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An Eagle-Bearer Saves the Day

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Julius Caesar has just crossed the English Channel to invade Britain in 55 BC. He had to find another beach to land his soldiers on as the first beach that he sailed to (Dover) had fierce Britons waiting on the cliff tops and was too narrow.

When his ships arrived at the next beach, they could not get close to the shore, so he ordered his men to jump off the ships into the sea and wade ashore. When the order to jump was given, the men refused to jump. However, one soldier, an eagle-bearer, encouraged the others to jump in after him – and they did.  Without him, the invasion might not have taken place.

As well as English and history skills the Evidence-Based Learning skills developed in this lesson include independent learning, thinking skills and self-regulation. This lesson also offers pupils the opportunity to master collaborative 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 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 An Eagle-Bearer Saves the Day

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Relive Caesar’s Daring Invasion Through Collaborative Learning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Are you looking for a riveting way to teach upper KS2 students about Julius Caesar’s famous invasion of Britain in 55 BC? The “An Eagle-Bearer Saves the Day” lesson transports your class right into the heart of this pivotal historical event through an engaging narrative approach.

    The lesson vividly recounts how Caesar had to quickly change landing sites after finding the cliffs of Dover swarming with hostile Britons. However, his next chosen beach presented a new challenge – the ships could not get close enough for his legions to disembark due to the deep tidal waters. When ordered to jump into the sea and wade ashore, the soldiers balked… until one courageous eagle-bearer took the plunge, rallying the rest of the men to follow his lead. Without this hero’s bold actions, the entire invasion could have been jeopardised!

    By experiencing the drama of this real episode, students will be captivated while learning about not just the invasion itself, but also the importance of standards, legions, tides and geography in Roman military operations. The lesson seamlessly interweaves these historical details with opportunities to develop core literacy skills through comprehension questions and writing explanations.

    Moreover, “An Eagle-Bearer Saves the Day” provides a powerful model for mastering collaborative learning skills. As partners, students will discuss the events, assess each other’s work, and even set goals for improving how well they cooperate – a process that builds vital teamwork abilities. Other EBL skills like independent learning, thinking skills and self-regulation are woven throughout as well.

    With its gripping narrative style, cross-curricular substance, and focus on evidence-based pedagogical strategies, this resource is simply not to be missed. I give it a robust 5 stars! Immerse your students in one of history’s most daring military campaigns in a way that fortifies their knowledge and skills across multiple disciplines.

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An Eagle-Bearer Saves the Day - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
An Eagle-Bearer Saves the Day