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Roman discoveries at Chedworth Villa

Roman discoveries at Chedworth Villa

On May Day 2018, 40 children from year 6 visited Chedworth Roman Villa as part of the Classics curriculum.  After a smooth and sunny journey, we arrived at the National Trust Gardens, home to the Roman remains.  The children were put into groups and preceded to the different rotating activities on offer.  The classroom talk involved much archaeological investigation and discussion, with many pupils discovering the Romans’ taste for large snails and very strong wine whilst handling artefacts dated to over 2000 years old.   In another activity, dressed in tunics, slave tagged and armed with a pestle and mortar, the children made their very own “medicine” pouch, a combination of lavender, bay leaves, cumin, coriander and mustard seeds, which they were able to bring home and dunk in boiling water to enjoy as a decongestant remedy.  They all had a guided tour of the remains and gardens, admiring the beautiful mosaics  from the “triclinium” (dining room) and the” thermae” (baths) as well as the shared facilities (“latrina”), which the Romans enjoyed.  The sun continued to shine allowing for an al fresco pic nic lunch and the children were, as ever, well behaved and enjoyed the day – representing WHS in the best possible light.

Many thanks to the staff team: Madame Ashton, Mr Tunley, Miss Noakes  and Mr Roberts.  Roll on next year!