Hi I am a student teacher and was wondering if somebody could please help me. In January I will be teaching the Romans topic to year 4 children. I will be teaching the first two lessons of the topic and I will have two full afternoons for the history lessons. I really want to make my lessons fun and interesting but I am unsure on what exactly to cover in each lesson. In the first lesson I was thinking of starting off by asking the children what they know about Romans and Celts and producing a mind map on the board of all their information (if any). In pairs the chn will look at dictionaries and find out the meanings of invaders and settlers. They will write on a post it note what they think these words mean in their own words. I will have two columns on IWB and children will come up and stick on their sticky note. I will read out some of their ideas and we will have a brief discussion and I was thinking of getting the chn on the back three tables to invade the front three tables by sitting on the tables and refusing to move. The chn will then read two pages in a history book which gives information on the roman empire (where the Romans came from and where they invaded) and how the Romans came to Britain (and also why - lead, tin and silver). The children will then watch a video about the Romans (it gives information on how and when the different emperors invaded and why the Romans wanted to invade Britain). When the chn are watching the video I will tell them to make notes on why the Romans wanted to invade Britain, what the celts were like and why the Romans were able to defeat the Britons. In pairs the chn will then produce a poster titled The Roman Invasion (children can come up with their own title). We will brainstorm on the IWB the different types of thing they can include. I will include some key questions for them to think about e.g. why did the Romans want to invade Britain, were did the Romans come from and how did the Romans come to Britain). I will have information books out for the chn to help them with their work and maps for them to colour in (if they want to use them). Would all this be ok for the first lesson? Can anybody suggest any improvements? For the second lesson I am thinking of exploring Boudicca's rebellion, do you think this is a good thing to go onto in the second lesson? Hope somebody can help! Thank you in advance.