"An excellent, exciting workshop that fitted the objectives of the 2014 curriculum topic of ‘Roman Britain’ perfectly. "
y4 teacher, Liverpool
A SLICE OF ROMAN BRITAIN IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR SCHOOL
Resources for this lesson (click to download):
Relevance to Romans topic section of 2014 National Curriculum for History:
All events in the ‘suggested content’ of the 2014 NC
Pupils will learn ..
About the terms BC, AD and BCE (assuming they don’t already know)
About key events of Roman Britain
This Romans topic lesson is basically a research lesson about each of the events on the timeline so you may have your own methods to conduct this. It is an important lesson that matches the chronological focus of the 2014 History curriculum and is even better when used in conjunction with one of our school workshops.
Main lesson activity: research
Split the class into pairs and ask them to research one of the dates from the timeline using the guide sheet ‘lesson 2 timeline research sheet’ (recommended as it aids with a structured approach to research).
Come back together for feedback as a class about each event and display the timeline for the rest of the topic.
Possible extensions and other activities to extend this Romans topic lesson:
Pupils could easily add extra events to the timeline as there is a lot of information on the net about Roman Britain.
Pupils could dramatise each event from the facts they have found and do freeze frames (e.g. Caesar having spears thrown at his boats).
Lesson introduction: BC/AD (and BCE) recap
Discuss the meaning of the terms AD and BC (NOTE: if you have time or handy ipads pupils can look up the definitions for themselves) – also include the term BCE (before common era) which is used as a non-religious version of BC (though both are based on the same Gregorian calendar and refer to the same start date).
Split pupils into 4 or 5 groups and give each group a copy of the Roman Britain.pdf timeline as used in our workshop. Can they ..
a) Arrange the dates?
b) Match the pictures to the dates?
Feedback the rearrangement of the timeline as a class.