The Romans in Britain - FREE

Block D - Roman entertainment

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.    

Explore the ways in which the Romans entertained themselves and others in the empire by holding gladiator fights and chariot racing. Design and build your own chariot and then race it!

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: Research Roman gladiators

Children look at (hopefully in the context of a visit to a museum or Roman site) artefacts from Roman times and think about their function and attributes.

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02: Learn about Roman chariot racing

Children investigate a variety of vehicles and understand how they move.

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03: How wheels and axles work

Children understand that wheels and axles can be assembled in different ways.

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04: Design a fit for purpose Roman chariot

Children work together and individually to design a chariot, deciding what materials they will use.

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05: Build a chariot and research the Circus Maximus

Children use variety of tools and materials to create their own chariot.

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06: Evaluate the Roman chariot design

Children compare their chariots, looking at the things that worked and those that they would do differently.