We are really enjoying throwing ourselves into our Roman topic at school. Due to circumstances, we have less time than normal on it and some of the practical activities we had planned are more difficult at the moment due to the restrictions in place. We have decided therefore to give you the option of completing some of these at home. We would like to emphasise that these are completely optional, they are enjoyable practical activities which will deepen the children’s understanding of areas we are covering in class. Formal homework will begin after the Easter holidays.
Homework Challenge 3 - Make a volcano
As we have been learning about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii, we would like to challenge the children to make their own volcano. Below is one example of how to do this, a simple online search provides many other ideas, some use a cola bottle or mentos, others suggest building a more realistic looking volcano from natural materials. Last year someone even made a volcano cake, so we really are encouraging creativity with this one. Have fun and we look forward to seeing the results.
Homework Challenge 2 Roman Roads
We have been learning about the eruption of Vesuvius and have studied some of the archaeological findings in Pompeii, including some examples of long, straight Roman Roads. Your optional challenge this week is to create your own Roman Road. We have done this in school in the past using different cereals in a clear tupperware box or take-away container. We used Shreddies for the smooth paving stones on top, crushed up Weetabix for the gravel layer, Sugar Puffs for the next layer of stones and Bran Flakes for the bottom layer of rubble. You could use any different cereals to create a range of effects. An alternative would be to hunt outside for different sizes of stones or other natural materials to use. I am attaching below an example along with some links to find out more about Roman Roads if you wish. Have fun and don't forget to send your creations via Seesaw.
Homework Challenge 1
The first task follows on from the work we have done this week on Hadrian’s Wall. We would like to challenge the children to build a section of Hadrian’s Wall using objects they can find at home. This could be Lego, blocks or other similar toys, or cereal boxes and other recycled materials, or anything else you have at home – be creative. Don’t forget that you are not just building any old wall – think about what we have learned about mile castles, turrets and forts along the wall. We have attached a diagram below to jog your memory. If you send a picture of what you have created on Seesaw, we can share these with the class and even try to print them out to go in your topic books. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Week 2 - Roman Buildings & Mosaics
This week, we learn about the incredible buildings of Ancient Rome and the mosaic art which decorated them.
Follow the link to BBC Bitesize and watch the video about how Roman cities were designed.
Look at the images of Roman architecture. See if you can identify the different buildings by doing some research. Follow the link to the DK Find Out website to help you. Use the Roman page borders to write down your research.
What art did the Romans create?
Read the information from the Powerpoint to find out about Roman mosaics and how they were made. Make some notes on the mosaic border paper.
Design your own Roman style mosaic using the colouring sheets. Follow the BBC instructions to make your mosaic.