Children at Nelson Academy in Downham Market get in the Roman spirit. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

Youngsters at a Downham Market primary school stepped back to Roman times for the day.

Donned in togas and tunics, year three pupils at Nelson Academy were visited by History Off The Page, a company which provides experience days from different eras for schools.

“History Off The Page were fantastic. The children were engrossed in Roman activities throughout the day. It gave them a chance to really experience Roman life,” said class teacher Hannah Chown.

“The children came to school dressed up and went around the stalls. They made mosaics and looked at how the Romans would use oils for their skin.

“The children also looked at how the Romans would make medicine from sage and thyme. They had a great day.”

Miss Chown said the pupils, aged seven and eight, found the Roman day a practical way of learning.

She added: “We have done a lot of Roman work in the class room, some of which they didn’t understand so they learnt a lot about Romans.”

λ Staff and pupils raised £291.25 for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. The whole school took part in a Back in Time-themed dressing-up fundraiser.