Virtual Workshop: Roman Britain
Welcome to Roman Verulamium (modern day St Albans) in the year 275 AD. Your hostess, Claudia – a merchant’s wife – proudly introduces the children to the many technological advancements that the Romans brought to Iron Age Britain. The marvels she explores include:
- well built roads
- rectangular houses with divided rooms
- decorative mosaic floors
- underfloor heating systems
- piped water systems
- flushing toilets
- public baths
How Does the Workshop Work?
The new workshops consist of two key elements:
- Individual activities kits for each child in your group .
- A pre-recorded video made by our knowledgeable teachers.
The workshops can take place in your own room at your own pace – we give you access to the video for several days, so you can rewind, replay, or break up the activities as you see fit.
Most schools find that the workshops fill half a day, although you can spread them out as you see fit.
For a small additional fee, you can add an optional hour of “live” teaching time with one of our qualified teachers. This extra time, which takes place via video conferencing software, offers extra engagement to the day and allows the children to probe further into the learning.
What Activities are Included?
As mentioned, each child will receive an activities kit to match the video. There are a few basic supplies such as PVA glue, scissors, and pencils that the school will need to provide, but otherwise the children will receive the necessary materials to make six projects:
- A mosaic tile
- A sponge on a stick
- A Nine Men’s Morris game (made with fabric and clay)
- A Roman brooch made of copper foil
- Roman lettering on parchment
- A mortarium (Roman mortar and pestle) from clay
The workshop will also come with an information sheet for teachers, which will detail the learning outcomes, extra supplies that might be needed and possible follow-up learning.
How Much Does a Virtual Workshop Cost?
Please visit our pricing page for the latest costings.
How Do I Book a Workshop?
Please feel free to contact us by form, e-mail or telephone. Let us know the week you would like to use the workshop, and whether you would like the optional live teaching time, and we are happy to help.
Since the virtual workshops do not depend on our diary, you may order them at anytime. (But do allow enough time for delivery!)
Do You Offer an In-School Version of the Workshop?
Yes! Our in-school workshop explores the Boudiccan Revolt in 60 AD, incluing the destruction of the Roman Ninth Legion, Colchester, London and St Albans. You can learn more about it on our Life in Roman Britain page.
Please be aware, however, that we operate in a limited travel area, and mileage (and possibly B&B charges) will apply. If your school is far from our offices, and/or your group is very small, a virtual workshop may be a better fit for you.
Feel free to contact us with questions and we are happy to look at options with you.