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Priory Fields School

Priory FieldsSchool

Term 1

Big Idea

What impact did the Romans coming to Britain have on our lives today? Historians suggest that the, ‘Roman invasion of Britain was the most significant event ever to happen to the British Isles. It affected our language, our culture, our geography, our architecture and even the way we think’. How can we prove this? Nearly 2000 years ago, the Romans came to Britain and changed our country. Throughout our topic, we will explore what life was like in Ancient Rome and investigate how the Roman Empire spread and eventually conquered Britain in 43AD. We  will look for evidence of the Romans all around us  and consider life in Britain before and after the arrival of the Romans.


On Wednesday we were luck to have yoga with Adele. We practised our deep breathing techniques which will help us regulate when we have high emotions. We then played yoga Jenga and Adele was impressed when we remembered the different poses.


Mr Hattersley, the commander of Justice class Roman legion put us through our training on the field. We had to march in time, stand to attention ‘intentio’, turn left ‘sinister’ or right ‘dextro’. We had to learn to make the tortoise defence position to protect ourselves as well as how to use a javelin to defeat those Celts! A great afternoon on the field!


In PSHE we have been thinking about our skills, strengths and interests, finding out what makes us unique and the importance of self-esteem. Here is some of our work.


In RE we are looking at why people pray and how do they pray. We have looked at the different types of prayers that Christians say and created a prayer about our world and environment. We were very luck to have a visit from a fellow student to tell us about how Muslims pray, bringing in a prayer mat and showing the class. We were fascinated by what she said and we  realised that their reasons for pray were similar to Christians.

‘Muslims pray 5 times a day. They pray where they are at the time.’

‘Muslims wash themselves before they pray so they are clean. This is called wudu. They are barefoot in the Mosque.’

‘When they pray, they face their holy city of Mecca.’

‘Muslims pray on a special prayer mat and in the Mosques, there is one very large one.’

Roman Road Building

We became Roman engineers building a road. They built very straight roads and we noticed the roads were very similar to where our motorways are now.


This term we are learning about the Romans in Britain.

‘Civilisation means people that speak the same language and share the same ‘.

‘Chronology means in time order, from the oldest to the newest.’

‘The stone Age was before the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings came after.’

‘The Roman civilisation was from 753Bc until 410AD.’

We have investigated the 3 Roman invasions of Britain, summarising them, as well as creating a timeline of the Roman civilisation.

In English we have summarised about the life of a Roman soldier.

In English we have summarised about the life of a Roman soldier.

‘They had to march 26 miles a day in the morning.’

‘They woke up before the sun to pack all their clothes, food, armour and cooking pots.’

‘The had to carry all their equipment.. 30kgs.’

‘Some soldiers had elephants!’

Learning Lift-off

On Monday Justice class visited Richborough Fort to find out about where the Romans landed when they invaded Britain.

‘We looked at the artefacts that were found there.’

‘We had to decide what they were. Nobody guessed that one was to grind clay for make up.’

‘There was a sheep’s bone. It was hard.’

‘We climbed a ladder to look out and when we came down we had to walk down backwards. It was scary.’

‘There were statues made of bronze and gold.’

‘Rob told us lots of information.’

‘The sea used to be up to the fort. Boats sailed up to it.’

‘Richborough was a very large town.’

‘There was a bath room where people got cleaned.’