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The Romans (Spring)

In the Spring Term we will be studying Roman life, religion and myths. Visit back in 2020 to see what we have been up to. We will also be visiting St Albans Museum to support our learning about Roman times. 

Roman Architecture Project

For your home-learning project, I would like you to do some research on one of the following well-known pieces of Roman architecture:

  • the colosseum;
  • the forum;
  • the circus maximus (not what it sounds like!); or
  • the pantheon. 

 

I would then like you to present your research in an interesting way. Maybe you'll make a poster, a PowerPoint or a model! As long as it is presented clearly, neatly and in your own words

 

Some web links for you to start your research can be found below:
The Colosseum

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The Forum

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The Circus Maximus

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The Pantheon

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How to Wear a Roman Toga

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Roman Roads

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Roman Invasion of Britain

Last week, we learnt about the legend of Romulus and Remus, and explored which elements of the story were probably untrue (the twins being raised by wolves; their father being Mars, the God of War...) and understood that this is the story of how the Roman Empire was founded.

 

This week, we were learning about the most famous Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar, and his attempts to invade Britain (then known as Britannia). In 55 BC, Julius Caesar made an initial attempt to invade Britain but was thwarted by bad weather and attacking Celts. However, he returned a year later in 54 BC with around 30,000 soldiers and built trade arrangements with the native Celts. 

 

We learnt that Julius Caesar had four main reasons for wanting to invade Britain:
 

  • Julius Caesar wanted to be the most popular Emperor ever, and thought that expanding the Roman Empire by taking over Britain would increase his popularity at Rome. 
  • Julius Caesar had heard that Britain was rich in metals, including zinc, iron, tin, silver and gold. He wanted to mine these metals to help make pottery, jewellery and weapons for the Roman empire. 
  • He'd also heard that Britain's soil was rich and that they could grow grain well. He wanted to use this to grow food and build houses for the Roman Empire.
  • Julius Caesar was very angry at the Celts because they had come to support the tribes of Gaul when Julius Caesar had taken over the country years before. He was furious at their defiance and wanted to punish them and put them in their place.
     

We explored these four reasons using role play. 

What did the Romans do for us?

Sewage systems; the calendar; paved roads; turnips and carrots are all things that we're introduce to Britain by the Romans. But where did they come from and why are they here?

 

Links

You might enjoy looking at some of these links. Remember: these are web sites we don't control, so be sensible. If you ever see something that worries you make sure to tell an adult.

**School will be closed to children from Monday 23rd March except for Key children**More information to follow**
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