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The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain



Our main driver this half term is History, with the enquiry ‘The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain'.


During this enquiry, the children will recap their knowledge from Year 3, considering early civilisations and who first lived in Britain, the order of historical events on a timeline, as well as reminding themselves about the work of archaeologists.


We will begin the enquiry by discovering who the Romans were and why they invaded?

We will become familiar with reading maps and discover what land they invaded and why and how the Roman Empire became so vast. The children will become familiar with what the Romans brought to Britain, including Roman roads, coins, numerals, central heating etc... We will explore why the Romans did not conquer Scotland and their barriers to being successful.

We will then move on to discover who Julius Ceasar was and how many Roman Emperors there were in total exploring what each of them did either successfully or unsuccessfully. 

We will take into consideration the order of events on a timeline and make comparisons to other historical events.


Through these investigations of enquiry the children will discover facts about the Roman army including facts about what soldiers had to wear, how they had to train, what their homes looked like and how their families lived.


The children will visit Lunt fort, where their experienced staff will guide them around the Lunt fort site on an interactive tour designed specifically for school groups. The children will be led around the fort by a costumed Roman guide and visit the huge circular wooden gyrus. In the granary, which houses the museum, the children will hear about the lives of soldiers at the fort, get the opportunity to handle Roman objects and discover more about the nature and function of Roman armour and weapons. 



The children will spend their art lessons learning all about the famous potter Josiah Wedgwood. The children will become familiar with his background and investigate the various techniques he used. They will explore his creations and become familiar with how he became such a world famous and iconic English potter. Once the children have investigated the techniques of Wedgwood, they will create their very own pinch pot and Roman coil pot.





In Design and Technology the children will be introduced to different structures. They will consider how structures vary in size, material, shape, joins etc… The children will investigate and analyse a range of existing products like gift boxes, storage boxes, tissue boxes and begin to capture these ideas to design their very own gift box. They will develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose aimed at particular individuals or groups.

They will generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion and annotated sketches.

The children will select from and use a wider range of materials, components and construction materials according to their functional properties and aesthetics. The children will collect the materials required from their design and make a gift box according to their design.





Our English lessons this term will be link to our next theme 'The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.’ The children will begin this term by looking at ‘The Roman Diary-The Journal of Iliona Young Slave’ by Richard Platt. The children will be invited to view the wonders of Rome through Iliona's eyes.

We will also read 'Roman Invasion - My Story' by Jim Eldridge, another Roman diary which will help the children to make comparisons between two different Roman experiences; both of these books will support the children in writing their own Roman diary entries, picking up on technical vocabulary and Roman life in general.

We will then move onto character and setting description using the text 'Escape From Pompeii' by Christina Balit, the children will travel back in time to AD79 to view the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Roman Empire. 


They will then move on to exploring two versions of the famous mythical text 'Romulus and Remus,' one being a playscript which they will also act out. They will explore a variety of myths and look at key features enabling them to plan and write their very own mythical story.


The children will finish the term off by practicing retrieval skills, enabling them to make notes from non-fiction sources related to Boudica. The children will learn about the key features of persuasive text and create their own persuasive wanted posters to capture Boudica.





We will begin this term by reasoning with large numbers. The children will investigate and become confident with 4-digit place value. They will read, write, represent, order and compare 4 digit numbers. They will find 10, 100 or 1000 more or less and round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.


We will then move onto addition and subtraction. The children will select appropriate strategies to add and subtract and illustrate and explain appropriate addition and subtraction strategies including column method with regrouping.


Moving onto multiplication and division, the children will learn distributive property, including multiplying three 1-digit numbers, mental multiplication and division strategies using place value and known and derived facts as well as short multiplication and division.


Finally, the children will complete the term by learning about discrete and continuous data. The children will read, interpret and construct pictograms, bar charts and time graphs and also compare tables, pictograms and bar charts.


In addition to this, we will be preparing the children for the statutory times tables check. Please support us in supporting your child by allowing them to practise on Times Tables Rockstars. All children will be bringing their log in details home on Monday 6th September.

Here is some government guidance for parents: Information for parents: 2021 multiplication tables check (





This term the children will further develop the understanding of keys they gained in the Year 3 'Rocks' module, using them to identify animals from a range of habitats. They will also construct keys, learning to ask yes/no questions about characteristic differences between the animals. They will learn about pond and seashore animals and common land invertebrates through images and first-hand experience.

Then later on in the term, the children will be going outside regularly to classify plants. They will learn that different criteria can be used to classify plants depending on the time of year. This module also builds on work in Year 3 around the functions of different parts of flowering plants, their requirements for life and their life cycle. When working scientifically children will make careful observations of leaves, bark, buds, tree shape and flowers. They will use these observations to classify the plants and will record this information using keys.




P.E will be taught on Monday and Tuesday every week. The children will need to come dressed in the following on PE days.


  • School sweatshirt or cardigan
  • Polo top – either their house group colour or their white polo top.
  • Black tracksuit bottoms 
  • Clean training shoes




Take a look at some of the things we have been getting up to…

Book Reviews

We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:

There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

                               Useful Links to Practise Key Skills 

Literacy Links

Free e books - just register  




Maths Links


P.E Links  

Look out for information being sent to you with login details to use this at home!


Daily half an hour workouts Monday - Friday 9 a.m (Don't worry if you missed it, they are all saved)



Curriculum Links                                      Myleene's Music Klass




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  • Binley Woods Primary School,
  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
  • | Tel: 0247 6543 754
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