What the Romans and Anglo Saxons did for us

Project Based Learning – What the Romans and Anglo Saxons did for us?

During the first half of the Autumn Term, Year 4 will be learning about the Romans. At the start of term, children discussed what they already knew, but more importantly, what they wanted to find out!

We will be taking a close look at many topics the children have suggested e.g. Why the Romans came to Britain, what was life like as a Roman soldier and what did they made and invented as well as the importance of Hadrian’s Wall and Boudicca during this period.

By the end of the project, Centurion Fyfe and Centurion Steiner should have our  ‘4th Legion’ recruits whipped into shape and ready to show their understanding of army formations along with some fantastic artwork as well as learn the words and sign language to a song about Roman life.

We will also be visiting the Verulamium Museum on Monday 2nd October. Verulamium was a town in Roman Britain. It was sited in the southwest of the modern city of St Albans in Hertfordshire, Great Britain.

After half term we will be looking at the decline of the Roman occupation of Britain and the rise of the Anglo-Saxons. This will include learning about the life and pastimes of Anglo Saxons and the emergence of the Vikings.  

The outcome of our Project Based Learning will be to invite you to come into the classroom to see our Project Based Learning books and artwork that we have produced.

If your children are interested in carrying out any home study themselves the website below has a variety of different fact files to refer to. http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/glossary.htm

Other Subjects                                                                                                                              Not every curriculum area links directly to our Project Based Learning. In Literacy, we will be looking at fiction ‘Warning Tales’, with a focus on Openings and Endings. In Maths, we will be looking at place value and number for 4 digits and revising our use of calculation strategies for all 4 operations, both written and mental. This will include initial estimations and final checking by using reverse operations.

In Science, we will be learning vocabulary for Scientific Investigations. For Physics this term, we will be looking at Circuits, and in Biology we will explore the digestive system and teeth. In PSHCE we will be exploring ‘What Makes a Successful Learner?’

In Computing we will look at simulations, what they are and to understand why computers are suited to running them. In additon, we will use Sketchup for 3D modelling and build a Roman Temple.

We will also of course be developing and applying our understanding of different values and how they can be incorporated into everything we do, both at school and at home.

Years 4 have settled in very well and we look forward to some fantastic learning this term!

Mrs Fyfe & Mrs Steiner