Year 4

Remarkable Rainforests
 

Pupils build on their understanding of desert and forest biomes and their climate zones and learn about rainforests biomes and tropical climate zones resources  with focus on the Amazon on the continent of South America. 

 
Marvellous Mayans
 
Pupils broaden their knowledge of civilisations and settlements and learn about the progression the Mayans made in (250AD); writing, the calendar, architecture, law, art,chocolate and what life was like. The work of archaeologist John Llyod Stephens and the evidence of the Mayans (links made to Columbus’ discoveries in Year 2 ‘Great Explorer topic) 
 
Get to know Greece
 

Pupils complete a European study ( Greece- Mediterranean climate zone) that is contrasting to  the UK . This study will focus particularly on changes in landscape.

Ancient Greece
 

Pupils look at life in Ancient Greece 700-480BC. The concept of democracy, philosophy, gods and culture.

 
Rivers and the Water Cycle
 

Building on previous topics pupils learn about the water cycle and deepen their knowledge of their  local rivers, UK rivers, N and S America rivers ( Amazon) and the features of river and the importance of water as a resource for life.

 
Shipping, Trade and Traders
 
Pupils learn about their local history and the role of the packet ships (1688) travelling from Truro (Lemon Quay) to the River Fal and assiting in the expanding British Empire. Falmouth was an information hub, second to London for knowing the news. It came to an end, as a result of the steam age.