Roman invasion!

All togged out are Kelsie Moore, Jay Harris, student teacher Lauren Woolford, Governor Barry Jackson, Brooke Smith and Chloe Moakes.

All togged out are Kelsie Moore, Jay Harris, student teacher Lauren Woolford, Governor Barry Jackson, Brooke Smith and Chloe Moakes.

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SHIELDS replaced satchels as Kilnhurst kids prepared for a very different kind of schoolday.

A special ‘Roman day’ replaced usual lessons, and staff had no intention of missing out on the dressing up...

A special ‘Roman day’ replaced usual lessons, and staff had no intention of missing out on the dressing up...

Pupils doing roman style fighting at St Thomas Primary Kilnhurst on Wed 12.1.11

Pupils doing roman style fighting at St Thomas Primary Kilnhurst on Wed 12.1.11

Teachers, governors and pupils at Kilnhurst St Thomas’ Primary School worked together with families to create authentic costumes and shields.

Clad in gladiator gear or robes, they dined, bartered and fought Roman-style, as a grand finale to project work completed last term.

Headteacher Gill Ramsay became an empress with the power to grant life - or death - to a fallen gladiator.

But long before cheering on the pretend games that were all scored on points, pupils were dipping in to all kinds of delicacies...

Their Roman-style feast included olives, dates and figs, with honey-seasoned bread.

And it was the stuffed dormice (in this case chocolate dormice) that won the taste test, said Ms Ramsay, while the olives met with a very mixed reaction.

Slaves were bought and sold at an open forum, and Roman-style maths challenges were set, then conquered with a bit of help from elders.

Ms Ramsay said: “The children visited Doncaster Museum last term and have done quite a bit of work on the Romans so they all had a very good knowledge base.

“The shields they made were of an incredibly high standard, and everyone had taken great care to make them with historical accuracy.

“It was a very positive day that involved the whole school community”.

The school aims to hold one theme day each term and classes are now planning ‘Round the World’ and ‘Decades’ days. One year group is planning to open their own museum.

The Roman day was originally planned for last term, but had to be postponed due to the heavy snow before Christmas.