Loving Latin Project

Partner: Streatham Wells Primary School, London
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

The Classics department at Streatham & Clapham High School delivers the 'Minimus' Latin course to 75 pupils over the course of the year at a local primary school, teaching Year 6 in the Michaelmas term, Year 5 in the Lent term and Year 4 in the Summer term. The 45 minute-long classes take place every Wednesday afternoon.

Aims of the project

The project aims to give primary pupils, who would not otherwise have access to learning the Latin language, the experience of it and to give teachers in the Classics department the opportunity to work with pupils in a maintained school, who are a different age from the pupils they normally teach.

Background and goals

Streatham & Clapham High School was keen to build partnerships with local schools. Hearing about the research of the ‘Classics in Communities’ project into the impact of learning Latin on a primary pupil's cognitive development including the development of literacy skills, critical skills and global awareness, the newly-appointed Director of Co-curricular Studies and Outreach approached primary schools in the local area. He made a link to Streatham Wells through their acceptance of an invitation to see a theatrical production at the school. 


The project requires the support of the Classics Department and timetabled time on Wednesday afternoons. The main financial contribution is a budget for the ‘Minimus’ textbooks and for printing materials. The project takes place at the primary school.


The project is extremely popular with the primary school. The pupils are engaged and they cover the first four chapters of the textbook in a term improving their understanding of grammatical terms and extending their vocabulary by thinking about the English words derived from Latin.

Pupil involvement

The classes are mixed with 25 pupils in each of the classes: Year 4, 5 and 6 (75 in total)

Frequency and duration

The project takes place for 45 minutes every  Wednesday afternoon during the academic year.