History KS1 / KS2 Roman roads

This video gives pupils an understanding of how and why the Romans built a network of roads in Britain.

It explores the design and construction of Roman roads. Using maps and graphics, it shows where the Roman roads were built and illustrates how many of our modern roads follow the same routes today.

Teacher Notes

This video is an ideal tool to start exploring the changes the Romans made when they arrived in Britain.

It can be used with maps to look at the reasons why the Romans built their roads where they built them, and how towns and cities grew up along them.

The video can be used to make comparisons between how the Celtic tribes and the Romans travelled.

Pupils could also explore what happened to these roads after Romans left Britain.

Points for discussion

  • How did the Romans travel?
  • Why did the Romans build their roads in the way they did?
  • How did the Celts travel?
  • Which major cities were connected by Roman roads?
  • How did the Romans change life in Britain?

Suggested activities

After watching the video, pupils could develop case studies about Roman towns and cities in the United Kingdom. They could use maps and atlases, current and historic, to explore why each location was chosen and how this impacted on life for the Celts in that area.

Pupils could use photographs, the internet and books to find evidence of the remains of Roman roads today, and then identify place names linked to the Roman roads which have survived to the present day.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching History at KS1 and KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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