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.


Sutton Valence Prep, Kent
On behalf of Year 4, at SVPS, I would like to say a huge thank you for the wonderful Roman workshop you provided us with! The children (and teachers) thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were most inspired. Some children wrote a super recount of the day, highlighting, just how much they learnt! Thank you.

Saint Edmunds Prep, Surrey
We were lucky enough to have Mike Everest with us today to teach us more about the Ancient Greeks. I know that feedback and testimonials are aways useful. I was extremely impressed with Mike’s subject knowledge, professionalism, enthusiasm and passion. The activities he arranged were exciting for the children and gave them a deeper understanding for this period of history. I cannot thank him enough. We will definitely be looking to use Portals to the Past in the future.

Tylers Green Middle Sch, Bucks
Good range of activities + whole group together at the start and brought together for the final session – very positive.

British Museum – Night in the Museum Sessions
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for coming to deliver the session at the weekend. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from children and parents! You were absolutely fantastic.

Chilton Primary, Suffolk
We would like to say a very big thank you to Mark for such a brilliant Egyptian day. The children were so captivated from start to finish playing games, answering quiz questions and role playing the death of a Pharaoh. We have used Portals to the past before and we were certainly not disappointed again this time.

Barkisland Primary, West Yorks
A quick note to say what a fantastic Anglo Saxon Day we've had with Cynewulf. He was brilliant with the children, quickly learning whose knowledge was strong and then pitching questions accordingly. My Year 5s are buzzing with excitement and looking forward to using the 'insider knowledge' they have gained, when they make their documentary films!

Northwood College for Girls, Middlesex
Steve and Sally were totally brilliant. The girls had a fantastic day and especially enjoyed the mummification process. All in all an amazing experience. Thank you.

Langstone Primary School, Wales
Hi Dominic, Didn't have chance to catch you at end the day as had to shoot off for football club, but hopefully Rob or someone else did.
Many thanks for today though, the children really enjoyed the day; very informative, fun and enough activities to keep them engaged and interested fully.

Bridgewater School, Herts
The workshop was brilliant. The children learnt alongside the fun and gota chance to participate in a variety of activities. They were engaged and had a funfilled day. We would definitely recommend to any school and will be using the company again. Brilliant value for money and knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Hucknall National C of E Primary, Notts
Hi Graham. Just to say thank you for a great day yesterday. I've been in touch with Dave and Liz and both were singing your praises, saying the children absolutely loved it. I'm only sorry I wasn't there - spent most of the morning at the eye hospital (there are better ways to spend your days off!). Thank you again for sharing your expertise and artefacts in such an engaging way with 60 Y1s who are not the easiest of audiences to keep entertained and involved. We will certainly use your services again should we repeat the topic and would not hesitate to recommend you to others.

St Dunstans, West Midlands
Dear Dominic, We just wanted to say a massive thank you for the fantastic day we had on Thursday. Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt lots! The artefacts you brought with you were excellent and really captured the children's interest. We hope to work with you again in the future.

Chandler Primary, Surrey
We all wanted to say a big thank you for a wonderful day today. The children had a great time and loved the variety of different activities. We as teachers also had a fantastic time and learnt a lot. I don't think I will get over that I held something that was over 1000 years old. Truly amazing. Thank you.

Heatherbrook, Primary,Leicestershire
Hi Stuart, Thank you so much for the great Viking day last Monday at Heatherbrook. The children got so much out of the day and throughly enjoyed the activities. One of the children wrote in his topic book, "The wow moment was when the Viking got a hunter knife and stabbed himself in the tummy. We panicked but he didn't die but he was feeling the pain." His writing made he laugh out loud! I really appreciate the work you put into our day. Thank you.

Waverley Abbey, Surrey
Just a quick email to say thanks for a super Saxon Day. The children thoroughly enjoyed it : "Which was your favourite part of the day?" - "All of it!" Your enthusiasm and knowledge added greatly to the day - all the staff think it has been a great addition to our year's activities. We will certainly be looking for a repeat next year.

Merrydale Primary, West Midlands
Just want to say a big thank you for a fantastic Anglo-Saxon day with Stuart at Merrydale Juniors. The children absolutely loved the activities and have learned a lot today.

James Cambell Primary School, Essex
Thank you so much for the Greek Experience. The Kids loved every minute of the day.
The kids were very enthusiastic and eager to learn, thank you so much for being so patient with them.

Greenfields Comm Primary, Kent
The children (& the grown ups)! had a fantastic day and Greenfields would not hesitate to recommend Portals to the Past to other schools or organisations.

Holy Family Cath Prim, Berks
We would be very happy to use again and would recommend to other schools. An excellent workshop.

Dodford First School, Worcestershire
Lauren was an informative, entertaining and enthusiastic workshop leader. She engaged well with the children. She listened carefully to the needs of my class and took into account my requests for a visual, entertaining workshop day.

Pattishall Primary, Northants
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the Greek Day. The children absolutely loved it. It fitted with our topic perfectly.