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Year 4

The Ruthless Romans

This half term we will be travelling back in time to Ancient Rome. We will be looking at how Rome got its name and the weapons that the Romans used to protect their land.

As writers, we will be retelling the story of Romulus and Remus and writing an information text on what life was like in those times. We will use drama techniques to bring this historical story to life using freeze frames, thought tapping and the method of story whoosh.

As mathematicians, we will be looking at time and how to read and tell the time in both analogue and digital. We will be revisiting place value with the difference of looking at Roman numerals, solving problems and cracking codes, spotting patterns and identifying rules.

As readers, we will be focusing on using our inference, deduction and comprehension skills. This will enable us to retrieve information from texts to help us to explore the themes in more detail. We will particularly focus on non-fiction texts

As historians, we will explore the life of a Roman; as a civilian, a King and part of the army. We will explore the influence a true leader has on their empire and how we can compare empires of the past with the British Empire of today.

As scientists, we will be looking at food chains looking at producers, predators and prey. Taking this further by exploring how the depletion of one factor has an impact on the others.

As designers, we will be making our own Roman mosaics and roman statues. We will need to consider colours, patterns and the overall impact of the artwork. At the end we will present our work and evaluate the work of others by suggesting changes using artistic vocabulary.

As philosophers, we will focus on the roman army looking at how they worked together to be successful and think about how we can apply these skills to how we work as part of a team within school and the community.

As theologians, we will consider the teachings and practices associated with Islam and challenge religious prejudice in the world. We will explore expression our opinions through poetry and different art forms in order to understand Islam further.