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Caesar’s Parrot Enjoys an Awayday

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This lesson offers a light-hearted look at Caesar’s first invasion of Britain in 55 BC from the perspective of his (imaginary) parrot called Capitano. Capitano is not invading of course – he is going on an awayday!

As well as English (writing a recount on their own) and history skills the Evidence-Based Learning skills developed in this lesson include metacognition and self-assessment. This lesson also offers pupils the opportunity to master independent 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 Caesar’s Parrot Enjoys an Awayday

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Bring the Roman Invasion of Britain to Life with Caesar’s Parrot Capitano!

    Are you looking for an engaging way to teach English skills, history, and evidence-based learning strategies all at once? Look no further than “Caesar’s Parrot Enjoys an Awayday” – the sixth lesson in a set of 25 on the Romans.

    This clever lesson offers a humorous twist by seeing Caesar’s first invasion of Britain in 55 BC through the eyes of his imaginary parrot companion, Capitano. While Caesar is focused on conquering new lands, Capitano is just excited for an “awayday” full of peanuts, sailing, and making sandcastles.

    But don’t let the light-hearted narrative fool you – this resource packs a powerful educational punch. Your upper KS2 students (years 5 and 6) will:

    • Practice recount writing by chronicling Capitano’s amusing adventure
    • Learn key details about the Roman invasion in an entertaining context
    • Develop evidence-based learning skills like metacognition and self-assessment
    • Master independent learning by working through activities solo

    The lesson skilfully scaffolds the evidence-based skill of self-assessment, allowing pupils to evaluate their own work using rubrics. It’s the perfect way to embed this crucial EBL strategy.

    With an ideal blend of engaging content and robust learning opportunities, “Caesar’s Parrot Enjoys an Awayday” is a must-have for any teacher wanting to make Roman history an unforgettable experience.

    Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5 stars)

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Caesar's Parrot Enjoys an Awayday - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Caesar’s Parrot Enjoys an Awayday