The multidisciplinary lessons (Latin, Arts and design, Art, Individual, group and society, History) allowed Year 2 students to follow the Roman roads and reach the very gates of Singidunum.
Our teachers started their open air class with the walk towards Pioneer Park, where our students learnt about a street which used to exist there, Via Militaris and its lunar and solar parts, in which the Romans used to bury their beloved ones.
The walk took the group to the former Roman necropolis, at today’s Republic Square, and then to the Roman baths in the area known today as Students' Square. The magnificent building of the National Bank of Serbia in Kralja Petra street is on the place where the Temple of Jupiter used to be, while some remains of the ancient street Via Cardo are preserved within the Shopping centre Rajićeva. That street stretched to the entrance to the Roman military camp (castrum), which used to be where today’s National Library is, and in the Library’s Roman Hall it is possible to see the remains of the Roman fortification.
The talk then continued at Kalemegdan, the place reached by IV Flavius’s Legion in the 2nd century A.D. Different topics were discussed: the types of military fortresses, the ancient Roman way of life, the remains still existing in the area. The most interesting was the story about the Roman well, as the students realised that it had been named that way as the term “Roman” meant something ancient. In Barutana (which means gunpowder vault), i.e. Lapidarium, in the lower part of Kalemegdan, the students could see the sarcophagi in which the Romans were buried, as well as other monuments and Jonah’s sarcophagus.
While at the National Museum, our students could see the permanent exhibition on the upper floors of the museum. They also completed the tasks related to the ancient times and artefacts of ancient Romans.
Studying is easier and acquiring 21st century knowledge and skill is more efficient
This form of lessons enables high efficiency in studying and better retention. Through such work, Savremena Gimnazija stimulates and encourages teamwork, multidisciplinary approach and field work, all of which are key elements for acquiring 21st century knowledge and skills relevant for life and career.