‘Lots of great, interactive objects and artefacts. The children were engaged and interested. It opened their eyes regarding the lives of ordinary Romans. The lavender bag making was just up their street! Thanks for a great session.’ Culverhill School 2014
I come dressed accurately to the period as a 3rd century Romano Britain with baskets and bags filled with artefacts, fresh and dried seasonal produce to be seen, smelt and sometimes handled.
6 ROMAN WORKSHOPS to choose from for KS1 or KS2
1)Life in a Cotswold Romano-British Villa : wall paintings and mosaics
Wealthy Romano Britons appear to have enjoyed a comfortable life in their sumptuous villas. I look at how they spent their days in their silks and furs and ask, what did they consider luxury? Children explore Roman wall paintings and mosaics and what they can tell us about the lives of the people.
Workshop Activity : Children use Roman earth pigment paints to create a Roman picture they can keep.
2)Medicine. What happened when they were ill?
Children find out how the Romans thought the human body worked and who the Roman people would go to, to cure their ailments. Illustrated with medical recipe cards and herbs they can see, feel and smell. Touches on Ancient Greece.
Workshop Activity: Children make a medicine bag with pestle and mortaria with herbs such as Mint, Lavender and Rosemary. (Alternative activity : making a small votive offering in air dry clay.) This they keep.
3)Weaving The clothes the Romans wore
Children explore Roman textiles, looking at the importance of clothes in status, trade and economy. Children, in groups, see and handle examples of wool, linen and silk and threads dyed with woad, madder and weld giving red, yellow and blue.+ heddle and tablet looms.
Workshop Activity : Children are shown how to work their own small card loom threaded + bodkin with wool . This they can keep and work on later
4)Baking. Roman everyday food.
I lay a table with Roman everyday ware. I give out small bags with different ingredients for the children to touch, smell and look at, exploring the food the Romans would have eaten, raisins, oyster shells, grain, etc. I explain who would have eaten what, the cooking techniques and where the ingredients came from illustrating status, trade and cultural integration. With Roman recipes and seasonal produce.
Workshop Activity : Children use flour, yeast and water mixed in bowls and made into loaves. Alternatively Oat and sesame biscuits. (these are then put in named plastic bags which are taken home to bake if no facilities at the school.)
5)Roman Schoolroom. Latin letters and numbers
Children explore letters and numbers in Roman times. Looking at the writings discovered at Vindolanda and what they tell us. Illustrated with Roman inscriptions, papyrus, parchment and wax tabula.
Workshop Activity : Children write with quill pen and ink in Latin and do sums in Roman numerals and take their page home.
6)Myths and Legends : The Ideas of Beauty, Bravery and Games.
Children discover how the beautiful Gods and Brave heroes of legend were the Roman role models. Exploring how the Bath House was part of everyday life, illustrated with an array of bath house paraphernalia including perfumed olive oil, strigel and bone hair pins to handle smell and see.
Workshop Activity : Children play Roman games : Indoors…Nine Men’s Morris, Jacks or Knuckle bones etc… Outdoors… Leapfrog etc…