As one of the History tasks, the children investigated Roman shields. They learned that shields were not only a practical war implement but also served as a decorative tool for many Roman soldiers. Research has shown that many shields were personalized to a unit and in some cases to an individual who had progressed up the ranks. So the children had a chance to research Roman symbols and how these were used to communicate messages. If you look carefully you might spot the symbols such as the Eagle or the Lightning bolts that were frequently used on shields as a reference to the gods. But, you will also be able to see symbols that are personal to the children in Year 5.