Try out some of our teaching ideas for a themed day about Ancient Rome, or during your history and topic work.
If you have any other ideas of your own, let us know by adding a comment!
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a news report about an important event, such as the eruption of Vesuvius or the Roman invasion of Britain.
- Try some of these activities to accompany Jeremy Strong’s book Romans on the Rampage.
- Look at this list of Latin words. Can you find any that are still in use today? For example, the Latin word for water is “aqua”; we still use it in words such as “aquatic”.
- Find out how Roman oil lamps provided light and draw a diagram of one. This page is a good place to start.
- Try dying fabric with plant dyes, just like the Romans did!
- Use stop animation to retell a story about the Roman Gods.
- Write a blog about an aspect of Roman life and share in online.
- Prepare and eat a Roman banquet. Try some recipes from this page.
- Try making your own aqueduct. These ones are made from cardboard. Perhaps you could make one that carries water?
- Make some Roman mosaics using squares of paper.
- Make and decorate a clay pot.
- Glue cut-out leaves onto a headband to make a laurel wreath.
- Learn about Roman Musical instruments with this resource from the British Museum.
- Mark the Roman Empire on a world map. You can download a free map here.
- Learn about Roman roads.
- Research and write an Information leaflet about a famous Roman site, such as Pompeii or Hadrian’s Wall.
- Use our fact cards to write a Roman quiz and test your friends!
- Research the Roman innovations that are still influential today, for example, sewers and libraries. Legacy of the Romans – e.g. sewers, libraries etc.
- Discuss the images in our image pack. What do they tell you about Roman life?
- Create a Roman timeline.
- Use these resources from the British Museum to investigate Imperial Rome.
- Research the way of life for a figure from Roman times, and then use hot seating to share what you have learnt. Dress up as that figure and answer questions from the rest of the class!
- Practice marching in formation.
- Try out some Roman sports, such as running, javelin and weightlifting.
- Find out about the Roman conversion to Christianity. How was it different from the gods they had worshipped before that time?