Rockbourne Roman Villa is a unique opportunity for schools to discover life in Roman Britain and now we are offering teachers the chance to develop their knowledge and practical skills to bring the subject to life inside and outside the classroom.
By taking part in creative, hands on and costumed activities, children take back to school an energy and enthusiasm to share what they have learnt. A visit really does hook them into the subject at the start of their topic. It also gives them a chance to link together and celebrate what they have learnt when coming to the end.
To help teachers make the most of their visit to Rockbourne Roman Villa we are delivering a hands on teacher training day on Tuesday 22 September 2015. Over the course of the day, teachers will take part in ‘Explore the Site’, our interactive tour offered to schools by the museums learning team. On the day the tour will be enriched with deeper layers of information and interpretation to develop teacher’s subject knowledge.
Teacher’s will then have the opportunity to try out a range of hands on activities which are included in our schools programme, and some which are not. These will include making ink and perfumed oil, having a go at constructing a catapult and making a roman oil lamp, plus lots more. These hands on experiences will be valuable for teachers planning to book our popular Slaves for a Day session. During the session children have the opportunity to complete one task as part of their ‘slave’ gang. Many teachers go away wanting to recreate these activities in the classroom and this day will help you do that.
The afternoon will focus on the value of understanding archaeological practice in any prehistory topic. Teachers will have a go in our ‘mock’ trench excavating real archaeology and then take part in our object handling session. These activities explore questions around why some things survive and some materials don’t, why it’s all ‘rubbish’, what we can learn about the past from studying what has survived and how to create your own ‘mock’ dig at school.
The day starts at 9.40am and finishes at 3.30pm. The half day programme will run from 9.40am to 1.30pm, and the full day programme will run from 9.40am to 3.30pm. The cost for the half day programme is £40, and the cost for the whole day is £60. Both programmes include a cold lunch and hot drinks.
Teachers that book a minimum of one class onto a museum led visit between Monday 28 September 2015 and Wednesday 20 July 2016 only pay £25 for the half day and £45 for the full day. Places are open to KS2 teachers and must be booked by Wednesday 22nd July 2015.
If you have any questions or want to book please fill out the form and we will get back to you.