Monday 18th January
British History: Roman Britain
Thinking back to last week, prehistoric Britain ended when the Romans conquered the Ancient Britons and Britain became part of the Roman Empire. Around 2,000 years ago, Britain was ruled by tribes of people called the Celts. But this was about to change. For around a century, the Roman army had been building an Empire across Europe. Now it was coming for Britain!
In AD43, the full might of the Roman army landed on the beaches in Kent. Over the next year it battled inland, storming through hillforts and chopping down anyone who stood in their way.
The Romans wanted Britain's precious metals. However, they weren't just a destructive force - they built new forts, new settlements and roads. They spread their culture, language and laws.
It would be simply impossible to cram hundreds of years of History in to one session so today we will be focusing one one intriguing aspect present during this period of time... Roman Gods and Goddesses!
Before the Romans came, the native Britons were pagans. They believed in lots of different gods and spirits. The Romans were pagans too, but they didn't believe in the same gods as the Britons. They let the Britons worship their own gods, as long as they were respectful of the Roman ones too.
Choose a task from the options below...
TASK 1: Using the fact cards provided and researching the internet, can you complete the Roman gods and goddesses mini fact files?
TASK 2: The Romans had a god or a goddess for everything! Get creative and make up your very own god. What will yours be the god of? Think of something important or something that makes you happy in your life...
TASK 3: The Romans believed that some animals had super powers! Can you create an animal and talk about its super powers? What will make your animal so special?