History KS2: Life in Roman Britain (animation)

Life in Roman Britain is shown through the eyes of a typical family nearly 2000 years ago.

The Romans bring towns to Britain, and also roads, forts, and Hadrian’s Wall, to keep out the Picts.

The father is supervising the building of Hadrian’s Wall, while the son manages to lose his father’s special military scarf, or focale.

This incident is used to explore Roman beliefs and religion, food and entertainment.

This is from the series: The Story of Britain

Teacher Notes

Pupils could be asked the question: what did Romans do for us?

They could use the clip – and any other sources they have – to make a list of all the things changed in Britain by the Romans.

Once they have a list, students can decide whether these changes were changes for the better or for the worse.

Did they make life better for everyone, or not?

Encourage students to reflect on their own lives and the impacts of Roman rule on British culture by making a presentation for the rest of the class on what the Romans did for them.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be suitable for teaching History at KS2 in England and Wales and KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland. Also Early 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from the series: The Story of Britain

Middle Stone Age
Bronze Age Britain
Iron Age Britain
Boudica and the Roman Invasion
Anglo-Saxon Britain
The Normans
New Stone Age
Domesday Book
The Vikings