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Bringing History to Life - 23/11/12

Published Wednesday 19th of December 2012 11:00:23 AM

A soldier from Ancient Rome visited Year 3 children in November to teach them all about life in the Roman Empire in the first century A.D.

Using a variety of artefacts and storytelling the soldier brought the period of history to life as he told them about life in the legions, the Boudican revolution, Gladiators, Emperors, chariot racing and the last days of military and political leader Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus or 'Pompey the Great'.

The excited girls and boys had the opportunity to dress in armour, drill to Latin commands and learn first-hand about the Roman invasion of Britain. Learning about battle tactics proved to be a highlight of the day. One of the most famous Roman formations was the Tortoise or 'Testudo' (Testudo is the Latin word for 'tortoise'). It was usually used to approach fortifications and the idea was that the soldiers in front and at the sides interlocked their shields, with the soldiers at the back placing their shields over their heads to form a protective 'shell' over top of the men. Year 3 had a great deal of fun trying this out and protecting themselves against a barrage of beanbags!

The visit from the soldier was a culmination of the work the children have been doing throughout the Autumn term on Romans and Celts. Other activities have included a visit to Verulamium Museum in St Albans, making Roman Chariots in art and creating their very own Roman mosaic floor.
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