This week, we were lucky enough to have Rufus the Roman soldier come into school to teach us all about the Romans.
We started off in the hall, looking at how the Roman Empire spread over time and the tactics that the Roman armies used in order to win battles. We then went back to our classroom and had a go at playing real Roman games, which archaeologists have found. The children were all so enthusiastic towards playing the games and all managed to win at least one round each!
After break, we went back into the hall to learn more about daily life during the Roman era. Rufus showed us artefacts from the time and explained how Romans used to share toilets, go to the spa to relax and build their houses from sticks, animal poo and mud.
After lunch, we learnt the Latin calls that the Roman army used in their formations to go into battle. We learnt that they were well-disciplined soldiers that always used teamwork. We also got to do a bit of role play! Some children were able to dress up in Roman armour and understand why each piece of armour they wore was so crucial to the success of the army. Then, the children had a go at acting out the Emporesses birthday party, where Year 3 children turned into jesters, slaves, criminals and soilders. At the end, some children became gladiators and had to fight to the death (with their foam swords!) to win the battle.
Overall, the teachers and children all had a fantastic time. We felt as though the children took so much from the day and it has been a fantastic start to our Roman topic which will begin next half term.
We hope the children will be able to use what they have learnt on the day to include information into their homework poster all about the Romans. Lastly, thank-you to all parents who contributed towards creating outfits for the children to wear on the day. They really did look the part and it was amazing to see the effort that had gone into the outfits.