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Year 4

The Year Four Cornerstones topics are described below. Teachers will plan to use a selection of these topics, usually six – one each half term, from the programme.

I am Warrior!

Draw your sword, wield your axe if you dare! Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar, and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for Gladiator school and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus. When all the battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes or perhaps roasted swan sprinkled with nuts.
This half term, Year 4 are going back to 61AD to gain more insight into the Roman invasion! With Boudicca leading the Celts, will they manage to defeat the well trained, well armoured Roman army? Will Boudicca get her revenge?
We will be writing our own newspaper report on the Battle of Wattling Street, creating a setting description of a Celtic Hill Fort, practising our acting skills when re-telling the story of Boudicca and we shall take part in our own Roman Day where we will be able to make and taste bread from an old recipe.


Welcome to the amazing world of potions and their properties…Use what you know about materials and their properties to create incredible potions in Professor Hazard’s Potions class. Find  out how dangerous, unpredictable or plain tragic.






Misty Mountain Sierra

Mighty mountains peak above the morning mists, imposing and eternal, rocky outcrops at their feet. Discover how these giants are formed, as a fold or a block, a dome or a plateau. Follow the water cycle’s course from the peak to valley and meet the exceptional tribes of the hostile Himalayas. Then plan a mountain expedition from the BMC that is eco-friendly and safe as can be. But beware, look out! What’s that by the tree? It’s footprints are huge! Have we found the…Yeti!!!



Blue Abyss

Grab your wetsuit! We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious creatures. Head to your local aquarium and learn about life in the ocean. What do real divers get up to below the surface? Create a fishy story about exploring underwater. Make a model of a deep sea submarine that can withstand pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth.




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 then, 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!



Ssh…what’s that noise? A bash? A crash? A shake, a rattle, or a low, bass hum? Which do you prefer – an acoustic singer or a booming brass band? A solitary voice singing sweetly and quietly or a magnificent choir lifting the roof?

Take out your earplugs as you journey through the valley of sound and learn about instruments, the sounds they make and how they are produced. Can you hear me over there? Or do I need to SING MORE LOUDLY?


Road Trip USA!

Buckle up, sunglasses on – Year 4 pupils are going on a road trip across the USA!
This half term pupils in Year 4 will be crossing the Atlantic and learning all about the USA. They will use their map skills to navigate their way around some of the most famous landmarks of the USA and send home a postcard to ask the question: Do you wish you were here?
On their journey they will learn to use maps, atlases, globes and digital / computing mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.
They will also be completing lots of other learning in other curriculum areas linked to this topic.
It’s going to be a long ride, put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair – we’re off!

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Open wide – let’s take a look inside! We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body.
Do you have a toothy grin or a winning smile? Take dental impressions and test the effects of sugary substances on your pearly whites!
Follow a tasty morel as it makes its way through your digestive system helped by some mouth-watering saliva. And don’t forget the importance of good hygiene at both ends!
Learn how to look after this marvellous belching squelching, mixture making machine we call our body.

Traders and Raiders

Big, strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons brandish their swords and wave their battle-axes as they prepare to invade Britain’s shores.
Sail back to the Dark Ages where battles were rife and fear reigned. Find out about the life of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before had such terror swept the land.
Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly dark ages?