"An excellent, exciting workshop that fitted the objectives of the 2014 curriculum topic of ‘Roman Britain’ perfectly. "
y4 teacher, Liverpool
A SLICE OF ROMAN BRITAIN IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR SCHOOL
As well as you booking me as a Roman in school, I also offer the following wide range of workshops for history, science and sport that you may want to consider. These span a range of topic areas which are all designed exclusively for primary schools and are tailored specifically to the 2014 National Curriculum as per this Roman workshop. Each workshop also has a dedicated website, often with free teaching resources.
In addition, many of my workshops (including the space science workshops) are firmly centred around a timeline of the events covered to enhance pupils' all important chronological knowledge of key events and the people involved.
Other History workshops
Causing just as much as a buzz as when you have a Roman in school, my First World War school workshop takes pupils on a journey through the key events of WW1 in an exciting workshop designed to commemorate the centenary of the conflict.
Told via the story of my Grandad, a real WW1 stretcher bearer who wasn't allowed to carry a weapon, the workshop is ideally suited to the primary school environment as we spend the day looking not only at the expetcted soldier's tasks such as investigating a kit bag and marching, but also on stretcher bearer first aid.
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My Second World War school workshop is the first workshop I devised and it is still the most popular. Using over 60 genuine WW2 artefacts and delivered in the form of a 'Blitz school', the workshop begins with an interactive WW2 timeline followed by a series of activities throughout the day related to role of an Air Raid Warden in WW2.
For example, pupils learn how to bandage each other WW2 style, blackout windows in a team competition and also fire water from stirrup pumps at targets to mimic their use against the incendiary bombs of WW2. All in all, quite a contrast to having a Roman in school!
My Victorian Inventions school workshop takes pupils on a journey of discovery through the wondrous age of Victorian Invention with 4 exciting inventions-based activities.
Pupils get to power Stephenson's Rocket; take Victorian photographs dressed in costumes; make their own music box songs and use a real morse code set in this thrilling history and science workshop.
(all can be viewed at www.primaryscienceworkshops.co.uk)
These two workshops derive from a great passion of mine, which is space exploration, and in particular the moon landings, with a chance to have a 'spaceman' visit your school (i.e. me, in a highly detailed A7L moon-landing replica space suit) or to learn about the history of the space race and fire rockets in my 'rockets to rovers' workshop'.
In 'Rockets to Rovers' pupils watch a HD video presentation and get the chance to handle real space flown artefacts such as flown pieces of space shuttle tile and insulation blanket; a GENUINE piece of the gold foil from the actual Apollo 11 moon landing command module; items signed by real moon walkers and other astronauts, and even a coin held by the last moon walker, Gene Cernan. The day then continues with a turn at driving our mini moon rover across a moon landscape, making and firing paper rockets and (weather and space permitting :) watching the launch of a model moon rocket.
In contrast, if you prefer even more of a 'wow' moment for either a single class or the whole school, my replica A7L spacesuit is a stunning way to introduce or consolidate your space topic. For KS1, this is delivered in role as a spaceman, while for KS2 I teach it as a teacher with a detailed presentation about the history of the science and the suit. Quite a difference to having a Roman in school, but an experience that is every bit as fun and worthwhile.
My Incredible Inventions science workshop, while using some of the items and tasks from the Victorian Inventions workshop, is more science-focussed, with a chance to look at 4 from a choice of 6 different inventions throughout the course of the day.
The inventions and their related activities are Morse code, where we try to crack a German code using a real WW2 telegraph machine; Aeroplanes, where we design, make and fly paper aeroplanes with the aid of an electric plane launcher; rockets, where we make and fire paper rockets; cars, where we design, make and launch rocket cars; steam, where we power Stephenson's Rocket around a track, and photography, where pupils dress up as Victorians and have their photo took with a real Victorian lens.
One of the key experiences of having a Roman in school is that the pupils get to see the Gladius, the Roman sword, and this enthusiasm is well demonstrated in my fun and safe sword fencing days for KS2, which offer a unique opportunity to sample this exciting Olympic sport in a controlled environment with safe and age-appropriate equipment.
I have been a sword fencing coach for many years and I have put all this experience into coming up with what I believe is an excellent sporting experience that is entirely different to any other sports that pupils may have tried.
Ideal for boys or girls, each session starts with a fun warm up followed by fencing games, ending with a medal for the best fencer and an end of day trophy for the overall winner.