10 July 2017
On Monday the 10th July Year 3-4 went back in time to experience life as a Roman Soldier.
After a tour of the fort, the children were challenged to become recruits. From dressing in uniform, to guarding the battlements. We learned how the Romans introduced stinging nettles to create a line of defence and supported it with not only ditches and spikes, but the contents of the latrines.
In the afternoon we went into full drill training. We learned how the Romans defended themselves from arrows and used a shield thrust to protect the body before drawing swords.
Throughout the day we were brilliantly guided by our own Roman legate.
The culmination of the day was a battle between the invading Celts (all the adults) and the far more organised Roman army, the children: we didn’t stand a chance!
The day was a wonderful opportunity for children to learn through first hand experience and re-enactment about the life and the legacy of the Romans in Britain.