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Arbeia Roman Fort

Although Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort is currently closed to the public, the Learning Team is still here to answer queries and work with schools, even if we can't offer our usual programme of visits to the museum currently. We have a blend of virtual experiences and resources so you and your pupils can still experience our wonderful collections and enjoy our high-quality school programmes from the classroom.

Although Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort is currently closed to the public, the Learning Team is still here to answer queries and work with schools, even if we can't offer our usual programme of visits to the museum currently. We have a blend of virtual experiences and resources so you and your pupils can still experience our wonderful collections and enjoy our high-quality school programmes from the classroom.
Rumbustious Ruling Romans: Roman British Life
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Rumbustious Ruling Romans: Roman British Life

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Want to play games, dress up, get creative and even become Roman Emperor of your class or household? These activities will help you travel back in time to Roman Britain. Learn about and make; a Roman Face Pot, Roman board games, archaeological poo, togas and Roman food. All activities come with clear instructions, illustrations and useful tips for making things using what you have around the house. Suitable for KS1 and KS2
10 activities for celebrating Saturnalia like a Roman-  KS2
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10 activities for celebrating Saturnalia like a Roman- KS2

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You don’t need to be ancient or Roman to have some fun like the Romans did! This resource contains 10 fun activities that are informative and fun. You will learn about Roman traditions, food, clothing, Roman gods, symbols and more. All activities come with pictures, examples, and easy to follow directions. Perfect for KS1 and KS2 Roman topic. Saturnalia was the ancient Roman winter celebration held in honour of the god Saturn. Many of today’s Christmas traditions come from this celebration. Originally Saturnalia was held on December 17th but was later expanded from the 17th through to December 23rd. It was a time to stop all things ‘serious’, let go, and have fun. Unfortunately, Emperor Augustus (27BC – AD14) shortened the week to a three-day holiday because it was getting a bit too rowdy, rumbustious, and chaotic! The merry making of ancient Roman culture included exchanging gifts, feasting, party games and even decorating a tree. It would have been very busy in the commanding officer’s house at this time. Aurelia, the wife of the commanding officer at Arbeia Roman Fort wants to help you and your family create an authentic Saturnalia experience. Follow her easy steps to festive fun and see if you can spot any traditions in Saturnalia that are similar to your holiday traditions.
Roman British Life through Archaeology: Learning From Our Collections
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Roman British Life through Archaeology: Learning From Our Collections

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A cross curricular KS2, 7-11, resource for schools and home learning with activities that enhance knowledge and understanding of the past and support critical thinking skills. Each activity is linked to an artifact found at Arbeia Roman Fort and is broken into 3 sections that help link the Romans topic across a range of curricular areas including art, design, history, math, science, and literacy.