Year 4 – What am I learning now? (Term 2 2022-23)

Where we are in time and place

Central idea

Conflict may occur over access to resources.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • How conflicts can be brought about (form).
  • The development of conflicts past and present (connection).
  • How conflict can be managed in different ways (causation).

Subject Focus

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


The children will explore ancient Mayan artefacts. They will make observations about their past way of life looking at images of clothing, food, religion and education.

From their observations they will raise questions to ask an expert archaeologist.

Home Learning Opportunities

Children will carry out research about Maya and our current topic of discussions.

Class Stories

  • Max and the Millions – Ross Montgomery
  • The History Detective Investigates: Mayan Civilisation – Claire Hibbert

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

  • Accurate
  • Former
  • Latter
  • Continuity
  • Prosper
  • Unique
  • Characteristic
  • Cause
  • Consequence
  • Phase
  • Transition
  • Develop
  • Eventful
  • Summarise
  • Contrast
  • Critique
  • Reliability

Career Links

We are…

Historians, artists, museum curator, researcher, archivists, strategists, army officer, writer, reporter, archaeologists, cartographer.

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 create an informative PPT with voice note to the UN about how conflicts can be managed in different ways.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

  • Writing a narrative, non chronological report and newspaper report.
  • Use a range of presentational devices, including use of title and subheadings.
  • Organise writing into sections or paragraphs, including fiction and nonfiction.
  • Discuss and develop initial ideas in order to plan and draft before writing.
  • Describe characters, settings and plot.
  • Assess the effectiveness of my own and others’ writing and suggested improvements.
  • Can I use inverted commas accurately for direct speech.
  • Use a variety of conjunctions to join words and sentences eg or, but, if, because, when, although.
  • Use noun phrases expanded by the addition of modifying adjectives, nouns and prepositional phrases.
  • Read at speed and with fluency a range of age-appropriate text types
  • Read most common exception words effortlessly, noting unusual correspondence between spelling and sound.
  • Use the full range of GPCs, use phonic skills consistently and automatically to address unfamiliar or challenging words.
  • Determine the meaning of new words.
  • Read poems and scripts aloud and perform.
  • Using and applying reading skills in various contexts.
  • Spell words correctly from age appropriate statutory spelling list,knowing when to use prefixes and suffixes such as: sub, inter, super, anti
  • Speak articulately and and apply spoken language skills when communicating.
  • Write legibly and fluently, spacing letters sufficiently so that ascenders and descenders do not meet.
  • Exploring drawing techniques used by known artists.
  • Using digital skills to create a piece of art.
  • Design, sketch and generate realistic ideas to create a product using artistic techniques,
  • Make a product using mechanical systems such as levers, linkages and pivots
  • Create a multimedia presentation for an intended audience with inserted recordings
  • Manipulate text, underline text, centre text, change font and size and save text to a folder
  • Identify online pressure and ways of managing it
  • Understand how to use online content, copyrights and ownership
  • Accurately measure distance
  • Use scale to estimate distances
  • Annotate digital maps
  • Use atlas and a globe to locate a place on a map and describe their key topographical features.
  • Ask and answer historically valid questions.
  • Use specialist vocabulary and historical terms appropriately.
  • Note and comment on connections, contrasts and trends over time, places and cultures.
  • Comment on continuity and change, cause and effect and use sources to construct my own opinions about the past.
  • Developing fundamental skills
  • Gymnastics and Dance
  • Sing in tune applying a range of musical elements
  • Make musical instruments
  • Improvise and perform
  • Know the difference between welcoming and unwelcoming friendships.
  • Identify different types of bullying, know the consequences and develop coping strategies.
  • Understand religious teachings about how to live a good life and knowing what is right from wrong.
  • Name parts of an electrical circuit using key vocabulary.
  • Construct series circuits using key symbols.
  • Identify common appliances.
  • Differentiate and investigate the differences between insulators and conductors.
  • Research a known scientist.
  • Subtraction – estimating and checking
  • Measurements including perimeter
  • Multiplication and Division