The Romans in Britain - FREE

Block I - Roman Legacy

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. 

Learn about the Roman legacy – exploring those things that the Romans brought which affected our subsequent history and even our language. Study the cities, the rule of law, roman numerals and the calendar we use today, and come to understand how many aspects of modern life can, in effect, be traced back in some way to the Romans.  

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: What have the Romans ever done for us?

Children discuss what a legacy is and explore the different aspects of the Roman legacy. They trace the Latin roots of words we use in English.

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02: Language and the calendar

Children compare the Roman names in Latin for the months of the year to the current English equivalents.

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03: Roman numerals

Children learn about Roman numerals. They write dates and amounts using these numbers and begin to understand how the Roman numeral system works.

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04: Law and order

Children discuss the need for a system of laws. They learn about the Twelve Tables in 449, and then discuss the need for fair rules.

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05: Roads and towns

Children look at where the Roman cities in Britain were located and discuss why the Romans chose to build cities there. They discuss why the Romans built good straight roads.

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06: The Roman Legacy

Children research a particular aspect of the ‘Roman Legacy’ and create a set of PowerPoint slides to contribute to a class presentation.