Woodthorpe Church of England Primary School

Learning & Growing Together To Be The Best We Can Be

Rome (Year 4 and Year 5)



 Key information:

Times tables

Spelling strategies                                            Year 3 and 4 Statutory word list

Hall of Fame                                                       Year 5 and 6 Statutory word list


Summer 2023

Groundbreaking Greeks

In the Groundbreaking Greeks project, your child will learn about different periods of Greek history, exploring the earliest civilisations, the devastation of the Dark Age and the breakthroughs and developments of the Archaic and Classical periods. They will understand how the geography of Greece affected the development of city states and explore Athens, learning about the structure of the government and society. They will get to know some of the most significant Athenians and understand why Greek art, culture, architecture, philosophy, medicine and mathematics were so significant. Your child will learn about the leadership of Alexander the Great and discover how ancient Greece became part of the Roman Empire after the Hellenistic period. They will explore how the Romans respected and developed Greek ideas, making them their own and spreading them throughout the Roman Empire. To end the project, your child will decide which was the ancient Greeks' greatest idea, and explore how the legacy of ancient Greece affects their lives today.

Suggested text

Who Let the Gods Out? – Maz Evans

Memorable experience Time team
Innovate challenge The ancient Greeks’ greatest idea
History Ancient Greek periods – Minoan civilisation, Mycenaean civilisation, Dark Age, Archaic period, Classical period, Hellenistic period; Chronology and timelines; Primary and secondary sources; City states; Democracy; Role of men and women; Social hierarchy; Great Athenians; the Acropolis; Greek art, culture, architecture, philosophy, medicine and mathematics; Olympic Games; Alexander the Great; End of the Greek Empire; Legacy
English Greek myths; Balanced arguments; Playscripts; Odes
Geography Interpreting geographical sources
Science: Properties and Changes of Materials

In the Properties and Changes of Materials project, your child will revisit prior learning about the properties of materials. They will plan and carry out tests to determine the properties of a range of materials. They will use their results to suggest suitable materials for different purposes. They will learn about the property of thermal conductivity and identify materials that are thermal conductors and insulators. They will also learn about the property of solubility and test various materials to discover which are soluble and insoluble. They will find out about heterogeneous and homogeneous mixtures and will separate heterogeneous mixtures using sieving and filtration. They will also separate homogeneous mixtures, investigating how to reverse dissolving by evaporation. They will ask scientific questions about separating unusual mixtures and research to find out the answers. They will learn the difference between reversible and irreversible changes and follow instructions to observe the signs of an irreversible change firsthand. They will complete their learning by finding out about materials scientists and their innovative materials.


Spring 2023

Sow, Grow and Farm 

In the Sow, Grow and Farm project, your child will learn about allotments in the United Kingdom and how the government encouraged people to have them to support food rationing during the Second World War. They will learn about food webs and animal life cycles, including how living things are dependent on one another within a habitat. They will investigate the different ways that plants reproduce and will dissect flowering plants to identify the different structures. They will have the opportunity to learn about farming in the United Kingdom and the techniques used in modern farming, including the challenges that farmers face. They will learn about the benefits of eating seasonally and about the pros and cons of importing food. They will also learn about world farming and how the different climate zones affect where different foods can be grown.


Suggested text

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Memorable experience Allotment visit
Innovate challenge Market gardeners
Geography Land use in the UK; Allotments; Farming in the UK; Maps; Grid references; Climate zones; Physical features of North and South America; Farming in North and South America; Food transportation
English Non-chronological reports; Diaries; Leaflets; Balanced arguments
A&D Still life
D&T Seasonality
History Dig for Victory
PSHE Debating topical issues
Science Food chains and webs; Life cycles; Plant reproduction; Growing plants; Modern farming
Science investigations Why do birds lay eggs? How do worms reproduce? How many potatoes can you grow? Do dock leaves cure a sting?



Autumn 2022

Dynamic Dynasties

In Dynamic Dynasties, your child will learn about periods of ancient Chinese history. They will explore a timeline of the first five Chinese dynasties and learn about the legends surrounding the beginning of Chinese civilisation. They will take a deep dive into the history of the Bronze Age Shang Dynasty and explore evidence found in the ancient city of Yin. They will study oracle bones, learn about religious beliefs and explore bronze artefacts that set the Shang Dynasty apart from other civilisations. They will also study the hierarchy of the Shang Dynasty and discover who was powerful and who was powerless. They will look at warfare and find out how bronze technology gave the Shang Dynasty an advantage over their enemies. They will learn about the life of the great military leader, Fu Hao. The children will then look at significant aspects of life after the Shang Dynasty. To end the project, your child will find out how ancient China’s lasting legacy can be seen in the world today.


English focus texts: 

Chinese Children's Favourite Stories: Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales Mingmei Yip

 Mulan and other Legendary Stories from China Barbara Laban

English foci: stories from other cultures, biographies and poetry.




Tints, Tones and Shades


Design and Technology

Moving Mechanisms


Forces and Mechanisms

Earth and Space


Micro:bit: programming          

Mars Rover 1: Data handling




Outdoor Orienteering and problem solving

Team Building/ Attack vs Defence



In RE we will be continuing with our ’Understanding Christianity’ scheme of work

Our Key Question: What do Christians learn from the Creation story?


English focus texts: 


Chinese Children's Favourite Stories: Fables, Myths and Fairy Tales - Mingmei Yip

Bronze and Sunflower-Cao Wenxuan

Multicultural Stories from China-Saviour Pirotta

Chinese Fairy Tales and Legends-Richard Wilhelm and Frederick H Martens


Diversity, RSE, PSHE

Shu Lin’s Grandpa - Yu Rong


Non fiction

The Shang Dynasty (Facts and Artefacts)-Tim Cooke




Narrative poems



We will continue to follow our Power Maths scheme of work and we will be covering the following this term.

Y4 - Place Value Y5 - Place Value

Y4 - Addition and subtraction Y5 - Addition and subtraction

Y4 - Measure Perimeter Multiplication and division

Y5 - Multiplication and Division  Y5 - Measurement


Dynamic Dynasties Useful websites

BBC Teach – Introducing the Shang Dynasty – History KS2

Britannica Kids – Ancient China: Beginnings

The British Library – Chinese oracle bone

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Search the Collection

The Art Institute of Chicago – The Collection – Discover Art & Artists

British Museum – Collection

Britannica – Taotie

DKfindout! – Ancient Chinese Trade – The Silk Road


Please see attached below homework for our topic. Each piece of homework completed will receive 5 house points. Please use your homework books or Google Classroom to return your homework.

(homework doc)

We expect you to access TT rockstars for at least 5 minutes each day and read to your parents/carers or on your own every day also. By doing both of these each day your fluency and accuracy in both times tables recall and reading will improve vastly.


Year 4 and 5 spellings will be sent home every Thursday and we will have a spelling test the following Thursday.