This term in English, we will spend the first two weeks creating a non-chronological reports about Squirrels. We will explore features such as headings, subheadings, paragraphs and key information.
We will then move on to our next English text type, narratives. We will use the book 'The Last Wolf' to help us understand how narratives are formed and which features we would find in them, such as a setting and characters. We will also explore how to use to use expanded noun phrases and prepositions.
Here is a short description of 'The Last Wolf'...
One day, Little Red puts on her hunting gear, packs her lunchbox and heads into the woods to catch a wolf. Fortunately, Mum knows that there are no wolves left in the woods, so Little Red will be safe. Red wanders deep into the shadowy woods until she finds a strange door where she meets the Last Wolf, the Last Lynx and the Last Bear.
The animals tell Little Red all about the Good Old Days, when the world was awash with flowers and dripping in honey. Red feels terrible that the forest the animals once roamed freely in has been so reduced – but there is something she can do to help.
This half term, we will be focusing on learning how to retrieve information from a text. We will learn how to skim, scan and close read a text to help our understanding. We will use different text types to help us develop our comprehension skills.
We will also be reading 'Fantastic Mr Fox' by Roald Dahl as a class reader.
Here is a link if you wish to buy a copy to read along with us at home.
GAPS - Grammar, punctuation and Spelling
We will be using Rainbow Grammar to help us understand how to structure sentences. We will firstly being learning what a subject, predicate and stop is. Then we will move on to learning about subordinating conjunctions, time and manner adverbs, fronted adverbials and prepositions. We will also explore how to use inverted commas to show speech in our writing.
This half term, we will be revisiting Phase 5 and 6 spelling rules. We will be learning about alternative graphemes and a range of spelling rules.
The spelling words to learn set by the National Curriculum can be seen below. This is a list of words to learn by the end of year 4.