Year 4 – What am I learning now? (Term 2 2021-22)

Who we are

Central idea

Past migration and invasion influence and shape our lives

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • Past events that affect our lives  (causation).
  • How  migration can lead to change in lifestyle  (change) 
  • Why we should learn from the past (perspective)

Subject Focus

  • Art 
  • Computing
  • History
  • English
  • Science
  • PSHE
  • Spoken Language
  • Design and Technology


Children will be re-enacting a Roman invasion – style battle with the Celtic tribe. They will be making swords and shields out resources. 

Students will discuss the central idea and ask questions about the topic to guide their this term’s inquiry.

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Make Roman shields, mosaic, jewellery and art. 
  • Independently research about who the Romans were and how they influence our lives.

Class Stories

  • Ancient Rome – EYEWITNESS
  • Romans on the rampage – Jeremy Strong

Transferrable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Social skills
  • Self management skills
  • Communication skills

Links to PSHE / SMSC

In PSHE, children will understand the meaning relationships as it relates trust and friendships.  They will also learn about the consequences of bullying and how that can affect others.

Key Vocabulary

  • Shield
  • Aqueduct
  • Bath house
  • Temple
  • Villa
  • Soldier, centurian, shield, warrior, chariot, barbarian, gladiator,
  • Boudicca, toga, slave, 
  • Julius Caesar, Roman numerals, emperor, amphitheatre, coin,
  • Woman, mosaic, standard

Career Links

  • Historian
  • Artist
  • Museum curator
  • Researcher
  • Archivist
  • Strategist
  • Army officer
  • Writer
  • Reporter,

Sharing Success

Children  and class teachers will be able to share  their work and key events of the term on Dojo . Children can also request a selfie of of work that they are proud of to share on their class portfolios.


Children will be making replicas of Roman artefacts to create a Roman museum to present and inform parents about how past events have shaped our lives.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

History - Lead Inquiry Subject
  • I can place periods of history on a timeline showing periods of time (understand where the Roman Empire began) 
  • I can use my mathematical skills to round up time differences into centuries and decades. 
  • I can plot recent history on a timeline using centuries. 
  • I can explain how events from the past have helped shape our lives ( I can understand the size and structure of Hadrian’s Wall as it was when it was first built)
  • I can explain why  Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion in 55-54 BC Britain failed
  • I know that people who lived in the past cooked and travelled differently and used different weapons from ours. 
  • I can communicate knowledge and understanding orally and in writing and offer points of view based upon what I have found out. 
  • I can independently, or as part of a group, present my research about a given period of history using multi-media skills.
  • I can understand  the events of ‘Boudicca’s Rebellion’ from different perspectives
  • I can discover facts about Roman Roads and find out where they were built
  • I can discover and use facts about Roman Gods
  • I can explore Roman mosaics and create a mosaic
  • Discuss and develop initial ideas in order to plan and draft before writing.
  • Write to suit purpose and with a growing awareness of audience, using some appropriate features.
  • Organise writing into sections or paragraphs, including fiction and nonfiction.
  • Appropriately use a range of presentational devices, including use of title and subheadings.
  • Use dialogue, although balance between dialogue and narrative may be uneven.
  • Describe characters, settings and plot, with some interesting details.
Spoken Language
  • Listen to others, work out which information is important and make relevant and related comments e.g. returns to a key point and elaborates
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings.
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, 
  • Gain, maintain and monitor interest of the listener(s)
  • I can find equivalent lengths mm, cm
  • I can find equivalent lengths, mm, cm
  • I can convert between Kilometres and metres
  • I can add lengths
  • I can subtract lengths
  • I can measure perimeter of shapes
  • I can  find perimeter on a grid
  • I can find perimeter of rectangles
  • I can find perimeter of rectilinear shapes
  • I can multiply by 0, 1, 10, 100
  • I can divide by 0, 1, 10, 100
  • I can multiply and divide by 3 ,6, 7, 9
  • I can explain what a ‘welcoming’ friendship is.
  • I can explain that being unwelcoming to others can make people feel lonely and isolated in a friendship. 
  • I know that life is more fun when we let other people’s ideas and personalities into our groups. 
  • I can explain why trust is very important in a friendship and know the actions that can damage trust in a relationship. 
  • I can realise the consequences of bullying and be able to develop support strategies for myself and others at risk. 
  • I can explain all forms of bullying and problem solve a  bullying situation with others.
  • I can use a search engine to find a specific website. 
  • I can use note-taking skills to decide which text to copy and paste into a document. 
  • I can use tabbed browsing to open two or more web pages at the same time. 
  • I can open a link to a new window. I can open a document (PDF) and view it. 
  • I can use ceramic mosaic tiles.