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

Friday, 2 September 2016

Minimus et Minimusculus

Helen and I had a lot of fun writing a new book for children aged 4-6 – “ Minimusculus” (“a very little mouse"). This is an introduction to the Romans, Vindolanda and the Minimus family. 

Helen is now creating wonderful pictures for it. We plan to include songs and links to other activities on the website! 

We are working hard to get this out in good time for Christmas. Watch the website for details of publication and purchasing.

July :  I also spent a few days in Sorrento writing new Minimus material whilst gazing across to Vesuvius…

Watch the website (  for news about the new material. My lips have to be sealed at present! 

Exciting sites/sights in the South of France

Here I am at the Pont du Gard and the theatre at Orange in France!

This summer I saw the amphitheatre at Nimes, the Roman theatre at Orange and the stunning Pont du Gard. Three marvellous Roman sites in 3 days!