To enrich Exeter Junior School's current ‘Romans’ History topic, Form One pupils came fully dressed in Roman attire; ready to undertake a full day of activities: Beginning with a musically accompanied fashion parade, with gladiators, Goddesses, slaves and emperors alike, sashaying enthusiastically through the hall.
In order to experience what life was like for a Roman soldier, all pupils prepared for battle by designing and making their own individual shields; each with their own boss. Teachers were particularly impressed with the Roman designs using arrows, horns and wings to create symmetrical patterns thus demonstrating how their cutting and design skills have developed over the year.
Great fun was had by all, using dolly pegs to create little Roman soldiers. Thought was given to armour and protective equipment such as spears and shields as well as decorative plumes and helmets. Pupils also created their own Roman themed Top Trumps cards, giving careful consideration to who would have been the most powerful, skilled or courageous. Our complete class set consists of many different characters from roman times conveying the character traits and attributes offered from people of this time.
After watching re-enactment of a Roman battle, History Coordinator Mr Bland took pupils outside to re-enact a battle. Anna Kotecha said: “We learnt how to use our shields for protection by forming a tortoise formation. Our shields were really useful and I’m glad I had mine!”
A popular part of the day was the Roman Feast. We tried food such as honey and apple, dried fruits, apple and cinnamon baked goods and foods that would have been grown in Roman gardens. India Ferguson particularly enjoyed the honey and apple.
The day was completed with some Roman Mythology. We settled down to listen to ‘Romulus and Remus’ and ‘Dreams of Destiny’, allowing us to experience more about Roman Art and culture.
“Over all it was a very memorable and enjoyable day,” said Form One teacher Mrs Hardy.