After re-capping the main features of Iron Age settlements, pupils work collaboratively in role as spies trying to find which special buildings the Romans had in their towns. They then research each before attempting to create a large sugar paper drawing of the plan of a typical Roman town. Pupils are helped to get started by showing them a pre-prepared one quarter of the plan. They have to finish it. Ideas and extra resources are fed in throughout the activity before using clear artists’ impressions to offer expert feedback.
The session starts by asking pupils what a typical Iron Age settlement looked like using slides 2 and the picture on slide 3 of the PowerPoint presentation to help. Slide 4 then checks that all the key points from slide 3 have been found, before slides 5 and 6 recapitulate.
Slide 7 then introduces pupils to a typical Roman town that soon grew up after the invasion of AD43. Towns very soon became a feature of the Roman British landscape as the Romans needed to make the conquest stick, and stick quickly. Towns were key. They were the administrative centres from which the provinces could be run, controlled and provided with