In English this week we will be continuing our study of Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo. This novel links with our Geography topic of Extreme Earth and includes fictional events based on the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004.
Please join Mr. Thompson for daily live lessons at 10am. Further details can be found below and in the live lessons section of our website.
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 email@example.com.
Monday 22nd February
LO – to know the features of an informal letter.
Today children will be finding out about the key features of an informal letter. Children should look through the PowerPoint which includes an example letter and information on the features.
Children should then try to find these key features in the example text below. You could use different colour pencils and make a key or maybe you would like to use post-it notes.
Finally, if you are feeling really confident we would like you to make a poster about the key features of informal letters.
At the end of the lesson please listen to the recording of Chapter 6 (from page 161 to 174).
Tuesday 23rd February
LO – to improve an informal letter.
Today children will be practising writing in an informal style. We will be writing a postcard today based off the events in Running Wild. You might find it useful to listen to pages 73-89 for more ideas (see top of page).
Children should use the example letter as a starter.
You might like to start the lesson by doing a diagram of the things that you would include in a letter to Grandma and Grandpa.
At the end of the lesson please listen to the recording that continues Chapter 6 (from page 175 to 189).
Wednesday 24th February
Today we will be looking in more detail at the language Michael Morpurgo uses in Running Wild. If you have a copy of the book you might like to find some words that you do not understand.
Children should use a dictionary/the website above to look up the meaning of some of the unusual words that the author uses. Please find worksheet in the resource bank below:
At the end of the lesson please listen to the recording of the rest of Chapter 6 (from page 189 to 205).
Thursday 25th February
LO – To write a draft postcard using informal language.
Using information from pages 107-111 (see top of page). Children are to write first of all a rough copy of their own postcard for Grandma and Grandpa.
As we did in Tuesday’s lesson children might find it useful to start of by doing a spider diagram thinking about what they should write in their postcard. Remember the 5Ws to help:
You might also find it useful to use the word mat in our resource bank.
At the end of the lesson please listen to the recording of Chapter 7 (from page 207 to 221).
Friday 26th February
LO – To edit and publish my writing as a postcard.
Today you will be editing and improving the writing you drafted yesterday.
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:
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:
Use the marking ladder to help you to assess your edited and improved writing.
Once you are happy with your writing we would like you to publish your writing as a postcard. You might like to use the template in our resource bank. Remember to draw a picture on the back of your postcard linked to Running Wild.
We look forward to seeing your edited and improved writing which you can send in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of the lesson please listen to the recording of the rest of Chapter 7 (from page 221 to 235).