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English Task- Friday 3rd July

 LO: To write a spy adventure story

 

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz


20 mins:

Read and/ or listen to Chapter 10 from your copy of the book.

You can also listen to the author, Anthony Horowitz, read the story!

Anthony Horowitz reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A17S7C88ViY

 

Today is all about writing. We just want you to write, write, write and enjoy creating a story that you are proud of.

Using your enemy character, book title and storyboard, have a go at writing a story for Alex's next mission. 

 

Must: Write a spy adventure story based on your ideas so far this week. Your story must have a good beginning, middle and end. 

 

Should: Use powerful description by using adventurous adjectives, similes, personification, description of feelings and different said words. 

 

Could: Begin sentences with different sentence starters (ispace). Ensure that your story uses description of the five senses to build up tension and suspense. 

 

We would love to read some of your writing so feel free to send them to our year group email. 

 

The most important thing is that you enjoy writing so sit somewhere quiet that you can focus, don't worry about making mistakes and just write....!

 

Estimated Time: 60 mins

English Task- Thursday 2nd July

 LO: To create a storyboard for a new secret mission

 

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz


20 mins:

Read and/ or listen to Chapter 9 from your copy of the book.

You can also listen to the author, Anthony Horowitz, read the story!

Anthony Horowitz reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjOfVm7b3H0&safe=true 

 

Task:

Read the extract below from Stormbreaker then answer these questions: 

1. What is Alex’s mission?

2. Who is Alex spying on?

3. Why does Mrs Jones think this is a good idea?

4. What has happened to Alex’s uncle?

 

Must

Create a Mission File for Alex. This will involve your enemy character from yesterday's lesson. Note down all of the important information that he needs to remember into bullet points.

 

Should: 

Make an original Mission Storyboard showing how the mission should progress. For example, in the first box you might draw a character or scene at the beginning of the mission. Consider whether it includes a crime scene, or even a person wondering how to get revenge. Use words and illustrations to tell the story of your mission.

 

You can either use the storyboard template below or you can draw your own into your book.

 

Could: 

Draw pictures of anyone he needs to look out for- your enemy from yesterday's lesson would be the main one but who else....

 

Estimated Time: 50 mins 

 

 

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English Task- Wednesday 1st July

 LO: To create a character profile for a fictional character

 

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

 

Grammar Warm up: 

Click on the link and play the game to revise your knowledge about apostrophes for contractions: 

https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/resource/year-4-apostrophes-for-contraction-game/

 

15mins:

Read and/ or listen to Chapter 8 from your copy of the book.

You can also listen to the author, Anthony Horowitz, read the story!

Anthony Horowitz reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy6pYgVJioA

 

One feature of a spy/adventure story is the type of characters. Spy character should have a clear ‘identity’. The spy always succeeds and completes the mission and defeats the enemy. Then there is...the enemy! The enemy always has an evil plot/plan of some description. There is always some element of danger involved.  

 

You already know your spy character- Alex Rider. Today's task is to invent and describe your enemy. Think carefully about how this character will link to your book cover from yesterday. 

 

The image below is a description about Alex Rider from the book. Read it. What does it tell you about the character? 

 

Must: Invent an enemy character for your Alex Rider book. Use the character wheel to write down ideas about your enemy character. You may want to draw it into your book or change the shape if you'd rather write with more ease.

 

Give them a name and write a sentence to explain what their evil plot is.

 

When writers build characters, they have to make sure that all of the elements of the character wheel are covered in detail so try to add as much as you can.

 

ShouldUsing the ideas from your wheel, write a paragraph that describes your character. 

 

Could: Use powerful adjectives and similes to describe. Write about both the appearance and personality of your enemy. 

 

Estimated Time: 50 mins

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English Task- Tuesday 30th June

 LO: To create an eye-catching book cover

 

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

 

Grammar Warm up: 

Click on the link, watch the short video and play the game to revise your knowledge about possessive apostrophes: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvwwxnb/articles/zx9ydxs

 

15mins:

Read and/ or listen to Chapter 7 from your copy of the book.

You can also listen to the author, Anthony Horowitz, read the story!

Anthony Horowitz reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qt0H5Dl2yo

 

This week, you are going to work towards writing your own spy fiction- Alex Rider: .........

 

First look at the image below of all of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider books in this series. 

Look particularly at the titles. What clues do these give you about what each story/mission is about? 

 

Your job will be to create the next Alex Rider Book in the series. 

 

Must: Think of your own title for your spy adventure story. If you are struggling, use the other book titles to inspire you and you could always alter them. Will your story have a particular animal in? Caves? Forests? City? Temples? Celebration?

 

Create a book cover either using the template below or drawn yourself. It can look different to the Alex Rider book covers below but make sure it looks like a book from the 'spy/adventure' genre. 

 

Should: Use a bold design, strong colours and a clear title.

 

Could: Create a back cover with a blurb.

 

On the official Alex Rider website, the author, Anthony Horowitz, is running a short story competition that you can still enter if you would like (deadline 24th July 2020). This is completely optional. 

If you could like to know more then click on the link to the website: https://alexrider.com/story/

 

Estimated Time: 40 mins

 

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English Task- Monday 29th June

 LO: To understand the key features of spy fiction

 

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

 

Grammar Warm up: 

Click on the link and play a game to revise your knowledge about nouns: 

https://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/languages/words/naming-nouns/

 

20mins:

Read and/ or listen to Chapter 6 from your copy of the book.

You can also listen to the author, Anthony Horowitz, read the story!

Anthony Horowitz reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLGTqju8lSE 

 

Today we are going to understand what we need to consider in order to write own spy adventure story.

What are the key features? What characters do we need to consider?  

 

Must: Complete activity 1 and 2 from the resource below. You can write the answers in your home learning book. If you cannot get some of the answers, don't worry just try your best! 

 

Should: Complete Activity 3

 

Could: Can you think of any other features of spy fiction?

 

Estimated Time: 40 mins 

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English Task- Friday 26th June

LO: To find answers using a text

 

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

 

Grammar Warm up: 

Click on the link and play the game WORD FROG to revise your knowledge of antonyms and synonyms: 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

 

20mins:

Read and/ or listen to Chapter 5 from your copy of the book.

You can also listen to the author, Anthony Horowitz, read the story!

Anthony Horowitz reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWMxGRFVQ9Y&safe=true 

 

Must: Use the comprehension sheet attached and answer questions about chapter 5. Use your book to find the answers to the questions if you do not know them.

 

Should: Use quotes from the text to support your answers.

 

Estimated Time: 35 mins

English Task- Thursday 25th June

LO: To write from a different perspective

 

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

 

Grammar Warm up: 

Click on the link and play a game to revise your knowledge of nouns, verbs and adjectives: 

http://www.bigbrownbear.co.uk/demo/rocket.htm

 

20mins:

Read and/ or listen to Chapter 4 from your copy of the book.

You can also listen to the author, Anthony Horowitz, read the story!

Anthony Horowitz reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2MNG9S3P7o

 

Today, you need to imagine that you are Alex Rider. You have been asked to help Mi6.

Are you going to do it? 

 

What would be the pros? (the good reasons for helping them)

What would be the cons? (the bad reasons)

 

Must: Write thought bubbles for Alex as he thinks carefully about making this decision.

One for the pros of helping them and one for the cons. You can either use the template or draw these into your home learning book.

 

You must write in first person I, me, my, we.

 

Should:  Use evidence/examples from the book to explain what you are thinking and to give reasons for each pro and con.

 

Could: Write a final thought- what do you decide as Alex ? It doesn't have to be the same as the book.

 

Estimated Time: 40 mins

English Task- Wednesday 24th June

LO: To create a flowchart of the main events

 

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

 

15mins:

Read and/ or listen to Chapter 3 from your copy of the book.

You can also listen to the author, Anthony Horowitz, read the story!

Anthony Horowitz reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXsdIv8tEFk&safe=true

 

What are the main events that have happened in Stormbreaker so far? (Chapters 1-3)

These are events that are extremely important in the telling of the story that cannot excluded otherwise the story would not make sense.

 

Which of these events would be main events? 

  • Alex is told that his Uncle has died in a car accident.
  • Alex likes to drink Coke.
  • Alex sneaks into the automobile junkyard and sees his Uncle's BMW.

 

Must: 

Create a flowchart of the main events that have happened so far. An example of a flowchart is pictured below. We expect your flow chart to be of higher quality than the example with more detail and joined handwriting!

 

Should:  

Include images of important objects/feelings/characters next to each main event.

 

Could

Make a prediction for the next main event in chapter 4.

 

Estimated Time: 40 mins

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English Task- Tuesday 23rd June

LO: To create a news paper report

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

 

15mins:

Read and/ or listen to Chapter 2 from your copy of the book.

You can also listen to the author, Anthony Horowitz, read the story!

Anthony Horowitz readinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f02plV1pGJM 

 

Must: Use the template to create a newspaper report about the car that Alex discovers. Include description about the car from the book. 

 

Should: Include a simile in your description. 

 

Could: Use quotes from eyewitnesses who saw what happened. 

 

Estimated Time: 40 mins

English Task- Monday 22nd June

LO: To create a character profile

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

 

10 – 15mins:

Read and/ or listen to Chapter 1 from your copy of the book.

You can also listen to the author, Anthony Horowitz, read the story!

Anthony Horowitz reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbjNSHRyefQ

 

Must: Create a character profile about the main character, Alex Rider. You will need to make sure that you have described two things: his appearance (looks) and personality (his behaviour and character). There are templates for the character profile below that you can choose and use if you would like.

 

Listen to the description of his appearance in chapter 1 and use it to help you draw and label Alex. For the personality, use the things that happen in the story to help you decide on his personality. If you are struggling for adjectives then use the resource below to decide which ones you think apply to Alex’s personality. Make sure you give reasons i.e. Alex is observant because he …..

 

Should: Write a paragraph describing Alex’s character and appearance using descriptive language and conjunctions.

 

Could: Make a prediction about his character- what do you think he will be like in the rest of the story? Why?

 

Estimated Time: 45 mins

English Task- Friday 19th June

LO: To draw a labelled diagram

 

10 mins:

Well done for completing your explanation text about rainforests! An important part of writing is re-reading, editing and improving. So spend 10 minutes reading your work to check and uplevel anything that you think could be even better.

 

30 mins:

A feature of an explanation text that we haven't yet completed is the inclusion of a labelled diagram. We would like you to have a go at drawing your own diagram that is relevant to your piece of writing. 

 

A few examples: layers of the rainforest, rainforest map of the world, image of habitat loss, process of deforestation, greenhouse effect

 

Once you have created your image, you must label it. Have a look at the picture below as an example.

 

Estimated time: 40 mins 

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English Task- Thursday 18th June

LO: To write an explanation text

 

Why are our rainforests disappearing? 

 

Today, you need to write your final two paragraphs for your explanation text. Remember to use your plan to help you. 

 

The first paragraph that you will write today should be about preventing and protecting the rainforest. Make sure that you explain how we can do this and why it is so important. 

Remember to include: 

  • subheading
  • causal conjuctions
  • examples and facts

 

Your second paragraph will be the final paragraph in your whole explanation text. It will be a summary. A summary is just a way for you to make your main points again but in a shorter way. This paragraph just needs to include a few sentences that remind your reader what you have already said as an end to your piece of writing.

 

Remember quality over quantity please!

 

Good luck and please email us if you need any help or support. 

 

Estimated time: 40 mins 

English Task- Wednesday 17th June

LO: To write an explanation text

 

Why are our rainforests disappearing? 

 

Yesterday, you explained to your reader what a rainforest is and today's task is to explain the answer to our question above. 

 

You should have completed your plan on Monday which will help guide you with your writing today. 

 

Remember the key features for explanation writing: 

  • present tense
  • causal conjunctions- because, even though, consequently, etc
  • technical words- deforestation, destruction, canopy, etc
  • clear and simple points
  • formal voice

 

Try to use examples and facts that you have found out- be specific. 

 

Must: Write two paragraphs about two different reasons for the rainforests disappearing

Should: Use the hamburger image below to help you structure a REALLY strong paragraph.

Could: Include interesting ways to being your sentences. Remember iSPACE

 

Final word- we prefer quality over quantity!

Think carefully before you write and don't be worried to make a mistake- just cross something out and improve it!

 

Estimated Time: 50 mins

 

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English Task- Tuesday 16th June

LO: To write a powerful opening paragraph

 

Why are our rainforests disappearing? 

 

In order for people to know why rainforests are disappearing, you first need to tell them what a rainforest is!

 

Focus on writing a fantastic opening paragraph that explains what a rainforest is. Here is a video for you to watch to recap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMdD6TTDZ_g&safe=true 

 

This is only an opening paragraph so you don't need to go into a huge amount of detail like the video but try to include some technical vocabulary such as canopy. A list of key vocabulary is below to help you.

 

Also, think about the way in which you would like to present this piece of writing. You can simply write it into your home learning book but if you would prefer to write it in a more creative way then feel free.

 

Remember to write in the present tense!

 

Estimated Time: 40 mins

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English Task- Monday 15th June

LO: To plan an explanation text

 

Remind yourself about the features of an explanation text by reading through the powerpoint: tips for writing an explanation text. 

 

Today you will plan your explanation text which answers the question: 

Why are our rainforests disappearing? 

 

Last week, you researched the answer to this question and had a go at reporting on it. 

This week, you will be taking all of your ideas and writing them into an piece of explanation writing. 

 

Another feature of explanation writing is using headings and subheadings. Watch this video to find out more about these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpVTo7bTnXU&safe=true 

 

Use the template below to help you plan out your ideas for your piece of writing. If you have another way that you like to plan then you're welcome to use that format instead. 

 

Try to use: 

  • specific examples- find facts to refer to
  • think about the causal conjunctions that you will use
  • powerful language i.e. devastating is more powerful than sad

 

and remember to write in the PRESENT TENSE!

 

Estimated Time: 45 mins

Reading Survey Reminder

 

As you may have already heard we are currently looking getting some feedback on children's opinions on reading. If you/your children have a spare 10 minutes this week we would love to get your feedback. Reading Survey 

English Task- Friday 12th June

LO: To use drama to recall information

 

Why are our rainforests disappearing?

It’s drama time!

 

You are about to appear on television… give yourself a reporter name and a name for your news station (real examples: BBC News, ITV News, CBBC Newsround).

 

Must: Create a news or radio broadcast with yourself as the presenter. Can you articulate the answer to our question confidently? Think about your work from this week and the different reasons that you want to share.

Should: Use objects or diagrams to help explain your answer.

Could: Ask someone to count how many times you use causal conjunctions accurately.

 

Estimated Time: 40 mins

English Task- Thursday 11th June

LO: To create a mindmap

Why are our rainforests disappearing?

 

This question will be the focus for your explanation writing. Your writing will need to explain the answer to this question. In order to do this, you need to research the answer!

 

Must: Read the fact sheets below and use the websites to find out about rainforests. Make notes in your home learning book. This can be done in simple bullet points.

 

Should:  Use the notes that you have made and turn it into a mindmap. Put the question, 'Why are rainforests disappearing?' in the middle. You could use different colours to make different reasons stand out, use examples and add images to make it more eye catching.

 

Useful Websites:

https://www.activewild.com/what-is-deforestation-for-kids-information-and-facts/

https://ypte.org.uk/factsheets/rainforests/what-are-the-threats-to-the-rainforests

https://www.oddizzi.com/teachers/explore-the-world/physical-features/ecosystems/rainforests/deforestation/

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/just-kids-what-climate-change-and-what-can-i-do

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/climate-change-meaning/

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/geography/general-geography/what-is-climate-change/

 

Useful Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3gqoDUtmt4&safe=true

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eFiZbB9aJQ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMdD6TTDZ_g&safe=true

 

Estimated Time: 50 mins

English Task- Wednesday 10th June

 

Reading Survey Reminder

 

As you may have already heard we are currently looking getting some feedback on children's opinions on reading. If you/your children have a spare 10 minutes this week we would love to get your feedback. Reading Survey 

 

LO: To use causal conjunctions

 

Let’s first remind ourselves about the word conjunction. Watch the video on this website: https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-is-a-conjunction

 

Use the powerpoint to learn about the specific type of conjunctions that we use in explanation writing: causal conjunctions.

 

Must: Write the correct causal conjunction in the sentence. (Activity below)

Should: Create your own causal conjunction spinner. Spin your spinner and write or say a sentence with the conjunction that you landed on!

Could: Write an explanation paragraph about your own chosen topic and see if you can use causal conjunctions. Underline them.

 

Estimated Time: 45 mins

English Task- Tuesday 9th June

LO: To write in the present tense

 

As you found out yesterday, one of the features of explanation writing is writing in the present tense.

 

Watch the video on this BBC Bitesize website to refresh your memory of tenses: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrqqtfr/articles/z3dbg82

 

Remember it is the verbs in a sentence that determine the tense. 

Example:

Present tense- A tree falls down.

Past tense- A tree fell down. 

 

5 mins: In your book, create two columns and label one Present Tense and the other Past Tense (also called Present Simple and Past Simple Tense). Sort the words below into the correct column then add four of your own words. If there are some words that do not fit into a column, write them underneath and think about why they do not fit. 

push, run, melted, heating, turn, earth, changed, speak, polar bear, was, spoke, helped, need

 

The present tense is used when describing an action that is currently happening, or an event that happens regularly. The present tense is made up of three different aspects, including: simple present, present continuous and present perfect

 

You are used to using the simple present tense but we are going to have a go at also understanding the present perfect tense today. If you click on this link, there is a good video that explains the present perfect tense: https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-the-present-perfect-and-the-past-perfect

 

Now use the powerpoint below to learn about present perfect tense. You can complete the activities in the slides as you follow the powerpoint and write the answers in your home learning book. Make sure you click ‘slideshow’ to view it.

 

Estimated Time: 45 mins

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English Task- Monday 8th June

LO: To identify the features of an explanation text

 

From poetry to explanation writing!

Earlier this year, you completed a fantastic piece of explanation writing. Do you remember?  You wrote explaining how to use Wallace and Gromit’s mad machine- the Snoozatron. Hopefully everything that you learnt will start to come back to you once we begin reminding you of the different features of explanation writing.

 

What do you think explanation writing is?

Watch this video to remind yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrR5WUr470U&safe=true 

 

We have included some posters of the different features of explanation writing that you can use throughout this week to help you. 

 

Try to do both the Must and Should today.

 

Must: Create a clear poster to illustrate the features of an explanation text. Use simple examples.

Should: Read the example explanation text on ‘The Water Cycle’. Highlight the different features of explanation writing and label which feature it is.

Could: Why do you think using the features of a particular style of writing is important? Write your answer in your home learning book.

 

Estimated Time: 50 mins

English Task- Friday 5th June

 

LO: To perform my own poem

 

This is our last day of poetry! 

 

We want you to use the skills that you developed in our performing week (before half term) with your own writing from this week to perform your animal poem. 

 

We don't want you to quickly perform your poem the first time you try- practise and have a few attempts before you do your BIG performance! This task should take at least 30 minutes so take your time to challenge yourself and perform your poem in the best way it can be!

 

They are your words this time so think about which parts you want to change the volume, tempo and tone for. Will you use actions? Where will you choose to perform your poem? 

 

If you would like to be reminded about these technical words, here is the video that we watched to explain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFCcbFtd6Zo&safe=true

 

We look forward to seeing and hearing any poetry performances that are sent to us!

 

Estimated Time: 30 mins

English Task- Thursday 4th June

LO: To write a poem in first person

 

Using the ideas from your thought bank yesterday, write a poem in first person from the perspective of an animal. Remember that you have already thought of lots of ideas so use these and turn them into a poem.

 

A few of you have already had a go at writing a poem. If this is you, then we suggest that you either improve your work by uplevelling the language or write a new poem using a different animal. Remember that we are looking for it to be a POEM so it should look like a poem not a piece of writing. Look at the poems from Monday's lesson to remind yourself how a poem looks- lines and verses. 

 

We have also uploaded a couple of pieces of work on the WOW wall from children's ideas yesterday. We were really impressed with their descriptive language so have a quick look at their use of the five senses, powerful adjectives, similes and alliteration. 

 

Must: Write a simple poem in first person with at least four lines (I, me, my, you, our, we).

Should: Write a poem with at least eight lines using adventurous language.

Could:  Use a rhetorical question and onomatopoeia 

 

Good Luck and remember to send your poem to us; we love to read your work!

 

Estimated Time: 40 mins

 

English Task- Wednesday 3rd June

 

LO: To create a 'thought bank' for an animal

 

Imagine that you are an animal. You cannot communicate to tell people how you feel or what you’re thinking. But imagine if you could…

 

Select an animal. To make the task easier for yourself, we suggest that you choose an animal that you can either see in your local area/ garden, a pet or an animal that you already know a lot about. A few examples- a dog, cat, frog, blackbird, pigeon, worm, caterpillar- it’s up to you.

 

If you have a pet, you could watch them closely and note down the different things they do and imagine what they might be thinking at that moment.

 

Must: Draw a picture of your chosen animal. Imagine that YOU are that animal and write a list of thoughts that you might have. Think about the five senses. Think about your habitat- where do you live? Does anything or anyone annoy you? Make you happy? What do you love to do? What has life been like recently? Try to think of characteristics of your animal. i.e. I sit hoping, wishing for the hairless creature to bring out crumbs and place it on my little wooden table.   

 

Should: Use adventurous language and a range of writing techniques such as similes and alliteration.

 

Estimated time: 45 mins

English Task- Tuesday 2nd June

 

LO: To write in first person

 

 

It is now your turn to practise writing as though you are an animal. You will be writing in first person so remember to use I, me, my, we, our.

 

You must finish the line of poetry that has been started about each animal. Think carefully about what that animal might be thinking or doing. You have to use your imagination to imagine what you might do as that animal. If you can see one of the animals in your local area, watch them to see what they do.

 

Must: Choose four of the animals and complete their lines of poetry in first person. Write these into your home learning book.

 

Should: Have a go at writing a line about your own chosen animal.

 

Could: Challenge yourself by improving the language- powerful adjectives, rhyme, alliteration, similes etc.

 

Please send us a few lines- we would love to see what you think of as an animal!

 

Estimated Time: 40 mins

English Task- Monday 1st June

 

LO: To analyse a selection of poems

 

This week, we are going to continue learning poetry but instead of performing, we will focus on reading and writing.

 

Please read the three poems attached. What do you notice about each poem? Can you find something that is similar about all three?

 

Must: Read all three poems and make a guess about the character that you think is speaking in the poem. Make sure you use clues from language in the poem to help you. Once you have done this, open the answers link to see if you were right.

 

Should: Make a list of vocabulary that you like from the poems.

 

Could: See if you can find any other poems written in first poem with a similar style.

 

Estimated Time: 30 mins

Friday 22nd May

 

LO: To perform a poem.

 

It’s Performance Day!

 

Please spend 10 – 15 minutes rehearsing your poem- remember to think about making it engaging in order to GRAB your listener’s attention and to make it entertaining. If you need last minute inspiration watch this video of Michael Rosen  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1cfVQyrQ3Q&vl=en-GB&safe=true When he performs he changes into different characters just by the way that he says and behaves when saying the words. 

 

Perform your poem! Think about where you want to perform it. Think back to the video you watched on Tuesday. If you are feeling confident – great! If you feel a bit shy then you could include your family but we think that all of you will be confident enough to have a go!

 

We would love to see the performances so if you are able to, please email them to us. If you do not want to be on the website but would like us to watch your performance, then just let us know.

 

Must: Complete a poetry performance

Should:  Watch and write a reflection of your performance including how you think you used the different techniques- tone, volume, tempo, actions. You could use the 2 stars and a wish structure or write a reflective paragraph. 

 

Good Luck performers!

 

Estimated time: 30 mins

English Task: Thursday 21st May

 

LO: To plan a poetic performance.

 

Watch this video of a child performing their poem:

Why does this child GRAB your attention?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A29Vp6rSHNw 

 

Today you must ‘get to know’ a poem. Choose one of the poems from below or your own poem that you love or have recently discovered. Tomorrow, we would like you to perform your poem so today is about practising and preparing for the performance. Think about how you learn best- will you remember it better if you act it out? Draw it? Repeat lines over and over again? Sing it? Any method that helps you to get to know your poem so that you are confident, is a good plan to help prepare you for your performance.

 

Remember to think about our different techniques: volume, tone, tempo

Watch the video from Tuesday's lesson if you need reminding about these words. 

 

Must: Choose and practise a poem to perform.

Should: Plan out your different techniques as you read the poem- how will you say different parts? What will you do?

Could: Write your poem into your home learning book and highlight the different words showing the different techniques. Illustrate around it.

 

A great website to browse poetry: https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/poem/dad-2/ 

 

Estimated Time: 40 mins

 

English Task: Wednesday 20th May

 

LO: To review poetry performances by heart.

 

Today, your Year 4 teachers are the performing poets! We have each recorded ourselves performing a poem of our choice.

 

Watch the four videos and think about the different performances. Did you enjoy listening? What did they do to engage you (or not!?) How did they use volume? Did the words suit the volume that they used? How about tone? Tempo? Did they do anything else to grab your attention and make you enjoy listening to the poem?

 

Remember to support your opinions with examples ‘because …..

 

Must: Write a review for one of the poetry performances using ideas from the questions above and use '2 stars and a wish'  (2 things they did well and 1 thing you want them to improve).

Should: Write a review for 2 or more poems.

Could: Choose your own way to review the poetry performances- e.g. create a video blog, newspaper review, digital poster.

 

Estimated time: 40 mins

Mrs Jenkinson- May

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Mrs Springett- I Eat my Peas with Honey

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Mr Thompson- Who has seen the Wind?

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Miss McMaster- Halfway Down

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English Task: Tuesday 19th May

 

LO: To learn and recite poems by heart.

 

Why is poetry important? How can it be performed? Watch the video in this link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks1-ks2-understanding-poetry/zdwxbdm 

 

Must: In the video, Joe talks about different techniques such as volume (loudly/quietly), tempo (quickly/slowly), tone (happy, sad, angry), intonation (how someone says something). Use the poem below (Who Has seen the Wind) and have a go at learning the words off by heart. Think about the different techniques mentioned above and try to use them when reciting the poem.

 

Should: Perform your poem in front of someone. Ask them to comment on how you used the different techniques (volume, tempo, tone).

 

Could: Write your own short poem and recite it.

 

We would love to see some performances if anyone is brave enough!

 

Estimated time: 40 mins

 

English Task- Monday 18th May

LO: To begin to understand a range of poetic styles.

 

‘Poetry doesn't just live in books - it lives in the sounds that words make. When we read poems out loud we breathe life into them and we can picture them in our imagination.

 

Welcome poets!

This week, you will be listening and enjoying lots of different poems. The focus will be on performing poetry and at the end of the week, we would like you to have a go at performing a poem of your choice.

 

Without realising it, you all already know many poems off by heart. Songs are a form of poetry. Their words are poems that people have put to a tune- and you can remember these words without even looking! Many authors such as Julia Donaldson write their stories through poetry. Most of you are very familiar with her stories and can recall sections of her poems from a very young age and that’s before you can even read! (There’s no such thing as a …..!)

 

Today, we want you to simply enjoy poetry! Poetry doesn’t have one way to be created. There are many different types of poems that follow their own different rules and then there are some poems that don’t follow rules at all. Look at resource 1 to see a poster of a few different forms of poetry.

 

We have included some links and resources below for you to read and enjoy different poems. If you have a poetry book in your home, feel free to read those instead or as well.

 

Must: Listen, read and watch at least 5 different poems.

 

Should:  Write your opinions about 3 different poems in your home learning book. Did you enjoy the poem? Why? Was there a word or line that you liked the most? How did the poet read it? Which poetry

 

Could: Ask your family which their favourite poem is or was as a child.

 

CBBC Stars Perform Poemhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByAg5aoyAN4

Poetry By Heart Website: https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/poetry-for-children/ 

Children's Poetry Archive Website:  https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/ 

English Task - Friday 15th May

 

Today children will be working on the skill of writing a playscript. Children should refer back to the story (this can be found alongside Monday's lesson). The aim is to write a script that shows the argument between the two brothers. 

 

Please use the worksheet and write your script in your home learning book.

 

Must: Include 3 pieces of speech for each character

Should: Include stage direction in brackets showing how the character should speak

Could: Include stage direction in brackets showing how the character should act

 

You may even want to perform this short scene with someone else at home. 

 

Estimated Time: 30 Minutes

English Task - Thursday 14th May

 

Today children will be working on the skill of using fronted adverbials in their writing. An adverbial tells the reader when, where, why or how something happened. 

 

Please use the worksheet and write answers in your home learning book.

 

Must: Complete the sentences in Part A

Should: Sort the fronted adverbials by type in Part B

Could: Complete the Challenge task

 

Estimated Time: 30 Minutes

English Task - Wednesday 13th May

 

Today children will be working on the skill of using expanded noun phrases (groups of words such as adjectives and adverbs that give more details about the noun). We would like you to look at the picture of Amulius' palace and imagine that you are visiting. It may help you to think about your other senses as well as sight. Here is an opening sentence you can use or adjust: 

 

Excitedly, I entered Amulius' grand palace and could not believe the wonders that I saw.....

 

Estimated Time: 30 Minutes

English Task - Tuesday 12th May

 

Today children will be working on the skill of punctuating speech correctly. Please choose either Part A or Part B from the worksheet and put the speech marks (also known as inverted commas) in the correct place. Children could also attempt the Challenge Task writing a conversation between Romulus and Remus. We have also included a rules poster that children could use for further support.

 

Estimated Time: 30 Minutes

English Task - Monday 11th May

 

Throughout this week children will be carrying out various activities based around the short story of Romulus and Remus - a Roman tale! Today children should read the story. You can choose how you wish to do this: child read the story aloud or take it in turns to read. For today's lesson children are to answer the comprehension questions in their home learning books in full sentences.  

 

 

Estimated Time: 30 Minutes

Resources Archive

The Diary of A Killer Cat - Chapter 1

The Diary of A Killer Cat - Chapter 2

The Diary of A Killer Cat - Chapter 3

The Diary of A Killer Cat - Chapter 4

The Diary of A Killer Cat - Chapter 5

The Diary of A Killer Cat - Chapter 6

The Diary of A Killer Cat - Chapter 7

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