Lockdown Latin has lent itself to remote learning better than I might have hoped. This is because of the self-discipline the children have shown in their application. As the process is, by definition, individualised, each child can learn at their own pace, free from pressure or distraction. As Miranda’s mother might say, “What I call ‘Getting On With It’!”

Year 8 has been progressing through Level 2. I hope that the pride and jealousy, violence and love, sacrifice and revenge I referred to previously are only confined to the stories! Their self-sufficiency is, however, admirable.

Year 7 is plugging away at Prepositions, drawing their Insula Praepositorum to illustrate these, as well as reading stories and comprehensions in English and Latin about the Roman hero Horatius and the Roman traitress, Tarpeia, who were rewarded and reviled accordingly. (He held off the Etruscan hordes then swam the Tiber; she let the Sabines into the city and was hurled from a high rock!)

Year 6 has also been learning about Prepositions and Pronouns, and Adjectival Agreement. Non-Linguistic enquiries have included Roman legends, the story of Perseus, the practicalities of the gladius, and the Diskoboulos. The Classics room has a small statuette of this discus “thrower” on display – his discus wouldn’t get very far with him in that position! It’s more to do with aesthetics than athletics: the Greek Ideals of beauty, form and proportion are captured in a moment of dynamic tension; his arms describe a bow shape as the arrow is about to be shot.

Another Horatius, a Roman poet, wrote a poem about the snows fleeing away … Lente, lente ad Infinitum!

Ed Gilsenan