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Spring Week 2 11.01.2021



In English this week we will be start a new topic – formal letter writing. Please use the resources at the end of this page, alongside the daily instruction to complete your work.


We are also asking children to continue reading for pleasure. To help with this we are supply lots of ideas in our ‘Reading’ section. We would like children to take part in a reading activity for 10 minutes each day.


If any additional support is needed please do not hesitate to contact the Year 4 team via


Monday 11th January


LO - To identify the features of formal letter writing


In today’s lesson we will be looking at the layout of a formal letter (a letter to someone important/someone you don’t know very well). Begin by looking through the information in the PowerPoint. Make a poster displaying information on the key features (slide 4). After this you should label the example letter about sprouts.


  • Must: Design a poster about the key features
  • Should: Label the example letter with features
  • Could: Make a list of any formal language you know/have read today


Tuesday 12th January


LO - To understand the difference between formal and informal language


In today’s lesson we will be looking at the difference between slang, informal and formal language. Please sort the words on the sheet provided into the correct heading: slang, informal or formal. You could either do this as a cut and stick activity or simple copy out the words into a table. Tip: the words come in families of 3 that link together.  


Watch this short video for some examples of formal and informal language:


  • Must: Sort the words into different sections
  • Should: Write down 2 other word families (e.g. Hi > Hey > Hello)
  • Could: Write a definition for slang, formal and informal


Wednesday 13th January


LO – To use tenses correctly


In today’s lesson we will be switching our focus to grammar. Today’s exercise will be on verbs and tense. Please look at the textbook below. The blue section contains some useful tips for you:


  • Must: Complete Focus
  • Should: Complete Focus and Practice
  • Could: Complete Focus, Practice and Extension



Thursday 14th January


LO - To change language from informal to formal


In today’s lesson we will be looking once again at different types of language. Today we would like children to practice change language from informal to formal.


  • Must: Circle the informal words
  • Should: Circle the informal words and change it to a more formal word in each sentence.
  • Could: Write 3 additional sentence using these formal words: request, numerous and perspiration (you may need to look up the meaning of these words in a dictionary).


Friday 15th January


LO - To continue a formal letter


In today’s lesson we will be looking at finishing a formal letter. After visiting a restaurant, we would like you to write a letter to the manager letting them know what a great time you had. Possible topics in the rest of your letter could be: the view, what you ate, the décor of the restaurant, entertainment and the cost. A letter has been started below. You might like to type, handwrite or print this letter so far. Beware some informal language has snuck in!  Please ensure you finish and layout your letter correctly.


  • Must: Finish the letter adding any layout key features
  • Should: Change any informal language that has been used
  • Could: Use formal language to finish your letter




   ……………..     Mrs. Briggs,

I recently ate lunch in your café, and I wanted to tell you what a good time my friend and I had. It was one of the most enjoyable lunches I have eaten in town.


We were in “The Horseshoe Café” last Saturday lunchtime, and even though it was busy we were served immediately by a very pleasant young man. After ordering our meals, we were able to relax with the delightful view of the River Trent.


I was fascinated by the wicked ducks