Thornbury school children inspired by their look at Roman life

March 04 2021
Thornbury school children inspired by their look at Roman life

SCHOOL trips may be off at the moment but children at a Thornbury primary school showed that even a virtual visit to the past can be inspiring.

The Year 3 pupils at Manorbrook Primary School took part in a virtual Roman workshop in February.

Both key worker children who are still attending the school in Park Road and pupils studying from home were able to accessed an online session run by Caerleon National Roman Museum in Newport.

Before the workshop they were set challenges such as exploring the museum virtually though its website as well as learning Latin commands that a legionary soldier would have had to follow.

During the session they were tested on whether they could follow the commands and then received a presentation from a museum staff member playing ‘Claudia’, the wife of a Roman Centurion.

She showed the children all the different elements to a soldier’s clothing as well as the different weapons and their uses.

Pupils also had the opportunity to see Roman artefacts such as coins and brooches under a camera, including a tiny spoon used by soldiers to clean out and collect their earwax for use in medicines, which was a particular favourite.

The workshop ended with a question and answer session where the children were able to ask about a variety of aspects of Roman life, from food and pets to buildings and toilets, before continuing their learning through projects at home or at school.

These included creating mosaics, models of Roman houses and boats as well as video presentations. Most were inspired by a Roman soldier to create swords, shields and even helmets.

About a third of the Year 3 class are key worker children who have been attending school during the lockdown.

Year 3 teacher Elaine Drayton said: “It was a great session which all the children enjoyed.

"They were so engaged and interested in finding out about life in Roman times.

"The knowledge of the staff member from Caerleon Museum was extraordinary – there wasn’t a question the pupils asked that she couldn’t answer in great historical detail.

"The session was also so inspiring, the children couldn’t wait to go off and make their projects, both in school and at home, and we have all enjoyed sharing and seeing what the other children in the class have created.”