Thornbury primary school pupils transformed themselves into Roman soldiers as part of a special history lesson.

Year three pupils at Manorbrook Primary took part in a virtual Roman workshop run by Caerleon National Roman Museum in Newport.

Both key worker children in school and those studying from home were set challenges such as exploring the museum though their website and learning Latin commands that a soldier would have had to follow.

During the session they were tested on whether they could follow the commands and then received a presentation from Claudia, the wife of a Roman Centurion.

The workshop ended with a question and answer session where the children were able to ask about a variety of aspects of Roman life.

The children then continued their learning through projects completed at home or at school. They created mosaics, video presentations, models of Roman houses or boats but most were inspired by the soldier and created swords, shields and helmets.

Manorbrook Primary School pupils

Manorbrook Primary School pupils

Year three teacher Elaine Drayton said: “It was a great session which all the children enjoyed.

“They were so interested in finding out about life in Roman times.

“The knowledge of the staff member from Caerleon Museum was extraordinary – there wasn’t a question asked that she couldn’t answer in great historical detail.

“We have all enjoyed seeing what the children have created.”