Using the shields they designed in Term 3, they have learned a range of military manoeuvres under the instruction of Mr John Jackson, before taking turns as centurions and putting their classmates through their paces.
This practical assessment was designed to complement the cultural component of their Latin studies, which covers life in Roman Britain. The students researched key aspects of the Roman military as a group assignment before taking to the fields to experience equipment, tactics and formations for themselves.
“Although our Year 10s have been doing this practical military assignment for a few years now, this is the first time that I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of it,” says Mrs Lauren Lethbridge. “Actually becoming a Roman soldier allowed the students to see for themselves the strengths of the legionary system, as well as some of the challenges which soldiers and generals might face on the battlefield.