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Year 4 - 4L (Mrs Lintott) and 4R (Miss Russell) 

Reign Over Us

Essential Knowledge


  • Children will begin to know and understand the history of Britain as a chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day.

  • Children will think carefully about how people’s lives have shaped their country and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

  • Children will begin to understand such abstract terms as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, and ‘parliament’.



The children will:

  • create fact sheets, newspapers, reports and prepare presentations

  • show that they have an understanding of Standard English and formal language when making their presentations.

  • See accompanying English quests for activities and challenges linked to theme

  • Stories in Historical Settings

  • be engage in discussions making relevant points

  • use vocabulary that is appropriate to the topic being discussed or the audience that is listening

  • make relevant comments or ask questions in a discussion or debate

  • respectfully challenge opinions or points, offering an alternative.




Children will be learning to:

  • create time line graphs about a period in history on a particular subject.

  • use roman numerals in naming kings and queens of the past

  • use place value knowledge to order events

  • Interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables.

  • Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs.

  • solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.

  •  understand how roman numerals are used in context.



The children will be learning to:

  • gather, record classify and present data in a variety of ways

  • use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions and suggest improvements




The children will: 

  • use some of the advanced features of applications and devices in order to communicate ideas, work or messages professionally.

  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked

  • select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices




The children will be learning about:

  • kings and queens of England

  • the history of Britain as a chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day

  • how people’s lives have shaped their country and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

  • historical such abstract terms as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, and ‘parliament’.

  • the characteristic features of the past including ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children.

The children will be learning to:

  • use evidence to ask questions and find answers to questions about the past.

  • suggest suitable sources of evidence for historical enquiries.

  • use more than one source of evidence for historical enquiry in order to gain a more accurate understanding of history.

  • describe different accounts of a historical event, explaining some of the reasons why the accounts may differ.

  • suggest cause and consequences of some of the main events and changes in history.

  • place events, artefacts and dates on a timeline using dates.

  • understand the concept of change over time, representing this, along with evidence, on a time line.

  • use dates and terms to describe events.


The children will be learning to: 

  • locate the world’s countries with a focus on Europe and North and South America and countries of particular interest to pupils.

  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

  • children will use maps to understand where Britain had its colonies and where it had the most influence as part of the British Empire.




Hockey and Badminton


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:


  • consider whether choices made in the past influences us in the present day.

  • consider how the power of the ‘church’ had a major effect on people’s lives.

  • consider whether decisions made in the past can be judged as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

  • consider how to work well together in groups.

  • debate and discuss the past showing consideration for others opinions

  • discuss how life has changed and what the culture was like in different times.                                                                        



Linked to our topic of kings and queens we are going to find out about the history of music and listen to and preform a range of pieces by recalling them from memory. By doing this we will also be focusing on pitch and pace.





This term we are learning greetings, past times and hobbies and how to tell them time. At the end of the three units we are then going to merge them together to have a conversation in French about ourselves and what we like to do each week.              

Art and Design   


The children will be studying the artist Hans Holbein the Younger. They will look closely at the painting ‘The Ambassadors’ learning about the symbolism behind the artefacts in the composition and the history of painting.  They will create a self-portrait which is to include representations of items from their own lives. They need to learn about body proportions and work out ratios, for example how many times a head goes into the length of the average body.  


Generating Ideas: The children will be closely observing the painting ‘The Ambassadors’ they will have the opportunity to learn how the artist Hans Holbein paint was applied the paint and the symbolism of the objects in the work. They will by using observational drawing to make their self-portrait and to explore ideas for different purposes.  To create their own piece of work they must question and make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work. 


Making/Technique: The children will investigate and combine visual and tactile qualities of materials and processes and to match these qualities to the purpose of the work.  The children will use watercolour to create their own portrait but will also have the opportunity to learn about oil paint and see how it is used.


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 explore the history behind the painting ‘The Ambassadors’.  They will learn about how it was made, the materials it is made from and where they can see it in London.  They will learn about artists of today who also paint portraits.

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