History chapters

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten 

Rudyard Kipling

Rolo's books are cross-curricular! Some of Rolo's adventures in history are linked to topics in the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2.

In each book, at least one  history chapter has been inspired by an archaeological discovery and can be used to demonstrate to children how an object from the past can tell a story.

For example in book 1, Rolo witnesses the eruption of Vesuvius inspired by a mosaic found at Pompeii.

In book 2 he finds out about the Bronze Age inspired by the discovery of the burial mound of the Amesbury Archer during excavation for a new primary school in Wiltshire.

In book 3 there is a chapter woven around the excavated Iron Age Chiseldon Cauldrons.

In book 4 there is a return to the Bronze Age due to charred wood discovered by archaeologists appearing preserved in Fenland mud.

In book 5, Hadrian's Wall and Roman Britain feature, also The Terracotta Army in China as well as a fascinating chapter about medieval manuscripts inspired by an archaeologists post on social media!

'The Secret Adventures of Rolo' can be an enjoyable family read; perfect for introducing children to history, enjoyed as a stand-alone book or as a series.


Athelstan And The Time Tunnel

  • The English Civil War

  • The Great Fire of Malborough

  • The Invention of 'Cat's Eyes'

  • Crop Rotation

  • Thomas Wolsey

  • Pompeii

  • The Blitz


The Chilvester Passage

  • The Mary Rose

  • The Moon Rakers

  • Ancient Egypt

  • The Black Death

  • Space Exploration

  • Invention of the X-ray

  • The Bronze Age


The Dragon's Pram

  • The Iron Age

  • Constructing the Kennet and Avon Canal

  • The Magna Carta

  • Henry VIII

  • The Gunpowder Plot


Jewel Dog And The Dragons

  • TBronze Age Settlement

  • The Christmas Truce (1914)

  • King Alfred and the Vikings

  • The Founding of the UAE

  • The Trojan Horse

  • Aesop's Fables


Phoenix And The Dragonling

  • Hadrian's Wall

  • The Titanic

  • Florence Nightingale

  • The First Emperor of China

Rolo and Titanic

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