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Ruthless Romans

In today's History lesson, we became tribal leaders of Britain and investigated whether we would have lost our crown or been allowed to keep it after the Romans invaded. It helped us to realise that the Romans didn't invade and conquer Britain in one fell swoop but that their invasion happened over forty years.  Laila ended up being chieftain of the last tribe standing.

Who knew History could be so funny?


Boudicca came to visit our class.........except she wasn't as fierce as the Romans had made out.  In fact, she couldn't stop giggling!
Some fabulous extended home learning from UKS2.  After learning about Boudicca, some our children decided to carry out their own research at home.
Our fabulous posters persuading Roman citizens to join the army......
Elizabeth has enjoyed finding out more about the Romans in class, so much so that she decided to carry out some of her own research at home.  Fabulous!
Marcus Aurelius, a Roman legionary, visited us today.  He led us in training to become a Roman soldier, teaching us different formations and how to respond to commands in Latin.  We learned all about the life of a Roman legionary, the uniform they would wear and got to see the weapons they would have at their disposal.  We even got to try out our marching techniques using Roman shields.


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Line of enquiry- ‘Where do the Ancient Romans fit in to the bigger picture?’


We worked in groups to explore the chronology of the Ancient Roman civilization.  We placed different periods of History onto the correct place on the timeline, including periods we have studied before.  We then tried to work out where the Ancient Romans would fit in on the timeline.  As a group we had to consider:


•        What else was going on at the time of the Ancient Roman era?

•        Did the Ancient Roman period last long?  Is it a significant period of history? 

•        What came before it?  What came after? 

•        Can you hypothesise why it might have come to an end?

•        What other observations can you make about the timeline?

Constructing our toilet roll timeline to represent how long the Roman Empire spanned.  One sheet = 10 years!  
Our Roman newspapers detailing devastation in Pompeii......
UKS2 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.