The Romans in Britain - FREE

Block G - Roman army and busts

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 Roman Army was disciplined and effective.  What was its organisation?  What were the Roman soldiers like and why did so many Britons join the Roman army? Learn about the army and then use this knowledge to help understand how Roman busts differed from their Greek equivalent. Create Roman Busts in relief from clay.  

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: Understanding why the Roman army was so powerful

Children learn about the Roman army and train together, being given orders by a centurion. They act out a battle.

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02: Understanding the power of the Roman army through 3D art

Children explore some of the features of the Roman Army by looking at the differences between Roman & Greek busts.

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03: Recording different facial expressions in sketchbooks and experimenting with clay

Children start to plan and design their Roman busts, thinking about the features and expression of a soldier in the Roman Army.

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04: Creating a fierce depiction of themselves from clay

Children re-cap all they have learned about the Roman Army. Then they create a Roman bust in relief from clay.