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When in Rome 

How can we bring Ancient Rome to life?

Students must investigate the different aspects of the Roman Empire - how it started and grew, what life was like for people, and how its legacy has endured.


They must recreate an aspect of daily life or an element of the Empire so that people can have an immersive experience of what it would have been like to be alive at that time.


They’ll also need to create a short ‘tour’ to explain to people what they are seeing and why it is important.  


At the end of the project, students will turn the classroom into Ancient Rome for a day and transport visitors back to the time of the Empire!   


Key tasks

  • Hands-on exploration of Ancient Rome. Amongst other things, students will act as an undercover spy visiting Rome to report on how it grew so quickly; they must re-design a battle plan to defeat Hannibal at the battle of Cannae; and they must construct a replica of an aqueduct to investigate how Ancient Rome got its water supply 

  • Bringing Rome to life. Students must choose one aspect of Ancient Rome and bring it to life. To do this, they must script a scene from Ancient Rome, create any props or costumes which are necessary, and act that scene out to make it as realistic as possible 

Key facts:

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Curriculum information

History – The Ancient World - Ancient Rome

ACDSEH004, 038-040, & 131 | VCHHK109-113 | HT 4-1, 4-6, 4-8, 4-9, 4-10



15 - 20 lessons

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