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An Eagle-Bearer Saves the Day


Julius Caesar has just crossed the English Channel to invade Britain in 55 BC. He had to find another beach to land his soldiers on as the first beach that he sailed to (Dover) had fierce Britons waiting on the cliff tops and was too narrow.

When his ships arrived at the next beach, they could not get close to the shore, so he ordered his men to jump off the ships into the sea and wade ashore. When the order to jump was given, the men refused to jump. However, one soldier, an eagle-bearer, encouraged the others to jump in after him – and they did.  Without him, the invasion might not have taken place.

As well as English and history skills the Evidence-Based Learning skills developed in this lesson include independent learning, thinking skills and self-regulation. This lesson also offers pupils the opportunity to master collaborative learning.   


Each evidence-based learning (EBL) Roman history resource in this set is a complete lesson which uses the history curriculum as a framework through which each of the eight EBL skills can be mastered. Each resource has “mastering” one EBL skill as its central focus and all eight EBL skills are covered more than once in these lessons.

All eight EBL skills are better gained working with a partner so much of the work in these lessons is collaborative. These resources will ensure that pupils can master and use EBL skills regardless of their ability.

Each Roman history lesson will develop a single EBL skill through:

1) A “Before You Start” page that introduces the EBL skill.

2) Opportunities to master this skill during the lesson.

3) An “After You Finish” page that offers pupils the chance to evaluate their learning experience (of the lesson and the EBL skill) and to identify their next step in using the EBL skill.

The skills in bold below are all the EBL skills developed in this Roman lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

  1. Collaboration
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Peer Assessment
  4. Peer Teaching
  5. Self-Assessment
  6. Metacognition
  7. Self-Regulation
  8. Independent Learning


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An Eagle-Bearer Saves the Day - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
An Eagle-Bearer Saves the Day