KS3 Romans

Aimed at Y7s, this workshop will look at the effects of the Claudian invasion of 43AD. An in-depth exploration of why the Romans invaded Britannia, how they triggered the Boudiccan revolt and its consequences.

Pardus and Vulpus will examine the benefits of living under the Pax Romana and the enormous changes to the lives and culture of the Britons. From hill forts and oppida to Roman towns, roads, trade and the ethnic diversity of Roman Britain, this overview of Roman Britain within the context of the empire will provide a solid basis for further research.

St John Payne RC Comprehensive School, Chelmsford - “The workshop has inspired the pupils to produce some outstanding work. The pupils were totally engaged. I have no hesitation in recommending Portals to the Past to colleagues at KS2 or KS3. History has been brought to life. Funny and inspirational!”

A display of Roman and Celtic weapons and armour leads to a demonstration of Gladiatorial combat.  The use of your school hall is required.


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N.B. The order and content of workshops may vary dependant on suitability of individual school’s facilities, timetables and any health and safety concerns, and will be at the discretion of the workshop leader. Not all workshops are available in some areas.


Cheam Fields, Surrey
Mike delivered a fantastic day of activities that brought our Viking topic to life. Getting to touch and see for themselves primary and secondary sources, that we’ve spoken about and read in books, was a great way to enhance their knowledge. From traditional games to Viking runes, solid silver cups to ivory drinking vessels, warrior training to mythological re-enactments – the day had everything! Mike’s knowledge was amazing (there is little he doesn’t know about the Vikings – and many other historical periods and peoples) and his facilitation was perfectly pitched for our children. His passion for history comes across in an inspiring and encouraging way.

Kanes Hill, Hampshire
We would like to say a very big thank you to you and staff for such an enjoyable day. The children were captivated and motivated from start to finish. We will be recommending you to other schools and hope to work with you again in the future.

Brook Primary, West Midlands
Excellent end to our topic - Thank you very much.

Southbury Primary, Enfield
I am a teacher at Southbury Primary School in Enfield and we were lucky enough to have Gary visit our school for the 'Stone Age to Iron Age' workshop. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Gary, who was fantastic with the children and provided an informative and exciting day for the children. I will definitely be recommending your company to other teachers. Thank you!

Parkfields Middle School, Beds
The children learnt a great deal and were interested and engaged in all the activities. Laurens expert knowledge coupled with her wonderful way with the children ensured the children had a great learning experience.

St Margarets, Essex
The workshop was a great experience for both staff and children. The children loved dressing up and learning about Ancient Egypt. Mark was fantastic with the children and was incredibly knowledgeable.

Kingsley Primary, Northants
Lauren was fantastic, very organised, enthusiastic and lovely with the children. We had a fantastic day (adults included) and would like to say for delivering such a great day.

Roxbourne Primary School, Harrow
Thank you very much for tailoring our workshop to our requirements. The children had a great day and learnt a lot from the topic. We will be recommending Portals to the Past to other year groups and colleagues.

Hove Junior, Sussex
I just wanted to email and let you know that the children at Hove Junior school had a fantastic couple of days and that Mike was excellent! The children have come away from their Roman days buzzing with excitement and eager to learn more - which is exactly what we wanted for the stunning start!

Hamilton Primary, Essex
The day was highly enjoyable and the children were engaged throughout the day. The leader was motivating and engaging. An excellent day was had by all!

St Gabriels, Lancashire
I just wanted to drop an email to say a big thank you to Ian. He spent the day with us at Saint Gabriel's which was absolutely fabulous. His enthusiasm had the children enthralled from the very beginning and as a teacher I also learnt lots of information about the Roman's which I never knew. I have already recommended him to a colleague!

Teynham, Kent
Just a very big thank you to Gary for all his hard work on the day of our workshop. The children loved the workshop and the activities that Gary prepared for them. Gary knew how to talk to the children.

Giles Junior, Herts
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Mark. We all had a fabulous day learning new facts. We will certainly recommend you to other schools. Many thanks.

Wembley Primary, Middlesex
Hi Lauren, Just wanted to thank you for an enjoyable and informative workshop last week at Wembley Primary. The children really enjoyed it and are still mentioning bits from it! I thought you were really engaging and passionate and managed to hold 120 children's attention really well which isn't an easy thing to do. I especially liked how every time I came into the hall the children's positions had changed. We would consider another workshop of this kind or repeating this workshop again next year!

Dunally Primary, Gloucestershire
Thank you Steve and Sally for such a superb day. The day was tailored around the childrens needs and was flexible to fit in with our school timetable. The children loved the activities, learnt a lot and we will definitely be booking further sessions.

Penn Wood Primary, Berks
A valuable and enriching experience. The children (and staff) have gained a lot of knowledge. Will definitely be using PTTP again! Thank you.

West Walton Com Primary, Cambs
I wanted to say a huge thank you for our fantastic Roman Day. The children and adults alike learnt so much about all aspects of Roman life. We had much fun along the way too!

Leofield Primary, Oxon
The children have been engaged and had the opportunity to try lots of interesting activities- its really brought our Viking topic to life.