On Monday, November 7, Grade 6 went on a journey back in time to explore the Roman ruins and sites of the Left Bank. The trip was the first part of the students' next unit of inquiry into the Romans and city planning as part of their history class.
It was a cold and misty morning but that didn't stop the intrepid Grade 6 students setting out to explore their city's history. One RER ride later and they were transported from ISP to Lutetia, the ancient Roman city on the Île de la Cité and the Left Bank. Once the students had arrived at Notre Dame, they split into their class groups to meet the professional guides who would be showing them the local sites.
In front of the Notre Dame was the students' first site: the Place du Parvis Notre Dame. There lies the entrance to the an archaeological crypt containing Roman houses, wall and ramparts. At each site the students had the task of filling in their Roman site sheet, listing the modern name, Roman name and any interesting features.
Just around the corner from the Notre Dame is the rue de la Colombe, where the students were told that a rather ordinary piece of pavement was in fact once a Roman rampart. Next up was the rue Saint-Jacques, otherwise known as the cardo maximus to Paris' Roman inhabitants. The long thoroughfare lies over the top of what was once Lutetia's main road.
The guide showed the Grade 6 students about the unexpected Roman history around the whole surrounding area, including rue Galande, the Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre.
After a few chilly hours in the 4th century AD, ISP's Grade 6 made their way back to the rather warmer classrooms at school.