Roman Lead Shrine teacher resources
Christian Travelling Altar
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery

KS3 Religious Education
A study of worship forms part of all the Agreed Syllabuses we have researched.

Learning Objectives
Pupils will learn about common features of personal worship by employing higher order learning skills.

These resources can be used as stand-alones in the context of units on Christianity or Buddhism, but probably can best be deployed togther in an enquiry- style approach. The following suggestion is quite teacher-led, but could easily be adapted to a less prescriptive method.
Christian Travelling Altar teacher resources
Suggested Classroom Activity

Show the pupils the still image of the Christian Travelling Altar, and tell them that very little is known about how the altar would have been used.

Ask the pupils how we could gain an insight into its use from studying living faiths.

After a short discussion, set them the task of working in pairs to test the idea that we could look at the common features of home shrine use in living faiths.

Suggested Classroom Activity

Video 1. Buddhism. Question..Describe


Give them the links to the videos in which Buddhist and Christian practicioners are asked the same four questions about their use of home shrines.

Ask them to list what they consider to be the most important differences and similarities between the interviewees’ responses.The total length of the four answers is seven minutes for the Buddhist and five minutes for the Christian, so the whole exercise should take the pupils twenty to thirty minutes.

Finish with a group discussion of what they have learned.
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Video 2. Question..How do you pay respect?

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Video 3.Question..How do you use?
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Video 4, Question..How does the practice help you?
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Video 5. Christianity. Question..Describe

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Video 6. Question..How do you pay respect?
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Video 7. Question..How do you use?
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Video 8, Question..How does the practice help you?
Development Activity

This CultureStreet teachers lesson plan was originally developed to support content around a portable Roman shrine to Mercury discovered at Segedunum in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne. Take a look here and then compare this relic with the Christian one found near Gloucester.

Resources, Notes and Links

Download lesson plan here