Our Roman day offers a wide variety of great opportunites for learning more about the fascinating Roman period in Britain (55BC-410AD). The structure of the day is flexible allowing for the inclusion of upto 4 classes.
The day begins with all the children together in the hall or similar space. During this introducatory session the children will meet a Romano-British woman form the end of the first century AD whose grandfather was a powerful member of the Catuvellauni tribe, which held sway in the east of Britannia. She will tell her story of having been brought up to appreciate Roman the roman way of life. She has childhood memories of the Boudiccan revoult, but now lives a settled life, married to a Roman Centurion, and enjoying the privileges which that brings.
The children will learn about Roman British ways of dress and contrast these with the styles prefered by Roman women.
The children will then return to their classgroups and be lead in a rotation of workshop activities. These activities can be tailiored to meet hte needs of the group and to take account of prefered areas of study. teacher will be asked to select these beforehand.
The children may take a trip to the forum, to buy food. They will learn the latin names for various food stuffs, make a shopping list on a wax tablet and purchase their goods.
The children may learn about daily life in Roman Britain, through handling artefacts associated with different tasks and activities. This session really brings the past to life as the artefacts open the way to a real appreciation of similarities and difference with thier lives today.
The children may be put to work in the kitchen, learning about the new food items which the Romans introduced to Britain. They will learn about the routes by which new foodstuffs were brought to Britannia and gain hands on experinece with various food related artefacts.
The children may be drafted into the Roman army and learn tactics with shield, sword and pilum.
The children may be set the challenge of travelling around Britannia, by means of a board game,using the Roman road network to visit key locations. they will build familiairity with the Roman province and some of the modern cities which were also prominent in the Roman period.
Another workshop choice, is exploring Roman gods and myths through retelling a story and then creating a new god, using the attributes of others.
You may prefer to explore the arrival of Christianity in Britannia, with a focus on the votive offerings from Water Newton, Cambs, then called Durobrivae.
The children may like to experince a hands on session learning some Roman games, inviting comparison with leisure activities today.
At the end of the day the children will group together in the hall again to meet a centurion as he prepares to retire to a colonia. They will gain experience as engineers, providing water for a new area of Roman settlement. They will also become physically involved in the design for the Roman villa which the centurion will build on his plot of land, learning about the layout of a Roman country villa.