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'Roman Workshop' with Historic Workshops
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Not only do our workshop leaders deliver sessions...we also provide teacher-led sessions too! This allows us to cater for up to 3 or 4 classes for the whole school day!
What activities are available during this educational workshop?
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 become archaeologists as they dig up real Roman artefacts from a soil tray, brush them and analyse them to try and figure out what they are. Artefacts were dug up from Norfolk and include an array of artefacts from Roman times onwards.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Curriculum topics available: The Roman Conquest and Hadrians Wall, Romanisation and ways of life, The Roman Army, Boudicca Rebellion.
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.
Who are Historic Workshops?
Historic Workshops travel to schools nationwide, to provide highly-engaging, hands-on learning that is second to none. We pride ourselves in providing a professional service that aims to deliver each workshop to as many children as possible (unlike some other workshop providers, we also provide teacher-led sessions for the children to continue their hands-on learning whilst we are delivering a session).
Most schools we visit re-book us for the following year, or for other workshops that we provide. Since our beginning in 2016, we have seen a huge rise in popularity year on year, which is a true testament to the quality and value of the workshops. In Autumn and Spring 2017-18 and Autumn 2018-19, we were fully-booked 5 days a week! It is essential that you book as early as possible to avoid missing out!
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