Primary Latin Project

Partner: Christ Church , Streatham Church of England Primary School, Streatham, London
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

The Classics department at Streatham & Clapham High School delivers the Minimus Latin course to 25 Year 5 pupils at a local primary school. The hour-long classes take place every Friday morning.

Aims of the project

The project aims to give primary pupils, who would not otherwise have access to an ancient language, the experience of learning Latin 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. Drawing on the research of the Classics in Communities project into the impact of learning Latin on primary pupils' cognitive development, including the development of literacy skills, critical skills and global awareness, the newly-appointed Director of Co-Curricular Studies and Outreach, Andrew Christie, approached local primary schools. The Head of Christ Church, Streatham, thought that the Year 5 class in her school would benefit from this. The project has been running since March 2017. 


The project requires the support of the Classics Department and timetabled time on Friday mornings. 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 has been running for around a term and will continue with the new Year 5 class.


The project is extremely popular with the primary school. The pupils are engaged and have covered the first four chapters of the textbook in a term. They have improved their understanding of grammatical terms and extended their vocabulary by thinking about the English words derived from Latin. 

Pupil involvement

There are currently 25 Year 5 pupils (20 boys and 5 girls) in the class. 

Frequency and duration

The project takes place for one hour every Friday morning during the academic year. It will continue with each new Year 5 class every year.