On Wednesday 10th June Years 3 and 4 became Roman citizens for the day to launch the second half of our topic Horrible Histories. We had a fantastic day.
In the morning the hall was transformed into a Roman market place. Children had the opportunity to make various Roman artefacts including fresco paintings, mosaic tiles, potions for the apothecary, inks from natural resources, clay pots, wax tablets and a Roman lamp, even crushing olives to make the oil for it. Mr Smith, the local merchant, had a number of helpers throughout the morning who had to barter to sell their wares. Some children decided to sell the things they made to the merchant, after asking Jupiter to bless them at the temple. Others were sent to obtain more resources for their masters. There was some very hard bargaining going on and it was clear that a number of our children will make excellent negotiators when they grow up! Some of the children were Roman doctors, learning that crushed spider's legs were recommended for some ailments - funnily enough that one was not popular. We learned that honey is an antibiotic and the Romans used it as a cure for many ills. Some children were grinding seeds to make ink for writing and paint for their fresco art. Slaves were bought during the morning and it was important that they had a skill to make them more valuable. We had artists, gladiators, musicians and a doctor, all of whom would make their mistress very wealthy. Some did have teeth missing but the mistress decided that their skills outweighed this minor detail.
During the morning we were sent news of Boudicca's revolt and the burning of Londinium, Verulameum and Camulodunum. Luckily our town was just outside modern day Cambridge, Duriloponte, so we were saved from the immediate danger. We had to 'pray' to the Gods, Minerva and Jupiter to protect us.
In the afternoon we were treated to a banquet in teh presence of the local Governor which included 'wine' served in goblets, bread, cheese and grapes. A big thank you also to Ellie Weaver's auntie who made Roman marching bread and also wedding cake for our feast. Both of these were delicious.
During the banquet entertainment was provided. A group of actors performed Aesop's fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, dancers entertained with an enchanting routine and a cohort of Roman soldiers demonstrated their marching prowess. Slaves served the banquet and did a splendid job.
To learn more about the day, please see the slideshow below. Can you identify the different activities ? Who was the Governor? Who were the slaves?