne books are in my opinion a bit pointless because they teach how to say things you might say on holiday in Latin, which is really pointless. However, a simple book explaining the beauty of latin and how much it features in modern languages would really appeal to him. Thanks again.

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