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Did the Britons have a Spy

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When Julius Caesar arrived at the Kent coast to invade Britain, the Britons were waiting for him on the cliff tops. This lesson looks at how the Britons knew that Caesar was coming. Was there a spy in Caesar’s camp? 

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


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 Did the Britons have a Spy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Crack the Case with This Resource on Roman Espionage

    Looking for a history mystery that will hook your students and let you cover a range of valuable skills? This lesson investigating whether the Britons had a spy in Caesar’s camp during his 55 BC invasion is one engaging whodunit!

    On the English literacy front, students will practice core skills like comprehending non-fiction texts, summarizing key details, articulating reasoning, and other vital competencies. The lesson’s emphasis on Bloom’s Taxonomy thinking skills provides the perfect framework for stretching pupils’ cognitive abilities.

    When it comes to historical knowledge, the lesson transports students right into one of the most dramatic turning points of Roman Britain. They’ll grapple with the very plausible theory that Briton spies or traders leaked advance intelligence about Caesar’s invasion plans. Analysing persuasive evidence from both sides allows students to piece together this historical mystery like real detectives.

    But perhaps most importantly, the resource develops crucial evidence-based learning techniques such as collaborative learning, self-assessment, and higher-order thinking strategies. Through activities that have them debate hypotheses and evaluate their own work, students will be mastering cross-curricular skills for lifelong learning success.

    Like the other 24 lessons in this series, evidence-based methods like thinking skills are deliberately scaffolded to foster true student mastery. Between the historical intrigue and pedagogical rigour, I give this resource ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for upper KS2 (years 5-6). Your pupils will be hooked from the opening “spy” hook!

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Did the Britons have a Spy? - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Did the Britons have a Spy