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Caesar Gets into Deep Water

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Julius Caesar is crossing the English Channel to invade Britain. This lesson looks at the problems that Caesar had when he and his ships arrived at Dover on the Kent coast in 55 BC. 

Firstly, an army of Britons were waiting on the cliff tops for him and his ships, so Caesar had to move along the coastline to find another beach to land his soldiers on.

Secondly, Caesar was unaware that the sea around the Kent coast was deep because the tide was in. This was going to cause him more problems as his soldiers would have to jump off their ships into deep water.

As well as English and history skills the Evidence-Based Learning skills developed in this lesson include collaborative learning and thinking skills. 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 Caesar Gets into Deep Water

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Dive Into Cross-Curricular Learning with This Immersive Roman Lesson

    Looking for an engaging way to integrate literacy skills, historical events, collaborative experiences, and robust cognitive skill development? The “Caesar Gets into Deep Water” lesson is an outstanding resource for Upper KS2 teachers seeking to comprehensively cover diverse competencies.

    This innovative lesson is part of a 25-lesson set exploring Julius Caesar’s invasion of Britain in 55 BC. By vividly chronicling Caesar’s ships reaching the shores of Dover, students gain invaluable insights into the challenges the Roman forces faced. Specifically, the lesson revolves around two key issues: 1) Britons lined up defensively on the cliffs, forcing Caesar to seek an alternate landing spot, and 2) Caesar’s unfamiliarity with the drastically shifting tides of the English Channel.

    As students engage with these dramatic events, they build skills across multiple areas:

    English Skills:
    – Reading comprehension of historical accounts
    – Vocabulary development (e.g. defining words like “tide”)

    History Content:
    – Caesar’s invasion plans (number of ships, soldiers, legions)
    – Comparison of seas (Mediterranean vs. English Channel tides)
    – Understanding of the ancient Roman context and events

    Evidence-Based Learning:
    – Collaborative partner activities for peer learning
    – Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy thinking skills
    – Self-assessment using modelling and rubrics

    A particularly powerful aspect is the structured self-assessment component. Students evaluate their own work quality, like fact-checking answers about Roman numerals, benefiting from the robust feedback loop.

    By seamlessly integrating literacy practice with explorations of a pivotal ancient military campaign, collaborative peer experiences, and metacognitive self-assessments, the “Caesar Gets into Deep Water” lesson emerges as a rich, multidimensional teaching tool. Students gain vital competencies while immersing themselves in the dramatic struggles of Caesar’s invasion force.

    Star Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

    An exceptionally well-designed resource that expertly blends academic skills and historical fascination. Highly recommended for engaging student learners!

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Caesar Gets into Deep Water - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Caesar Gets into Deep Water