Staff in Year 4

4T: Miss Toner

4O: Mr O'Donnell

4DL: Mrs Diegnan and Mrs Losper

Interventions: Miss Bridgman

Teaching assistants: Mrs Thompson,Mrs Burywood, Miss Harding and Miss Aubert

Year 4

Learning in Year 4 - Autumn 2 - 1066

It’s probably the most famous date in English history… we’re travelling back to 1066!


These are troubled times and there is danger afoot. A much-loved king is dead and a French Duke has staked a claim for our kingdom. Not to mention all the other wannabe monarchs!


Discover a changing England, shaped by shires, protected by castles and ruled by foreign knights.


Use the famous Bayeux Tapestry to explore the significant events of 1066. What happened when, and how did William come to be called the Conqueror?


Design a castle with defences strong enough to hold back the enemy. What about a space for fine dining and revelry? Try and build a happy (but safe!) home— you’re the architect!


Are you ready for the Norman invasion? Then don your armour and watch your back! 





Learning in English


Our stimulus this half term will be ‘I Was There 1066’ by Jim Eldridge. During this time, children will be producing their own newspaper report based on research they have carried out into 1066. Children will be organising their writing into paragraphs and extending their sentences using clauses and conjunctions. We will explore a range of punctuation, including apostrophes and commas. Children will also be writing their own persuasive letter and a victory speech in the role of William Duke of Normandy.



Children will be increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally. Children will be making predictions from details stated and implied, they will also be identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning. They will  retrieve and record information in order to help them with their writing. They will also be making comparisons within and across texts.

Learning in Maths


We will be continuing with our ’Maths No Problem’ work. We will be using addition and subtraction, including renaming. We will also be using multiplication and division, using our knowledge of the times tables to help us. We will be using all four of these operations to solve word problems and applying these to real life contexts.



Learning  in History and Geography


In History, children will be learning about the struggle for the kingdom of England, focusing on the Norman invasion of Anglo-Saxon England in 1066. This will allow us to research two differing versions of an event. We will watch animations, documentaries and read a range of information books to find out what life was like for village children in Norman times. We will begin by finding out what the Normans would do during the day and plan a Norman day. We will be plotting events on a timeline to show our chronological understanding. Children will look at a range of sources including the Bayeux Tapestry to learn about the Battle of Hastings and to explain how historical items are useful. They will explain why in their view, William’s army were victorious.  We will explain how this event has helped shape todays society. We will also be making a detailed drawing of a traditional motte and bailey Norman castle and using an Ordnance Survey map to decide the best location to build a Norman castle in our local area.



Learning  in Science

Children will describe how sound is made. We will explain how sound travels from a source to our ears and explain the place of vibration in hearing. We will also explore the correlation between pitch and the object producing a sound. 


Learning  across the wider Curriculum

DT: Children will be designing and creating a Norman shield. They will begin by researching shields from this era and use this to inform their sketch for their own design. They will then use a range of construction materials to craft this. Finally, they will evaluate the effectiveness of their design.

RE: In R.E, we will be exploring the Jewish faith and learning about the festival of Hanukkah.

PE: Children will be participating in swimming lessons where they will use a range of strokes effectively. They will also be taking part in gymnastics sessions where they will experiment with equipment; improving their balance and co-ordination and exploring different ways of moving, turning and jumping.

PSHE: Our unit this half term is ’Going for Goals!’ Children will be identifying their strengths and weaknesses as a learner, setting realistic goals and breaking their goals down into steps. We will also we talking about ways in which we can help others and how others can help us.

MFL: Children will broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words in Spanish that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary. They will also appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language.



Trips and Experiences


1066 Workshop!

‘Portals to the Past’ will be coming in for a day of role play and other exciting activities surrounding the Battle of Hastings. Children are invited to dress as a Norman or Anglo-Saxon soldier.


How Can You Help?


· Read every night.

· Practise high frequency words and spelling lists for Year 4.

· Practise 6, 7 and 9 times tables.

· Assist your children with their home learning tasks.

· Remind your children to bring in their full PE and swimming kits on the correct days.


Extra information


PE slots:

4T -  Swimming—Wednesday


4O -  Swimming—Thursday


4DL - Swimming—Thursday


Project Homework!


Choose two of the following project ideas.  One must be submitted on Friday 17th November The second must be submitted on Friday 15th December.


· Research, design and construct a Norman castle using a variety of materials. Evaluate your design.

· Visit a castle or fort with your family. Take lots of pictures and tell your class about it on your return.

· Create a digital  presentation or written fact file with interesting 1066 facts to share with your class.

· Using the Bayeux Tapestry as an inspiration, design a new tapestry to show a story of your choosing. Remember to divide your story into panel sections.




Should you wish to ask any further questions about your child’s learning or any of the above please don’t hesitate to come and chat to us. We would like to thank you for your continued support. 


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