Outreach and Knowledge Transfer
The Department of Classics has long been involved in the wider community in line with the University's vision to become 'a recognised contributor to the knowledge economy regionally, nationally and internationally'. Its staff regularly give outreach talks and have been featured in the news media. Members of the Department are happy to give talks to local schools on A-Level and other topics.
Ancient World Study Days
This year the Classics Department and Archaeology Departments are jointly hosting the Ancient World Study Day for sixth form students (particularly AS-Level students) studying Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient History or Archaeology.
Find out more about our Ancient World Study Day
We have lots of keen enthusiastic students who would love to run lunchtime or afterschool clubs for primary school children using 'Minimus', the well-known scheme for teaching young pupils about Latin and the ancient world. Children acquire some familiarity with Latin through games, songs, cartoons and colouring, centring on the family of the mouse called Minimus. The Minimus scheme, devised by Barbara Bell, has books and various other kinds of resources that schools can access. Students from the Department have run several successful clubs in Reading schools and we are always happy to hear from new schools. Please contact Professor Barbara Goff if you are interested; firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Minimus scheme, please visit:
Literacy through Latin
Students from the Department also teach Latin in local state sector primary schools via Literacy through Latin, the successful scheme from the Iris Project. Students come into the classroom and use a weekly literacy hour to deliver lessons in Latin. These lessons have been developed by the Iris Project and used successfully in London, Oxford and Swansea as well as Reading. The goal is to support and enhance KS2 curriculum strategies across subjects, particularly focussing on literacy and linguistic skills. The course is designed to be fun and engaging as well as intellectually challenging. Professor Barbara Goff is the contact person; email@example.com.
For information on Literacy through Latin, please see:
Literacy through Latin
Each year the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology welcomes thousands of school pupils from Key Stage 2 and above, as well as researchers and other visitors. As part of this provision the Ure Museum has pioneered in volunteerships, bursaries (especially from the University Committee for the Arts), and internships, now in collaboration with UMACS (University Museum Archive and Collection Services), through which students and other individuals learn about museum work, including curation, data provision, and education. It also works closely with the Reading Museum Service and its School Loans Programme, and other Museums. The Ure Museum is a member of the Thames Valley Museum Group the University Museums Group, and the Museums Computer Group.
The Ure Museum has experimented in the provision of digital museum information through its VLMA (Virtual Lightbox for Museums and Archives), in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and Oxford Archaeology, for which it has received funds from the JISC eLearning stream. Professor Smith, who has been the principal investigator for this project, is an editor of Digital Classicist and the Digital Coins Network which encourage such data provision. The Department seeks to further develop VLMA and other advanced electronic technologies, including haptics, to encourage a wide uptake and understanding of museum resources.
For more information on the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, please click on the link below: