KS2 Roman Project

19th July 2019
KS2 Roman Project
 
The history topic of The Romans would not be complete for the children in Class 2 if Mrs. Julie did not run her hugely popular 'Roman Week' project. This year, the week turned into two weeks due to Class 2 being extremely busy!
 
The children began by making the helmets and shields.

First, they coloured in the front piece, the earflaps and the plume that would decorate their helmets.  They decided to use the same sorts of colours as they'd seen in pictures of the Roman Army, so concentrated on using red, gold, black and silver. 

Once they had finished colouring in, they cut everything out and stuck the ear pieces onto card and then gold paper so they hung down correctly.

They then used cardboard to make a band to go around their head and then a piece over to attach the plume to. Everybody had their head measured so that the helmets fit properly. They then glued everything on.

 
Cardboard was also used to make a shield that reached from their nose to their knees, exactly like a Roman soldier would have his made. They each decorated their shields with their own designs but used ideas from the shields at the Roman Army Museum along with those in books and in film clips. They used the colours that were used by the Roman Army so that they looked as authentic as possible and were very pleased with what they produced.

Then they started to make their swords. They worked in pairs to help each other by holding the sword so the taping was easier. They looked very effective but were harmless as they only used cardboard.

On Friday morning, the children came to school in some amazing costumes that parents had helped them make. 

They practised marching in step and moving in time with each other, to be able to march around the yard. Mrs. Julie helped them to keep in formation. 

Then they practised a manoeuvre called The Orb, where they formed two defensive circles around their Emperor (Jasmine!) to protect her from attack.

The children then lined up in a formation called the Testudo to protect themselves as they marched into battle. The Testudo looks like a tortoise, hence the name!

Finally, the children formed The Wedge which the Romans marched in to attack their enemies in battle. They started off very slowly, stamping their feet down hard, banging their swords against their shields and chanting, sin dex (the latin for left right) in order to intimidate the enemy just like Roman soldiers would. Then, on the command to accelerate, they got faster until they could charge. Their enemy was some very willing and excited Year Ones and Twos who thoroughly enjoyed being chased off over the field. A fitting end to a very enjoyable week!