The inspiration for exploring the Romans was a winter camp trip to Melrose in Scotland. Here, in company with lots of other home educated children, we visited the site of a Roman fort (and discovered that the weather was probably a good reason for them giving up trying to conquer Scotland!) went to a Roman museum and did vbarious activities through the week, including dressing up in togas
and having a Roman Banquet, including proper Roman food like Chicken with Beetroot and Spiced Melon.
When we came home we decided to continue the theme. It wasn’t a particularly drawn out project but it did make a lasting impression and has certainly got potential to come back to.
We experimented with mosaic…
…and tried our hand at making a Bulla, complete with blessing the stones to give us good luck.
Fran is also wearing a brooch that she made.
We visited a local museum where we dug for pottery and put some back together, tried on a variety of clothing, looked at Soldiers in their armour and inspected a Roman home and kitchen. We also played with Roman numerals and tried our hands at doing sums with them!
Using a book of photocopy friendly drawings we made a wall chart and talked about the significance of all the things we could see.
I’ve got lots more i would like to do – maps, pottery, Roman education, beginner Latin, warfare (we have partly covered this using “Our Island Story” which you can find on the links page) mythology,medicines, games, a timeline and buildings. We have a book on Pompeii to use this winter that will undoubtedly inspire us again so I expect we will be back to it!!!