Students graduate from schools programme

Year three pupils get Latin lessons.

Sixty-three pupils from Coleshill Heath Primary School have ‘graduated’ from a Latin programme designed to improve literacy across the curriculum.

The Year 3 girls and boys spent a year learning the language before attending a Latin Graduation Day at nearby Solihull School.

Solihull School, which offers Latin to pupils aged 11 plus, hosted a language masterclass, an introduction to Ancient Greek, a lesson on Greek mythology and cooking session where Coleshill Heath pupils had the chance to make Roman biscuits.

Deb Wallis, Year 3 Teacher at Coleshill Heath Primary School, said: “We’re grateful to Solihull School for hosting such a fantastic day. Our pupils have worked incredibly hard over the past year so it was great to be able to reward them while teaching them more about what Classics has to offer.”

The pupils were then invited to take part in a graduation ceremony, and presented certificates by David Lloyd, headmaster at Solihull School, and Dr Elena Theodorakopoulos, lecturer in classics at the University of Birmingham.

Joanna Johnson, head of classics at Solihull School, added: “I was extremely impressed with what the children had learned during their year of studying Latin and was only too happy to welcome them to our school, and to host their graduation ceremony which was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.”