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It’s 54 BC and Caesar is Back

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This lesson uses the mechanism of a formal letter to explore the fact that although Caesar’s first invasion in 55 BC was a failure, his second invasion a year later in 54 BC was a success. This lesson also considers why invading Britain was extremely important for Caesar and for the Roman Empire.

As well as English (writing a formal letter) and history skills the Evidence-Based Learning skills developed in this lesson include collaborative learning, peer teaching and peer assessment. This lesson also offers pupils the opportunity to master self-regulation.  


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 It’s 54 BC and Caesar is Back

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    Explore Caesar’s Invasions Through Formal Letter Writing

    Are you looking for an engaging way to teach upper KS2 students about Julius Caesar’s invasions of Britain while building literacy and collaborative learning skills? Check out the lesson “It’s 54 BC and Caesar is Back” from the evidence-based teaching resource series.

    This multi-faceted lesson uses the context of Caesar’s failed 55 BC invasion attempt and his successful 54 BC invasion to explore key historical details. Students take on the role of a Roman soldier writing a formal letter to Caesar, recommending he invade Britain again due to its valuable resources. They then respond as Caesar, describing the triumphant second invasion.

    By working through the background information, letter-writing activities, and collaborative elements, students will:

    – Learn the reasons behind Caesar’s motivation to invade Britain and the outcomes of both invasions
    – Practice the structured format and language conventions of formal letter writing
    – Develop peer teaching abilities by explaining lesson topics to partners
    – Build peer assessment skills by evaluating each other’s letter drafts
    – Master self-regulation by monitoring their own learning processes

    The Evidence-Based Learning focus on self-regulated learning is seamlessly integrated, allowing students to take ownership of their work. Each lesson highlights one EBL technique to steadily build those crucial skills.

    Whether you’re teaching an English writing unit, exploring Roman Britain in History, or want to combine the two in a cross-curricular manner, this engaging invasion lesson is sure to captivate your upper KS2 students.

    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5 stars)

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It's 54 BC and Caesar is Back - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
It’s 54 BC and Caesar is Back