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Year 4 - Italy

Welcome to Year 4

This term in maths we have been learning about place value.  This includes rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000, Comparing and ordering numbers, counting in 1000s and 25s and learning about negative numbers.  We will use our knowledge of partitioning when adding and subtracting upto 4-digit numbers later on this term.

In English, our class reader is The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo.  We have written diary entries and persuasive letters.  We have included the historic knowledge we have gained from reading a book that was set over 100 years ago.  The children have really engrossed themselves in our new scheme of Reading Plus and are lucky enough to get the opportunity to use the programme daily.

Our topic this term is the Romans, which fits nicely with our class country of Italy.  The children have been learning about when the Romans invaded Britain and they have made some fabulous mosaics.

Our PE is gymnastics and handball.  We are also focussing on basic skills and team work.

For science week we are learning about animals, including humans.  The main focus of our learning will be the human disgestive system and teeth. 

Term 2 Homework Grid


Term 1 Homework grid

Make a maths game

Design and make a simple maths game to share with  up to four people. 

Focus on the four operations (+  -  x  ÷).

Some ideas to help you:

  • You could make a board game, a card game or a maze game.
  • You could include some word problems.
  • You could make it 2D or 3D.
  • Think of some board games you like to give you more ideas.

Write a book review

Write a review of a book you have read.  Include a brief description of the plot and the main characters.  Explain what you like and do not like about the book and don’t forget to say whether you would recommend the book to your friends.

Other things you could include:

  • Who would enjoy reading the book?
  • Give the book a star rating.
  • Include an illustration of your favourite scene.

Find out about Italy

We are learning about our class country and want to find out all about Italy.  Share your knowledge and fascinating facts  by choosing one of the following activities:

  • Make a poster
  • Make a fact sheet
  • Make some Italian food
  • Learn some Italian words to teach the class
  • Find a story from Italy to read to the class
  • Draw a map of Italy and label some of the main cities

Write a scary story

Are you a budding J K Rowling?  Now is your chance to write a story with a spooky twist as the nights draw in and autumn arrives.

The important things to remember:

  • Correct punctuation - remember capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks, question marks and inverted commas for direct speech.
  • Exciting vocabulary that entices the reader and makes them want to read on.
  • Take care with spelling - use the strategies you have learnt to check your spellings are correct.


Although the Romans lived in the past they left us many things to remember them by.  Produce a piece of art in the style of the Romans. 

Some ideas to help you:

  • You could make a mosaic using old magazines or coloured paper.
  • You could make a model of a Roman temple, house or some jewellery, clothing or coins.
  • You could use junk modelling or clay to make a statue of a Roman God.

Free Choice

This is your chance to share your hobbies and interests with the class.

Some ideas to help you:

  • You could make a poster
  • You could make a PowerPoint presentation
  • Your could write a poem or a rap
  • You could compose a song
  • You could present a demonstration
  • You could compile a photo album

    Dymchurch Curriculum MapYear 4 - Italy
    Full English (Reading and Writing) and Maths curriculum details can be found in the Docs tab above
    Term 1 & 2Term 3 & 4Term 5 & 6
    Forces of Nature
    Cultures and Communities
    Science  Animals inc humans
    All Living Things  States of Matter
     Sound  Electricity

    Name and locate countries and cities of UK

    Settlement & Land use patterns - changes over time

    Physical geography -climate zones, biomes, volcanoes, earthquakes, water cycle.

    Maps, atlases and globes to locate countries.

    Fault lines, lightning

    Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present features in local area. Sketch maps

    Romans, Celts, Boudica

    Anglo-Saxons - Scots


    Vikings and Anglo-Saxon struggle for UK

    Edward the Confessor



    Worship in the synagogue; Features of the synagogue; Tallit, Tefillin, Kippah


    Pilgrimage; special places (cathedral)



    Worship in church, different denominations, church community


    Life of the vicar, Shrove Tuesday, Lent, Temptation.



    The five Pillars


    Living a moral life

    Stories with a moral and examples in everyday life


    Food: Hygiene, peeling using fingers, pouring

    Mechanisms: pop up cards and books

     Food: Setting a table

    Construction: use card, wood, introduce to craft knife and glue gun.

    Textiles: Make a simple pattern with seam allowance.

    Food: Taste and talk, make a savoury dish, eat at set table, table manners


    Mixed media work

    Collage - Variety of materials

    Drawing from experience using pastels

    Painting: Colour mixing (secondary and tertiary colours, colour wheel); Acrylic paints

    Textiles - Embroidery
    Textiles - weaving natural materials and fabrics

    PE Hockey / Pop Lacrosse & Gymnastics
     Tag Rugby & Dance
    Basketball & Swimming
    Handball & Gymnastics
     Tagr Rugby & Mini Tennis 
     Athletics & Rounders/ Kwik Cricket
    Music Singing / Performing - improvise repeated patterns and combine layers of sound
    Appraising- describe, compare and evaluate using appropriate vocabulary
     Composing - Using symbols to record, plan and explore sounds

    Unit 4.1

    Developing a simple educational game

    Unit 4.2

    Prototyping an interactive toy

    Unit 4.3

    Producing digital music

    Unit 4.4

    Editing and writing HTML

    Unit 4.5

    Producing Wiki

    Unit 4.6

    Presenting the weather

    PSHE  New Beginnings
     Say no to bullying
     Good to be me
     Getting on and falling out
     Going for goals
     Relationship changes
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