Today Year 3 visited Chedworth Roman Villa, as part of their learning in History.
During their workshop, the guide showed them the underfloor heating system and the bath house, both powered in the same way by a furnace. The children were amazed to hear that how clever the Romans were and that even 2,000 years ago they had underfloor heating! The children were fascinated by the pillar system that held up the floor and allowed hot air to move between the pillars and heat up the rooms/water above.
The guide explained to them about Roman toileting, which caused some consternation, as they found out that toilets were communal and shared by everyone. They were also very astonished to hear that there was no toilet paper, just a sponge on a stick, that would be shared…
They also investigated the mosaics in the building and were very impressed that they were still there. They asked their guide some very searching questions! Afterwards they got to make their own mosaics, which they thoroughly enjoyed.