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Caesar Gets into Deep Water


Julius Caesar is crossing the English Channel to invade Britain. This lesson looks at the problems that Caesar had when he and his ships arrived at Dover on the Kent coast in 55 BC. 

Firstly, an army of Britons were waiting on the cliff tops for him and his ships, so Caesar had to move along the coastline to find another beach to land his soldiers on.

Secondly, Caesar was unaware that the sea around the Kent coast was deep because the tide was in. This was going to cause him more problems as his soldiers would have to jump off their ships into deep water.

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


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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Caesar Gets into Deep Water - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Caesar Gets into Deep Water