On Thursday 24th January, Year 4 pupils went to Ufton Court in Reading, to learn more about their history topic the Impact of the Roman Empire on Britain. Pupils took part in a range of exciting ‘hands on’ activities, which enabled them to learn more about the Romans in a fun and practical way. The day consisted of three activities:
- Military Manoeuvres
- Roman Skills
- Roman Games
During the 'Military Manoeuvres' task, pupils learned about the Roman army - how they trained hard and became the largest and meanest fighting force in the ancient world. Pupils learned about the different army formations:
- The Wedge – a triangular formation, with the ‘tip’ used to crack open enemy lines;
- The Tortoise (Testudo – a strong tight formation used for protecting soldiers from flying arrows and bricks);
- The Orb – a defensive position in the shape of a circle used to protect officers or leaders.
Pupils even took part in a mini battle afterwards!
Other activities enabled pupils to find out more about Roman skills such as weaving, looming and building, as well as enjoying Roman pass times with a range of indoor and outdoor games. In class, pupils have been writing recounts of their experience at Ufton Court and are applying their learning in literacy by writing a diary entry of 'A day in the life of a Roman soldier'.
Pupils thoroughly enjoyed this invaluable experience, whilst gaining a good knowledge and understanding of some aspects of the Romans topic.