5 school trip ideas… The Romans

Date Posted: 30/08/2014

Subject: History
Venue: Various
Key Stage: 2

The Romans is a steadfast Key Stage 2 topic; and with a wealth of Latin legacy on our doorstep, there are a vast amount of relevant visits to choose from. 

1. The British Museum

KS2 pupils can uncover unique remains and treasures from Roman Britain at the British Museum. Find out about how Britain became part of Rome but developed its own distinct identity as a province of its Empire.

Resources for teachers to use are available on the following topics:  

•    Roman Britain: An overview of life in Roman Britain through a variety of museum objects.
•    Imperial Rome: Meet the key emperors in charge of Britain during the Roman conquest.
•    Roman music: Looking at the evidence for different kinds of Roman musical instruments.
•    Celtic designs: Study some of the incredible craftsmanship of the Iron Age.

Children can also find detailed information, background articles and images of many objects in the museum's collection from ancient Rome online.

2. Life in Roman Carlisle 

Located at the end of Hadrian’s Wall, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is a popular choice with schools studying the Romans. 

Its KS2 session - Life in Roman Carlisle - focuses on various inhabitants of the city during the period including a soldier, Roman lady and native trader.

Using original artefacts combined with high quality replicas, the schools session looks at the Roman’s everyday life.

The emphasis is on the children exploring and investigating; using their findings to create characters, rather than on right and wrong answers.

3. Roman Villa Activity

Roman Villa Activity workshops for Key Stage 2 are available from April to October at Crofton Roman Villa in Kent.

The workshops will start with a Roman villa house talk where an archaeologist describes the discovery and excavation of the villa and explains the remains of the house as well as its end in circa AD410 to your class.

Next children will be able to make mosaics with individual trays, coloured tesserae and Roman patterns. There is also a brass-rubbing activity for children with ‘rubbings’ of figures of Roman soldiers including Julius Caesar and gladiators.

A second talk covers life on the farm and in the house with Roman artefacts and replica Roman domestic objects including pottery and jewellery.

Lastly the children participate in handling and drawing of Roman artefacts; each child has a ‘finds’ tray of Roman artefacts with identification and handling followed by labelling (drawings can be taken back to school).

4. A Roman Tour

Chester-based company Roman Tours (pictured) brings the story of the Roman invasion of Britain and the assimilation of the Britons into the empire nearly 2,000 years ago to life.

The presenters use a combination of character acting, demonstrations, Q&A and role play to make the experience exciting and interactive to educate and interest any age group.

Tours include: dressing pupils in armour; marching and formation practice; full marching pack (impedimenta), which includes the soldier's rations, underwear, fire lighting kit and money; and various artefacts and medical tools are displayed to the children.

5. The Roman Baths

At the Roman Baths in Bath, the Roman Life activity session for KS2 covers general aspects of Roman life for pupils. Handle Roman artefacts for either bathing, buildings and technology, or cooking and food.

A Meet the Romans interactive session exploring history, literacy, numeracy and art is another opportunity to touch real Roman artefacts at the historical site.

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