Last night I had my Monday english group. Three boys, between 12 and 14, and they are just loving the topic of ancient Rome!
So far, we have made roman villas from lego, designed mosaics using beans and seeds, made our own shields, helmets and swords, designed and experimented with making aqueducts and arches, made gladiator areas from sugar cubes, watching a documentary on Pompei, and so on.
Last night, after playing the roman game of ‘trigon’, we talked about the Punic War between Rome and Carthage, and what was used in this 100 year war, which was esentially three battles. As catapults were used, it seemed only fun to engineer a catapult, using lolly pop sticks, and elastic bands.
We had a lot of fun – and they worked well!