Roman school visits for education. We provide a living history and reenactment service as historical interpreters focusing on the QCA Invaders and Settlers topic. As re-enactors, we use storytelling/myths, writing using dip pens and styli and artefacts such as toys and games, full legionary kit etc. to bring the excitement of real history to your classroom.
Some of the locations we travel to for our Romans workshops are:
East-Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire , Warwickshire, Leamington, Leicester, Hinckley Nottingham Peterborough Coventry Birmingham, Tamworth, Derbyshire, Derby, Chesterfield, Swadlincote, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Leicester, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth, Rutland, Northampton, Peterborough, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Coventry, Bedfordshire, Birmingham, Warwick, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Invite Gregorius Manlius and Boudica into your school and be transported back in time to the year 61CE.
Gregorius Manlius is a Roman Legionary and sometime Gladiator whilst Boudica is the famous Warrior Queen of the Iceni. This exciting Roman day may well be the best Specialists visit ever. It can be booked for one- three classes for a full day or a half day.
In local schools, Gregorius and Boudica can both attend and two form entry schools will get Specialist-led sessions for all children all day. Further afield, two and three form entry schools can be accommodated with some teacher-led sessions and we have enough resources for all children to be occupied on Roman/Celt sessions all day.
The Roman Forum
This session is structured in three separate but related sections which the children carousel around throughout the hour. It offers an amazing opportunity to handle many authentic objects most of which are of museum quality.
Here is an outline of the typical Roman school visit:
Gregorius Manlius summons the children by blowing loudly upon the Cornu. He introduces himself and asks volunteers to help demonstrate the establishment of Early Rome. Every day clothing, objects and way of life are discussed and volunteers are picked for dressing up.
The Roman Legionary
In this session, Gregorius will share his Impedimenta (the Roman Legionary's Marching Pack), deconstructing it piece by piece and passing objects around for handling. Some of the weaponry can also be handled by children as volunteers are asked to show their warlike skills! Children form a testudo (tortoise formation) using our class set of wooden scuta (shields). Stories of war are shared as well as descriptions of Roman siege engines. This session demonstrates clearly to children the might of the Roman army.
Children are directed in how to craft their own Roman votive from clay (provided by The Specialists).
This session incorporates art/DT.
Gladiator School & Pastimes, toys and games
Dressing Up/Object Handling
Children can dress up in child-sized
versions of Gregorius' legionary
armour & helmet and pose for photos with an Auxiliary's shield. A selection of objects are available for handling and children can grind wheat with an authentically reproduced Legionary's wheat mill set.
Roman Myths & Storytelling
We always end the day with storytelling as a whole group, ideally fitting in a myth, told traditionally as well as one of our much-appreciated "silly stories" when all can join in together.
We, Greg and Lisa, work fully in role. This means that we use our subject knowledge to respond to questions as people from the past would do. This historical interpreter's commitment to authenticity is tempered with a teacher's sense of appropriateness though - so we do not swear (as some reenactors will in school, claiming that this was the way it was!). Our focus is on the educational experience for the children and what serves them best, so the sessions are interactive and involve everyone.
Various writing tools can be used including wax tablets and styli as well as Roman dip pens and reed pens (paper and paint to be provided in school, please).
Gregorius displays his old Gladiator kit and instructs the children in the use of our class set of wooden spears and nets. Roman pastimes are then discussed and children have the opportunity to play with a range of Roman games. These include marbles, dice games, tabula and our class sets of real knucklebones and authentically reproduced Ludus Latrunculorum. We also have a class set of Nine Men's Morris boards which we use for our Viking sessions and sometimes these can be made available if preferred. (This is not recommended for our regular clients who book a range of sessions though.)
We are experienced in working with children of a range of ages and abilities. We understand the need for explorative learning and incorporate sensory opportunities. Our Roman visit into SEN schools is less structured and will try to meet the needs of the children. Please get in touch to discuss your specific class and their needs with us. If required, we can visit in costume but not in role (to reduce confusion).
The costs quoted below cover the service which can be delivered by one or two Specialists, dependent on your location and other factors (see our Terms and Conditions).
Full days can be booked up to one hour's drive from
our base. Reduced full days, half days and bookings where both
Specialists are required can take place in schools up to forty minutes drive from our base.
Full Day - (One Specialist, 9am-3pm)
The full day rate is £250.00 from Autumn 2016 plus mileage (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Reduced Full Day - (One Specialist, 10am-3pm)
The reduced full day rate is £210.00 from Autumn 2016 plus mileage (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Full Day - Double Rate (Two Specialists)
The full day rate for two Specialists is £300.00 from Autumn 2016 plus mileage (£1 per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Half days can incorporate some of the above sessions. The cost for ½ day is £150.00 from Autumn 2016 (50p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
These rates will be in place for all sessions in 2016-17 and there are no hidden costs. Confirmation of booking is taken as a contract between the school and The Specialists and acceptance of our T & C's.
Greg and Lisa McCarthy have many years of experience working with children. Greg is a teacher and Lisa a former Occupational Therapist in learning disabilities. Both have full CRB's and public liability insurance.
Replica resources are meticulously researched and as authentic to the period as possible; mainly of museum standard.
This session can be presented by the fearsome figure of Boudica herself, or, further afield, by Greg in his guise as a Celt. Storytelling in the oral tradition is used to share Boudica's most famous exploits with the children and various dramatic techniques are employed to consolidate learning. Finally, children can decorate their own brooch using Celtic patterns. (We bring safety pins; card to be provided in school, please.)
Nationwide, this session is adapted to be teacher-led and helps children to understand the lives of ordinary Celts at the time and also incorporates Art/DT skills.