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.


Tenterfields Primary School, West Midlands
I am just writing to say what a great time year 5 and 6 children had on their Ancient Egyptian day with Stuart. The day was fun, educational and they especially enjoyed the mummification. I will certainly recommend you to other schools. Thanks very much. It really brought the topic alive to all the children in Year 5 and 6.

Rush Green Junior School, Romford
I wanted to thank you for a fantastic, informative day that was loved by the children and staff. I will definitely be recommending Portals to the Past to colleagues. Thanks again.

Mill Rythe Junior, Hampshire
Great time had by all. All children engaged, educated and entertained.

Hatfield Heath Primary, Herts
This was a great day! The children thoroughly enjoyed it and was a great way to finish off the unit and extend their learning. Thank you

Cranfield Academy, Beds
We, and the children had a wonderful day! We all learnt so much more about WW2. Thank you for a fun, informative and perfectly pitched day.

St Botolphs, Lincs
Engaging and pitched perfectly. Will definitely recommend.

Brightlingsea Junior School, Essex
I’m really pleased I booked the Roman workshop again. There’s no way I could make history so enthralling. The real sign of success was on the children's faces, they grinned from ear to ear all day. Thank you for a great day.

Clifford Road, Suffolk
Thank you for a fantastic day! The children were so engaged from beginning to end. The follow up writing we have done just confirmed that this experience brought the Anglo Saxons topic to a whole different level for the children.

Roebuck Primary, Herts
The children (and adults!) all really enjoyed the day and learnt lots. Thank you very much.

Northmead Junior, Surrey
An absolutely brilliant day was had by the Y6’s at Northmead. They were engaged and interested throughout the day, which a perfect indication of the absorbing information they were hearing and the engaging manner of “Mrs Rodgers and the Colonel” We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Riverview Junior, Kent
Thank you, another fantastic day, enjoyed by teachers and children. The whole day was very well organised and the pupils engaged throughout. As a result they learnt a lot as well as having fun!

St Georges RC Primary, Essex
An abolsolutely fantastic workshop – both for children/adults involved. The depth of knowledge was brilliant and the interaction with the children was superb.

Wolsey Junior School, Surrey
An absolutely brilliant day. All children and staff learnt a lot and were very engaged. Will definitely book again.

South Benfleet Primary School, Essex
It was a fantastic day and the children really enjoyed it. Bunty and Corporal Vincent were great and the resources available were both educational and informative. We have been recommending them to colleagues both in this school and outside.

Downs Junior, East Sussex
Absolutely fantastic! Ian held their attention, captured their imagination and managed their behaviour brilliantly. The day was a great mix of listening/looking and active involvement.

West Walton Primary, Norfolk
A very enjoyable day. There was a good range of activities to engage the children, all of which were explained clearly and concisely. Fantastic interaction with the children, with clear boundaries and expectations outlined from the beginning. Excellent knowledge of the Viking period education not only the children, but school staff as well.

Lawford CE Primary
A lovely and informative day for staff and children. Thank you Mark!
Fair Furlong Primary School, Bristol
Thank you for today it was brilliant. The children and teachers loved it!!

St Marys CE Middle School - Dorset
Thanks Stuart for all your energy and enthusiasm. The children thoroughly enjoyed Egyptian Day.

St James Middle School - Suffolk
As a member of staff, I found the talk very interesting. Tony was great with the students, encouraging them to be involved and ask questions. They were very positive about what had experienced this morning.

Hornsby House Prep - London
Excellent workshop, the children really enjoyed the day and so did we!

Brendon Hancock’s 1st School - Worcestershire
A fantastic workshop Graham engaged the children from the moment they walked into the hall. The resources he brought were fantastic. Anyone who can hold the attention of 30 reception children for 1h 30mins in the way he did is fantastic. Both Y1 and 2 were also just as enthused. Brilliant - thank you.

Milverton Primary - Warwickshire
Excellent day! Highly age appropriate – activities were practical and interactive and very much enjoyed by all children and staff.

Nicholas Hawksmoor Pri - Northants
We had a great day and the children thoroughly enjoyed all the activities.

Elvenheath Prim - Berkshire
Ian was fantastic at keeping all the children engaged with a mix of activities. He was extremely animated and enthusiastic at all times. The children learnt so much and we will definitely be booking again. Thank you!

Little Garth Prep - Essex
Superb fun and informative. Great energy and enthusiasm reflected in the children’s enjoyment. Many thanks Ian.

Forge Valley Comm School - S. Yorks
Very impressed with Tony. A really nice guy who engaged with the pupils and really gave them some things to think about. He was very knowledgeable, and his mannerism and enthusiasm made the pupils want to learn more. It was a joy to have him here this afternoon and I hope it is not the last time we work together. What the students got from today will be invaluable to their studies.

Barley First School - Herts
Just wanted to thank Ian Weston hugely for his amazing Viking Day for Barkway and Barley Schools in Herts today! His presence was brilliant with the children - everyone learned a lot from the day and the practical afternoon session on weapons was excellent.

Janet Duke Primary - Essex
It was an amazing day, Graham was fantastic – his knowledge, the way he interacted with all, his enthusiasm – just brilliant.

Patcham Junior School - East Sussex
All of the children thoroughly enjoyed the day. They were enthused and engaged throughout. An excellent day for children and staff.

Finchingfield Primary - Essex
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the fantastic Greek workshop. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves from start to finish and learnt a great deal. Thank you very much.

West Drayton Primary - Middlesex
The children had a wonderful day and I feel the workshop supported their learning. Both Bunty and Richard were very knowledgeable and great with children and staff.

Packington Nook - Leicestershire
Fantastic experience! Our Reception children were fully engaged and we all enjoyed it. Many thanks

St John Rigby Lower School - Beds
The children had an amazing day(so did we). Thanks you for such a super day.
Blenheim Primary School, Essex – Thanks you for an enjoyable and informative day!

Kimbolton Prep - Cambs
Fantastic as usual. Parents and children were full of positive comments the following day, so a worthwhile experience for all.

Catherine Infant School - Leics
The staff and most importantly the children have had the 'best week ever' with Graham and his amazing dinosaurs..."he had them in the palm of his hands" and "every single child was fixated on Graham and his stories" was just some of the brilliant feedback I got from the staff. The children have already gone home and come back with their own interpretations of Graham’s stories and every single child could name at least one dinosaur and describe it. That is an amazing accomplishment.

Manor Primary - Didcot
We wanted to say a huge thank you for running our Year 3 Greek Day last week. Stuart was fantastic and it was amazing to see him engage and interest 70 7/8 year olds for the day.

St Georges Catholic Primary - Shoeburyness
A very enjoyable educational day which really supported our current topic of Mighty Mountains and Violent Volcanoes. Both children and adults benefited from a visit from the Rock Man.

St Saviours - Walthamstow
We had a fantastic day that brought the Romans to life for adults and children alike. Ian has a great way with the children and they didn’t stop talking about it for weeks.

Fernhill Primary - Farnborough
This was a fabulous day and the children could all name at least 3 or 4 things they had found out about the Vikings. A memorable experience thoroughly enjoyed by children and staff.

Fakenham Junior - Norfolk
A really wonderful way of bringing WW2 to life Thank you.

Caversham Park Primary - Berkshire
A lovely day. We would definitely recommend this workshop to others. The children loved touching the models and fossils. Thank you!

Edge Grove Prep - Herts
An amazing, informative and engaging learning experience as always! Thank you.

Painters Ash - Kent
As always, Richard and Bunty gave us an excellent day to remember. Thank you.

St Marys Catholic Jun School - Merseyside
A fantastic day thoroughly enjoyed by all staff and children. Well worth the money!!! Will recommend to all schools in our area.

Mount Pellon J & I - Halifax
Just a quick note to say that we had a great day today, all the children enjoyed it and were engaged with the day, which was full of facts and activities. Thanks for a great day and please pass on our thanks to Stuart.

Beeston Rylands Junior School - Notts
The kids had a great day and learnt lots at a suitable level. The children enjoyed the board games activity especially and the battle training which enabled them to use their swords and shields. I think they would liked a full on battle between the tribes but we thought this might be a little too real!!!!!!!!! We will definitely be in touch when we come onto Egyptians which Stuart mentioned you have just started to do.

Brampton Primary , London -
Graham was fantastic and the children loved the workshops. Look forward to seeing you in the future.

Beam Primary, Dagenham -
Fantastic day! The children learnt more in the morning session than we learn in a whole day going on our usual trip. Thank you for a lovely day

Home Farm Primary, Essex -
WOW! The children are still talking about the day the “dinosaur man” came in! Graham inspired the class with his artefacts and exciting activities. Thank you, so much. Thank you so much. An excellent day, a great success in terms of consolidating what the children knew about dinosaurs and furthering their interest and knowledge.

Kew Riverside, London-
Kids and parents loved it. A super day to enrich our topic – Ian brought the history of the Romans to life, delivering excellent knowledge with passion and enthusiasm.

Broadfields Primary, Barnet - This was an excellent workshop that the reception children thoroughly enjoyed. The leader used appropriate language that the children were able to use afterwards, ie fossils, extinct etc. It was helpful that the children were able to touch the exhibits and that the presentation was in bite sized pieces.

North Walsham Junior, Norfolk - Thank you very much. We all had a great day- it really helped to bring everything that we’d read about alive.

Hungerford Primary , Berkshire - Every teacher was so enthusiastic about Grahams work. The children were excited, engaged, thrilled and got so much from the experience. Thank you Graham, for making it so easy to host your workshop. You couldn’t have been nicer if you tried. We were very impressed at the way you engaged our tiny “new” 4 year olds and would definitely have you back again. I have already recommended you as a fabulous enrichment for our curriculum to another Head Teacher.

Tanys Dell Primary, Herts - The children were completely engaged from start to finish and enjoyed every aspect. It definitely enhanced their learning greatly and has encouraged them to find out more. We adults enjoyed it too!! I would definitely recommend this to other adults at my own school and beyond.

Manorfields Primary, Herts - A great day, the children were inspired to learn more about the Greeks.

Southfield Park Primary, Surrey - WW2 - The whole day was fantastic and kept the entire class engaged. It was very informative and acted as a great way for the class to start their termly topic. Each Activity was well organised and enjoyed by all.

Hintlesham Primary, Suffolk – A very successful day. The children gained a lot of knowledge through the fun activities.

Norwood Green Junior School , Middlesex – The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and are still talking about it today. We all had a fabulous day and the children went home with an abundance of knowledge about the Ancient Greeks.

Blundell’s Prep, Devon – This was a brilliant day! The children and staff loved the dressing up in Greek costume and experiencing different aspects of Greek Life. Stuart was excellent – he kept the children’s attention all day!

Caister Junior, Norfolk – Thank you for another brilliant day, enjoyed by staff and pupils alike. Ian is a fantastic teacher and also so easy to work with. We hope to be associated with Portals to the Past for many years tom come.