The Latin Department at Auckland Grammar School is the largest in New Zealand and among the largest in the world. The Latin curriculum in Forms 5, 6 and 7 prepares students for the study of both Classical Studies and Latin in the senior school. Those students who choose to terminate their study after Form 4 can claim a linguistic legacy which will support their future studies.
The study of Latin is not entirely linguistic. Historical, geographical and sociological aspects are addressed. Formal grammar is rigorously taught which will both enhance the knowledge of English and allow easier access to the learning of European languages.
A project display hosted by the School Library has been a highlight for many years. Students create a raft of ancient Roman artifacts such as wax tablets, shields, mosaics and many other amazing things. The most original and well-executed projects are awarded ancient Roman coins as prizes.
In addition, the Department organises a Western Heritage trip to study and visit classical art and architecture in Greece, Italy, France and England. The tour lasts approximately four weeks and is undertaken every second year. It is available to Form 6 and 7 students.
Pre-requisites: Form 3 Latin.
Course description/aims: A complete coverage of Latin accidence (word forms); an introduction to the main areas of syntax (sentence patterns).
Course outline: Students in 4A-4D (students who studied from the Auckland Grammar School course books in Form 3) will continue with the Auckland Grammar School course books. Students in 4E-4P (students who studied from the Cambridge Latin Course) will continue with the Cambridge Latin Course.
Methods of assessment: Three school examinations per year. Course work marks gained from tests, projects and assessments.
Continuation of subject: The subject is available at every level to Form 7 in at least one option line. Form 4 Latin provides a firm foundation for Form 5 Classical Studies (and beyond).
Form 5 (NCEA Level 1):
Pre-requisites: A background of two years studying the subject is essential for Form 5. It is important that students should already have been introduced to the passive, the subjunctive and participles.
Course description/aims: this course should lead into both Latin and Classical Studies in the Senior School. This course has been tailored for those students who have a general interest in Roman History and who wish to develop their language awareness by learning formal grammar and by building up their Latin-based English vocabulary without having to acquire the listening and speaking skills of a modern language.
- 1.1 - unseen translation (a vocabulary list is provided) [External]
- 1.2 - comprehension (a vocabulary list is provided) [External]
- 1.3 - the study of Latin poetry, including selected poems of Martial and Catullus, and Ovid's Metamorphoses [External]
- 1.6 - the completion of a syntax course book on the Latin language.
Continuation of subject: A full Latin option is available at Form 6 and Form 7. In their fourth year students will sit NCEA Level 2 Latin. On the basis of our enriched NCEA Level 1 course, students will be able to return to NCEA Level 2 or 3 in their fifth year, if they do not take Latin in Form 6.
Form 6 (NCEA Level 2):
Pre-requisites: A background of three years studying the subject is essential for Form 6. It is important that students are already familiar with all tenses, moods and voices of regular and deponent verbs, all declensions of regular nouns, pronouns and adjectives, and elementary syntax.
- 2.1 - unseen translation (a vocabulary list is provided) [External]
- 2.2 - comprehension (a vocabulary list is provided) [External]
- 2.3 - the study of Latin prose and poetry, including Caesar's De Bello Gallico and Virgil's Aeneid [External]
- 2.6 - the completion of a syntax course book on the Latin language.
Methods of assessment: Achievement Standards 2.1 and 2.2 will be examined externally. Achievement Standard 2.3 will be examined in the Term 3 examination. Achievement Standard 2.6 will be examined over four tests during Terms 2 and 3.
Continuation of subject: This course leads directly on to Form 7 Latin and also provides introductory experience for Form 7 Classics.
Form 7 (NCEA Level 3):
Pre-requisites: Form 5 and/or Form 6 Latin.
- 3.1 - unseen translation (a vocabulary list is provided) [External]
- 3.2 - comprehension (a vocabulary list is provided) [External]
- 3.3 - the study of Latin prose and poetry, including Caesar's De Bello Gallico and Virgil's Aeneid [External]
- 3.6 - the completion of a comprehensive syntax course book on the Latin language.
Methods of assessment: Achievement Standards 3.1 and 3.2 will be examined externally. Achievement Standard 3.3 will be examined in the Term 3 examination. Achievement Standard 3.6 will be examined over four tests during Terms 2 and 3. Most students taking Latin in Form 7 will be expected to present for the NCEA Level 4 (Scholarship) Latin examination.
Continuation of subject: A creditable performance in NCEA Level 2 Latin or NCEA Level 3 Latin will allow entry into Latin II at the University of Auckland.
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