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Workshop activities details

COVID-19: Please note that some of these activities have been adjusted for Covid restrictions such as social distancing and smaller group work, though the quality remains the same

Learn about the key events of Roman Britain, wear armour,

handle a range of artefacts and throw spears!

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The single class version is for a half day morning or two or more classes is a full day.  If you have 3 or 4 classes it is just the soldier's life and artefact sorting repeated that many times.

Single class over a half day morning - SEE CURRENT PRICE HERE

(also available for half days with 2 of the tasks)

ACTIVITY 1:

Two classes in a single day example - SEE CURRENT PRICE HERE

LESSON 1:

"A Soldier's life" task plus the artefact sorting task (CLASS A)

LESSON 2:

"A Soldier's life" task  plus the artefact sorting task 

(CLASS B)

LESSON 3:

LESSON 4:

"An excellent, exciting workshop that fitted the objectives of the ‘Roman Britain’ perfectly!"  

Mr Robertson, y4 teacher, Liverpool

 

"A Soldier's life" task 

Try on Roman armour and take a look inside a soldier's kit bag!

In this activity we take a closer look at the everyday life of a Roman soldier by examining his kit and learning not only how they lived but also the difference between the two main types of Auxilliary and Legionary soldiers.

This continues with an explanation of the Roman 'Lorica Segmentata' armour and ends with an opportunity for all pupils to try the armour and the helmet on to feel the weight and have their picture taken.

 

In this session, pupils are also introduced to many other items of a Roman soldier's kit such as 'hard tack', the almost indestructible biscuit that was still in use by British soldiers in the First World War!

 

Roman artefact sorting task

Hunt and sort genuine rare artefacts from Roman Britain!

While most of our Roman soldier kit is replica, there is nothing quite as exciting as handling genuine items worn and used by proper Roman British people of the period and this task gives pupils that opportunity.

Sorting a range of artefacts in different groups of STONE AND GLASS / PERSONAL ITEMS / MISCELANEOUS ITEMS and COINS, they go on a hunt to find incredible real items such as A Roman Soldier's dice, rings, coins and brooches that make a lasting impression on their learning and an unforgettable memory of the topic,  

 

(Safe) spear throwing

Defend against the Celts in a thrilling target practice finale!

Finally, in a fitting ending to what we are sure will have been a fantastically memorable Roman school workshop, pupils are taught about the history behind the famous 'Pilum', the Roman spear designed to bend on impact so it couldn't be thrown back!  

 

Pupils then take turns to throw our safe foam-covered training pila (i.e. four of them) at our hessian targets which are much more suited to a primary school as opposed to a barbarian battlefield.   That said, the pupils seem to find the challenge equally as exciting in this challenging but brilliantly fun finale to a most excellent workshop.

"A perfect alternative to an out of school history trip or visit and less hassle to organise!" KS2 teacher, Salford

A primary school Roman Britain history workshop for key stage 2 (normally year 3 and year 4) but also

available for other year groups on request.

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