"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 Romans planning lesson (click to download):
Relevance to Roman section of 2014 National Curriculum for History:
Roman rule in general
British resistance, for example, Boudica
Pupils will learn ..
Who Boudica was
About the key events in the Boudican revolt of 60-61AD
The hero work you could do on Boudica is of course expansive, linking to myths and legends and much more about how warriors are depicted throughout history. For further information for your Romans planning, the two sources for Boudica descriptions are Tacitus and Cassius Dio.
Main lesson activity: design a Boudica hero
Discuss using the ‘boudica hero maker.pdf’ how the only physical description of Boudica comes from the Roman historian Cassius Dio, who wrote about her 150 years after she had died. Discuss the language he uses and how he has tried to make her sound heroic and fearsome (e.g. ‘fierce glint’ and ‘terifying’). Then ask pupils to design their own hero using the template.
Share pictures of your hero with the rest of the class.
Possible extensions and other activities for this Romans planning lesson:
Art: ask pupils to draw a cartoon strip of the above events.
Writing: pretend you are a reporter following the train of destruction from
Boudica’s revolt. Plan and write an article about it.
Lesson introduction: Who was Boudica?
(recommended) Watch the horrible histories video of the Boudica song (available on youtube) as a starter.
Use the British tribes map pdf to find the Iceni tribe, hand out copies of Boudica photo pack.pdf and tell pupils about Boudica with the following key points:
How she was a warrior queen of the Iceni tribe in 60-61AD
Her husband was Prasutagus
How when her husband died he gave half of his wealth and land to the Romans and half to his daughters
How she resented this and hated Roman rule in general
How she raised an army, eventually totalling 230,000 soldiers and attacked the Romans
How she burned three cities to the ground, Camulodunum (Colchester) Verulaneum (St Albans) and Londinium (London), killing 70,000 Romans and Roman sympathisers
How she was finally defeated at the battle of Watling street by the Roman governer Gaius Suetonius Paulinus
How she is believed to have taken poison to kill herself