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Did the Romans Win in 55 BC?


When Caesar landed in Britain in 55 BC the very first thing he did was to fight the Britons. This lesson explores the question that although the Romans weren’t defeated – did they actually win? Caesar certainly told Rome that he did. But between the weather and the Romans’ lack of cavalry the Britons might have had a different opinion.

As well as English (designing a poster) and history skills the Evidence-Based Learning skills developed in this lesson offer pupils the opportunity to master independent 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 skill in bold below is the EBL skill developed in this Roman lesson. Click on this skill to learn more about this 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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Did the Romans Win in 55 BC? - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Did the Romans Win in 55 BC?