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Why Caesar Wanted to Invade Britain


In 55 BC Julius Caesar is about to invade Britain. This lesson looks at the number of soldiers and ships he is going to take with him and why he wanted to add Britain to the Roman Empire in the first place. Caesar also had personal reasons of his own for invading Britain which he reveals later in the lesson.

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


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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Why Caesar Wanted to Invade Britain - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Why Caesar Wanted to Invade Britain