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Students Share Roman History with Sherbourne Fields School

10 years on from our very first History project, our annual collaboration with Sherbourne Fields Special School continues to go from strength to strength. For the staff and students involved, the Project is always a challenge and a fun way of learning about history, whilst taking responsibility for other young people with a huge range of learning difficulties. Like every other group to have been through this project, the class of 2015 found that it has provided them with lasting memories.

 

10 years on from our very first History project, our annual collaboration with Sherbourne Fields Special School continues to go from strength to strength. For the staff and students involved, the Project is always a challenge and a fun way of learning about history, whilst taking responsibility for other young people with a huge range of learning difficulties. Like every other group to have been through this project, the class of 2015 found that it has provided them with lasting memories.

In a truly action packed week, the range of activities provided was extensive. President Kennedy School students began the week performing two plays to teach the Sherbourne Fields School students about this year’s key theme, the Romans, “What have the Romans ever done for us?” and “Having a bath”. There was also a musical theme to the first day with students learning songs including “Always look on the bright side of life” and others about Roman Gods like Cupid.

Sherbourne Fields students were particularly keen on a range of activities to acquire their Roman citizenship, identifying landmarks and learning how to put their togas on!

Tuesday was dominated by craft activities and storytelling. There was an opportunity to make jewellery as well as swords and shields to prepare for the “Gladiator training” later in the week. The stories were expertly delivered by our students in a way that that brought considerable interaction form the audience through song, dance, poetry and sound effects. The stories of Romulus and Remus, Hadrian’s Wall, Boudicca and Pandora’s Box were thus brought to life in an imaginary and very sensory fashion.

Further entertainment was provided on Wednesday by two of our very talented dancers; Neha Gupta and Alice Robinson. There was also an opportunity for some Sherbourne Fields students to visit President Kennedy School and pose for pictures with a variety of Roman backdrops using our Green Screen. The “treasure hunt” has become a very popular feature of the project over the years and there was great energy and excitement this year as students tracked down Roman place names and plotted them on a map.

There were a range of activities on Thursday from pottery to Gladiator training. Miss Kirkham also  came over to teach the students some Roman cookery in preparation for Friday’s Roman banquet. This was not before the Awards Ceremony in which all students from both schools were awarded for their contribution to another successful project.

Mr Finney and Miss Virdee would particularly like to thank the following for their wonderful patience, hard work and care throughout the project;                   

Jessica Turfrey, Jack Forster, Kim Pfahler, Katie Lever, Sabrina Ide, Tahera Sajid, Esha Brar, Rahul Gill, Neha Gupta, Razina Begum, Fizza Ahmed, Courtney McGlinchey, Mason Busby, Lucy Tinkler, Alice Robinson, Rahul Kumar, Mason Nicholls and Luke Kelleher.