For our first taster of DT, we created our own Roman shields. We had studied the Romans and their army in our History topic and had looked at what kind of details and designs the shields had on them.
We designed our own in our DT books then created the real thing out of cardboard.
Here are some of our designs.
When we looked at the army, normally their shields would have designs that meant something.
A lightning bolt would signify Jupiter. Jupiter was the king of the Roman Gods.
Some had eagle’s wings on the front. The eagle was the symbol of the Roman army.
Very often, the shields were red. The colour Red was the symbol of Mars, the Roman God of war.
There was also a metal bulge in the middle of their shield. They used this as an extra weapon and would use this bulge to hit their enemies when they were close.
Have a look at some of our designs.
We used our cardboard to also make the handle of the shield in order for our arm to fit.