Armed for a historic school day

INTO BATTLE Gina Trozzo, left, with her friend Lily Sanders enjoy Roman Week at Kingscourt School.    Picture: Malcolm Wells (110544-1960)
INTO BATTLE Gina Trozzo, left, with her friend Lily Sanders enjoy Roman Week at Kingscourt School. Picture: Malcolm Wells (110544-1960)
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YOUNGSTERS re-enacted a battle between Romans and Celts to bring their history lessons to life.

The pupils from Kingscourt School in Waterlooville, who have been studying Romans in Britain, put methods of attack and defence into practice with their own home-made weapons and shields.

Sophie Hitchings, six, who played a Roman, said: ‘The best bit was when we got in the tortoise formation when we attacked the Celts. They couldn’t do anything to us because we worked so well as a team.’

Oscar Ryes, seven, a Celt for the day, said: ‘We had fun putting the blue woad in amazing patterns on our faces to make ourselves look really scary. We tried throwing javelins at the Romans, but they were hard to beat.’

Teacher Derren Marshall said: ‘There is no substitute for hands-on learning. We always role-play history lessons where possible.’