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From the provider of WW2 Workshop - comes Roman Workshop!

The curriculum states that pupils should be taught about 'the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain'.
Roman Workshop has followed the guidance set-out under the non-statutory teaching and so the following is covered in the day's workshop:

  • Julius Caesar's attempted invasion in 55-54 BC - Children begin by creating a human timeline to identify when in history the invasion occurred. Children then analyse the timeline to understand other key events such as the subsequent invasion and the construction of Hadrian's Wall. Children look into why the initial invasion was unsuccessful.
  • The Roman Empire by AD 42 and the power of its army - The children explore how and why the Romans invaded again, and make conclusions about why they succeeded the second time around. The children find out about the battle tactics of both sides, and why the Romans had the edge.
  • Successful invasion by Claudius and conquest, including Hadrian's Wall - The children explore how the conquest succeeded and why Emperor Hadrian felt the need to build a wall to keep out the Picts.
  • British resistance, for example, Boudica - The children find out about the division of Britain, how it was made up of many Kingdoms and led by charismatic leaders such as Caratacus and Boudica. Two lucky children become Caratacus and Boudica and feel the weight of responsibility upon them, for their people and their land.
  • 'Romanisation' of Britain: sites such as Caerwent and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity - The children learn the extent of what the Romans did for us. The long list of advances in civilization will be an eye-opener for the children, as many things they take for granted today would not be here if it wasn't for the Romans. The children have a debate, as to whether Romanisation of Britain is good or bad for Britons.

Engaging activities linked in to the curriculum content:

  • The children take part in re-enactments of the battles between the Romans and the Celts, wearing Roman legionary helmets and wielding Roman Gladius' and Scutum shields. The Celts wield Celtic shields and swords.
  • Re-enactment of a battle with Centurion Agrippa shouting out orders to his legionnaires, representing the strict discipline required in the legions and the need for unit cohesion.
  • Children listen to a detailed account of how a real battle would play out, with the use of weapons and the damage that they would inflict to the enemy. The children will be awed by the gruesomeness of the reality of war (primary school friendly).
  • The children get to debate with each-other, as if they were Celts deciding upon the future of their people and of their lands. Should Rome be welcomed with open arms? Or should they be driven back into the sea from which they came?
  • The children finish the day with a fun quiz about the day, acting as a plenary of the days' learning. The children will discuss what they have learned before the quiz, get into teams and take each-other on in a winner takes all Roman Workshop Quiz Battle.

All this and much more, makes the day a truly memorable one, and helps embed the learning far better than any normal history lesson!

The service that I provide, that makes me stand out from the people doing 'dress-up' is:

  • A scheme of work planned, resourced and delivered by a practising teacher.
  • A professional, reliable service, guaranteed to fulfil your requirements.
  • Authentic equipment and props (unlike other workshop providers) that are too expensive for school budgets to warrant purchasing.
  • The knowledge of the Roman Empire that most teachers do not have the time or desire to read up on.

 

Ages:

KS1 Age 5-7, KS2 Age 7-11

Locations:

Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, East Sussex, East Yorkshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Tyne and Wear, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Sussex, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire

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