Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A Foreign Army



We had a Roman Army marching through the playground today.  Led by a Centurion who bullied the troops, marched them around, forced them to drill, and even made them defend a barrage from violent teachers!  
They all appeared happy enough!  
This is part of the school curriculum which now takes a longer view of history than before.  Kids have to learn about Romans, Anglo Saxons and Victorians as well as more modern history.  Actually I think they also have to learn about the Normans and medieval times also surely!  Scots history, a more accurate view of the world, is decided in Scotland and will already give a better view of the world, just look at me!    
This was our first Roman teaching day, the Auxiliary Soldier was magnificent.  The kids on parade were full of smiles and thoroughly enjoying the whole experience.  This is an excellent way in which to educate kids on the days of long ago.  When they are happy they learn, when miserable they forget the good things.  This lot will remember today.


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10 comments:

carolincairns said...

You know what they say in the classics ~ that Roman needs a holiday in Australia.

Lee said...

Play-acting is a good way to learn.

When I was attending High School our English teacher had us stand in front of the class acting out Shakespeare. At the time it certainly helped us in understanding his plays.

If that's you there in the mini-skirt, Mr. Ad-Man? Admit to your folly...we won't hold it against you.

the fly in the web said...

Gracious...we were given history from the Fertile Crescent down to the Vistorians while in junior schoo. A bit of a gallop through history, but a super grounding.

Don't tell me educationalists have come to their senses....

soubriquet said...

Next, make 'em march bare legged up the Great North Road and through the gates in Hadrian's wall, and see if they ever come back.
The Ninth Legion is still missing up there.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Did the Centurion pass muster with your distant memories? Of course, it is ridiculous to expect him to do as well as you did back in the day, but did he come close?

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I am not sure if the comment I left before made it. For I no longer had an internet connection when I went to move to another site after I hit the publish button. If it didn't make it, just know that it was a really good one.

Adullamite said...

Carol, That soldiers knees required a two month deployment to Aussieland!

Lee, I assure you the chances of me being dressed as an auxiliary soldier is very low indeed. He came in from outside and spends his time teaching kids.

Fly, This was Michael Gove, the one chased out of his job and recently appointed Justice Secretary, who demanded better historical teaching. We had to renew our courses for kids because of this.
Amazing so little was taught before.

Soub, You say the Ninth are missing, some of us know where their heads remain on poles!

Jerry, Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr! He was excellent, and left me his javelin to make use of. keep still!

Jerry, I pulled the plug!

carolincairns said...

Aah ~ you understood what I was talking about ~ that's a worry :)

soubriquet said...

I thought they just fell for the local lassies and started building crofts...

Adullamite said...

Carol, It was quite obvious.

Soub, No, no, just check the Cairngorms....