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Why Caesar Wanted to Invade Britain

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In 55 BC Julius Caesar is about to invade Britain. This lesson looks at the number of soldiers and ships he is going to take with him and why he wanted to add Britain to the Roman Empire in the first place. Caesar also had personal reasons of his own for invading Britain which he reveals later in the lesson.

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


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 Why Caesar Wanted to Invade Britain

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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

    Combine English, History and Evidence-Based Learning in One Engaging Lesson

    If you’re looking for a way to integrate instruction on English skills, history content, and evidence-based learning strategies, the “Why Caesar Wanted to Invade Britain” lesson is a fantastic resource to consider. This innovative lesson is part of a 25-lesson set that follows Julius Caesar’s invasion of Britain in 55 BC.

    In this first lesson, students not only learn about the reasons behind Caesar’s decision to invade Britain, but also dive into analysing evidence, building metacognitive skills, and practising collaborative learning. Here are some highlights of what the lesson covers:

    English Skills:
    – Reading comprehension
    – Writing explanations and evaluations
    – Speaking and listening through partner discussions

    History Content:
    – Background on the Roman Empire and Caesar’s role
    – Details on Caesar’s invasion plans (soldiers, ships, weapons)
    – Resources Britain had that enticed Caesar (metals, crops, etc.)
    – Insight into Caesar’s personal ambitions

    Evidence-Based Learning:
    – Distinguishing cognitive vs. metacognitive skills
    – Metacognitive activities for self-evaluating learning
    – Analysis questions targeting various Bloom’s taxonomy levels

    The lesson deftly interweaves these components, allowing students to build knowledge while also developing crucial skills. For example, students read details about the invasion, discuss and write about the concepts, then reflect metacognitively on their learning process.

    What’s more, the lesson is purposefully structured with before, during, and after activities to effectively model an evidence-based learning cycle in an engaging way related to the historical events.

    At the end, students even rate how much they enjoyed learning about each topic – providing a fun self-assessment opportunity.

    With its well-rounded approach and scaffolding of cognitive skills, historical understandings, and metacognitive strategies, the “Why Caesar Wanted to Invade Britain” lesson is a truly brilliant tool for Upper KS2 teachers looking to comprehensively cover reading, writing, history, and evidence-based capabilities.

    Star Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

    An exemplary and innovative lesson design that will get students excited about building a wide array of cross-curricular skills and knowledge.

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Why Caesar Wanted to Invade Britain