Last Wednesday, Prep III were excited to board the minibuses on their journey to Chester where we visited the Grosvenor Museum. We walked up the many stairs to the top floor of the Museum where we attended a workshop. The children sat and listened intently to the woman telling us all about the Romans, how they brought and took things in and out of this country, what they used and ate. We learnt that the Roman Empire was one of the largest empires in the ancient world as it spread all the way from Britain in the North to Egypt in the South and from Spain in the west to the Middle East. That is like the size of 54 million football fields! Prep III, who already knew some facts about the Romans, were willing to share these with the woman to kindly expand their knowledge. Once the discussion was over, the children had a chance to go digging through sand looking for different artefacts including stones with fossils, bones, shells and ordinary pebbles all whilst dressed up in hi vis, hat and goggles to protect their eyes as they worked as Archaeologist. Some children tried to copy the Roman tiles using mosaics all while remembering that the Romans liked things being symmetrical. Using their culinary skills, meals were created using the food they had in the Roman era.
After an exciting morning, we headed back down the many stairs to where we were going to eat lunch. We filled our stomachs up and then the next activity was what we were all looking forward to the most. We met a real Roman soldier called Marcus Licinius Crassus. We just called him Crassus. Crassus helped us put on our armour and told us how to hold our shields properly. He was a very strict soldier who didn’t like us going out of line and talking. We exited the museum onto the streets of Chester where we learnt different words that Crassus would use during the march. We swore our allegiance to the gods, and enthusiastically marched through the centre to the Roman Gardens. When we got there Crassus showed us how the Romans protected themselves using the shields. Miss Gill and Miss Gregory charged at us whilst Mr Connolly timed us to see how quick we could get into stances. We managed to do it in 1.76 seconds, nearly as quick as the Romans. It was then time to march back to the Museum with Annie and Andrew at the back being the leaders of the march. Annie and Andrew had to shout “Sin! Sin! Sin! Dec! Sin!” (“Left! Left! Left! Right! Left!” for those who don’t know their Latin) and then everyone was to repeat it. This is so we all stayed in time with each other. Many passers-by stopped to watch us march by with smiles on their faces. Thanks to our training we were able to defeat the Celtic Hordes.
We arrived back at the Museum where there were sighs of happiness to put down the shield as arms were beginning to get tired. Crassus, once the activity was finished, told us that his name means ugly (to the amusement of the children). It was then time to go and see some Roman tombstones. We saw the tombstones of Roman soldiers from all around the world.
The journey back to school on the minibuses was filled with ‘hi ya’ from the children as they played with their toys (swords and helmets) from the gift shop. Games of top trumps entertained some children whilst a couple fell asleep after a very day.
Thank you Grosvenor Museum for a wonderful day and thank you to Miss Gill for organising it.