Emperors and Empires

Year 3

Unit Overview

In the Emperors and Empires project, your child will learn about the growth and decline of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. They will discover the absolute power of the Roman emperors and study the hierarchies of Roman society and the Roman army. They will study the first invasions of Britain in 55 and 54 BC and the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43. They will learn about Boudicca’s rebellion, Hadrian’s Wall and the Romanisation of Britain, including how Christianity came to Britain and investigate the legacy of Roman Britain in their local area.

❇ MEMORABLE MOMENT

Virtual Visit to a Roman place of interest.

️✏️ WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

Throughout this unit of work we will be writing historical reports and answering our historical enquiry questions based on artifacts and sources of information. As well as recording our historical findings and writing letters in response to the Roman emperor - Honorius after the Roman retreat.

🌳 LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

In this unit of work we will explore our school grounds and imagine what life would've been like during the Romanisation of Britain. As well as recreating marching formations by Roman soldiers.

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

  1. Ask well composed historical questions about aspects of everyday life in ancient periods.

  2. Describe the achievements and influence of the ancient Romans on the wider world.

  3. Devise or respond to historically valid questions about a significant historical figure and suggest or plan ways to answer them.

  4. Describe the hierarchy and different roles in past civilisations

  5. Explain the cause and effect of a significant historical event.

  6. Explain the cause, consequence and impact of invasion and settlement in Britain.

  7. Describe the significance and impact of power struggles on Britain.

  8. Make deductions and draw conclusions about the reliability of a historical source or artefact

  9. Describe ways in which human invention and ingenuity have changed how people live.

  10. Describe the 'Romanisation' of Britain, including the impact of technology, culture and beliefs

  11. Describe the achievements and influence of the ancient Romans on the wider world.

  12. Explain the cause and effect of a significant historical event.

  13. Make choices about the best ways to present historical accounts and information.

APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF UNIT: 20 hours

🏁 BIG FINISH

The children will create a Historical Report about life in Roman Britannia showcasing it on the school website/to another class.

📖 FOCUS TEXT(S)

The class will be reading The Goose Guards by Terry Deary.