We carried out a ‘Living History’ activity to help us to understand how the Romans invaded Britain. Some of us in the class had a crown to represent becoming Kings of different tribes in Britain. Some of us were Romans, ready to invade. We investigated maps to show which tribes were invaded by the Romans at different times. Quite a few tribal Kings lost their crowns! Only one tribal King was left standing at the end. We then explored why Tribe 22 was the last tribe standing. We also developed our enquiry skills to consider whether all Britons were treated the same by the invading Romans and whether the Roman invasion took place in one fell swoop. Finally, we had to consider what we would have done had we led one of the Celtic tribes......would we surrender or fight back?
Should the Celts take on the Romans?
It is AD 43. You have heard that a Roman army has arrived but you don't know how strong it is. You have to decide whether to offer any resistance or beat a retreat. It all depends on you quickly working out how strong the soldiers are. You take up a position close to one of the legions of the Roman army where you can't be seen. You have to quickly establish as much as you can about the equipment they carry. To do this you need to make a quick sketch. But you mustn't be seen, so you have to work in small teams of just four.