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Workshops in schools

Hands-on, immersive learning workshops in schools based on RAMM’s collections are delivered to schools by external providers.

Oly Martin on 07790 272588 or olymartin@yahoo.co.uk delivers Roman workshops.

Neil Heasman on 07872 538132 or neil@thetimetravellers.org offers Ancient Egypt , World War II, Great Fire of London (Wood & Wind), Stone Age to Iron Age and Ancient Greece experiences.

Romans in Devon

The Roman invasion and its impact on Iron Age life

For the Romans in Devon experience, please contact Oly Martin on 07790 272588 or olymartin@yahoo.co.uk

Oly Martin’s workshops are designed to increase children’s knowledge and understanding about the Roman invasion and its impact on Iron Age life in south west Britain. Through role-play, activities and object handling (replica and real) children have to decide whether to accept Roman rule, perhaps becoming a Roman or to fight for their traditional way of life.

The workshops are aimed at Key Stages 1 and 2 but are adaptable for all ages and abilities.

The one day workshop costs £130 plus travel outside Exeter. For booking or more information, please contact Oly Martin on 07790 272588 or olymartin@yahoo.co.uk.

These documents were written to assist teachers of Key Stage 2 children with suggestions for pre- and post-visit activities in the classroom. However, the activities can also be used by children for personal study to extend learning about this very important period in Exeter’s long history.

Exeter Timetrail has an overview of Exeter’s history, including the foundation of the Roman Legionary Fort. The site includes lots of maps and artefacts, and has two interactive games which will also test your knowledge and creativity: Dress A Roman Soldier and Make a Mosaic (i flash required)

PDF icon (20x20)Pre-visit activities: These activities help children to explore the evidence of Roman life before they visit the museum. Activities include “What’s the damage?” – Getting Sorted – Falling Apart – Ask an Object – Ask a Roman soldier – Sizing up the Romans – Drawing objects.

PDF icon (20x20)Post-visit activities: After your visit you can extend your activities to find out more about Roman customs. Activities include cooking – making a time capsule – time lines – making Roman pots – the Roman housewarming party – making segmented armour – making a sword and shield – playing Ludus Lantrunculorum.

PDF icon (20x20)Iron Age and Roman Life in Exeter and Devon: This information pack tells the background story of the Iron Age people of Exeter and the Roman invasion of Devon. Find out about the people who were living in Devon before the Romans arrived and how we know about the Romans in and around Exeter. What was life like for the Roman soldiers in Exeter and what happened when the Second Legion left Isca? This resource has been written with interested 10 year olds in mind, but can be adapted for younger and older children.

Ancient Egypt

Archaeology and life in ancient Egypt

For the Ancient Egypt Experience, please contact Neil Heasman on 07872 538132 or neil@thetimetravellers.org. Visit www.thetimetravellers.org for more information.

As would-be archaeologists, children will learn to piece together the evidence about life and death in Ancient Egypt through artefact handling, studying images and dramatic role play. The day is led in role by an Archaeologist who introduces the children to archaeology and challenges them to ‘become’ archaeologists for the morning. There are three sessions:

‘Discover’ a tomb and piece together evidence about Ancient Egyptian society

Engage in a carousel of activities to interact with artefacts in different meaningful ways using questioning, thinking skills, careful observation and handling

Perform the mummification process within an embalmer’s workshop. Have the opportunity to re-enact the process for a chosen audience

Charges for the Ancient Egypt Experience

Up to 70 children can be catered for in one day. The cost for a day’s workshop is £50 + £4.50 per child with a minimum charge of £185.00 and a maximum of £250.00

World War II and the Home Front

Learning how to help the war effort

Neil Heasman in role as WW2 ARP Warden when delivering the WW2 and Home Front Experience within schools

WW2 ARP Warden outside RAMM’s Anderson Shelter

For the World War II Experience, please contact Neil Heasman on 07872 538132 or neil@thetimetravellers.org. Visit www.thetimetravellers.org for more information.

It is 1942 and following the most devastating air raid on Exeter, a local ARP Warden is travelling to schools. He is there to advise and challenge children about what they can do to ‘Do Their Bit’ to help the war effort. Using many original and replica artefacts and clothing, students will investigate important issues such as food, clothing, and evacuation. They will learn the importance of good communications using Morse code to help our secret agent and they will be trained in taking Air Raid Precautions (ARP). They learn how to to deal with bombs, fires, gas masks and injured people. A final air raid will help them to empathise with those who experienced the war for real  .

Charges for the World War II Experience

Up to 70 children can be catered for in one day. The cost for a day’s workshop is £50 + £4.50 per child with a minimum charge of £185.00 and a maximum of £250.00

Stone Age to Iron Age

Learning about life in pre-historic times

For the Stone Age to Iron Age Experience, please contact Neil Heasman on 07872 538132 or neil@thetimetravellers.org. Visit www.thetimetravellers.org for more information

Guided by Elder Pip, a storyteller, the children learn about life in Britain before written history. From our Neolithic hunter/gatherer and early farming communities through to Bronze Age settlements and a more warrior culture in the Iron Age.

The full day involves storytelling, a look at chronology through ‘periods’ and ‘eras’, real and replica artefact handling and viewing ancient local sites. After watching a short film about ‘The Princess of Dartmoor’, courtesy of Dartmoor National Park, the children make their own Bronze Age village. They take part in a carousel of hands on activities before performing a piece drama about life during the Iron Age.

Charges for the Stone Age to Iron Age Experience

Up to 70 children can be catered for in one day. The cost for a day’s workshop is £50 + £4.50 per child with a minimum charge of £185.00 and a maximum of £250.00

The Great Fire of London (Wood & Wind) Experience

Learning about life in 1666 and the causes and events of the Great Fire

For the Great Fire of London (Wood & Wind) Experience, please contact Neil Heasman on 07872 538132 or neil@thetimetravellers.org. Visit www.thetimetravellers.org for more information

Seated by the great hearth, Master Hugh Scrivener, a wool merchant from Exeter explains that he was visiting London on business when the Great Fire broke out. He relates his experience of escape along with that of the residents of London. He hears many stories of how the authorities were dealing with the catastrophe. Some, he simply could not believe…..

It makes him wonder how he would have found out about the fire if he hadn’t been in London at the time and, also, what might happen if a great fire broke out in his home city of Exeter.

During the discussion, the children offer their opinions on what they think caused the fire in the first place and why it spread so quickly.

Master Hugh suggests that to gain a better understanding it would be helpful to know what life was like in London during that time so they are to engage in some activities to help them.

The hands-on activities include, clothing, food, portraits, money and shopping. A close study of a magnificent model of one of Exeter’s iconic buildings, The House That Moved, will aid their understanding of buildings and how the fire spread so quickly. Using quills will help them to understand how Samuel Pepys wrote his diary and, finally, there is the chance to re-enact the course of the four day event as a troupe of actors may have done to an eager West Country audience.

Charges for the Great Fire of London Experience

Up to 70 children can be catered for in one day. The cost for a day’s workshop is £50 + £4.50 per child with a minimum charge of £185.00 and a maximum of £250.00

Ancient Greece Experience

Learning about the many facets of Greek life and culture

For the Ancient Greece Experience, please contact Neil Heasman on 07872 538132 or neil@thetimetravellers.org. Visit www.thetimetravellers.org for more information

Guided by Philippa, who in the afternoon takes on the guise of a Greek lady, the children will discover Greek myth – in particular the stories of Odysseus and of Pegasus. They will explore the cultural legacy of the Ancient Greeks

The story of Odysseus runs throughout the day so the children begin with learning a little information about Greek storytelling (Homer) and the Trojan War. They look at a map of Greece, with its many islands, and then listen to the story of the Cyclops.

Greek Gods and myths are discussed and the children make an ‘Athena’ pendant along with a ‘Pegasus’ plate. Artefacts and foodstuffs are used for handling and, to wear in the afternoon drama about Odysseus and the Cylops, they create masks. This will help them to gain an understanding of the importance of theatre in the development of discussion, philosophy and democracy.

Via a slide show, display and carousel of activities they learn about Ancient Greek culture through sculpture, pottery, architecture, literacy, science and politics.

Drama: to finish, the children will try a simple piece of drama using a ‘Greek Chorus’.

Charges for the Ancient Greece Experience

Up to 70 children can be catered for in one day. The cost for a day’s workshop is £50 + £4.50 per child with a minimum charge of £185.00 and a maximum of £250.00

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