In language work this week, we look at one of the fundamental differences between Latin and English: English relies on word order to convey meaning, but Latin instead uses word ending. In fact, learning Latin is for the larger part an exercise in learning the word ending formulae to ‘decode’ the meaning of a sentence. This work supports the KS2 English requirements in reinforcing notions of language structure.
The culture segment this week is great fun. Pupils are all given a Roman name (see Teachers’ Notes for more details). This introduces two ideas: names have meanings, even if not in a child’s native tongue, and; Latin nouns can be either masculine or feminine. This latter point is the pupils’ first example of how Latin word endings can convey semantic information (in this case, gender).