Sunday, 20 November 2016

Ideal for Christmas...Minimusculus!

Very excited that our new book for the very young ( aged 3-6 ) is with the printer. Called  "Minimusculus” – “ very little mouse” it is ideal pre-Minimus material as it introduces Vindolanda and the family who lived there. It is mostly in English but teaches Latin greetings and numbers 1-10. Beautifully illustrated by Helen Forte. Ideal for Christmas! 

Publication date Dec.7th

Barbara Bell
Author of the Minimus books and Director of the Primary Latin Project

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

This morning I was delighted to hear the long-term influence Minimus has had on her education. ..

Minimus and my journey through Classics

Imogen Stead

For a seven-year-old with limited knowledge of any language other than English, Latin might not seem like the obvious place to start. And yetit was at this age that I began to show such a strong interest in the funny language found in churches, on monuments and adorning crests that my mum thought it was time to put a stop to my barrage of questions and find some answers. Latin, uncommon enough further upthe education ladder, was not at the top of the list of subjectsfor my primary school to offer, so mum turned her attention towards whatever beginners’ resources she could find in order to foster my interest in the language. 

Upon coming across the Minimus textbook, she realised that she had struck gold: here was an approachable, manageable introduction to the lingua Latina which was specifically aimed at engaging and enthusing young learners such as me. Unlike its more daunting counterparts, aimed at schoolchildren about to begin a rigorous and old fashioned training in the language, the Minimus books provided and imaginative and, dare I say it, fun approach to language-learning. I began to follow Minimus the mouse through various storyboards which integrated simple Latin speech bubbles with colourful pictures, each one aiming to make me familiar with a new feature of the language. Along the way, the chapters introduced characters from a ‘typical’ Roman household to give me my first taste of Roman history, and connected the unknown with the familiar through etymological pointers so that I could begin to link English words with their ancient counterparts.

By the end of the first book, I had a strong interest in all things Latin and couldn’t wait to continue it in a formal educational environment. In addition, I found that it gave me a firm foundation for learning other languages: when I started learning French in the latter stages of my primary school years, the similarities in the vocabulary and structure of the language were immediately apparent to me, enabling me to pick up the fundamentals much more easily than might otherwise have been possible.

Fast-forward to today, as I enter the closing stages of my undergraduate degree in Classics, and still I find myself occasionally glancing back to my first steps in learning Latin through Minimus. Just the other day, in my Latin Historical Linguistics tutorial, a discussion about the different treatments of the Proto-Indo-European voiced aspirate system in the Sabellic languages and early Latin language prompted the mention of the name ‘Rufus’ as an interesting counter-example. I smiled to myself as I remembered the cheeky red-haired boy Rufus to whom I had been introduced through Minimus – who could have guessed that so many years down the line we would meet again!

Mus Exit.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Mythology Competition results

The results of the 2016 Mythology Competition are up, and so are next year's topics! Click here to read about the competition, and here to find the winners' names. Pictures and stories will be posted soon.

Article about Latin in the Academy Transformation Trust

Kelly Vaughan, Vice Principal of Jubilee Academy, Mossley, has sent us this article on Latin in the Academy Transformation Trust. Minimus is the course used, although not mentioned by name!

Current Minimus book prices

Here's a list of prices correct in September 2016, which may be useful!

                                                          Hellenic Bookservice/CUP             Amazon

Minimus Book 1 Starting out in Latin     £13.95                                       £12.17

Minimus Book 2 Moving on in Latin      £13.95                                       £12.52

CD 1                                                 £16.74                                       £13.16

CD 2                                                 £20.34                                       N/A

Teacher's Book 1                                £57.95                                      £50.99

Teacher's Book 2                                £57.50                                      £57.50

Hellenic Bookservice gives 10% discount and offers free delivery to schools on orders over £50.

Amazon has a variable P&P depending upon the speed of the delivery. It is free on larger orders, if there is no rush.

Newsletter 60 is published!

Download Newsletter 60 and find all previous editions here.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Training grants and book grants

Training Grants

A growing number of primary schools across the UK now teach Latin on the curriculum as their designated language at Key Stage 2.  Training  for teachers interested in using Minimus to introduce Latin as an enrichment activity or as a  designated language is available to schools across the UK.  Grants to cover the costs of training are available to state schools from the national charity Classics for All.  If you are interested in a grant, please email for further advice on how to apply.

If you have queries about the Minimus materials, first try “ New to Minimus?” on our website. For any further advice please email the Author, Barbara Bell  -

Book grants

To find out about grants to help with the cost of books, please visit this page on the website