Latin is sometimes described as a ‘dead’ language, but it would be more accurate to say that it has evolved. When children are taught Latin, it improves their spelling and grammar as well as their breadth of English vocabulary and their command of their own language. It gives access to some of the world’s finest literature and deepens their understanding and appreciation of history. It also aids comprehension of the structure of languages and therefore makes it easier to learn modern foreign languages. Such breadth in a subject is unique in the school curriculum.