Living in a Roman Villa.

Workshop length: 1 hour

Suitable for: KS1-3

You are Alpinianus, a scribe recently arrived from Rome. Find out what life was like in the villa at East Wear Bay, explore what the Romans ate, how they dressed and how they spent their spare time. For longer workshops, you can also explore trade between Britannia and the rest of the Roman Empire. Alternatively, you can explore the evidence for the new technologies in food production and animal husbandry in the Roman world.

During the workshop, you can:

• Practice writing with a wax tablet & stylus

• Investigate mystery Roman artefacts

• Explore how a hypocaust worked

• Design a mosaic or wall painting

• Explore trade routes between Britannia and the rest of the Roman Empire

• Learn about new foods introduced to Britannia and advances in food production

• Make a Roman coin


Pre-visit: The class to devise a Roman timeline.

National curriculum links:
History (Romans and Local History)
Literacy (Speaking and Listening, Stimulus for Creative Writing)
Art (Design a Mosaic)
Geography (Trade Routes and Maps)

• Pupils learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

• Pupils will identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods

• Pupils will learn about events beyond living memory

KS2 – 3
• Pupils will make a local history study

• Pupils will make a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends their chronological knowledge beyond 1066

• Pupils understand the impact of the Roman Empire on Britain

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