Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Roman Conquest. The Roman Departure and The Anglo Saxons

This amazing girl continues to study hard for her Diploma.


The Romans invaded twice. Julius Caesar tried and failed. And then almost 100 years later the Empire invaded again and succeeded. Boudicca, wife of the King of the Iceni Tribe, defended her lands against the Romans, and went on to destroy Roman Watford, St. Albans and London.

The Girls made teeny weeny Boudiccas with big swords to represent her status and courage.

The Boy made the best representation of Boudicca I have ever seen.

We looked at how the Romans changed Britain.

And we made Roman coins and money bags.

I have no idea how to use a sewing machine, but this Boy does!

Monkey Girl and The Boy also made Roman water clocks.

Hadrian's Wall

 After the Romans left, 400 years after they arrived, Britain was left unguarded. King Vortigern requested help from the Saxons, who eventually went back on their word and invaded the country. The Jutes and the Angles also settled in Britain. The Legend of King Arthur dates to this era and we spent a fun morning learning what we could about it.

The Boy had some fun with Excalibur

Drawing the Knights of the Round Table on the Round Table (white board pens on glass is cool)

The Boy spent a morning with his cousins at the Safari Park while Monkey Girl and Panda Girl made pottage and Anglo Saxon bread.

They semi-followed a recipe but both chose different herbs, water content, and vegetable amounts.

Making the bread while the pottage bubbled on the stove.

It was so much more delicious than I was expecting! I'll make this again myself!

Our Anglo Saxon library books

Anglo Saxon worksheets

Anglo Saxon jobs, some of which have become surnames. We discussed surnames and their potential origins all day after this!

The Anglo Saxons used moss instead of toilet paper. The boy was bemused when I told him.

Moss is so pretty under a microscope. The Boy said he thought it looked like seaweed.

The kiddies brought a bunch of cuddly farm animals downstairs...

And we talked about how dark, smelly, uncomfortable, cramped, smokey and noisy it must have been in an Anglo Saxon farm settlement where farm animals were often kept inside or near the windowless, chimney-less houses.

Choosing vegetables to plant on their Anglo Saxon strip of land given to them by the landowner.

Anglo Saxon farming