Bringing History to Life

In Latin and Classics this week, Year 5 and 6 had a special educational walk to the Roman walls near The Barbican. Hosted by the incredibly knowledgeable Mr Mendes da Costa, he explained how from around 200 AD, the shape of London was defined by one single structure: its massive city wall. Its original construction was thought to be as a protective measure against the Picts, although some historians argue that it was built by Albinus, governor of Britain, to protect his city against his arch-rival Septimius Severus. The children then had to imagine what the wall would have looked like in ancient Roman times, with both classes creating some great interpretations. What a fabulous way to bring history to life! We are so lucky we can use London as our classroom.