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Priory Fields School

Priory FieldsSchool

Term 1

Romans Day

In circa 43AD the Romans invaded Britain via Deal beach and we became part of this. On Tuesday Justice class was taken by a time machine back nearly 2000 years to re-enact that invasion. One highlight was putting on the chain mail and even trying to dance and exercise with it on.

It was really hard to do the Fortnite dance in it.

I don’t know how they walked from 26 miles a day in this. I couldn’t even do star jumps.

Dressing up in Roman costume we understood why they were such successful soldiers. We now understand how effective their strategies were as we defended our legion by using our shields to become a turtle and practised out war cries.

The war cry was so high it hurt my ears.

We even taught the Centurion our Just like a Roman song to say thank you.

Photos of children reenacting Roman invasion


In English we have been reading and writing about the life of Roman Soldiers in Britain. Using maps, we identified different Roman Roads across the country and tried to make one in groups, using pebbles, stones and sand and gravel. We realised how technological they were!

Wow  Romans were very clever because they made these roads by hand and had to break the rocks up.

I found out that Watling Street was the Roman road that went from Dover to Canterbury and then London. It still exists today!

Photos of Roman roads built by the children


We have investigated the different types of adult teeth as part of our digestive system work and made them. The 4 types are different and each has a special function.

Photos of children's teeth work

Roman Numerals

In our maths lessons we have been discovering how Roman numerals are different to the numbers we use today. When we investigated them, we realised that the Romans were very clever and their numbers are all about adding and subtracting, but remember the rule of three.

Photos of children's Roman Numerals work

Roman Jewellery

We researched, designed and created out own Roman or Celt jewellery. We used a variety of different materials and skills to create our final piece; using paper twisting, rolling and curling; twisting and plaiting thin wire, moulding Playdoh to create a shape and adding decorations to it and choosing appropriate utensils to create the effect we wanted.

I really enjoyed making my jewellery because I challenged myself to use skills I had never tried before.

I realised that I had to change my design because the wire could not hold the Playdoh and the gems. I had to twist some wires together.’

Photos of children making Roman Jewelley

Topic Maths

In Topic Maths we have been investigating lines of symmetry and used peg boards to create an image that had 1, 2 or 4 lines of symmetry.  Can you find the lines of symmetry in the mirror line?

Photos of maths work


In PSHE we have been looking at what strengths we have and how we can build resilience. We had to sort helpful and unhelpful thoughts, so we can only use the helpful thoughts in our daily life.

Photo of pshe work


As part of English, we identified in our reading about Boudicca what words we did not understand. We looked them up, decided their word class and draw what it meant.

Photos of children's English work


We have been investigating 4 digit numbers, creating them, partitioning them  and working out 10, 100 and 1000 greater and fewer. We worked out that we had to exchange our counters to find the answers to some, eg 100 fewer than 8723.

Photos of maths work


We showed empathy to explain how that person felt when the Romans invaded Britain.  We hot-seated first to be that character and how they would speak. We then wrote in character showing empathy for their situation.

Photos of Romans work

Using a map we mapped the expansion of the Roman Empire from 237BC to 113AD, using different colours to show their growth and which countries today they took over. This includes 42 countries that exist today.

Photo of Roman Empire map


We imagined we were Tranio back in Pompeii just before the volcanic eruption and described the wonderful place we lived in using our adventurous vocabulary. We really love the words looming, bustling and haggling.

Photos of Romans worjk


We worked as collaborative cats to create a paper bridge using only one piece that would hold a glue stick. We tried many ingenious ways, including a bit of cheating to accomplish this. In the end we realised that we had to fold the paper and make some sides so that the glue stick could not move.

Photos of children making bridgesPhotos of children making bridges


We created posters to show what makes a happy person and what makes us unique individuals. We had to think about what our special qualities are that make me ME. We are all different but very special.

Photos of PSHE work

Romans Topic

Our topic is the Rotten Romans and we found out about the Roman Empire, where it was and what countries the Romans had invaded and conquered. Afterwards we researched the Romans and found out about how they invented toilets and when they went to a banquet they had to eat and eat until they felt sick. They then went to vomitorium to be sick, so they could eat more!!

Photos of Roman Empire maps work


We have been counting in regular steps of 10, 100, 25, 6, 7, and 9. We looked for patterns in them and found that when we counted in 9’s the pattern was diagonal. We counted in 7’s and 9’s from 0 and then from 1 and realised that we would never colour in the same numbers.

Photos of maths work