Wroxeter Roman City
This half term, we are learning about the Romans in our History lessons. The children have been learning all about who the Romans were, where they came from, how far they ruled, where they lived and how they changed Britain.
To help the children to learn and understand all these things, we were lucky enough to have secured a visit to Wroxeter Roman City, an English Heritage site near Shrewsbury, so that all the children were able to see what it was really like in Roman times for themselves.
Wroxeter was the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. It was discovered by archaeologists in 1859 after being abandoned in the 7th Century. It is now open to visitors to explore the buildings including a bath house, find out about the lives of the people who lived there and discover many artefacts found there in the museum.
We booked an ‘Expert-Led Discovery Visit’. This means that the children enjoyed a hands-on visit led by one of the costumed guides for the full day.
All the children impressed our guide with their knowledge of the Romans during our museum visit where we learnt all about Roman money. They then took a bag of money out into the city to spend visiting the bath house and learning about all the different rooms and what the Romans did in each. They looked at pictures of what the rooms were like in Roman times and then looked for clues in the parts of the building that archaeologists had dug up to find their way around the room. In the classroom, the children had an even closer look at some Roman coins before they made their own out of clay. Finally, they visited the Roman villa and explored the rooms in it.
What a fantastic day we all had finding out even more about the Romans from their buildings and artefacts!