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Teachers' Notes

Resource created by Harborough Museum.


Between 2000 and 2004 on a hilltop in southeast Leicestershire, thousands of bones, silver and gold coins and other mysterious objects were discovered, the remains of great feasts and rituals from the Iron Age - 2000 years ago.  

These online resources can be used to help prepare a group for a visit to Harborough Museum to take part in the The Hallaton Treasure and the Romans storytelling session or to reinforce learning following a visit. This resource can also be used as a stand-alone classroom aid for investigating the Romans, the Ice Age and the Hallaton Treasure.


Curriculum Links

  • KS2 History: Romans Invaders and settlers
  • KS2 Art and design: Exploring Iron Age designs
  • KS2 Maths: Estimating size and shape
  • KS2 Geography: Using different sources to discover the development of a local site over a length of time 
  • KS2 Science: Materials and their properties - survival rate of different materials
  • PSHE: Faith and ritual - using imagination to understand other people's experiences reflecting on spiritual and social issues


Discussion Ideas

There are more chapter specific Discussion Ideas at the end of each chapter.

  • Why might the Iron Age people have buried this treasure at the time of the invasion?
  • What do you think might have worried them about the arrival of Romans in Britain?
  • How would you feel about Britain being invaded by an army from another country today?
  • What sort of valuable or sentimental objects would you bury, in this situation?


Activity Ideas

Design your own piece of jewellery (i.e. torc, armlet, bracelet or brooch) featuring either Iron Age or Roman designs and patterns. Decorate your jewellery with motifs and explain what your motif represents, for example, a coiling snake symbolized immortality, a wheel represented the sun or movement, stags a represented hunting and lions were a symbol of strength.

  • You could make your own Roman snake bracelet using wire or pipe cleaners to form the arm coil and metallic paper or foil for the snake.
  • Soap can be used to create carvings for Roman cameo portraits.
  • Iron Age brooches can be made using safety pins, tin foil and glitter to create intricate patterns.


Internal Links

More resources on My Learning related to this subject area include:

Iron Age Gold Coin of the Celtic Parsi


External Links

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Hallaton Treasure at Harborough Museum

BBC History: Iron Age