From the moment you arrive the experienced Butser Ancient Farm education team organise the smooth running of the day for all school visitors. All trips begin with an introductory talk and discussion around a real fire in one of the ancient houses. Our school visitors then move through their planned activities, all conducted in one of our buildings or in a superb open-air setting. The Butser education team provide hands-on instruction for each activity as well as a discussion of archaeological evidence, historical detail and fascinating anecdotes to reinforce learning... and fun! There is ample time for discussion with students and staff and each activity stimulates a lively, fun discourse in which everybody is encouraged to participate.
At the end of a Butser day our visiting schools leave a little dirtier, highly stimulated, much more knowledgeable about and engaged with their subject, and on time.
Visit Roman Britain and see our Roman villa based on archaeological evidence. The Sparsholt villa was built in 2002 as part of a documentary funded by the Discovery Channel, showing how the first Roman villa to be built in Britain for 1600 years using authentic materials and techniques was made.
The villa includes a working hypocaust (underfloor heating) and a fireplace with chimney, and a reconstruiction of a Roman mosaic made with 120,000 marble tiles. Outside the villa you can also find a Roman three-seater flushing toilet.
Students visiting the farm for a whole day will take part in at least 4 hands-on activities chosen in advance from an extensive list. Activities are led by experienced Butser education staff and are designed to be specially relevant to the period studies.
Teachers can choose from these Roman activities: Flint wall building,
Roman Mosaics, Roman Maths, Roman Pottery, Jewellery making, Cordage,
From Roman Britain, Butser Ancient Farm offers a choice of activities to teach children about life in the past. Our reconstructed Roman villa gives children an authentic experience of life in the past, with a working hypocaust, Roman toilets, and a recently-completed Roman mosaic.
Minimum group price is for 20 children however we welcome smaller groups at this price. Maximum group size 300.
Our houses are our classrooms and visitors will have a chance to sit around a real fire and learn about life in Britain while they experience these authentic buildings.
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Butser Ancient Farm offers activities relevant to the Romans, located among our reconstructed ancient buildings, so you can truly feel like you’re stepping back in time.
We take pride in tailoring our activities to suit the individual needs of each group that visits us. We are able to accommodate and target our activities to cover stages of the National Curriculum from KS1 - KS4 and tie in with various subject areas including history, art, design and technology, science and maths.
Overnight stay in an Iron Age roundhouse from December to February.
For an unforgettable learning experience, bring your class for an overnight winter stay at Butser Ancient Farm and sleep in an Iron Age Roundhouse. To really experience life in the past with no electricity, screens, phones (you’ll turn them off, won’t you?), no fast food, or even a bed. Instead you’ll walk under the stars, spend an evening around a fire, hear the wind in the thatch, and know what it feels like to live in the Iron Age.
We offer a range of hands-on activites, a storyteller for an evening around the fire, and an overnight stay in an Iron Age roundhouse.
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