Aug 16, 2021

2021: YouTube Mini-Courses to Watch Any Time

The Latin Programme Online Summer School 2021 
From 26th-30th July 2021 we ran the second edition of our online Summer School in partnership with The Classical Association. Over five days, we were delighted to work with over a hundred pupils, exploring all things 'natura' (that's 'nature' to us!) in the ancient world, from animals in Aesop's Fables, to constellations and how we can recognise them, to fruit and vegetables in myth!
Head over to our YouTube channel to watch five sessions back: 
Easter Mini-Courses
After a jam-packed two weeks over the Easter, there are ten episodes of our Mini-Course available to watch on Youtube1
Both The Meditations Project and Introduction to Opera and Theatre are available to view whenever you like, and are suitable for Key Stage 2 and above.
The Meditations Project: a mini-series exploring the Stoics and their influence on ways of thinking.
Introduction to Opera and Theatre: looking at Ovid's Metamorphoses through the lens of Handel's 'Acis and Galatea' and Lerner and Loewe's 'My Fair Lady'.
Apr 19, 2021

2021 So Far...

Easter YouTube Mini Courses

Over two weeks, we are delivering two brand new mini-courses for Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils.  From 5th-16th April, we’ll post a 30-minute video on our YouTube channel each weekday morning at 10am. We have been marketing the course via social media and our mailing list.

Introduction to Opera & Theatre, exploring Ovid's Metamorphoses through the lens of Handel's 'Acis and Galatea' and Lerner and Loewe's 'My Fair Lady'.

The Meditations Project, which asks the question ‘Who were the Stoic philosophers and how can they help us?’ Over 5 30 minute episodes, we explored the key figures of Stoicism and the influence of their teachings throughout history.

Watch the videos on our YouTube channel:

Latin Programme Lecture 

On March 3rd at 7pm we held our third Latin Programme Lecture, delivered by Simon Goldhill on the subject ‘The Spectacular Politics of Theatre’. We were delighted to be joined by 40 audience members!

Latin Programme Poetry Prize

In 2020, we launched our inaugural poetry prize. Poets were encouraged to compose a poem using the Latin phrase ‘de rerum natura’ (‘on the nature of things’) as a starting point. How our poets used the phrase was completely up to them.

Many thanks must go to our wonderful judges, Blake Morrison, Deanna Rodger and Ella Hickson, who chose the winner from a shortlist of nine. Read the winning poem and the rest of the longlist here:

Summer School 2021

Now that spring is here, we’re looking forward to our next online Summer School, which will take place on 27th-31st July.

Nov 30, 2020

2020: a year in review


The academic year 2019/2020 was a tale of two halves. We began our year as usual, working in our participating London state schools to deliver dynamic, rigorous and engaging Latin lessons to improve literacy and foster creativity, confidence and cultural awareness. Many of our schools participated in the Roman Walking Tour scheme led by the City of London Guide Lecturers' Association, and we welcomed twelve groups to two editions of The Festival of Latin, a three-part enrichment day covering creative writing, poetry and performance, and art history at Leighton House Museum, the former home of the Victorian artist Lord Leighton.

With the closure of schools in March and the subsequent nationwide lockdown, we were no longer able to see our pupils in person and were forced to cancel our museum days, Roman walks, and forthcoming university trips. From our homes, we continued delivering lessons in whatever ways we could, delivering bespoke homework packs and videos to our schools, and expanding our online offering to include free or very subsidised resources for young learners looking to keep up their studies. When it became clear that the restrictions would carry through the summer months too, we made the decision to move our second Summer School online, opening the invitation up to pupils not just in London but nationwide, and organising both group sessions and YouTube livestreams run by our specialised team of creative facilitators.



 It was of the utmost importance to us and to our schools that we continue to provide our pupils with high quality Latin and literacy resources that could be completed from home. From March onwards, we delivered weekly bespoke, age-specific worksheet packs to our participating schools. Each pack was made with five key elements in mind: history, comprehension, a movement activity, a game, a grammar exercise.

Video Content:

An Introduction to Reading Ovid - In this six-part series, our Executive Director Zanna Wing-Davey explored scansion, translation and close reading using a passage of Ovid's Ars Amatoria Book 2, lines 21-30.

Who Were the Gods of Mount Olympus - As part of our online Summer School offering, our facilitators took to YouTube every day for two weeks to deliver a 40 minute creative session for KS2 and KS3 viewers.

The Gods Mixtape, ‘If I Were A God’ - In the weeks after our online Summer School had drawn to a close, our Director of Teaching and Learning Jonathan Goddard took to the studio to record 'If I Were A God,' a twelve-part poem exploring the characteristics of each god of Mount Olympus, inter-weaving lines written by ourSummer School participants in their poetry and performance classes.


After receiving confirmation of a generous grant from the Classical Association for the delivery of a face-to-face Summer School, the ongoing health crisis forced us to rethink our model. Instead of delivering day-long sessions over a week to 50 participants, we decided to pilot a digital model, delivering daily 45-minute YouTube Live sessions, followed by hour-long Zoom sessions for one hundred participants over a fortnight.

“I always thought you just read a mythology book and that's it - I would never have thought you could explore Latin in so many different ways” - summer school participant 

“A varied introduction to the Roman gods run by enthusiastic teachers” - parent of Summer School participant

“I would never have thought you could associate gods with dance!” - summer school participant

I always thought you just read a mythology book and that's it - I would never have thought you could explore Latin in so many different ways - summer school participant


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