Educational Workshops

 

Experience the Iron Age provides an activity day for Schools that delivers a full Iron Age experience to the classroom.

The following is an outline of the topics we will cover as we look at the Iron Age tribes of the British Isles prior to, and at the time of, the Roman invasion of Ancient Britain in 43AD under the Roman Emperor Claudius.

Educational Workshops

Key Stage Workshops - Morning

Indoor "Hands on History" sessions


The Classroom/Assembly Hall “hands on history” session has been designed to cover the following topics:-


Chronological Understanding of the 3 Ages.

  • An introduction to the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age in Ancient Britain using references to BC and AD.

Knowledge and understanding

  • The significance of iron in the Iron Age and the differences to Bronze Age.
  • Who were the Iron Age tribes, tribal boundaries, where did they live, what did they live in and the structure of an Ancient British tribe.
  • Day to day life in Ancient Britain, foods, textiles, skills, tools and technology in the Iron Age.
  • Typical dress and weapons worn and used by an Iron Age Warrior.
  • Artwork of the Iron Age leading to shield and Spear Tip decorating (materials provided).
  • Discussion of the evidence of trade in the Iron Age around the British Isles and Europe prior to the 43AD invasion.

Historical Interpretation

  • Archaeological finds and historical records of the Iron Age and Ancient British peoples.
  • Quotations and descriptions that shed light on the Iron Age tribes and their cultures.

Key Stage Workshops - Afternoon

Warrior Training


The Outdoor “Warrior Training” Activities have been designed to follow on from the classroom activities, picking up from the discussion on the Warrior skills and weaponry.


In the event of bad weather we can hold the outdoor activity sessions in a spacious indoor area (e.g. Dining Room or Hall).


Dividing the children into equal groups:


  • We provide 2 or 3 separate Warrior Training Activities using spear skills, sling shott and javelin throwing.
  • The groups of children rotate through the activities,  Spear Training, Sling Shott and Javelin Training.


Testimonials

 Bordon Junior School

A fantastic day thoroughly enjoyed by all staff and children. Matt engaged the children from the minute he walked into the room and the children were engaged with the day, which was full of facts and activities.

They learnt lots at an appropriate level and were full of positive comments the day after, particularly about the “Warrior Training” which enabled them to use the shields they had made and decorated. We would have no hesitation in recommending you to other schools. Well worth the money!


Sun Hill Junior School

Matt was extremely organised, arriving at 7am to set up the field for the afternoon activities. All activities were thought through carefully and an in-depth risk assessment was provided and adhered to throughout the day.

The children enjoyed learning about the Iron Age, what life would have been like, exploring the wonderful artefacts that were on display. The children enjoyed the art activities where they designed their own shields for their own tribes and were keen to take these home to share with their families. The afternoon warrior training was great fun, three activities were organised on the field in a safe environment and talked through in detail with 1:1 tuition. The children threw javelin, attacked shields and attacked the Romans (a punch bag) with wooden weapons. A fun day was had by all.
Thanks Matt.
Ms Lisa Chisnall
English and Lower School Phase Leader
Sun Hill Junior School