We have been looking at the Romans as part of our topic, and looked further into the Roman soldiers. We concentrated on their shields and what the different designs meant, finding that elements were for the Roman Gods. With this knowledge, we designed our own shields, thinking about incorporating the elements we had studied. We had to think about how we were going to make the shield and what resources and materials we would need.
Once we had designed them, we got on to making them. Most of the children decided to use cardboard and began making their shapes, before adding the handle at the back to help hold onto their shield. We painted them red to match the Roman soldiers, as this was a symbol for the God of war, Mars. We created our designs out of tin foil, wrapping paper, craft paper and metallic paints.
We really enjoyed making our shields and were really happy with the finished product.