Workshop Idea: Roman Villa Activity

Date Posted: 22/07/2014

Dressed up as Romans at Crofton Roman Villa.

Subject: History
Venue: Crofton Roman Villa, Kent
Key Stage: 2

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.

Four children from the school group get to dress up as Romans – a little girl, a married lady, a farm boy and a senator.

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).

The workshops run for two hours. Minimum number of pupils allowed is 20 and a maximum of 60.  ‘Roman packs’ are also available at the time of booking.

About Crofton Roman Villa

Ten rooms of this Roman villa house are on view with the remains of an extensive hypocaust system (under-floor heating) in five rooms and evidence of opus signinum (concrete) and tessellated (tiled floors).

With graphic displays, models, touch table and the workshop for school children; all facilities are designed to meet with the National Curriculum and are targeted at Key Stage 2.

Life in Roman Britain Week

Life in Roman Britain Week is an event for KS2 school children running at the villa from 6th to 10th October. Children learn about The Celts and Roman Invasion with dressing up and Roman soldier ‘drill’ practice.

Roman Mosaic

Other activities will include the opportunity to design a Roman mosaic, a selection of talks on the Romans, as well as learning about Roman babies, games and toys. A session will end with a Roman-style lesson, with the class learning the Roman alphabet, numerals and some Latin words.

Teachers can preview the villa during normal opening hours free of charge.

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