Hello everyone! I am sending you a very warm welcome to Year 4. I feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity to teach you all again and watch you grow into mature and confident learners. Now you are fully established in KS2 at The Holt, you can really start to become independent young people who are ready and willing to make mistakes, learn from them and become kind and caring citizens who make a difference to our world. Year 4 is going to be a wonderful time and we have lots of brilliant topics to inspire us. Mrs Emmingham and Miss Harrison will be helping us in the classroom and although things may be organised a little differently, you won't have to get used to a new space! I have missed you all terribly and I can't wait to see you and start learning again!
Our first topic of the year is called The Rotten Romans. This unit of work is driven by history and it involves lots of exciting exploration and investigation, including finding out about the links we have right on our doorstep.
WHO WERE THE ROMANS?
We will discover who the Romans were, where they began and how they lived. The Romans came to the British Isles almost 2000 years ago, invading in the year 43 AD and remaining until 410 AD. From building roads and forts, to introducing the Latin language to the British Isles, they had a gigantic impact on our country for centuries to come.
We are incredibly lucky to live in a city with rich Roman connections. Why not get out and about and explore the clues that still remain for yourself. This is a great way to start learning about the Romans and it would be lovely to hear about what you found out on this trail.
People have inhabited the landscape of Lincolnshire for nearly half a million years. The people of the past left traces of their lives all around us, even beneath our feet. Visit The collection and learn about the Roman army and the lives of the Roman citizens living in Lindum Colonia. See the mosaic floor discovered during the construction of the museum building.
I know from talking to many of you during lock down that you all worked hard to keep up your love of reading. Here are some of the things you could do at home to keep that love of books ignited!
Remember the book blanket we created in the classroom during World Book Day. You could easily create your own and send me a photo of the blanket you created. Remember that the most important thing is to keep talking about the books you read, the ones you love and the ones you aren't keen on. Keep talking about books! This is a wonderful way to start conversations about books and authors.
Click on the document below to read the rights of a reader poster written by Cressida Cowell.
This is a good list that gives you some ideas of books that are matched to our year group. Have a look for yourself and see if there are any you fancy reading. Let me know and I can try and get some of these titles for our class library.
Audio books are a great way to enjoy stories at home. Have a look at this poster with some ideas for ways to enjoy audio books as a family!
Here are some documents that will help parents with some tips about reading at home.This area will be regularly updated.
Our Book of Books for Year 4 is all ready for our new academic year. Inside you will find our reading journey as we progress through the year. It is an exciting place to record our thoughts and feelings about the books we read and it is there to keep revisiting again and again. Hopefully you will be inspired by the books we read and study this year. Our Book of Books will be a talking point for our discussions and don't forget to watch this space for some incredible reading work!
This section of our class page is dedicated to finding out what I am reading. It is so important to keep talking about books you are reading and authors that you have tried. This space will be a place to go to where you will be able to learn about new books and books that I may recommend to you. I will also put extracts from new books that you might like to try.
This is the place to go to if you want ideas for new books or to just find out what I'm reading so that you can talk to me about a book.
At the moment, I am reading Charlotte's Web. I have only just started it but do come and ask me a question if you want to find out about it yourself.
Below are some photographs of my bookshelf at home. If you look closely, you will see a variety of books from childrens' books to cook books and even books that help me with my job! Look out for one called Word Power...you will be my guinea pigs for ideas from that book soon!
Do you have a book shelf at home? I would love to see a photo of it!
To kick start our new term we talked a lot about our worries. It was lovely to be open and honest about our time in lockdown and the things that we were concerned about on our return. Our worry monsters were created so that they could be with us at all times on our desk. When we get a worry we will be writing it down and putting it in our worry monster so our worries can be munched away!
Take a look at some of our amazing creations! What a great start to our new academic year. Everyone now knows how to cope with their worries.
I am incredibly proud of Year 4 for the way in which they have coped during our time in isolation. They have shown an outstanding attitude to learning whilst continuing their home learning and they have been determined to keep their skills going. It has been lovely to hear their voices on the phone but I can't wait to see them back in the classroom where they belong.
Keep looking out for their brilliant work. I will continue to add pieces as they send me them.
WELL DONE YEAR 4! YOU ARE A VERY SPECIAL CLASS!