The Roman invasion of Britain



Year 2 had a brilliant week learning all about the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 AD.

We divided ourselves up into Romans and Celts. Our narrators explained how scared and terrified the Celts felt on that terrible morning.

“I was picking juicy and yummy blackberries when suddenly I saw Roman ships coming towards the land. I could hear really loud banging drums which made my blood run cold. I was so confused.”




They were all rowing to the beat of the drum and when they got to the land, they were all lined up in rows and columns. “I can’t believe what I am seeing! They look so ferocious.”




“We rushed back to tell our fellow tribe that the Romans were coming to invade Britain! We gathered our weapons because we were so frightened, but really angry that they were coming to invade our country.”


At this point we stopped our drama and wrote in role of a Celt, describing that terrible day. Here are some great examples of our work!

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Later in the week, after learning about Boudicca and her rebellion against the Romans, we did some more drama. We had already learned about how wild the Celts were in battle. We knew they had more warriors and weapons and we knew that Boudicca had already destroyed Colchester, London and St Albans. Surely they won?

But no… The Romans managed to defeat the Britons because they were more trained than the Celts, more organised, they were smarter and they knew how the Celts fought.

They had a brilliant tactic called “the turtle”. The turtle was like a turtle’s shell. The Romans put a line of shields in front of them, and another line behind and above their soldiers. This stopped the weapons from the Celts from piercing through. The Romans were better fighters and better protected so they won!