Year 4 Autumn Term (2)

Ground breaking Greeks - Autumn 2
The children will be part of an interactive assembly to introduce the ancient Greeks and share information on artefacts, ways of life and the chronology of Greece. 

In this topic, children will learn about different periods of Greek history, they will explore Greece on a world map and compare the size of Modern Greece to that of Ancient Greece. Children will discuss the overlapping periods of world history and construct a timeline of different periods in history. They will compare similarities about different civilisations and make connections, contrasts and trends over time. Children will begin to describe the lives of Ancient Greek people and explain why sea travel was very important to the Greeks. They will identify details from the past, describing the lives of men and women (rich and poor) in Ancient Greece and compare their life to those of the Spartans and the Athenians. Children will research and identify how Greek pottery provides evidence while recognising that it might not always be fully accurate. By the end of the unit, children will be able to explore and offer ideas about how the Ancient Greeks have impacted on our lives today. 


The children will be diving into Greek mythology by writing a retelling of Leo and the Gorgon’s curse. They will build upon this knowledge to write a diary entry to explore character emotions and feelings. Then the children will be growing their understanding of ancient Greek life by gathering and analysing information about Athens. They will use this to write an informative text about Athens in preparation to discuss the difference between Athenians and Spartans.


In science lessons, we will journey through the valley of sound to explore and identify the way sound is made through vibrations, using a range of different musical instruments from around the world. We will find out how the pitch and volume of sounds can be changed in a variety of ways. We will work scientifically by finding patterns in the sounds and identifying which sounds travel the furthest by recognising that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases. Earmuffs will be made using a variety of different materials to investigate which provides the best insulation against sound.


By the end of the unit children should be able to identify how sounds are made and recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.