Form I Roman Day

Form I Roman Day

On Friday last week Form I went to Bradwell Abbey, City Discovery Centre in Milton Keynes for their ‘Roman Day’. They were met by two strangely dressed men. One in a red tunic and what appeared to be sandals! (it was November) and the other in a long green dress with cape. As they introduced themselves they found out that one was a Celtic man and the other a Roman Soldier.The children enjoyed two sessions in the morning. Tim the Roman Soldier told them all about the life of a Soldier; he told them it was a really good job to have. He showed them the different armour and clothing they would wear and how they would fight in a special formation. They were highly skilled and trained. They certainly learnt lots of new things and had fun trying things on. The second session was more practical and they got to dress up in Roman clothes and learnt how to put a toga on. This was quite a skilled task. If you didn’t get it right it might fall off! They also learnt that the whiter the toga the more important the person was.In the afternoon we drove on to
Bancroft where they excavated the site of a Roman village when building Milton Keynes in the 1970’s. The children walked around the villa walls and tried to decide which room they were in. Mr Gilbey enjoyed reclining in the Grand Hall to eat his banquet. They talked about the hypocaust system that gave them their heat and found out that the original house was changed after the Romans left. The mosaic floor was the best example that had ever been found and is now housed in the museum in Milton Keynes (you can see a replica of this in the shopping centre by door 9). An enjoyable day ended by travelling back to school along the A5 – Watling Street, the site of an original Roman road.
Report by Paula Green