The Romans in Britain - FREE

Block F - Boudicca's rebellion

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.    

Study Boudicca’s rebellion. Consider life as a Celt under Roman rule and learn what went wrong to cause the rebellion led by Boudicca. Sequence the events leading to the Battle of Colchester and use music and dance/drama to act this out. Finally, paint a portrait of Boudicca. 

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 Queen of the Iceni

Children think about what life was like in a Celtic tribe when the Romans were in Britain. They play a game to reinforce their knowledge.

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02: The death of King Prasutagus!

Children learn about the events leading up to Boudicca’s rebellion and use a simple script to create a short drama depicting these events.

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03: Boudicca's rallying cry!

Children learn more about the events leading to Boudicca’s rebellion and write a rallying speech to be give by Boudicca to the Celts.

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04: The Battle of Colchester

Children learn about the battles fought between Boudicca and the Romans. Using soundtrack of Mornay’s dream, they perform a dance/drama of the Battle of Colchester.

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05: The story ends and the legend begins

Children learn how Boudicaa’s rebellion ended and create a portrait of Boudicca showing her character as a warrior and a proud leader of her tribe’s people.