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The Roman’s are Coming! Roman Legionary vs Celtic Warrior

  • Facilitator Led
  • Romans
  • Key stage 2

What to expect

As two students are dressed as opposing enemies, the class will help contrast the purpose and differences between their armour and weapons, whilst learning about the different tactics each side used.

The class will have the chance to try on the armour and safely handle the replica weapons. They can also try out their onager skills with our model catapults and play a game of tabula, a game popular with soldiers. Would they have made it as an engineer in the army? Try building an arch or making the tallest tower!

Bathing was an essential part of relaxation and hygiene for a soldier stationed in a Roman fort. Students will also have a tour of the villa, learning about how our wonderfully well-preserved bath wing was used.

This workshop is designed for visits to Newport Roman Villa but is also available for delivery in schools.

About Newport Roman Villa

When the owners of a nearby house sank new foundations for a garage in 1926, they made an incredible discovery. It was the site of a Roman farmhouse that had been built around the year 280 AD. The Romans were fine designers and engineers and this is reflected in the remains of the villa, much of which is still in excellent condition: including one of the best preserved domestic bath houses in Britain.

Newport Roman Villa has a dedicated education room. The Education Officer is a trained archaeologist and qualified teacher with over 25 years of teaching experience. Each workshop is designed to match the curriculum needs of each visiting group. Activities are very hands-on and use a variety of approaches to ensure all learning styles are accommodated. Pre and post visit resources are available.

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Key information

Level: Key Stage 2

Curriculum links: History, English, Geography

Duration: 2hrs

Pupil numbers: 64 (max)

Cost: at the museum £4/pupil (min £100) / in school £110 for 1 class, £180 for 2 classes.


Artefact Boxes

The Heritage Education Service can loan items of historical, archaeological and geological interest to schools. Boxes of original artefacts, replicas and models on a range of topics from dinosaurs to the 1970s can support classroom activities before or after a workshop or museum visit. Loans can be delivered and collected direct to your school for just £45 for up-to eight loan boxes.


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