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.



Stafford Junior School, East Sussex
A well- organised, informative day. Lots of fabulous resources.

Cogenhoe Primary, Northants
We have just had the most fantastic Roman day with Mark! His subject knowledge was amazing, fitted perfectly with the aspects I was hoping to cover and he relayed the information in such a dramatic way that the children couldn't help but be engaged and enthusiastic.

This has given us such a super kick start for the new term and topic and the children are so eager to learn as much as possible about those 'Silly Barbarians' and 'Roaring Romans'.

Thundersley Primary, Essex
Hi Nigel, thanks for a great day. It has set up our topic perfectly for the rest of the term.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Yorkshire
I just wanted to say thank you to you and Stuart for the workshops held at our school last Thursday. Stuart was great and all the boys were fully engaged and captivated by his delivery and range of activities in both of the workshops. The day proved really successful throughout the school and I will be sure to be back in touch when I start planning the next school history day.

Buckland Primary School, Middlesex
Hi Mike. I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful learning experience you provided for all of us at Buckland. You gave the children a great day and the chance to link the learning they have already covered, I learnt a few things too!!

Green Street Green Primary, Kent
Thank you Graham. The children enjoyed the morning so much and were all very impressed by your collection of fossils. It is such a good experience and ideal for rounding off our dinosaur topic.

South Cott Primary Beds
Very positive day, the children were all engaged and enthusiastic.

Ripple Primary, Essex
We had such an enjoyable day when you came to visit, that my class asked if their report writing could be used as thank you letters. They have remembered so much from the day and making learning fun is close to my heart, as it is obviously to yours. Thank you for a wonderful day! I have already recommended you to my previous school.

Ark Oval Primary Academy, Surrey
It was an excellent day – the children have not stopped raving about the Victorian lesson!

The Abbey Junior Sch, Suffolk
We all enjoyed the day and the children learnt a lot.

Threddlethorpe Primary, Lincs
Ian was magnificent. His engagement with the children and taff was excellent and his depth of knowledge superb. Fabulous learning experience.

Maltmans Green Prep School, Bucks
May I just say how wonderful the Egyptian workshop was on Monday. The girls thoroughly enjoyed it, and learnt a lot. It was truly a brilliant day.

Many thanks Mark for your time and expertise.

Alumwell Junior, West Midlands
The Greek workshop last week was a great success, once again!

Bentfield Primary, Essex
End of term was very frantic and I don't think we managed to email you, but I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed Graham's recent Rock Day. He was absolutely excellent and made an exciting, fun day for the children. He was full of enthusiasm and knowledge and had a very good rapport with the pupils. I would thoroughly recommend him to other schools.


Patcham Junior, Sussex
A very worthwhile and fun workshop that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Sunnymede Primary, Essex
The day was amazing and the children and very much enjoyed it.

Earsham Primary, Norfolk
Thank you once again for a great Romans Day. The children were thrilled with how the day went and were able to each tell me something new that they had learnt. Many thanks again.

Swavesey Primary, Kent
Thank you very much. We all enjoyed the day and learnt a lot of new things.