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Block C - The Roman invasion of Britain

Children learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain at the time and the legacy it left us.  Other than History, children acquire and practise skills in Art, making Roman busts and mosaics, in D&T, building a chariot and an aqueduct, in Dance and Music, creating a dance/drama of an invasion and of a battle, in English, debating opposition or collaboration, and Geography, understanding the location and extent of the empire.

The Romans are invading and children take the position of Celtic tribes. Understand the power and organisation of the Roman army and ask and answer historically relevant questions about why it was so successful. Decide whether it was better for the Celts to collaborate or resist the Romans – what advantages were there to collaboration.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: The rise of the Roman Empire

Understand some of the reasons behind the Romans’ success in invading Britain and create Roman shields to use in role play.

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02: Legions of legionaries

Learn about life as a Roman Legionary and create an informative leaflet.

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03: Preparing to invade Britannia

Create a realistic impression, using music and movement, of what it felt like as the Roman army invaded Britain.

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04: Trouble is coming!

Build on the previous session in developing, through mime and role-play, a deeper understanding of the impact of the Roman invasion on the Celts.

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05: The Roman conquest in 43 CE

Create a realistic debate within a Celtic tribe about whether to accept the Roman invasion or fight it.