National Curriculum Subject Area/s: History, English, Cross-curricular
Length of session: 1 hour and 30 mins
Max group size: 32 pupils


  • Understanding more about the life of real people in the Roman Empire through written evidence
  • Improved linguistic awareness – discovering that our language has been heavily influenced by Latin
  • Knowledge and understanding of using archaeological evidence to learn about the past
  • Understanding more about the different kinds of materials used by craftsmen
  • Improved speaking and listening skills


Activity 1: Read like a Roman

  • Find out about a Roman cavalry officer and his family using Roman numerals to get started
  • Search the gallery looking for more inscriptions and find out more about real men and women in Roman society and the jobs they did

Activity 2: Talk like a Roman

  • Get enlisted in the army and follow drills using Roman commands
  • Learn about insults inscribed on Roman sling bullets and play an insult matching game
  • Take part in drama activities bringing to life a Roman bas-relief carving

Activity 3: Object handling

  • Handle original and replica objects to discover more about things that real people from the past made and used

Activity 4: Write like a Roman

  • Become a Roman citizen taking on a name and a nickname
  • Make a Latin inscription on EVA foam to take back to school


Contact for Early Years, Key Stage 1 & 2 programmes:
Clare Coleman, Education Officer: Early Years to Key Stage 2
Tel: +44 (0)1865 288077