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Autumn Term 2 - Gladiators

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Peterborough Museum Trip

Today we went on our trip to Peterborough Museum for our Really Roman Day and we had a brilliant time! Apart from the fact that we had to be slaves! 

When we were slaves, during the morning, we had to organise a feast for the King and Queen. Each group of slaves had a recipe that they had to follow.

We had to go to the market to buy some of the ingredients. Whilst at the market we had to make sure the stall keeper didn't trick us because she kept trying to charge us too much and then not give us enough change.

We also had to prepare the ingredients in the kitchen, find a suitable piece of pottery to present our meal in, make sure we knew how to dress the King in a Toga and then find a nice piece of jewellery for the Queen to wear.

Once we had prepared the feast we went and created our very own Roman Pottery out of clay. 

After lunch we had a go at being archaeologists. We found lots of different pieces of Roman Pottery and had to describe it. We had to think about the textures, patterns and size to work out what it used to be used for.  

We then met a Roman Soldier! He described what it was like to be a Roman Soldier and talk us through all of the different pieces of kit that they had in the Army. Did you know that a Roman spear was specially designed to break when it went into a shield so that the opposition couldn't throw it back. 

Archaeologists at work.

Roman Soldier

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Roman Soldier

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Roman Soldier

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Roman Soldier

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Roman Soldier

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Roman Soldier

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Roman Soldier

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Roman Soldier

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Boudicca's Revolution

This week we have been looking at Boudicca's Revolution. Boudicca was a Celtic queen who lived in Colchester with the Iceni tribe. We also learnt about Venelli (a Roman Slave), Rastus (a Roman Trader), Milo (a Roman Soldier), Tiber (a Roman Governor) and Drest (a Celtic Farmer). 

 

In groups, we learnt about our given character and introduced them to the rest of the class. It was really interesting to hear about how different each character's life was. 

 

We then continued to act as our characters and answered questions from the perspective of the character. We looked at the different stages of Boudicca's rebellion and thought about how it would have affected our characters, how they would have been feeling and what we thought they might do next. 

 

Art

In art we painted a life-size picture of our character. We had to carefully think about the type of clothing that the different characters would have worn. 

The Invasion

Today we learnt about how the Roman Empire tried to invade the Celtic warriors. We looked at the different armour that the Romans and Celts had and realised that it was a bit unfair. 

We then looked at different maps and how, over time, the amount of land that the Romans and the Celts had changed. Working in groups we used the maps to describe what was happening in each shown year.

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Roman Pottery

We have finished our Roman Pottery! We planned what our pottery was going to look like and we then made it using clay. 

We had to follow the instructions carefully because we needed to get all of the air out of the pottery, but if we handled it too much it would have become brittle. 

The first step was to make the clay into a ball. We then had to make the pottery shape using mainly our thumbs. Some of us added handles and engraved patterns, but none of us painted them. The reason for that is because the Romans preferred to engrave or glaze their pottery rather than painting it. 

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Literacy

After we became Archaeologists, we wrote a recount about the activity. We used subheadings to organise our work and wrote it in chronological order. 

Some of our subheadings included Introduction, Amazing pottery facts,What is an archaeologist and Becoming an Archaeologist. 

DT

During our first DT lesson, of our Gladiators topic, we were looking at different examples of Roman Pottery. We were looking for any similarities between the different pots so that when we come to make our own, we know what features we need to try and include. 

Can you see any similarities in the Roman pots below? 

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Archaeologists

Today we turned into Archaeologists and did a dig for Roman Pottery. We had to work very carefully so that we didn't break the pottery anymore. Once we had found all of the pieces we tried to put it back together, but because it was so old that was very tricky to do! 

We are really excited about trying to make our own roman pottery over the coming term. 

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Topic

We researched all about our new table names today. Our table names include, Gladiators, Chariots, Soldiers, Temples, Centurions, Emperors and Amphitheatres.

Literacy

Today we started our new topic by introducing our class book, Horrible Histories Rotten Romans. 

This morning we practiced our inference skills to see what we could find out about the Romans by using just the front cover. We then went onto practicing our prediction skills by predicting the answer to the questions on the back of the book. 

We are really looking forward to reading the book over this term! 

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