Looking for ways to bring the Roman era to life in your own classroom? These lessons were originally taught as part of the Civilisations in Contact project, "Bringing Pompeii and Herculaneum to Cambridgeshire Schools".
Jane Bower is an experienced primary teacher specialising in arts subjects. In this case her teaching embraced primary history, drama, dance and art and design. History Off the Page is a Cambridgeshire-based company of teachers who create immersive learning environments for children. Like Jane Bower, their staff also specialise in the use of drama and role play but supported through costume, artefacts, props and equipment. In planning the teaching activities, both Jane Bower and staff from History Off the Page were advised in detail on current research about Pompeii and Herculaneum by academics from Civilizations in Contact. These lessons were taught in five Cambridge schools in challenging circumstances for two days in succession during June and July 2013. Jane Bower taught a whole day first, followed by History Off the Page on the second day. Shortly afterwards pupils visited the British Museum exhibition, "Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum", and while they were there performed a rehearsed dance prepared by Jane Bower in school. The teaching of History Off the Page was designed to deepen and build upon that of Jane Bower and any other prior learning about Pompeii and Herculaneum that class teachers had undertaken before the project.
For the purposes of this website, the original teaching has been broken up into different lesson plans. This organisation is to make it easier for primary teachers and other educators to look at particular lessons in detail. The lesson plans are set out in the same way. They all:
These features give teachers or other educators the opportunity to:
The lesson plans can be found by clicking on the enquiry questions at the left of the page.