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Did Caesar Make Too Many Mistakes

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This lesson looks at the time of year that the Romans invaded in 55 BC. It was nearly autumn by the time they arrived, and there was a risk that the weather might be stormy, wet and windy. However, this was a risk that Caesar was more than prepared to take. It turned out that he was wrong.

As well as English and history skills the Evidence-Based Learning skills developed in this lesson include collaborative learning and self-assessment. This lesson also offers pupils the opportunity to master self-assessment.  


Each evidence-based learning (EBL) Roman history resource in this set is a complete lesson which uses the history curriculum as a framework through which each of the eight EBL skills can be mastered. Each resource has “mastering” one EBL skill as its central focus and all eight EBL skills are covered more than once in these lessons.

All eight EBL skills are better gained working with a partner so much of the work in these lessons is collaborative. These resources will ensure that pupils can master and use EBL skills regardless of their ability.

Each Roman history lesson will develop a single EBL skill through:

1) A “Before You Start” page that introduces the EBL skill.

2) Opportunities to master this skill during the lesson.

3) An “After You Finish” page that offers pupils the chance to evaluate their learning experience (of the lesson and the EBL skill) and to identify their next step in using the EBL skill.

The skills in bold below are all the EBL skills developed in this Roman lesson. Click on each skill to learn more about that skill.

1 review for Did Caesar Make Too Many Mistakes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Philipem (verified owner)

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    An Engaging Lesson on Caesar’s Invasion of Britain

    Are you looking for an immersive way to teach your upper KS2 students (years 5 and 6) about Julius Caesar’s invasion of Britain in 55 BC? Look no further than the lesson “Did Caesar Make Too Many Mistakes?” from the evidence-based learning Romans series.

    This lesson not only covers the historical details of Caesar’s ill-fated invasion attempt, but it also provides opportunities for developing key English skills and evidence-based learning competencies like collaborative learning and self-assessment.

    As students delve into the circumstances surrounding Caesar’s decision to invade Britain in late August, they’ll analyse textual evidence, make inferences, and practice written responses. The lesson prompts thoughtful discussions on whether Caesar made strategic errors, such as sailing without his cavalry and using unsuitable ships.

    But it’s not just about content knowledge. The collaborative learning activities foster teamwork, critical thinking, and the ability to evaluate one’s own understanding through self-assessment. Students will gain valuable experience in monitoring their progress and identifying areas for improvement.

    By scaffolding the evidence-based learning skill of self-assessment, this lesson empowers students to take ownership of their learning journey. They’ll leave the lesson with a deeper grasp of the historical events and a stronger foundation in essential academic skills.

    As the 19th lesson in a 25-lesson set, “Did Caesar Make Too Many Mistakes?” offers a comprehensive and engaging way to integrate English, History, and evidence-based learning into your curriculum.

    Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 out of 5 stars)

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Did Caesar Make Too Many Mistakes? - Mastering Evidence Based Learning skills through The Romans - KS2 English Evidence Based Learning lesson
Did Caesar Make Too Many Mistakes