The Roman invasion: have the books got it right? Key Question 1 part 3

This lesson ( which has been up-dated with lots of new text and slides in January 2016), follows on from the decision-making role play ‘Why did Claudius invade?’  Pupils are now asked to create a written explanation good enough to beat a textbook. To do this, they get involved in a history mystery.  Following the debrief they then have to compose a better explanation of their own which they then compare with another Year 4 pupil’s answer.  If you would like to make this a short assessment task see the common assessment task, markscheme and pupils’ work in the Assessment section of the site.

PLEASE NOTE: There is some overlap with the lesson ‘Why did Claudius leave hot sunny Italy to invade cold wet Britain?’ but we have added some new resources with a specific focus on literacy.

Learning objectives

  • pupils can offer three valid reasons for Roman invasion with confidence
  • pupils evaluate a simple account in the light of what they know
  • pupils write a simple but coherent explanation, rather than just regurgitating a list (those who need more support will be able to complete two speech bubbles but more able pupils will be able to use terms such
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