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Years 3 & 4

Years 3 and 4 Curriculum Overview

Next term our new topic is 1066!

 The children will be learning all about the Battle of Hastings and the key dates in History around this time. We will be looking at what life was like for children during the Norman times and spending a day in role. Our different writing focuses will be-

  • Diary entries from battle
  • Job applications in role as a King
  • Creating Kennings about life at battle
  • Non- chronological reports about castles

On Friday 10th January we are having a day in role as a Norman. We would like the Children (and teachers) to dress up as a Norman for this. We will exploring what a typical day was like during this historical period, preparing, cooking and trying different foods and making helmets.

Fun activities to explore at home:

  • Create a digital presentation with interesting 1066 facts to share with your class.
  •  Make your own life-sized 1066 soldier! Download online images of Norman or Anglo-Saxon soldiers and look in detail at their armour. Ask someone to draw around your body outline on a piece of large paper such as wallpaper. Cut this out and draw the soldier’s face, then create armour using collage materials. Milk bottle tops or circles of tin foil would create a chain mail effect. Use card from junk boxes to create a shield and sword, and paint them.
  • At least two panels of the Bayeux Tapestry panels went missing. These would have probably shown King William’s coronation. Draw what these panels might have looked like, in the same style and colour of the original tapestry.
  • Write a diary entry as if you are King Harold in the days leading up to the Battle of Hastings. How were you feeling? What were your hopes and concerns?
  • Find out about the types of shield used in the Battle of Hastings. Create a design for your own shield. Will you use a kite or round shape? Which colours and patterns will you use?
  • Write a job application for your own dream job. Remember to use the features of persuasive language to ensure you are successful!
  • Visit a castle or fort with your family. Take lots of pictures and tell your class about it on your return.
  • Write a newspaper report all about the events of the Battle of Hastings. You could write it from the point of view of the Normans or the Saxons