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  • Roman Britain

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    Roman Britain is a familiar topic on the primary curriculum and links chronologically to the Stone Age to Iron Age topic as well as the Saxons and Vikings.  The focus is upon invasion, conquest, rebellion and Romanisation. Click here to access our Roman Britain resources...

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  • One of my favourite history places: Hadrian's Wall

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    Choosing Hadrian’s Wall as one of my favourite places is a bit of a cheat really as it is a 73-mile-long (80 Roman miles) wall punctuated with a whole range of 20 individual sites each worth a visit; from mile castles and forts to desolate sections with fabulous views or...

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  • What confuses primary children in history...

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    Young children who automatically see shiny things as new no matter what their age, those who mix up technology from one age with another, those who dismiss people in the past as stupid because they did not have the possessions we have today, those who equate the age of a...

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  • From the Iron Age to Robin Hood

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    Who lived in and changed Britain from the Iron Age to the time of Robin Hood c. 1200? ‘...if children are to ever fully appreciate history the development of historical time has to be central to our teaching methodologies' Introduction This lesson aims to provide an overview of this period, developing...

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  • Developing enjoyable historical investigations

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    Enquiry: developing puzzling, enjoyable, effective historical investigations About 2,000 years ago, a baby was born. No, not that baby. Not Jesus. This baby was a girl. Where she was born and what she was called we don't know but I'll call her Helena - it feels rude to go on just calling her ‘she'. When...

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  • The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

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    Before the Romans arrived the islands which now make up Britain were populated with a variety of relatively large and small fortified or defended settlements. The people living here were usually part of tribes or clans and they probably raided each other's territory for cattle and other animals. The majority of people farmed in some way,...

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  • TREE-mendous history!

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    How Forest School and Nature Play can develop the learning of historyForest School: a short history Since the nineteenth century there has been a rich heritage of outdoor learning pedagogy in Europe, and today in Scandinavia the open air culture (frulitsliv) permeates Early Years education. In 1993 Bridgewater College nursery nurses returned from a visit to...

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  • Reconstructing the Romans

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    Using the back cover image - Reconstructing the Romans Reconstruction drawings, diagrams and models are vital examples of interpretation that we can use to help pupils understand the past. On one level they help to fire imagination, while on another they offer a way of presenting important historical facts. The...

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  • Place-names and the National Curriculum for History

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    IntroductionPlace-names, such as house or school names, are infinite in number and all around us. Every place-name may convey a message about the place. Often place-names record and celebrate local and national people, events and incidents, define what a place looked like in the past and how we used to...

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  • The world on the wall: exploring diversity on Hadrian's Wall

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    Built in AD 122 by the order of the Emperor Hadrian, the 73 mile (80 Roman miles) long frontier goes from Bownesson-Solway in Cumbria to Wallsend on the River Tyne. Since 1987, the area has been inscribed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Site.Soldiers...

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  • Political literacy: citizenship through the English national curriculum's the Romans in Britain study unit

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    Hilary Claire raised fundamental issues about the relationship between History and Citizenship for the development of a sense of identity. Her paper stresses the importance of sceptical thinking, perspective, sequence and progression - the essential chronology that underpins pupil's education for citizenship in the timeframe that history provides...

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  • Roman Britain

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    This classic pamphlet provides an introduction to Roman Britain, examines the political history, the institutions of Roman Britain, the economic background and the end of Roman Britain. IntroductionThe Roman conquest and occupation of Britain has long been taken as the conventional starting point of English History, and there is a conventional...

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  • Questions and questioning exemplar: Roman Britain

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    Using key questionsThe Romans in Britain was a lesson introducing Roman Britain to a Year 5 class.We started with the key question: 'What was Roman Britain like?' We had prepared group sets of pictures of aspects of Roman Britain. The images showed a range of scenes, e.g. cooking in a...

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  • Roman Baths

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    The account tells how we recreated a Roman bath house in the Reception/Year 1 classroom during a ten-week unit learning about the Romans, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Enactive learning - learning by doing. The children handled Roman artefacts, built a Roman road, and created Roman baths and a Roman market....

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  • Roman market (KS1 or KS2)

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    Shopping in a Roman townPart of 'The way of life of people who lived in the more distant past in Britain'. Enactive learning - learning by doing. Over the ten weeks the children handled Roman artefacts, built a Roman road, and created Roman baths and a Roman market. They loved...

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  • Podcast: Roman Britain

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    An HA Podcasted History of Roman Britain featuring Guy de la Bédoyère.

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  • Magic History of Roman Britain

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    The Magic History of Roman Britain by Jon Nichol provides a great deal of information about life in Roman Britain in story form. It tells the story of Sam and Jane, two 21st century children who travel by magic to Roman Britain, and is suitable for the top end of...

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  • The End of Roman Britain

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    Writing poems in the KS2 literacy hour about the Saxon destruction of a Roman town. (These resources are attached below) Children studied an artist's picture of a bustling Roman market place. The class developed ideas about the Saxon impact upon the town by studying a contemporary Saxon poem, The Ruin,...

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  • Caesar lands

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    The class had a clear objective - an understanding of Julius Caesar's landing in Britain, using Caesar's own account in translation. This meant that the pupils had to understand a difficult and challenging text. (These resources are attached below) To engage the pupils we used visualisation, breaking into the text...

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  • The Roman army: Spy!

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    The year 5/6 class visited Julius Caesar's camp before he invaded Britain in 55 BC. I wanted the children to get a clear and full picture of what the Roman army was like, before we worked on Caesar's short-lived invasions of 55 and 54 BC and the Claudian conquest of...

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