The Roman Conquest in Britain


Level: 1st year ESO
Subject: Social Studies
Sessions: 6

In this unit, students will learn how the Roman Empire arrived in Britain and how they spread their culture around the country. The importance of this topic also lies in the fact that students will be aware of the words of Latin origin that exist today in English.
This unit will help to develop the following competences:
Communicative competence: as the four skills will be worked, students are expected to develop the ability to understand, express and interpret concepts, thoughts, feelings, facts and opinions in both oral and written form.
Knowledge and interaction with the physical world: students will be able to apply scientific-technical ideas to interpret the information received and to predict and take decisions with initiative and autonomy
Treatment of the information and digital competence: the use of ICT is important to search and process information, so as to transform it into knowledge
Social and citizenship competence: through this competence, students will be able to feel themselves as part of the society where they live and understand how it functions, as a democratic citizen.
Cultural and artistic competence: this competence implies knowledge, appreciation, understanding and critical evaluation of different cultural and artistic manifestations
Learning to learn: students are expected to learn and be capable of continuing to learn autonomously, looking for and finding answers in a rational manner.
Self-autonomy and personal initiative competence: this competence is important because it involves making choices following one’s own criteria, carrying out the initiatives necessary to develop one’s choice, and taking responsibility for one’s decision

At the end of the unit, students are expected:
.- to become aware of the importance of the economic, social, cultural and linguistic heritage of the Roman Empire
.- to analyse the different factors which contributed to the development of the Roman Empire in Britain
.- to understand how human beings relate to each other and are able to create new places
.- to develop a sensitive feeling towards the value of a culture and what that development implies in a society

Session 1
Brainstorming: What does come to your mind when you hear “Roman Empire”?
Then, students will write five short sentences with the ideas they hear from their classmates and say them aloud and the teacher will write them on the blackboard
After that, students will have to divide the sentences into categories: language, culture, people, economy among others

Session 2
In this session, students will describe in groups of four people some pictures provided by the teacher and then guess what happened at that time. They will have to connect the ideas by means of linking words.
At the end, they must guess why the Romans invade Britain. They can watch this video once they have finished the activity:

Session 3
Students will watch a video and then answer some questions about it:
Then they will ask other questions to their classmates

Session 4
Students will make a poster in groups of four people about the Romans in Britain. They need pictures to cut out and glue. Every group will make a category (life, customs, warfare, language, culture…)

Session 5
Students will speak about their work in front of the class and their classmates may ask questions

Session 6
In this session, students will look for places in Britain where the Romans arrived and the legacy they left. They have to write a list of places and things they see there. They can have a look at:

Antonio Rosales García

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