Last week, 31 Year 8 students; and 10 teachers/teaching assistants went to Derbyshire for an overnight stay. They stayed in a Youth Hostel with excellent facilities and enjoyed sharing the outside environment with chickens and goats.
Whilst there they learnt about Roman warfare. In groups, they built a Roman catapult and then enjoyed firing foam cannonballs at the Celtic encampment.
This was followed up with some Roman marching practice with shields. The students then practised using the Tortoise formation with the shields before having a battle with foam balls.
Other activities included bread making, fossil making and gem panning.
When asked what they enjoyed the most comments varied form I liked the food (which was excellent). Others enjoyed the beds and having our own bathroom. Others enjoyed marching with the shield and for some, the battle at the end was the best.
Some students who were unable to come did some work on the Romans in school. This included making their own Roman shields. The students would like to thank all the staff who made the trip possible.