Hello Year 4, it's Miss Wiseman here. I just want to say thank you to the families that help you with your work and an enormous WELL DONE to all of you that try the activities each week.
For your SPAG this week, there is a choice of word searches or crosswords that will help you to practice your spellings. There are lots of them, so I recommend that you try to do one or two each week (not all in one go).
The theme of our writing this week is Journeys. There is a fiction and non-fiction activity for you to do, but you could also use your imagination to create your own stories about places that you could go, or you could research some real holiday destinations and create a non-fiction file about them.
I'm very proud of you all. Keep up the good work and have fun.
Happy Sunday Year 4, for your home-learning this week, there are some SPAG activities as well as a fun story writing activity for you to try.
For your non-fiction activity, I have written you a letter and I would like you to write a letter back to me or Mrs Eksteen. First of all, look carefully at my letter for some ideas. You will see that I have started my letter with Dear____,. I have also used paragraphs to separate ideas. If you look really carefully, you should be able to spot me using fronted adverbials (with commas), expanded noun phrases, prepositions and conjunctions (with commas). I can't wait to read your letters, so please save them and bring them to school when we return, or if an adult can get to a post box, you could even post them to school.
Dear Year 4,
I am writing to tell you all about my experience of lock-down.
Sometimes, it can be a little frustrating that I can't go to the places I enjoy or see my favourite people. I miss all of the bright, wonderful children at our fabulous school as well as my lovely family. On the other hand, some things about lock-down are tremendous.
My favourite thing about lock-down is that I no longer have to get up at 6 O'clock in the morning. In fact, I could stay in bed all day if I wanted to, but that would be pretty boring. Instead, I like to have my healthy breakfast and do some fun exercise to get me ready for the day. After that, I do some work. Most of the time, I work on my laptop planning new, interesting lessons, but sometimes I go into school. I love going in to school because I get to do a variety of activities with the children and I also get to see my teacher friends.
When I'm not working, I have been enjoying the beautiful, sunny weather in my garden. I've even grown some tomato plants! In the afternoon, I go for a walk in the beautiful countryside around my house. If I see someone walking towards me, I have to cross to the other side of the path because I know it's important for people to stay 2 metres apart. Although it feels a bit strange, I can still enjoy the fresh air and most of all, it's fun. Also, I get to see all of the fabulous rainbows that people have made to support the NHS and all of the people that care for others. Every Thursday, the people in my street all come out and clap and we get to wave to each other too. It makes it a very special time.
When lock-down is over, I am looking forward to seeing my class and hearing all about what they have been doing at home.
Yours sincerely, Miss Wiseman
What Is Creative Writing?
Your child will explore their imagination and inventiveness through writing stories, traditional tales and different types of poems. Creative writing gives your child freedom to use their skills and apply them to entertaining forms of writing. They will understand that the purpose of fiction and poetry is to entertain the reader and make them think. During year 4, your child will start to plan out stories in much more detail. They will create detailed settings, thinking clearly about how the setting will affect the course of the story and if it matches the theme of the narrative. For example, if they are writing an ancient Viking myth, a setting of space wouldn’t work, so they must create ones that are relevant to ancient myths. At this stage, your child will create more complex characters - with a history, descriptive physical appearance, emotions, motivations, strengths and weaknesses. Your child will have looked at some simple forms of poetry, such as acrostics and shape poems earlier in primary school. Over the course of year 4 (and further into upper key stage 2), your child will discover and explore different forms of poetry. They will begin to use free verse and narrative poems. They will also begin to explore types of poetry that have specific rules, such as kennings and haikus.
Read, Read, Read! To help your child become more familiar with different types of poetry, you could try reading a wide variety of poems together. Talk about the poems and discuss what images and creative language is used in them. What effect do different words have on the reader?
Role on the Wall To help your child get used to identifying the many features that make up a character, have a go at creating a ‘role on the wall’. Choose a character from a story, TV series or film, then draw an outline of the character on a piece of paper. On the outside of the outline, your child can write as many things as possible that describe the character’s appearance. On the inside of the outline, your child can write as many things that describe the character’s personality and emotions.
Simile Hunt A simile is a figure of speech that compares one thing with another thing. For example, the car flew as fast as a bullet along the road. The car’s speed is being compared to a bullet leaving a gun. While you are out and about with your little one, try comparing things with other things. See how many similes you can create.
Syllable Count To help your child to recognise and count syllables, try creating your own syllable band. Through clapping, clicking or stamping, your child can create a sound to accompany each syllable of a sentence. When reading a story together, encourage your child to count the number of syllables in a sentence, by clapping, clicking or stamping.