Primary Music KS2: Romans - 4. Oh, the strata of society

Exploring the layers of Roman society...from Emperor down to slave.

Introduction

Back in Rome, Mercury's 'Mystery Tour' takes us on a trip around the different classes of Roman society, including a fashion parade showing how the way people dressed reflected their status and power (from Emperor, to Senator, to Equestrian, to Plebeian, to Slave).

In listening sound-pictures, we visit the streets and the bathhouse and think about sounds to suggest the Forum, theatre, arena and a countryside villa.

The song is sung ‘with decorum’ and features precise words, well-timed rest-notes and gentle step-by-step jumps in the melody.

The song: 'Oh, the strata of society'

Song 4: 'Oh, the Strata of Society' (Vocal). Sing along to the full-vocal version of the song 'Oh, the strata of society'

Song 4: 'Oh, the Strata of Society' (Backing). Sing along to the backing track of the song 'Oh, the strata of society'

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