Learn about life in Britain before the Romans arrived and how the arrival of the Roman armies affected the Celtic tribes. Take different jobs and roles in a Celtic village. Debate whether to resist or collaborate and create Celtic shields.

Session 1 Celtic round houses

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British history (what Britain was like before the Romans came).
  • Begin to learn about Iron Age culture.

English

  • Discuss a text in a similar style to the writing they are planning, to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar.
  • Draft and write non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices.

Teaching and Activities

Study Celtic Round House homes so that we know what life was like in Britain before the Romans came. Create a leaflet to show this.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand key terms relating to the Celtic period.
  • To draft, write and publish a leaflet using the features of information texts.

Children will:

  • Understand what sort of homes Celtic people lived in.
  • Produce an attractive, interesting and informative leaflet.

You Will Need

  • A4 paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Coloured pencils

Session 2 Village life in Iron Age Britain

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British history (what Britain was like before the Romans came).
  • Begin to learn about Iron Age culture (farming, clothes, food and crafts).

English

  • Participate in improvisations and role-play.
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.

Teaching and Activities

Begin to understand the different jobs that people did in a Celtic village before the romans came and make a poster to show this.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To gain knowledge of the way of life in an Iron Age settlement.
  • To role-play a member of an Iron Age settlement and recognise key aspects of the culture and life.

Children will:

  • Understand how people lived in Iron Age Britain including clothes, food and jobs.
  • Co-operate in a group/pair to produce an informative and attractive poster that outlines a Celtic job or craft.
  • Role-play members of an Iron Age settlement.

Provided Resources

  • A set of cards with the name of a Celtic job or craft on each
  • A corresponding set of cards with an illustration of each job/craft and some text to explain it

You Will Need

  • Pencils and coloured pencils
  • An orange cloth and sticks to simulate a fire

Session 3 Hill forts and tribal wars

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British history (what Britain was like before the Romans came).
  • Begin to learn about Iron Age culture.

English

  • Participate in improvisations and role-play.
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.

Teaching and Activities

Understand how Celtic tribes fought between themselves. Take part in a debate about whether to attack a neighbouring Celtic tribe who have been stealing sheep.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn about Celtic tribes and hill fort settlements.
  • To role-play a debate in a Celtic settlement about whether or not to go into battle against a neighbouring tribe.

Children will:

  • Understand how Celtic tribes fought and defended themselves.
  • Take part in a tribal discussion on the implications of going in to battle.
  • Produce an attractive shield design in a Celtic style.

You Will Need

  • A red/orange cloth and sticks to simulate a fire
  • A simple cloak
  • Oil pastels
  • Large oval shapes of coloured sugar paper