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Over 650 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
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Over 650 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
Encouraging initiative, individuality, independence, creativity and enquiry.
Newton Preparatory School Mission Statement

All pupils from Years 5-8 learn Latin at Newton. Latin is a valuable subject because it is the basis for all Romance languages especially French, Spanish and Italian.

It is the basis for much technical language in science and law; it is the basis for literature in western civilisation; it encourages a wider English vocabulary because the meanings of more difficult words are obvious; it encourages logical thinking; it stretches the minds of higher ability children; it helps dyslexic pupils because of its logical nature; it is, at 13+, a subject where full marks can be obtained,  thus pushing up overall averages; it is a great deal of fun and much wonderful literature has been written in Latin.

Views from Year 5:

“I like learning Latin because I like secret codes.”

“Latin is cool.”

 “Latin helps me with my English.”

 “Latin helps me with my choral singing and I can now read grave stones.”

“Learning Latin now will mean I am ahead of others when I get to my 11+ Senior School.”

All Year 5 pupils learn Latin using the Cambridge Latin Course Book I. In Year 6 those with more advanced skills start a three-year Common Entrance to Level 3 and Scholarship Course using the Oxford Latin Course books 1-3. Other pupils continue on a three-year course leading to Levels 1 and 2 in the Common Entrance exam using the Cambridge Latin Course Books I and II, supplemented by other resources. As well as the Latin language, pupils are taught through the course-books, other textbooks and DVDs, about Roman culture, history, literature and myths. Software has been installed for 13+ pupils so they can check their grammar and vocabulary. Access to course related websites is encouraged by regular visits to the ICT rooms.

Weekly homework can be written, learning or research work and even model making for example, the task of making a model of Vesuvius and the city of Pompeii. Years 5-8 pupils are set an exam twice a year. Year 8 pupils have regular examination practice in the double lesson in class have an exam. In Years 7 and 8, extra-curricular support is given to scholarship pupils and those who have not learnt Latin before, or who are otherwise in need of support.

In Year 7 pupils have recently had the opportunity to start Ancient Greek, which is taught in the same way as Latin using a variety of materials, according to the requirements of the senior school pupils. Pupils are assessed in the same way as for Latin. There is a Greek Club for those who have an interest in the culture and history of Greece, which those who are studying Greek the following years, also attend. Senior schools are very pleased to have pupils who know some Greek as it shows a breadth of knowledge. Educational visits include a trips to Pompeii and Rome. There are “Roman Days” when a “Roman Soldier” and his wife will come into school to give pupils a taste of Roman life.

Year 8 pupils are encouraged to enter the national Jowett-Sendlar Essay competition. Newton pupils have won distinctions and substantial prizes in recent years.

Over 650 Number of pupils who currently study at Newton Preparatory School 1991 The year that Newton Prep opened
Encouraging initiative, individuality, independence, creativity and enquiry.
Newton Preparatory School Mission Statement