National Curriculum Subject Area/s: History, Science, potential for cross-curricular work
Length of session: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Max group size: 32 pupils


  • Knowledge and understanding of life in Roman Britain and how the Romans influenced the population of Britain when they invaded
  • Understanding more about the different kinds of materials used by craftsmen
  • Knowledge and understanding of using archaeological evidence to learn about the past
  • Awareness of similarities and differences between life in Roman Britain and today
  • Understanding that objects can give us information about how people lived and worked
  • Improved speaking and listening skills


 In this interactive gallery session pupils will discover:

  • how the Romans influenced the population of Britain
  • when they invaded and what they brought with them
  • what their buildings were like and how they lived


Activity 1: Life in Roman Britain

  • Pupils will look for evidence in the gallery to find out what the Romans brought to Britain.
  • They will discover more about Roman homes and daily life.
  • They will discuss eating, drinking, lighting, heating and the different materials and technology used.


Activity 2: Evidence from objects

  • Pupils will handle original artefacts to discover more about life in Roman Britain and the materials that were used.
  • They will search the gallery for objects highlighting aspects of daily life and choose an object to record.


Activity 3: Travel and Empire building

  • Pupils will visit the Cast Gallery to look at life-size Roman statues and find out more about how the Romans travelled and conquered the world.


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