Pictured is Minimus the Mouse, the main character in the highly successful Latin learning course, 'Minimus'. The course is used in the Community Action programme between St James Senior Girls’ School and Avonmore Primary School to introduce Latin to the Year 6 class as an after-school club every Friday. Four Year 12 students from St James shared teaching Avonmore Primary pupils for one hour every week since the beginning of the Autumn Term. One of our students reflects on the programme:
It has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my school career. The enjoyment it brings us as teachers is matched by the joy the children at Avonmore seem to get from learning Latin. They are always so eager to learn and keen to participate, even sometimes doing extra work outside of lessons! We managed to give them a basic understanding of the principles of the Latin language and by the end of the course, despite it being cut so short, the children were able to translate sentences from Latin to English and to read simple stories in Latin. We all looked forward to Fridays, going to their school and seeing their excited faces when they saw us and even occasionally being told off by them for being late!
The feeling of being able to share your knowledge in order to benefit others and to help your wider community was hugely gratifying and fulfilling. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn skills such as how to engage a class of fifteen Year 6 pupils with the sometimes difficult content and maintain their attention at the same time as making it fun and interactive. It was an immensely enjoyable experience and I hope the pupils loved it as much as we did. I would do the whole thing all over again if I could, as we had so much fun.