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Year 4 - 4W (Miss Marks), 4SH (Mrs Hearm/Mr Smith)  and 4R (Miss Russell) 


Essential Knowledge


  • Understand how the Roman Empire has impacted Britain (army, the arts, architecture, plumbing/water, food, and civilisation).



During this term the children will participate in a debate and use their powers of persuasion, construct an adventure story, write letters, newspaper reports and diary entries all linked to their topic 'The Romans'


The children will:

  • Write for a range of purposes using the main features identified.

  • Ask questions to improve understanding.

  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction texts.​

  • debate/Persuasion (MP or Councillor)

  • Instructions on how to make a helmet/shield

  • letter to say thank you to/RAF Halton/ Boudicca visitor

  • newspaper report about invading Britain

  • diary entry of a Soldier, Roman, Gladiator e.t.c (empathy)

  • create characters, settings and plots.

  • compose and rehearse sentences orally.




Children will be learning to:

  • Measure - Catapult - Measure distance thrown. Convert units of measurements.

  • order and compare dates within and beyond the Roman Empire.

  • use symmetry to create mosaic art. (patterns and shapes linking)

  • measure and mark to the nearest millimetre.

  • read Roman Numerals up to 100.

  • order and compare numbers beyond 1000.

  • complete a simple symmetrical pattern with a specific line of symmetry.



The children will be learning to:

  • use scientific knowledge of the transference of forces to choose appropriate mechanisms for a product.

  • identify how sounds are made associating some of them with something vibrating.

  • recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases


I Compute unit – Safety and Data information handling


The children will learn:

  • to understand different ways to show, analyse and interrupt data.

  • To understand the importance of e safety.

  • To understand what cyber bulling is and what to do if you get cyber bullied.

The children will:

  • Create posters,

  • collect information from other classes

  • presenting data in graphs and charts.

  • Role play bulling situations and how to deal with them.



The children will be learning about:


  • Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54BC, Augustus, the successful invasion by Claudius (including Hadrian’s Wall) and the Roman Empire.

  • Britain’s role within the Roman Empire.

  • the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.​​

The children will be learning to:

  • suggest and evaluate sources of evidence using appropriate vocabulary.

  • describe different accounts of historical events

  • use evidence to ask questions in order to understand

  • suggest causes and consequences of events in history

  • describe changes that have happened in the locality of the school throughout history.

  • place events and historical figures on a timeline using dates.



The children will be learning to: 

  • use maps and atlases to locate where Romans travelled from and where they settled.

  • use maps and atlases to ask and answer geographical questions

  • name and locate countries within Europe

  • describe using geographical vocabulary how the locality of the school has changed over time.​



The children will:

  • Take part in and play competitive  games  with their peers

  • learning new skills and techniques to apply during a game

  • focus on attacking and defending skills. 




The children will:


  • compare laws and rules within the Roman Empire. “Romanisation” of Britain: the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity.consider whether choices made in the past influences us in the present day.

  • look at how the Roman Empire was led and discuss the effects of democracy within an empire.consider how the power of the ‘church’ had a major effect on people’s lives.

  • work collaboratively. Discuss the use of rules and laws within Roman society and how it may’ve been different if the rules were different.consider whether decisions made in the past can be judged as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

  • explore the Roman way of life and discuss how traditions affected daily life. Discuss that it was very disciplinarian led.consider how to work well together in groups.                                                                     



The children will:

  • learn the song ‘Just Like a Roman’

  • use percussion instruments to understand pitch, tone and beats.

  • choose, order and combine sound to create an intended effect




Rigalo unit 7 – “welcome” 


This term we are learning how to hold a conversation in French about ourselves.

Art and Design   


The children will be learning about the culture of Herculaneum. The will be learning about mosaics and their role in Roman life.  They will explore how and why Romans decorated their homes and investigate design, colour and images they used. There will be opportunities to collect visual information such as photos taken in Herculaneum and Pompeii to inform the mosaic design they are to create

Prior knowledge: Year three using collage to create design on Egyptian amulet.

Generating Ideas: The children will record through thumbnail drawings and note taking in sketchbooks during the introduction about Herculaneum and Pompeii. They will have the opportunity to study photographs of buildings, rooms, and artefacts from both cities. From the photographic resources they will begin to make drawings for ideas for their own design.  They will have opportunities to question and make observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work. 

Making/Technique: The children will investigate mosaics and discover how they are made. The classes will be using collage to recreate their designs and will also learn about and explore for themselves how to use this technique.


Evaluation: They children will compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others' work and say what they think and feel about them. They will adapt their work according to their views and describe how they might develop it further. 

Knowledge: The children will look at the art of the mosaic and learn how craft people have used this visual craft over millennia. They will learn what is typical of its colour, pattern, texture, line and tone. They will study materials and processes used to make. They will also look at artists of today working in mosaic.

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