In this History based topic, we discover what life in Britain was like before the Roman invasion and some of the changes that resulted from the Roman invasion. We will discover more about Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54 BC, the Roman Empire by AD 42 and the power of its army. We study the successful invasion by Claudius and British resistance through our look at the life of Boudica. We study the ‘Romanisation’ of Britain, looking particularly at the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity.
Threads Arts and Architecture Discoveries and inventions Beliefs and values
In this hands-on workshop, we we covered a number of the History National Curriculum objectives including The Roman Empire and the power of its army, the Invasion and conquest by Claudius, British resistance by Boudicca and the ‘Romanisation’ of Britain: the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity. The day was led by Chris McGrath. The children took part in activities such as building a Roman crane and aqueduct and handling artefacts of domestic life including foods, Roman toys, and making cosmetics.
"The Roman day was amazing- I really liked using the crane and find all the clues to what they ate in the poo!!" Fifi (Year 6)
''I remember when we were told that to go to the dinosaurs on the timeline, we would have to travel to London!" Eva (Year 3)
"The Roman catapult building in Oak Class was great fun. We then had a competition to see who's fired the furthest," Josh (Year 3)
"I really enjoyed it when we dressed up as Romans and Celts and recorded our songs for our parents to watch. One was about Boudicca and one was about what the Romans invented," Flo (Year 4)
Roman Catapult Making and Testing!
Rattlesden Church of England Primary Academy School Road Rattlesden Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP30 0SE