School visits

Information on access for schools to our sites with specialist tours and resource packs, trained guides and more…

Caistor St Edmund Roman town, north wall remains. Photo: Nick Stone.

School visits

NAT has developed materials to support school visits to our sites with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England, and with the help of dedicated volunteers.

In this section you will find support material for site visits to Caistor Roman Town, just outside Norwich; and Burgh Castle Roman Fort, near Great Yarmouth.

The materials focus on life during the Roman Period – perfect for supporting the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2, as well as aspects of Geography, English and a little bit of Maths.

Support for schools

The NAT’s trained volunteers can help schools study the Roman period in the following ways:

In-school visit: our volunteers can visit your school to introduce pupils to the Roman Period using real archaeological finds.

Site visits: Volunteers can help schools explore our Roman period sites with a choice of potential activities, subject to volunteer availability.

Please be aware that our services for schools are undertaken by volunteers. Although we will try hard to fit in with your requirements regarding dates and numbers of activities, it will not always be possible to provide this.

Schools can undertake self-led visits to the site without volunteer assistance. However, the school must notify NAT beforehand so that we can check your visit does not clash with other visits or activities on the same day – thank you.

Burgh Castle Roman Fort

Support materials

Our Burgh Castle Roman Fort Schools Activities Pack sets out in detail ideas for exploring the Fort.

Download the Activities pack here

Our Planning information document for Burgh Castle Roman Fort provides schools with the practical information you will need to plan your visit, such as information to support your Risk Assessment; parking arrangements and other facilities.

Download the Planning info for schools here

Booking

Option 1: Joint package with Time & Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth

The volunteer team at Burgh Castle Fort work closely with Time & Tide Museum at Gt Yarmouth to provide a joint Roman Day package. This includes a 90 minute session at Time & Tide Museum with Roman re-enactors; and a 90 minute session on site at the Roman Fort. This joint session runs from 9.30am – 2.00pm.

To book a joint package please contact Time & Tide Museum at: greatyarmouth.bookings@norfolk.gov.uk Telephone01493 743944

Option 2: Volunteer-led, Site-visit only

If you would like to book a separate site visit led by the Trust’s volunteer team [i.e. not including a visit to Time & Tide Museum], please fill in the Booking Enquiry Form below. The form should be submitted to us once you have read the Activities Pack and Planning Information document above. Once we receive the booking form we will get in touch to discuss a plan for the day based on the information you have provided and the availability of volunteer support.

Download the Booking Enquiry Form

Further resources:

These downloadable resources provide material to support site visits. They form Appendices to the Activities Pack available as a zip file which includes:

Appendix 1: Guard at the Gates cards (PDF)
Appendix 2: Who built the walls? Picture cards (PDF)
Appendix 3: Picture resource: includes Maps; Food & Drink; images of Fort walls (Powerpoint)
Appendix 4: Rota game board (PDF)
Appendix 5: Mosaic grid (PDF)
Appendix 6: Four English Heritage Interpretation panels (PDFs)
Appendix 7: Two NAT interpretation panels (PDFs)

Download zip file here

 

Caistor Roman Town

Support materials

Our Caistor Roman Town Schools Activities Pack sets out in detail some ideas for exploring the Town, and includes School-led and Volunteer-led activities to choose from.

Download the Activities Pack here

Our Planning information document for Caistor Roman Town provides schools with the practical information you will need to plan your visit, such as information to support your Risk Assessment; parking arrangements and other facilities.

Download the Planning info for schools pack here

Booking

The completed Booking Enquiry Form should be submitted to us once you have read the Activities Pack and Planning Information document. Once we receive the booking form we will get in touch to discuss a plan for the day based on the information you have provided and the availability of volunteer support

Download the Booking Enquiry Form

Further resources:

These powerpoint presentations provide support material for in-school learning about the Roman Period prior to the site visit. They form Appendices to the Activities Pack:

Mapping; What do Archaeologists do?
Food and Drink; What’s in the box?

Download the zip file here.

Norwich Castle offers an immersive KS2 learning event, ‘A Day with the Romans and Iceni’ where students meet characters from the past and take part in a range of activities. For more information, please click here to go to the Norfolk Museums website.

 

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