Year 4

The Romans – Autumn 1

Did the Roman Legacy really help us?

I am warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful.  Meet me in battle.  Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare!

This term we will be travelling back in time to explore the Roman period. We will be identifying key events within this period and the historical figures from the era. We will discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca, Pliny the Elder and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us.

In Art and D&T, we will be looking at Roman artefacts, and designing and creating our own Roman shields!

Get ready for Gladiator school and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus: brave soldiers of the Roman Colosseum.

Mountains & Volcanoes – Autumn 2

Our geography focus this half term is mountains and volcanoes. We will be locating volcanoes and mountains in the UK and across the world using maps and atlases. We will focus on the 5 different types of mountains and volcanoes, and where these can be found in different parts of the world. We will explore what kind of equipment a mountaineer would need to climb a mountain, and discuss Edmund Hillary’s successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. We will explore job opportunities for people living in areas nearby, and also the implications of living next to volcanoes.  

Anglo-Saxons – Spring 1

We will begin this unit by looking at the fall of the Roman empire, and the tribes that attacked in order to settle in their place. We will learn about where the Anglo-Saxons came from and how Britain was divided into the 7 kingdoms. We will explore what daily home life and culture was like for the Anglo-Saxons and contrast their way of living to how the Romans once lived. We will look at the Anglo-Saxon army and learn about their battle tactics and weaponry.

As an additional experience, we also have an educational workshop delivered by a historical expert. We will be dressing up as Anglo-Saxons for the day, look at real and replica artefacts, play games like javelin throwing and taefl and so much more!

You are in for a treat, Year Four!

 Natural Disasters – Spring 2

We will be looking at and describing the different types of natural disasters. We will begin by exploring what an earthquake is, where and why they happen and how you can stay safe from them. Next, we will compare hurricanes and tornadoes and we will explore tsunamis, flooding and wildfires. We will learn about climate change and how this has led to an increase in natural disasters. We will consider the impact that all of these natural disasters have on the environment, the people and the economy, and will use maps to locate where they have happened in the past, and where they are likely to happen again in the future.

The Vikings – Summer 1.

This follows on perfectly from our Y4 study of the Romans and then the Anglo-Saxons in the spring term. We will look at the Viking invasion of Britain, and the struggle between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. We will learn about the key figures involved in the Saxon and Viking unrest and how religion, power and money contributed to this.

Europe – Summer 2 

 Our geography focus this half term is all about Europe. We will begin by exploring continents, cities and bodies of water. We will then look at different European cities including London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Paris, focusing on population, trade, transport and popular landmarks. We will discuss why certain destinations are more popular than others and why people might want to visit them.