A new academic year means the return of the Minimus Project, in which we send Classics student volunteers out to Cambridge primary schools to lead after-school Latin clubs.
This year twelve keen undergraduates are working with St Alban's, Mayfield, Newnham Croft and Barton Primary Schools to take Key Stage 2 pupils through the Minimus textbook. This fun and exciting course aims to teach children to read Latin, at the same time as improving their understanding of English grammar and paving the way for them to learn other languages in the future. And it's a great opportunity for our students, many of whom hope to become Classics teachers after they graduate, to gain first hand experience in the classroom.
Minimus the mouse (mus = Latin for mouse, and minimus = Latin for very small - geddit?) lives with a Roman soldier and his family at Vindolanda on Hadrian's Wall. You can find out more on the Minimus website at http://www.minimus-etc.co.uk. Rumour has it he's been spotted visiting the Museum..