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Adapting to Roman Life

Posted: 20th November 2018 | Category: Year 5

Adapting to Roman Life

Year 5's action-packed visit to Fishbourne started with an archaeology workshop, where pupils discovered the importance of rubbish in finding out about ancient civilisations.

They had a go at being detectives by sifting through modern and ancient rubbish, as well as piecing together, measuring and identifying artefacts. Armed with this experience, they explored the museum and extraordinary mosaics. Our pupils are always really curious to learn more and gain new knowledge: one thing they learnt was that the yellow mosaic tiles (tesserae) are locally sourced burnt chalk. 

They had a second workshop after lunch, where they had the chance to try some Roman activities. Pupils dressed as slaves built arches, assembled roofs, wrote on wax tablets with styluses and, most excitingly, spent time in the kitchen under Head Slave, Miss Barnett! 

The children had a wonderful time and have been able to link their classroom studies with the reality of their own history. 

A huge thank you to Mrs Murrin, Mrs Churnside and Mrs Williams for their help and expertise.

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