Roman WOW Day

On Friday 3rd November, Class 3 started their history topic 'The Roman Empire and its Impact on Britain' by participating in a WOW day. The children all loved this and had learned lots of interesting facts about the Romans and their invasion of Britain by the end of the day. Most of the children even dressed up as Romans for the day and looked fantastic!

In the morning, met a Roman soldier who told them what life was like in the Roman army. He showed them his armour and weapons and told them what each item was called. They were taught how to march as a group using 'sin' and 'dex' to march left and right. At the end of their session, they then worked as a group to create the 'testudo'. They learned that 'testudo' means tortoise in Latin and that this formation was used to protect the soldiers. The soldiers in front and sides interlocked their shields while the soldiers in the back lines placed their shields over their heads to form a protective 'shell' over the top of the men.

They then created their own clay oil lamps.

In the afternoon, the children took part in an Archaeology Treasure Hunt in the Wildlife Area. They searched in pairs for different artefact which they then recorded on their artefact recording sheet. When we got back to the classroom, we then discussed each item as a class to decide what we thought it was and why. This gave the children a better understanding of what life was like in Roman Britain.

Later on in the afternoon, the children investigated why the Roman emperor Claudius might have wanted to invade cold, wet Britain! The children then used a hot seating activity, where the children gave him reasons for and against invading Britain.

Here are some photos from the different activities we did.