Two Roman men discuss how much evidence of the Romans can be found in the modern town of St Albans. A graphic diagram of a typical Roman town is shown, explaining that all Roman towns follow a similar pattern. The men then walk past the ruins of the Roman city of Rochester, looking at the forum and bath house. They then discuss the importance of its position close to Wales.
This could be used as a starter clip to introduce what the Romans built, where they built buildings and why they built buildings. The clip can be used to illustrate that the Romans left an incredible legacy, for example the aqueducts, heating, sanitary conditions. To extend this task, teachers could ask pupils to find out what happened after the collapse of the Roman Empire. Questions could be asked as to what happened to the aqueducts and did life progress after the Romans? Or was all the Roman knowledge and technology lost after the fall of the Roman Empire? After watching the clip, children could find the ruins of Rochester on maps and try to work out which parts of the city they are. They could also use modern day Roman towns and cities and try to identify which parts have been preserved from Roman town builders.