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Two Days in August 55 BC


This lesson first looks at why the Romans invaded many other countries as well as Britain, and why they wanted to add Britain to their empire.  It also looks in more detail at the events on two days in August 55 BC – the 22nd and 23rd – the day BEFORE the invasion and the day OF the invasion.

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


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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Two Days in August 55 BC - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Two Days in August 55 BC