History KS2: Public baths in Roman Britain

She visits the baths in the city of Bath that was known as Aquae Sulis.

It was named after the goddess Sulis because they believed her power lived in the water.

It shows how Romans used to place curses on others by scratching a curse on to metal and throwing it into the water.

The importance of such places is further shown by their belief that the water cured illnesses and, as thanks, people would throw gifts in to the baths.

Bettany Hughes looks closely at some of the coins that have been recovered and the other activities such as relaxation, fitness and washing.

This clip is from the series Roman Voices.

Teacher Notes

Children could write as a Roman about a visit to the baths with narrative about an argument where a character places a curse in the water, or they could write an adventure story going back in time to visit the Romans.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant to teaching History at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Second level in Scotland.