Home Learning 20-01-2012

20 Jan

I was really impressed with your 100 Word Challenges from last week. Well done.

Inspired by The Thieves of Ostia (our class reader) this week’s task is to write a diary entry for a child living in Roman Britain. What have you been up to? What things would Roman children have done? What might they have eaten? Have a look at the Roman Mysteries site and also this BBC site to give you some ideas.


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33 responses to “Home Learning 20-01-2012

  1. SB Art Lover

    January 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    18th September 508 BC

    Dear Diary,

    Another hard day at work! I must admit I’ve learnt my lesson from stealing fresh bread from the kitchens and I swear I’m NEVER going out with the hunt again! Tomorrow there’s the hunt’s annual meeting so I said to the stableman that he didn’t need to tack up an extra horse because I’d rather shove my hands into an oven then get tossed about on a horse! He said he’d give me a piece of my mind, so this morning I got taken out of my sailing lesson to get my hands shoved into a flaming hot oven! I wish I’d never been sent to this horrid place. I’m trying to persuade the other boys into hatching a plan to escape, but most of them have tried it before and they got caught, so far my plan is slightly failing 😦 . Anyway I think I’d better go to sleep as I’ve lost count of how many times I wake up in the morning to the sound of laughter (trust me, it’s unusual to hear laughter in this place!) because all the boys have read you, as I forgot to hide you away last night.

    I’ll write tomorrow,


    • HorseLover ETP

      January 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

      thats really good scarlett you wrote a lot you could carry
      on and write a whole book from that !!!!!!!!! 🙂 well done for adding a Roman name at
      the end

    • mrcobbsclass

      January 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Well done, I like how you’ve used commas to add in little personal comments and opinions. perhaps you could have included some things you are looking forward to (or not) tomorrow.

  2. SH lego builder

    January 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    June 2nd
    I woke up this morning, feeling as if I was paralysed by the long nights sleep. I just managed to haul myself up onto the ground of the stone cold cave. There was no food for the day because the person who tried to steal it had been court, and no-one wanted to do it now ‘cause all the guards had been doubled. We all knew someone would turn up and be brave, but for now we had no food.

    June 3rd
    I’m sorry I couldn’t write yesterday, ya’see I wondered off into the market place on my own, got lost and didn’t get back home till night fall. Mum says I was really lucky because if I’d been court I’d be sold as a slave. She says I’m never to go out of this cave on my own ever again! Oh yeh, we still haven’t got a brave guy to fetch us food. So I thing that sums it up I didn’t have a very good day at all, all that seemed to happen was me getting punish, and a few other small thins theres no need to write down.

    • mrcobbsclass

      January 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Well done SH, you’ve used some fabulous vocabulary in this diary entry. I especially like the “just managed to haul myself….” part. Just be careful to read through before posting, there are a few little mistakes towards the end.

  3. LH

    January 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Mr Cobb, we’ve got the Roman Mysteries complete series 1 on DVD (PG), if they would be any use to you to borrow. Lucy

  4. LL

    January 22, 2012 at 11:11 am

    The roman soldiers smashed through our village defenses cutting down our warriors and setting fire to our limp houses. I watched all of this from my hiding place behind a pile of boulders, watching every body I knew and loved washed away from my life. I ran away from the terror the romans had brought to my home, only stopping once to pick up a knife. Suddenly strong hands grasped me from behind and yanked me back, and there, his dark figure looming over me was venilicious the slave dealer…

    • mrcobbsclass

      January 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      I like the ideas in this piece of writing, you’ve used some great phrases. What could you have included or how could you have changed it to make it a better diary?

  5. horseloveretp

    January 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    do we do this at home or on the blog

  6. horseloveretp

    January 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    24th April 79ad

    Today me,Johnathan and Nubia went to town to see paytar go off on his ship, me and Nubia will be staying at Johnathan’s until paytar returns . Me and Nubia went to see are room and it is very nice but Nubia is still upset because i told her scooto can’t come to stay with us while we are at Johnathan’s house because it is not good manners . We went to the baths this afternoon because we were so hot and we wanted to eat out there, so we ate stuffed snails, there were delecious you could hardly tell that some of them were rotten, but luckily Nubia ate the rotten ones as she couldn’t tell the diffrence between them, so I think she may need to go to the lavatorione in the night, It Is getting very dark now so I will go to go sleep and I hope to write in the morning Flavia . this is my homework mr cobb

  7. nl

    January 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

    wow sam h that amazing because the discription is so realistic.

  8. nl

    January 23, 2012 at 10:27 am

    scarlett that is so cool you really put loads of adectives in.

  9. nl

    January 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

    lucus that is awesome i liked the bit about “Suddenly strong hands grasped me “

    • mrcobbsclass

      January 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      I liked that bit too NL. It really conveys the idea of someone firmly grabbing you.

  10. KG animal lover

    January 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    september 17th
    i awoke to the sound of voices, so I stepped outside to see what it was all about there he stood the
    horrible slave dealer i watched silently but i could see he was looking at me in the corner of
    his eye.When i was small he caught me on my own and he said “before i die i will get you nuiba and thats a PROMISE!” suddenly i felt something on my arm so i turned as quickly as i could but to my relief it was my father”i tell you what, you get your toga on and we will have our breckfast in the garden” i noded and did as he said. “when you get out there dont be suprised if im not there i have got something to sort out with your mum” i replied to him with” SHE IS NOT MY MUM SHE IS MY STEPMUM!!”but my dad sent me out and whent into the kitchen. as i was out there i thought i want my mum back i only spend five years with her then….AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH the slave dealer got me and took me to the city gates….

    • mrcobbsclass

      January 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      This diary entry has many of the aspects needed for a diary – a date to start, personal style and some opinion. Be careful you don’t turn it in to a story though. Remember its about writing down what happened that day, so don’t use too much speech. Also, remember the capitals to start sentences.

  11. KH art lover

    January 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Dear dariy
    last night I was quitly reading one of my scrolls in bed when all of a sudden I heard all this crashiing around down stairs then it sounded like it was coming up stairs. I got really sceard
    I keept on shoutind papa for houres then thes Roman soldris came in then I shouted who why are you hear and what have you done with papa . Then the soldeirs said ” he is dead “I was so shoked when I found out I bust in to tears.then they took my scroll and ran I ttied to stop them but I couldent.

    • mrcobbsclass

      January 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Well done KH, I like the Roman details such as scrolls and the use of Papa for your father’s name. Remember a diary is a record of a day, so don’t get confused with writing a story. Remember those capitals too.

  12. TA

    January 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Does it have to be a surten year?

    • mrcobbsclass

      January 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      No TA, it can be any year in the Roman era.

  13. Natalie Lamont

    January 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    that is so cool and fun.

  14. KB

    January 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    15th March 110 BC

    Dear Diary,

    I woke up this morning to the sound of the cockerel at the farm across the road, I’ll get that bird someday! I got up and went downstairs to have breakfast, my brother, Brutus, ( Which also means stupid!) was sitting there smugly eating his porridge. I glanced at him suspiciously wondering why he was looking at me like that. Confused I went towards the cupboard and looked into the bowl were we keep the porridge oats, there was nothing in there! Suddenly I lunged towards Brutes and knocked him of his chair, unlucky for me the porridge had gone with him. I ran upstairs to my room and sulked. Eventually I fell asleep with my head buried in my knees….

    “AGNES” my father shouted from downstairs “DINNERS READY”!
    This startled me and I fell onto the floor creating a humongous bump “coming” I shouted drearily, still recovering from the bump on my head
    Half asleep I trailed down the stairs to the table.
    All the smells came to me at once , What was it? What was that wondrous smell? Roast hare With flamingos tongues , my favorite. My brother reached his hand forward and took some roast Hare, I was surprised when my father hit his hand back and said “ only for me, Agnes and your Mother, you had had porridge instead”. I smiled at my Father in glee and reached my hand forward to take my share, I was waiting for it, but he didn’t, he didn’t hit my hand away I carried on eating, smugly looking at Brutes…

    Revenge is sweet!

    By Kaiya Butler


    • Natalie Lamont

      January 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      WOW kaiya that is amazing and so realistic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    • mrcobbsclass

      January 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Great Kaiya, I really like the personal chatty style you have used. I also like the way you have used a range of sentence starts. Be careful not to get to story like – remember a diary is about recording your day for posterity.

  15. BDG lego builder

    January 25, 2012 at 8:08 am

    WEDNESDAY May 320 AD

    I hopped up to the sound of a man selling snails in the village, and dragged myself out of my rags CRASH! I fell to the ground tired.
    My slave driver picked me up with his hands and pulled me along the ground, the gravel got stuck in my knees.
    Two years ago the slave driver had lost an eye from a slave, it was really scary.

    TUESDAY May 320 AD

    It is selling day today and I put on my best rags they smelt horrid!
    I stood up on the old wooden podium people, looked at me like I wasn’t human.
    Then a big man came up to me, he had scars all over his face, I was petrified. He poked me and then looked up at me, I could tell he didn’t like me. “I’d like him” he said. WHAT! I shouted out and he picked me up and put me on his big shoulders. you’ll be a grate soldier he said…

  16. TA

    January 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Roman Diary

    My name is Marcus I am VIII

    XXVIII January

    At I o’clock I had to present my wine, cake and incense to the statue of Jupiter in the eating room. Then I had to go to school.

    After that we went Trajen’s market, it was busy and hot hot hot. We went to get some warm food because we don’t have a stove. I really wanted to get a toy soldier. Then we went to the baths and I saw Claudius, my friend (VIII)

    XXX January

    It’s my birthday today!
    I am IX .I got one soldier, how brilliant is that? Even though it’s my birthday I still have to go to school. At school we write on wax tablets and read laws on a scroll and memorize them, then tell them to our teacher. And do chores like laundry, I had to wash it by hand.

    After school Claudius and I played sword fighting, but while we were fighting I accidentally fell over and cut my arm. I had to go and see a friendly doctor called Mordicia. He put goat dung on it!

    At VIII o’clock my dad took me to the Circus Maximus in the south of Rome. In the chariot race I supported the Red team (they won). Then we saw the gladiators, they were clad in body armour.

    • mrcobbsclass

      January 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      I really like the detail in this diary entry TA, you must have really researched it hard. You’ve also managed to use the parts of a diary entry really well. Super star writing!

  17. MK

    January 25, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    March the 28th

    Today i had to go to my dad`s work it was very boring. My dad was a carpenter. he was very bisie making chair`s and table for all the rich is my job to sweeap the saw dust off the floor.By lunch time i was so tired as we had started at 5 am that we stoped at the shop to buy me and my dad some lunch. we had to use the money that my dad earnt today.We ate bread and veg soup. meat was a luxury to people like us only the rich people can aford meat. Did you no that at the age of 14 girl`s can get married and did you no that men can divorce there wives if they do no have a baby and did you no that wimi can died very young (like 20) because of chiledbirth. chiledbirth could be dangerous diseases were commen.:)


    • mrcobbsclass

      January 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Well done MK. You’ve included some good detail in this diary entry and you’ve included events in chronological order. Be careful to stick to a diary, the last piece becomes more like a information text.

  18. LC

    January 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    December 3rd AD49 morning

    Today Paeter wake me up at 4:30 this morning to take me to the market (how annoying!). he says we can get the best deals then. So we started walking to the market square, as we walked past the baths a stench wafted towards me it was so bad. Then we passed the libary i asked paeter if i could buy a scroll that i wanted it was the liburis scroll xi and paeter let me buy it with my 20 silver pieces.
    When we got to the market paeter brought loads of figs and some mild wine (my favourite)


    • mrcobbsclass

      January 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Well done LC. You’ve tried really hard to include personal opinion and using brackets is a great way of doing this. Its also full of detail. Make sure you use capitals for sentence starts and the letter i (or should I say I).

  19. Ryan mps

    February 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Hello My name is Ryan from Miss Hollis’s Class Your Class have been Working Hard Today


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