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Roman Murder Mystery

Mosslands students attend The University of Liverpool short course in Ancient Rome

On Monday 22nd March 20 Gifted & Talented Year 9 students attended an event organised by the University School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology (SACE). The course had been designed to provide pupils with an introduction to a wide variety of aspects of Roman life, and was run by specialists in Roman history and culture, with the day culminating in a Murder Mystery extravaganza. Activities involved the exploration of a number of topics such as: 

  • Finding out how many years a gladiator had to fight for before he was set free (answer – 3 years)
  • Looking at some of the language they used, and how we still use it every single day
The day allowed students to engage with the topic of the ancient world, an area with which they may be less familiar with than others, and helped to improve skills such as textual analysis which can support other courses including English.
All pupils received a certificate of attendance, and were very positive in their feedback.
An article in the daily post 23/03/2010

School pupils learned about the history of the Romans by taking part in a murder mystery. As part of a University of Liverpool scheme, the 14-year-olds from Mosslands School Technology College, in Wallasey, had to use the knowledge they learned in the classroom to question four suspects and help solve an ancient murder case.

Teacher Brian Taylor said: "This was a fun way for students to find out more about Classics and its links to the modern world."

The day was run by the school of Archaeology and funded through the Higher Education Funding Council.