…has been had this week. We started of with a trip to Lunt Fort, in Coventry which was fantastic! We had a guided tour around the fort by Dominicus, a Roman soldier.
We found out about Celts and how they prepared fro battle (plus a brief idea about why they were fighting the Romans). Tig and Ot enjoyed role playing as Celts creeping and finding out how the Romans used nettles, caltrops and drainage channels in the ditches (ankle breakers) to help defend the fort against invaders.
They found the idea of drunk, naked, blue Celts pretty funny and both decided they’d much rather eat with the Celts than the Romans.
Inside the fort we found out about the battlements, the ballista (it could shoot a bolt through 7 people, 3 times a minute-Tig answered the maths for that one I was pleased that he used maths and he was pleased that he could answer.) We food out that Romans would have sung songs to keep their spirits up and had a go at old mac Donald in Latin.
We had a look at the gyrus, found out about it’s possible uses for animals, cavalry and horse training and had a go at being horses and Romans-good fun but tiring. To get to the gyrus Dominicus had us crawling along the floor, following his signal which was enjoyed greatly by my guys
We looked at the remains of the barracks and found out that 8 men shared a room, 3 bunk beds and 2 people on duty working on the walls ta any one time. We found out about using mouse brains as toothpaste, urine as mouthwash and got to see a real sponge on a stick (although the stick was a bit short!). we also found out about where the silver was kept and Tig played the part of a guard, although he did let the Celt in a few times before he got the idea-way to trusting!
The tour really bought the fort to life and the guide was fab. we would recommend going there to anyone who can! After a short break we went inside for a talk about armour.
D got dressed up as a Roman and we found out the names of some of the armour, we had looked at this the night before using this video which helped to grasp the new vocab. We saw a Lorica, cingulum, gladius, pilum (I think!) Then another couple of friends F and G got dressed up as Celts although F wasn’t too keen on the blue paint or the nose necklace! We saw how the ballista worked-these bits were interesting but it was a little hard for the children to see-especially as some of the kids needed parents to sit with them so it was a bit squished. After lunch and some playing we made face pots then it was a quick look in the shop and homeward bound.
A great if tiring day.
Tuesday club was Roman themed this week, we started off with S reading the story of Romulus and Remus-perhaps a bit challenging for some of the younger kids but B enjoyed it. We made bullas, roman style mosaic coasters, dug up ancient artefacts and found out what they were used for, made money purses and coins, printed mosaic pictures, made clocks with Roman numerals, played with forts, had a feast and played with balloon swords in the garden. A lovely meet up. My Dad came with us to help B out-B still didn’t join in with the activities but at least there was someone with him whilst he was playing-swords and my guys do not mix at meet ups!
ON Wednesday, it rained a lot! We stayed in with the guinea pigs, did some of our normal everyday stuff and also some mini books and made some mosaic and started our modroc shields.
Today we’ve found out about the Punic wars, built Roman town models (from Lego or on Roblox) after we found out what would be in them and found out a little bit about the Roman Republic.
Mosaic afternoon-B and I did the dragon fly; Tig worked on the guinea pigs a little more and Ot drew a titanic (I have cut the pieces ready as the tiles are big ceramic tiles and they make very spiky shards and are tough to cut!)
I made or at least started a list of links on Weblist for the boys to explore tomorrow.
Roman numeral biscuits
Alongside all that there has been Lego building, Batman playing, Xboxing, wii playing, draughts, building with various things and reading. B did some great number biscuits learning about 1 more and writing the digits as well as some reading eggs and writing notes, plans and signs.
We played a game with Batman…. Mr Freeze tried to eat his biscuits but if Batman followed the clue and got to the correct biscuit he could stop him-clues were Mr Freeze is going to one more than….. great fun. There was a bit of playing in the sandpit and also reading some Enid Blyton together :0)
B’s map of the bat cave, and Bat written on.
B looking at a ladybird using a magnifier
This weekend, B had his first official swimming lesson (at the same club as TIg and Ot) and did brilliantly. Listened really well, followed his instructions, kept his eyes on Terry and had lots of fun! He got his 1st puffin award :0D
We got the Roman artefacts out before they go back to school on Monday and had a look at them, talking about how they were used, what for, having a go with the strigil and thinking about what they might say if they could talk. We then used morpho booth to make them talk and record them. These are our videos…
If a calligae could talk…
If a Roman chatellaine set could talk…
If knuckle bones could talk…
If a Roman magistrates rod could talk…
If a Roman oil lamp could talk…
If a Roman arrow head could talk…
If a Roman thimble could talk…
If a Roman toy could talk…
They were enjoyed by all (less so when we realised you needed to save after each one or the soundtrack recorded over itself and had to re-do them but still really good fun!)