Resources for teachers

Contact us at to find out how to access our free teaching resources and training on Life in the Roman World, as well as word roots, Latin, and ancient Greek.

Who can use the resources?

Our materials are based on cutting-edge research and provide a complete scheme of work designed to address the Romans and local history content of the KS2 and KS3 national curriculum in History, as well providing cross-curricular opportunities with Art, English, DT, and Geography. The programme can be used to supplement the Cambridge Latin Course and the teaching of KS4 Roman Britain topics in the current GCSE Ancient History, Classical Civilisation, and Latin specifications.

Our Life in the Roman World resources include

  • The book Life in the Roman World: Roman Leicester
  • Information for teachers and suggested activities for each chapter of the book; an appendix to the document shows the national curriculum aims and content that are met by each task.
  • A PowerPoint presentation (with notes in presenter format) for each chapter, providing key primary and secondary sources for the suggested activities and 10 words per chapter for identification of Latin word roots
  • Links to useful online resources
  • A copy of the book Hoards, Hounds and Helmets, which provides further information on the nationally important Iron Age and Roman finds from Hallaton, Leicestershire
  • Free training session and support in delivering the resources
  • Regular updates and priority booking for events organised by the University of Leicester and East Midlands Classics Network and partner organisations
What sort of topics and tasks do the resources include?

Information and suggested activities for teachers are provided for each chapter of the book. The resources are focused on archaeological discoveries in Leicester and the East Midlands but they provide an excellent general introduction to life in Roman Britain and the wider Roman world. Topics covered include

Introduction: understanding archaeological techniques & evidence

Chapter 1: life in Britain before the Romans, Julius Caesar’s invasion, ancient coins

Chapter 2: experiencing a Roman invasion, life in the Roman army

Chapter 3: living in Roman Britain, Roman influence on today’s Britain

Chapter 4: food and drink, everyday life in a Roman town in Britain, how and why to wear a toga

Chapter 5: Roman baths, mosaics

Chapter 6: life in Roman Britain 100 years after the invasion, mosaics, memorials

Chapter 7: curse tablets, slavery in Roman Britain, the Roman Underworld

Chapter 8: mystery religions in Roman Britain, life and death, women’s lives

Chapter 9: civilisation & empire, graves and their occupants Epilogue: migration in the Roman Empire, Anglo-Saxon Britain, Anglo-Saxon influence on today’s Britain

These are extracts from our KS2 resources (chapters 1 & 4)

Who designed the resources and where does the information come from?

Life in the Roman World is based on the research of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester, the excavations and publications of University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), and the collections of the Jewry Wall Museum Leicester and the Harborough Museum. The programme is linked to learning opportunities in partner organisations, including The Chester House Estate, Northants. It has been developed with support from Classics for All and University of Leicester Archaeological Services.

How much do the resources and training cost and what do I need to do next?

If you would like a set of books and free training which explains how the book and resources can be used to support national curriculum subjects, please email the appropriate form to

The book can also be purchased via the University online shop.

What other resources are available?
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