New Roman Education Programme at Segontium Fort, Caernarfon

Monday 20 October 2014

A bespoke education programme focusing on life of a Roman auxiliary soldier has recently begun at Segontium Roman Fort in Caernarfon.

Picture of children taking part in Segontium Roman Fort event

Children taking part in Segontium event

The activity session, aimed primarily at pupils aged 7-11, has been inspired by the life of the soldiers who would have been stationed at the fort in Gwynedd around 2000 years ago. It has been specifically designed to help schools learn about daily life of people living in the time of the Romans as part of Key Stage Two History and Curriculum Cymreig key elements of the Welsh National Curriculum.

Using a replica Roman satchel, armour, pottery and some original objects found at the fort by archaeologists, schools will discover how and why the Romans built and used the fort and experience the fort, barracks and baths discovering what life was like for a soldier in the Roman army, getting a closer look at the weapons and armour that they used.

In addition, a new education resource for use at the site by teachers is now available to download from the Cadw website learning pages, to help schools incorporate literacy and numeracy into their site visit alongside history.

The Roman Auxiliary Soldier activity is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term time, lasts 60-90 minutes and is available in Welsh and in English. The activity must be booked in advance and costs £90 per group, for up to 30 pupils. A full day can be booked to include free self-led exploration of the site with activity pack or by incorporating a visit to Caernarfon Castle, within walking distance from Segontium Roman Fort. More information and how to book is available at www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/learning/educational-visits or call 01286 677224.

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