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Pupils defend the city walls with Dewa Roman Experience - 27/03/2018

Pupils from University Primary Academy Kidsgrove (UPAK) visited the Dewa Roman Experience to explore the history, life and legacy of the Romans.

Children from Year 3 and Year 4 visited the Dewa Roman Experience in city of Chester, to bring to life the work they have been doing on their learning topic – ‘Why were the Romans so powerful?’

The history of Chester extends back almost two millennia, covering all periods of British history in between then and the present day. The city of Chester was originally founded as a fort, known as Deva, by the Romans and became one of the most important Roman settlements in Britain.

The Dewa Roman Experience occupies a unique site at the heart of the original legionary fortress.  The visit allowed pupils to experience a fully guided tour of the reconstructions, excavations, the museum and the ‘award-winning’ hands-on room. The children also learnt about the health and hygiene during the Roman era, the medicine that was available and the food they ate. Pupils also learnt about Roman pottery, archaeology and identified a number of Roman artefacts.

After visiting the museum, the children took part in a ‘Solider Patrol’ and discovered what it took to be a Roman solider. Pupils first visited the Roman Gardens where they learnt how to ‘form a testudo’ (a type of shield wall formation commonly used by the Roman Legions during battle). They then visited the famous Roman amphitheatre and defended the walls before preparing for their final battle.

Miss Fabbeni, Year 3 Teacher said: “The students were amazed by some of the things they experienced. I don’t think the idea of a lunch of mice coated in honey or of using a communal toilet sponge went down too well!”

Milly Edge, Year 3 student said: “The best bit was when Miss Mayer had her head chopped off for losing the fight but I liked the marching too!”