Primary Music KS2: Romans

In this series of audio resources pupils will learn eight songs exploring the history and people of Ancient Rome. The series offers a rich mix of musical skills in performing with voices and simple classroom instruments, body-percussion and listening.

Full details of the content can be found in the Teacher's Notes.

1. Signals!
audio
2. Is that a fact?
audio
3. Boudicca!
audio
4. Oh, the strata of society
audio
5. Spin that coin
audio
6. Roman gods and goddesses
audio
7. Into the arena
audio
8. Make a mosaic
audio
9. Rehearsal and performance 1
audio
10. Rehearsal and performance 2
audio
Teacher's Notes - guidance on the series
document

Introduction

With the help of the messenger-god, Mercury, we travel in time and space to hear the sounds of ancient Roman environments: the markets, the forum, the theatre, the baths, the chariot races, the gladiator fights and a villa in the countryside.

Along the way we explore a wealth of stories - some true, some imagined: Romulus and Remus, Boudicca, Pompeii - as well as some of Rome’s Emperors, beliefs, gods, goddesses and mythical creatures.

There are also suggestions for combining the songs with dance, drama, artwork, sets and costumes in exciting performances for other classes and parents.

The full-vocal and backing track versions of each of the songs can be downloaded from the individual programme pages.

The songs also feature as videos in our collection called Rocking Romans! and the songs also feature in our play specially-written for primary schools, also called Rocking Romans!

You can find KS2 Dance resources on the topic Romans here and KS2 History resources here.