LKS2 Topic: The Romans in Britain Block E: Mosaics Session 1 Exploring Mosaics National History: Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources; Ask historically valid questions; Learn about the Romanisation of Britain. Curriculum To investigate Roman mosaics, discovering where they have been found and what they depicted. Teaching Understand the role of archaeologists in uncovering remains and how the past can be pieced together. Objectives National Art: Understand the historical and cultural development of art forms (mosaics); Explore their ideas. Curriculum To explore and discuss mosaics as an art form brought to Britain by the Romans, looking particularly at Teaching borders. To explore and develop different border patterns to use for a large printed mosaic. Objectives Resources Weblinks Image showing a selection of simple L shaped http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/roman-canterbury/3685.html border examples (with corners) using coloured http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/the-remains-of-chedworthsquares (5 rows deep and 2 or 3 colours only); villa/3708.html - These 2 short film clips explain how archaeology Photographs/ power point of finished printed uncovers Roman remains including mosaics; mosaics; Strips of cm squared paper, 5 http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/mosaics_gallery.shtml squares wide, including some L shaped pieces This site has a gallery of close up images of Roman mosaics; to design corners; Felt tip pens or coloured http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/mosaic/mkmosaic.htm - This site allows crayons; Access to the internet (Easy group). you to design your own mosaic. Whole class: Explain to chn that today we will find out about some of the art that the Romans brought to Britain. Watch the BBC class clips 3685 & 3708. What evidence of the Romans was found at Canterbury and Chedworth? What do we call people who study history by looking at remains buried in the ground and left by people long ago? Archaeologists. Think about the sorts of things archaeologists might find to piece together the past, e.g. pots, jewellery and tools as well as the pillars, walls and floors of buildings. What art was found? Mosaics. What are mosaics? Pictures and patterns made from tiny pieces of coloured stone called tesserae. Look together at the gallery of photos of Roman mosaics. Discuss the images depicted in them and draw attention to the geometric designs and borders. Explain that over the next few sessions we will explore mosaics and make our own designs through printing rather than sticking down tiles. Show some finished printed designs created in this way, note the borders. Tell chn that today we will explore and design different borders and corners that can be made from 5 rows of squares and either 2 or 3 colours. Show the image of selected border examples – chequerboard, zigzags, castle top, etc. Take note that only 2 or 3 colours are used and each pattern repeats itself again and again. Medium/ Hard Easy Chn design a selection of borders and corners using Using the website referenced above that allows you to design your 2 or 3 colours of felt tip pens or coloured crayons own mosaic, demonstrate how to create a 5 row border by filling in and squared paper strips and L shapes provided. It the 6th row in black to make an inner rectangle and an outer border may help chn to have access to the example sheet of 5 rows. Show how tiles can be filled in, in different colours. as some may find generating a repeated pattern Remind chn to stick to 2 or 3 colours on the border and to ensure quite challenging. At the end of the session, they that their design is a repeating pattern. Print finished designs for can stick finished borders into their sketch books future reference and discussion. for future reference or the teacher can make a Teacher to support as needed. collection of the successful designs by sticking them on a large sheet/ poster or display board. Review the variety of borders and corners produced by both groups. Which do people like? Why? Which Plenary designs, colours work well? Why? Do the patterns repeat? Outcomes Children will Know the significance of mosaics in Roman art Can generate a repeating mosaic style pattern of coloured squares on a grid © Original resource copyright Hamilton Trust, who give permission for it to be adapted as wished by individual users. We refer you to our warning, at the foot of the block overview, about links to other websites.