Year 4 Mathematics
Reading Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of zero and place value.
How we would open this up to include a wider world and “connected histories” approach
We would trace the history of zero to Ancient Egypt and the Pre-Columbian Americas.
We would then look at how the zero was transmitted from Ancient Egypt to Babylon and how in turn, it was transmitted to Islam (i.e. Persia influenced by Greek and Hindu mathematical scholarship)
- We would look at the history of zero in India and Ancient Greece to get a better understanding
- We would also look at the history of zero in China
We would finally track its transmission to Europe (i.e. base 10 – from Hindu and Arabic (Persian) mathematical scholarship).
This is one example of thematic cross curricula learning, where we would be thematically referencing this teaching in Year 4 Maths with the Year 4 History curriculum theme of Empires.