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Why Teach Latin?

Woodlands Primary School has begun to teach Latin to their pupils.

Size Matters. A word hoard of about 50,000 – 60,000 is the vocabulary pupils need to have gathered when they leave school to thrive academically and beyond. We know that 60% of our English lexicon (a fancy name for vocabulary) is drawn from a combination of Latin and Greek origins, with the more technical vocabulary of school reaching even higher to something like 90%.  

A single Latin root can generate over 100 words. So, 10 roots can give a child more than 1,000 words they can decrypt on their own. 

Compelling stuff. And it’s just one of the reasons why the team at Woodlands Primary School is taking the leap to begin teaching all Key Stage 2 children Latin.