Friday, 19 August 2016

Are you new to Minimus?

Visit our 'New to Minimus' page to find out what's essential to start teaching Minimus, and what materials are useful as extras.

If you prefer, you can download the information as a PDF here

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

June 3rd 2016 - Memorial Service for Sir Jeremy Morse

It was a great privilege to attend the memorial service of Jeremy Morse, who gave so much support "to Minimus" and the Primary Latin Project over so many years. The service, one of three for this great polymath, was held in the beautiful setting of the chapel at New College, Oxford, his former college. This was followed by tea at All Souls, where he was a fellow.

As always, it was fascinating to learn so much about the facets of Jeremy's life and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting some of his extended family - 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grand children! I remember one Christmas they all converged on the Morses' country home in Gloucestershire and Jeremy had selected the Christmas reading for the whole family - to work through both Minimus books at bedtime!

The tributes to him - in music, words and even Sophocles' Ode on Man from the Antigone, read in Greek, were beautiful. We have lost an extremely kind man with a giant intellect.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Saying 'vale' to Pam plus more!

1. May 7th - we had a very happy committee meeting with so many exciting ideas for future Minimus resources. Sadly, we said goodbye to Pam Macklin, who is leaving the committee after 20 years of wonderful support for Minimus!
2. May 18th - a very enjoyable training day at Chew Valley school. Representatives from 4 schools met to consider using Minimus. None were Latin specialists but were encouraged to learn that Minimus is being taught very successfully by non-Latinists. Thanks to Helen Currie and Classics for All for setting this up and for the potential development of another Classics Hub - and only 8 miles from my home.
3. Helen Forte and I are meeting in August to create new pre-Minimus material for children aged 3-6.
Thank you for so much positive feedback and so many good suggestions about this material.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Minimus for little ones

Dear Supporters,

As you know Minimus was designed for children aged 7 - 10, i.e. children in our junior schools. During recent years  I have been very aware that children much younger than 7 are enjoying some form of simple Latin based on Minimus and are getting to know the characters in the family, and so on. Helen Forte and I are interested in creating some material for these pre-Minimus children.

 Do you teach Minimus to children younger than 7?

 Are you an infant teacher?

 Are you home-schooling a child younger than 7?

If you fall into any of these categories we would really appreciate your views on what sort of material would suit your purposes.  Please get in touch to let us know the sort of activities that your very young pupils enjoy; how much actual Latin language do you do?  What sort of materials would help to make Latin more accessible for these tiny ones?
Helen Forte and I plan to get together in August to write some material, so we would love to hear from you as soon as possible with your views.  It is incredible to think that children so young can be enjoying Latin -  but why not?  I really look forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes
Barbara Bell

Sunday, 8 May 2016

PLP Committee Meeting

Just had a wonderful Committee Meeting with lots of exciting ideas.

Helen and I are excited at the thought of writing simple Minimus material for very young children!

Watch this space,

Monday, 2 May 2016

Minimus Grants

Applications for 'MINIMUS'  Grants
One or two teachers have asked for clarification on how to apply for a grant. Grants are available to schools in the UK, to help with the cost of buying Minimus books. Schools are expected to
1. Once you have filled in your application form (downloaded here) , please send it (by email or by post) to Wendy Hunt (details at bottom of form). You can also receive an application form and details of the Hellenic Bookservice if you email
2. At the same time as sending off your application form, you will be able to order your 'Minimus' resources straightaway, since the Hellenic Bookservice  allows you thirty days to pay your invoice. Your cheque from the fund should reach your school within two weeks of receiving your application form.
We hope this makes it clearer! Please contact Wendy if you need any more help.