An estimated 1,800 years ago Rome, in Italy, was the centre of a huge and successful empire. Roman soldiers had conquered large parts of Europe and North Africa, making the Roman Empire very rich and powerful.
The Roman army was a skilled, brutal and effective fighting machine and the Roman Empire grew strong because it had such a powerful army to help conquer and control all the territories it had gained. Army camps were built so the Romans could maintain order and control in their colonies, and they settled and built towns all over the world (including Britain) as centres to administer the people they had conquered.
The Romans invaded Britain in 43 AD. Eleven British Kings surrendered to Emperor Claudius immediately, and by 47 AD half of Britain had been conquered.
The topic of the Romans provides enormous scope for this cross curriculum project, allowing pupils to learn about the Roman Empire, Roman Britain and Roman ways of life, through the subjects of literacy, numeracy and science.