Teaching KS2 Roman Britain and the Roman Empire

KS2 Roman Britain outstanding lessons

Those of you who have been used to teaching Roman Britain before the new Key Stage 2 history curriculum was introduced in 2014 will notice some important differences. The key change is to place the history of Roman Britain within the broader context of the Roman Empire. This is largely because at KS3 fewer schools now study the Roman Empire. So at KS2 we now need to look more closely at the reasons for the expansion of the Roman empire and how the Romans managed to keep control over such a vast area. Whilst we will still carry on with our work on interpretations of Boudica (Boudicca), the differences between Celtic and Roman life styles in town and country, and the Roman legacy, we need to find some time to look at why the mighty Roman empire came to an end. With all KS2 schools now studying the Iron Age pupils now have a better awareness of the Britain the Romans conquered and their study of the Saxons should help them to grasp the immediate legacy the Romans left behind. All lessons are 2014 compliant and relate directly to the outstanding medium-term planner. Please note that for copyright reasons we cannot, at the moment, provide the activities and resources for key question 1 part 1.

Is this another Roman villa? Key Question 4 part 2

For this lesson pupils are in role as experts to help Tony Robinson’s Time Team.  He has seen aerial photographs that suggest there might be a villa nearby but none have ever been found there before.  He wants to know what to look for...

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