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In English this week we will be finishing our study of Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo. This week we will be focussing on the skill of story writing. Please join Mr. Thompson for daily recorded lessons. Links can be found under each day.

 

This novel links with our Geography topic of Extreme Earth and includes fictional events based on the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004. Please note that we would like to read Chapter 10 with the children next week when back in school in person.

 

In addition to the English lessons we would like children to take part in a reading activity for 10 minutes each day. Please see the reading section for further details.

 

If any additional support is needed please do not hesitate to contact the Year 4 team via yearfour@stokenchurchprimary.bucks.sch.uk.

 

Monday 1st March

LO – to plan a chapter ending.

Click below for Loom Lesson

Loom Lesson

 

Re-Read page 117 to 122, stop at ‘worked’.

 

By the end of the week children will be aiming to publish their own chapter ending - Michael Morpurgo needs our help! He wants a better ending to this chapter than the one he has written. You will be writing 3 paragraphs this week. This will include a paragraph on: setting (Tuesday), conflict/problem (Wednesday) and resolution (Thursday).

 

Parents – Please talk to your child about their initial ideas. Usually in school we would be working in groups using speaking and listening to help generate ideas.

 

Talk to the children about what Oona and Will have come up against. What is the tiger like? How is he menacing? How is he treacherous?

Share ideas about what could happen next with the tiger. What could Oona and Will do? What might the tiger do? Discuss that at the moment they are both just standing there. Who might do something first.

 

Today children will think about ideas to finish this chapter.

 

Column 1: Describing the setting. What is it like? What can you see? Hear? Smell? What are the other animals doing?

Column 2: Build up. Does the tiger move around the elephant? Does the elephant trumpet? Describe feelings? Building up the tension.

Column 3: The conflict/problem.  What happens? Does the tiger pounce? Is there a struggle? What does the elephant do?

Column 4: Resolution. Who wins? How does it end? Does Will do anything to help? Do any other animals come to aid them?

Column 5: Descriptive ideas to include in this chapter. Describing words for Will, the elephant and the tiger etc.

 

  • Must: Watch the loom lesson and take part in the activities
  • Should: Use the ideas tables to write bullet point ideas
  • Could: Use a thesaurus/smart assistant to help to look up more powerful vocabulary

 

At the end of the lesson please listen to the recording of Chapter 8 (from page 237 to 246).

 

 

Tuesday 2nd March

LO – to write a setting description.

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Loom Lesson

 

Today children will be working on describing their setting. You will need to use your ideas table to help you with your writing today.

 

Please use the loom link above to help your child with their writing. In today’s independent writing task children should be aiming for a good paragraph of descriptive work. In class we would generally ask children to write a minimum of 4 high quality sentences.

 

Please keep your writing brief – remember it is all about quality not quantity.

 

  • Must: use 3 powerful adjectives in your writing
  • Should: use 3 different senses in your writing.
  • Could: use a simile to help describe the setting.

 

At the end of the lesson please listen to the recording that continues Chapter 8 (from page 247 to 258).

 

 

Wednesday 24th February

LO - To write a story problem.

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Loom Lesson

 

Today children will be working on chapter problem/conflict. You will need to use your ideas table to help you with your writing today.

 

Please use the loom link above to help your child with their writing. In today’s independent writing task children should be aiming for a good paragraph of writing. In class we would generally ask children to write a minimum of 4 high quality sentences.

 

Please keep your writing brief – remember it is all about quality not quantity.

 

  • Must: Include powerful sentence openers
  • Should: Try to include 3 powerful verbs
  • Could: Use short sentences to build up tension

 

At the end of the lesson please listen to the recording of the rest of Chapter 8 (from page 258 to 268).

 

Thursday 25th February

LO – To write a story resolution.  

Click below for Loom Lesson

Loom Lesson

 

Today children will be working on the resolution. You will need to use your ideas table to help you with your writing today.

Please use the loom link above to help your child with their writing. In today’s independent writing task children should be aiming for a good paragraph of writing. In class we would generally ask children to write a minimum of 4 high quality sentences.

 

Please keep your writing brief – remember it is all about quality not quantity.

 

  • Must: Use capital letters and full stops accurately
  • Should: Use 3 adverbs effectively in my writing
  • Could:  Use 3 adverb pairs effectively in my writing

 

At the end of the lesson please listen to the recording of Chapter 9 (from page 271 to 283).

 

Friday 26th February

LO – To edit and publish my story.

Click below for Loom Lesson

Loom Lesson

 

 

Today you will be editing and improving the writing you done this week.

 

Look at the ‘Editing Writing’ PowerPoint and remember what we do in school when we go back to ‘polish’ our writing with our purple polishing pencils or pens.

 

You may want to:

  • Correct any spelling mistakes
  • Add missing punctuation
  • Improve some vocabulary choices to make your writing more interesting for your reader
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If you want to find different words with the same meaning (synonyms) you can use a thesaurus. If you don’t have one at home you could use this online version:

 

https://www.thesaurus.com/

 

Once you are happy with your writing we would like you to publish your chapter ending. You might like to draw an illustration to go with your chapter. Remember when writing out your chapter you must focus on doing your very best handwriting.

 

We look forward to seeing your edited and improved writing which you can send in to us at yearfour@stokenchurchprimary.bucks.sch.uk.

 

At the end of the lesson please listen to the recording of the rest of Chapter 9 (from page 283 to 295).

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

                                                                                                                                  

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