At Repton Prep, we place great importance on the study of Classics. In Years 7 and 8, pupils follow a course in either Latin or Classical Studies, depending on their setting. Classical Greek may also be offered as an activity to pupils who express a keen desire to learn it.
The Latin course we follow at Repton Prep is So You Really Want To Learn Latin, by Nicholas Oulton. This course book provides a thoroughly systematic approach to Latin grammar, and includes much practice in translation from English into Latin.
Latin is the mother of modern languages such as Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian. Even in our own language, English, around 75% of our vocabulary is derived from Latin and Greek. It has been said that the study of Latin reaches the parts of the brain that other subjects on their own do not reach: it combines the logic of Mathematics, English, and the Romance Languages.
Our aim in this course is to introduce pupils to the world of Ancient Greece and Rome. We hope to nurture in them an interest in the vast influence the classical world has on us today, in language, history, philosophy, art, architecture, technology, religion and democracy.
We follow classical background topics including Greek myths such as Jason and the Argonauts, Theseus and the Minotaur, as well as the Trojan War and the Wanderings of Odysseus; also, Roman legends and various aspects of life in Ancient Rome and Roman Britain.