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Year 4 Mastery- Comparing Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome 


Today, Year 4 completed their final History lesson of the year. In order to really display what they had learnt over the course of the year, they created an extended piece of writing comparing their first topic of the year (Ancient Greece) and their final topic (Ancient Rome). This was an opportunity for Year 4 to utilise all of their learning in a new way by examining both time periods and making links between them as well as comparing these times to their own lives.  

Housing and Architecture in Ancient Rome 


Year 4 spent time on ThingLink today to interactively explore the housing and architecture of Ancient Rome. We used the app to create our own Roman town based on our understanding. We incorporated Roman baths, forums, temples and an amphitheatre into our town. 

Religion and Beliefs in Ancient Rome 


This afternoon, Year 4 explored the fascinating religion of the Ancient Romans. We used our knowledge and understanding of the different gods and goddesses to create our own lararium and we gave reasons for our choice of design. 


George says of religion in Ancient Rome: "Did you know that the Ancient Romans were polytheistic, meaning they believed in more than one god?" 

Presenting to the Class: 'Which Province is best: Athens or Sparta?'


Year 4 worked on improving their basic computer skills by writing a list of notes to support them in an debate. After acquiring knowledge of the both major provinces, each class was split into 2 groups. One had the job of convincing the class that Athens was better whilst the other tried to establish Sparta as the superior state. 


'Girls are allowed to be educated in Sparta! Just one of the many reasons why it would be absurd to live in Athens! Only few people have rich parents so what would the rest of the girls do? Don't be an idiotic fool!'

-Olivia M


' Life as an Athenian is superior to life as a Spartan! We live in a democracy! We ALL get a say! A dictatorship is poisonous! Would you really want to lose your voice? Would you really want to have no say in your own laws? No! So why even consider that Sparta would be the best place to live. Do the right thing- live in Athens!' - Jacob J