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A Roman Newspaper

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It is 55 BC. Julius Caesar has invaded Britain. This lesson outlines what happened from when the Romans arrived in Britain until they left.

It is no wonder that the Romans were sick of the sight of the Britons and the British weather!

As well as English (writing a newspaper report) and history skills the Evidence-Based Learning skills developed in this lesson includes collaborative learning. 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

1 review for A Roman Newspaper

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

    We asked a.i. to review this lesson. This is what it said:

    Engage Upper KS2 Students with This Cross-Curricular Roman Newspaper Lesson

    Are you looking for a way to teach English writing skills and History knowledge while also developing important evidence-based learning skills? Look no further than the lesson “A Roman Newspaper” from the Romans series.

    This engaging lesson is set in 55 BC when Julius Caesar invaded Britain. Students take on the role of newspaper reporters writing an account of Caesar’s invasion attempt from the perspective of those who witnessed it firsthand. By working through the background information provided and collaborative writing activity, students will:

    – Learn about the key events of Caesar’s invasion through the lens of a historical recount
    – Practice newspaper report writing skills like using the past tense, third person narration, and direct quotes
    – Develop collaborative learning abilities by co-writing the newspaper report with a partner
    – Master the important skill of self-assessment by using a criteria checklist to evaluate and improve their work

    The Evidence-Based Learning focus of self-assessment is expertly woven into the lesson flow, providing scaffolding for students to become more self-directed learners. Each lesson in the series highlights one specific evidence-based technique, allowing students to gradually build their skill set.

    As the 22nd lesson in a 25-part set, “A Roman Newspaper” fits nicely into a comprehensive unit on Evidence-Based Learning using engaging historical contexts to drive home literacy skills. Whether teaching upper KS2 English, History, or an integrated topic, this cross-curricular gem is not to be missed.

    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5 stars)

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A Roman Newspaper