5. Spin that coin

Finding out about Roman games, pastimes and everyday activities.

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20 minutes

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Thu 16 Feb 2017 03:45

Programme introduction

We exchange coins for goods on sale at a Roman marketplace, find out about Roman money and trade and about a few of the Emperors whose heads are shown on the coins. At a Roman home, we roll dice and explore some of the toys and games Roman children played with – knuckle-bones, dolls, hoops and sticks, model chariots and marbles.

The song features a rhythm of regular ‘quavers’ and a simple tune hovering around 2-3 notes at a time. It also introduces several aspects of Ancient Roman dance and music, especially instruments – flutes, lyres, tambourines, castanets and finger-cymbals – all of which (or modern equivalents) can be used in the children’s song accompaniments and simple compositions, alongside spinning and rolling sounds. 

Teacher's Notes

Time and Tune - Romans

Full Teacher's Notes for the Time and Tune series 'Romans!'