Year 3 + 4 – Roman Shields

In Year 3 + 4, as part of our Creativity Topic: “I Am Warrior”, we have been looking at Roman Shields and the symbolism behind them.  Although they were used in battle, the shields were painted red to represent Mars, the Roman God of War.  Lightning bolts represented Jupiter, the King of the Gods, and the Eagle (Wings) was the symbol of the Roman Army.

 

Using this as our inspiration, we created our own shields and included our own heroic images or initials – just like real Roman soldiers would have done.

 

Some of us also included laurel leaves – the symbol of victory – worn by Emperors as a crown upon their heads.  We then worked as a team to practise famous battle formations including the Tortoise Shell.

 

Which symbols can you spot on our shields?