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Literacy through Latin and Greek Scheme

The Faculty of Classics in collaboration with the Iris Project will be running the Literacy through Latin scheme again over the period 2014-2015. Nine Oxford Classics students will be involved in delivering Latin across selected Oxford primary schools.
The Iris Project's Literacy through Latin scheme in Oxford has been running since 2006 in the city's primary and secondary schools - offering pupils in large, mixed-ability classes the opportunity to learn about Latin in fun, accessible and relevant ways. Student teachers from The Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford deliver a year long introductory course to year fives and sixes in primary schools, which introduces Latin using activities and games, and offers a taste of Classical myths and culture, using storytelling and drama.

The Faculty of Classics shares its ethos with the Iris Project in providing access to the fascinating subjects of Latin and Classics for hundreds of the city's school children. It is also a fantastic way for students to engage in their local communities, gain experience and training in teaching, and also to develop other new skills. The Iris project works particularly with schools in deprived urban regions where literacy levels are often low, and where many children are on free school meals. The project has been shown to enhance literacy as well as to promote confidence and communication skills amongst pupils.