Groups booking a visit to Brading Roman Villa can have a guided tour led by a trained learning guide. It takes between 45 and 60 minutes. The accompanying talk is tailored by the age and needs of the group as well as what they ask as they walk around the Villa.


There is an education room which is reserved for you once you book an activity. There are a variety of activities organised by key stage and subject. Click on the PDF below for more details

With a half day visit there is time for one activity and two activities on a whole day visit.

Bespoke Education visits for all schools

Our Education Officer is a qualified and experienced teacher who can design tours and differentiated activities to meet your learning objectives. They will aim to address the specific needs of your pupils.

Teaching resources

Brading Roman Villa is a typical marine villa, housed in a purpose-built museum designed so that it is accessible to everyone. It has an education room for the exclusive use of the visiting school. There is lots of outside space to run around in, have a picnic or fly kites. Coaches of up to 11m can use the car park.

The education officer at Brading Roman Villa designs each visit around the needs of the each group so that it best meets the pupils’ needs. There is a scheme of work that fits with the 2019 programmes of study. There are worksheets and resources for teachers to use before the visit. The resources are differentiated and use a variety of approaches so that they are accessible to all types of learners (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic) and all abilities. They have been developed by an experienced and qualified teacher, then refined by many primary school teachers who have already visited the villa. There is also a post visit assessment that requires the pupils to assess the impact of the Romans.

To help teachers put the villa in context there is a short history of the villa.

Workshops on offer

  • KS1 pupils will explore the villa, on their tour they will see labels using “Imprint 4” to help them recognise what they see and develop their reading skills. They will handle artefacts and work out what they were used for. From this the pupils will build up a picture of how the Romans lived. They will also talk about what materials the Romans used (but also which ones they did not have). The pupils will design a mosaic and try Romano-British style clothes. Their learning will be consolidated by getting them to the compare how we live now with how the Romans lived.

    Curriculum Links: History, Science, English

  • This workshop is aimed at KS1. There pupils are split into three small groups and examine four boxes on artefacts in turn. Their aim is to work out which person at the villa would have had these artefacts. They work this out quite quickly, but the discussion around how they worked it out and what else the artefacts tell us is very important. Pupils will explore that they artefacts are made from and how they were made. This workshop also allows the pupils to compare how we live now with people before living memory.

    Curriculum Links: History, Science, English

  • This workshop is aimed at KS2. It can consolidate prior learning on the Celts or be used as a springboard into the topic. The investigation will use three basic human needs: food, clothing and shelter to scaffold the pupils’ learning. In it, pupils will handle artefacts and by discussion learn how to draw out these artefacts can tell them. Pupils will get experience in how to ask and answer historic enquiry questions and so learn the fun of being a History Detective. At the end pupils will annotate a picture with all they can see about life in the Iron Age.

    Curriculum Links: History, Science, English

  • This workshop is aimed at KS2. Pupils will use artefacts and pictures to consolidate their knowledge of what daily life was like in both the Iron Age and in Roman times. The investigation will use three basic human needs: food, clothing and shelter to scaffold the pupils’ learning. This can be extended into considering how technology, culture and beliefs were changed by the Romans. By the end the pupils will know what changed, why it changed and be able to give some assessment of how much daily life changed between 200BC and 400AD. At the end the pupils will annotate two pictures, one from the Iron Age and one from the Roman period to identify what had improved. This could be the foundation for a written piece that will deals with the higher order thinking skills of assessing how much life changed.

    Curriculum Links: History, Science, English

  • This workshop is aimed at KS2. There are three trays of artefacts that allow the pupils to explore daily life for a rich Romano-British family. The pupils work in small groups matching each artefact to the three cards: its label, what it is made from and an inference from it. Pupils are given help with the first tray they work on, less with the second and are mostly able to complete the third without assistance. There is a differentiated speaking and listing exercise that can be used in a plenary. The pupils will also be asked to work out which person(s) at the villa might have used the artefacts.

    Curriculum Links: History, Science, English

  • This workshop is aimed at KS2. The pupils get an introduction to what Archaeology is, how it is done and why. The pupils then put on goggles and gloves to excavate a practice trench. When they have found their artefact, they brush it clean, examine it with a magnifying glass and then complete an archaeologist’s report. They begin by drawing their artefact from different sides. This gets pupils to look in much greater detail. They then work out what the artefact is made from, what shape it is, measure it, estimate its weight and finally try to come to some conclusions about it. In the plenary pupils are asked to say a little about what they have excavated and which materials survive and which ones do not. From this they can consider what types of people we can learn about from the past and who is largely invisible.

    Curriculum Links: History, Science, English, Maths

  • This workshop is aimed at KS2. A lot of Geography can be done on the site, the villa has maps, compasses and worksheets for this. So, visiting pupils can do; map work, contours, identification of the main features of human and physical geography. The more able could use the visit to investigate why the Isle of Wight is suitable as a tourist destination.

  • The museum and collection are available for use within art sessions. The Education Officer is a trained Arts Award Assessor. There are worksheets for three different Arts Award sessions.

Adult Learning

We have run many workshops for adults and their support workers. They tend to involve life skills or some aspect of the villa, but are designed to meet the needs of a specific booking.

Prices for learning visits

Children £4.50.
Teachers and support staff free.
Key stage Activities £1 per child.
Bespoke activities on request.