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, Sackler Education Officer: Early Years to Key Stage 2
Tel: +44 (0)1865 288077