Well done! Today is going to be a day of mixed emotions. Excitement at reaching the end of the school year and all the new things awaiting you in September. Sadness at saying goodbye to Year 4 and not being able to be together at school to end the year as we would have liked.
Fantastic Mr Fox
For those of you who haven't seen it, here is the final video of Fantastic Mr Fox.
Celebration of the Year
It's been great to see some of your pictures reflecting on your time in Year 4.
A message from Emily
Dearest Year 4,
It is now time to fly your wings to Year 5 -which you are more than ready for!
Your endless energy, your caring nature and your love for learning has made this year one of my best at VPS! I love how you have worked so hard on being able to share how you are feeling – the trust that you built as a class community was so heart-warming to watch!
Sayers Croft was a joyous time – I am in awe of how many of you stepped outside of your comfort zones.
I could go on all day about how amazing you are, but that would take an awful lot of time and you will probably nod off! I am so looking forward to being a part of your time in Year 5.
So, I thought I would write a poem to capture the heart of Year 4 – I hope you enjoy it!
CRASH BANG WALLOP!
Chatter fills the room – the day has started with its usual loud boom.
Maya and Zahraa giggle, as a sleepy morning Cody saunters in,
Zainab is rolling her eyes at Emily’s loud morning cheer with that cheeky little grin.
Sabine sits patiently on the carpet, so eager for the day,
Alfred takes a pitstop in the book corner before he makes his way.
‘’Good Morning Year 4,’’ Ruth beams to you all,
Emily patches up Asma as she has started her morning with another fall.
‘’Good morning Ruth, Good Morning Emily.’’
Cailey and Adyan lead the class in their reply, singing it back happily.
Guided reading begins, the nattering starts,
No doubt Usama is making funny jokes about farts.
Angelina joins the fun, Zakiya’s laughter fills the room,
Kayden is looking for his book which has mysteriously disappeared to the moon.
Literacy time, the ideas are flowing,
Olivia gets stuck in and you can almost see Johnny’s brain glowing.
Khadijah and Anwar keep their ideas alive,
Whilst Teo, Tahid and Khalil work with the hardest drive.
It’s playtime now, the balls are flying about madly
Hannah and Tazikya walk around nattering gladly,
Yasin is determined to shoot the ball to the wall,
Whilst Yousif and Uzayr lead the game until they all fall.
All back to class, the noise is back!
Amal and Marihah are ready to get back on track.
Maths may bring a challenge today but
Ibrahim, Yosef and Sam won’t let a challenge stand in their way!
Fast forward to circle time, the class reflect and share.
At the beginning of the year they didn’t really care,
But now they listen, talk and chat openly,
As Ruth and Emily look on so very proudly.
Our classroom is a place of madness,
A place of laughter and sometimes sadness.
But there is one thing I know for a start,
That this class will always have a special place in our heart.
A message from Ruth
Well, how can I compete with Emily's poem? The answer is, I'm not going to try and match her poetic ability. So if you can survive reading a message without the rhythm and rhyme of Emily's, carry on!
Dear Year 4,
What can I say?! It has been an absolute pleasure to teach you this year. You are an incredible bunch of children with so many gifts and talents. All of you have come on so much in your learning this year, despite the challenges of the past few months.
Here is my alphabet of the year.
A - Artburst, we might not have been able to show it to the rest of the school as we had planned, but it was great watching you all grow in confidence as you created the script and made the backdrop. I am looking forward to watching the video when it is completed!
B - Brilliant work and ideas from all of you in your writing.
C - The Chocolate Museum trip was definitely a highlight of the year for many of you.
D - Daring behaviour at Sayers Croft when you were confronted with the rock climbing and rope course.
E - Emotional literacy, over the course of the year you have all become so much more confident at explaining how you are feeling, it has been wonderful to see.
F - Farewell, I am so sad not to have had a full year in the classroom, but I look forward to catching up with you next year and hearing about all the great things you've been getting up to. Come and visit me in Year 4 when you can!
G - Growth Mindset, this is something we have been working on all year and you have all improved so much.
H - Home learning has been a challenge, and definitely not the same as learning in the classroom however you have all coped amazingly.
I - I have missed seeing all your faces over the past few months and will miss having you in my class next year.
J - Jokes, there have been many of these shared over the year.
K - Keep up the good work as you move into Year 5.
L - Laughter, never a day has gone past without some laughter or giggles.
M - Moving on is part of growing up.
N - Never give up, when something is tricky just remember, I can't do it yet!
O - Outstanding enthusiasm for learning.
P - Purple Mash has been a great place to keep in touch with you, see all the work you've been getting up to and have the opportunity to see how you're doing.
Q - Questions, there have been lots of them all year. They are a brilliant way to learn so keep questioning away!
R - Resilience is something you have all shown this year, at Sayers Croft, during our learning and especially during lockdown.
S - Sayers Croft, one of my highlights of the year. You were all so brave and demonstrated amazing growth mindsets. You all went out of your comfort zones and we all got to know each other a bit better.
T - Thank you for being such a lovely class.
U - Unforgettable, you really are a memorable bunch and I won't be forgetting you any time soon!
V - Very...
W - ...Well done! You have all worked so hard this year.
X - eXtraordinary. (It's difficult to find a work with X!) You have all coped extraordinarily during these strange times.
Y - Year 5 might seem slightly scary now, but you will have a great time and learn so much.
Z - Zzzzzz, what we all need now that this school year is over!
Things to do over the summer
Here are a few resources of things you can do to keep yourselves occupied over the summer holidays.
https://classroom.thenational.academy/activity-clubs - There are some great activities you can do on here.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn - There are lots of different activities and games you can play here.
Remember to head over to Emily's ELSA blog too. There are some ideas on there of things you can get up to.