Roman Day in The Prep Department by Arabella Hayman, Year 6
On Wednesday 30 September Years 3 to 6 had their Roman day. We all filed into the York Hall and took our seats ready to begin. We were all very excited and there was an air of anticipation. Soon Titus, a Roman officer, walked in looking very intimidating, but we all soon realised that it was all pretend. He started off by telling us a bit about the Roman army and what life was like back then. He explained what he was wearing and the function of each bit of his uniform.
It wasn’t long before the first volunteers were needed; many hands shot up, but some of us were a little more apprehensive. He demonstrated how different classes of soldiers would have had different weapons; the more senior you were, the better weapons you used.
After break my class got to examine some genuine Roman artefacts and try on some Roman soldier’s helmets. They were really uncomfortable and squashed my bunches – but I don’t think Roman soldiers had bunches! At this point Titus decided that we were all good enough to sign up for basic army training. We picked up a sword (don’t worry they were only wooden!) and a shield and headed for the Quad, where we were about to face our first trial. The first thing we learned to master was basic army drills. We charged at the waiting teachers, who were quaking with fear. The whistle sounded and the Year 5 and 6 stampeded across the Quad as one. Unfortunately our plans to get revenge for all the awful homework was short-lived as Titus stopped us in our tracks.
The next drill we learnt was how to make a formation with our shields. This was called the Turtle and it was used to stop soldiers getting hurt by flying arrows. We then had a traditional Roman meal of pizza. After lunch Titus led a discussion about life in the army. Some of it sounded very tough, like walking 20 miles a day – that must have been hard. As the day was drawing to a close there was one thing left to do, gladiator fighting. We duelled to the death…….with foam swords, so nobody really died. Overall, Roman day was an exceptional learning experience for us all.