The Romans in Britain - FREE

Block H - Roman buildings and engineering

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.

What buildings did the Romans build and for what purposes?  How did they solve practical engineering problems such as providing enough water for their towns and cities, and enabling the army to get from A to B. Study Roman roads, buildings and aqueducts. Build models, carry out scientific tests and make a presentation of discoveries.

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01: Roman architecture

Children study the types and architecture of Roman buildings, including the use of columns, pediments, colonnades, etc. They make a model Roman building.

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02: Testing the strength of columns

Continuing to look at aspects of Roman architectural style, children consider the varieties of 3D shape which can be used to hold up the weight of a roof and further stories. They conduct a fair scientific test.

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03: Roman arches

Why did the Romans use so many arches? Children conduct an investigation on effectiveness of different shaped arches by manipulating length of span and measuring height and load bearing strength.

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04: Roman roads

Children learn how Roman roads were made and where they were built. They place Roman towns and cities on a map of Britain.

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05: Roman aqueducts

Understanding how the Romans carried water using aqueducts, children begin to make a cardboard model aqueduct.

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06: Finishing the model aqueduct

Children complete their model aqueduct and prepare and present information on Roman architecture.