Riddle me this…

Good Morning Year Four! 🙂

It’s really important that if we can’t come into school because we are self-isolating that we can still do our learning from home by following the lessons on the blog and commenting on the blog posts. So for our computing lesson this week we are going to practise commenting on the blog 🙂 I’ve got some riddles for you… do you think you can solve them?

Leave a comment on this blog post answering the following riddles:

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Let us know what you think the answers are in the comments below! 🙂

Spellings!

Good morning Year 4!

In preparation for a spelling test on Friday, we would like you to practise these words:

We will be focusing on these words in our Handwriting and Spelling lessons in School, too. 

  1. particular 
  2. peculiar 
  3. perhaps 
  4. popular 
  5. position 
  6. possession
  7. possible 
  8. potatoes 
  9. pressure 
  10. probably

Take care, 

The Year 4 Team

English 13.11.2020

Happy Friday Year Four 🙂

First of all I want to say a massive well done on your story writing this week! Today we are going to be checking and editing our stories to make sure we’ve done the best work we can!

When we are editing we always need to check for punctuation and spelling but we also need to check that we have challenged ourselves with our vocabulary by using interesting sentence starters, noun and verb phrases. 

How could I improve this sentence by using a noun phrase or verb phrase? 

‘The man was sad when he walked away from the fountain.’ 

E.g: ‘The tall, lonely man looked disappointed a he slowly walked away from the large stone fountain.’

How could I improve this sentence using the correct spelling and punctuation?

‘the wish granter through the coyn in the founten’

E.g: The wish granter threw the coin in the fountain.

Activity: Now it’s time to edit your story! What do you think makes a good story? I’ve written a checklist for you to use when editing your work. As you read through your story check you have used the following: 

Have you used…

•The correct use of capital letters and punctuation?

•The correct spelling?

•Descriptive noun phrases?

•Descriptive verb phrases?

•Varied sentence starters?

•Conjunctions to extend sentences?

•Have you checked it makes sense?

Extension: Read your story to someone in your household and ask them to give you two stars and a wish for your story. What did they like about it? What would they improve to make it even better?

English 12.11.2020

Good Morning Year Four! 🙂

Today we will finally be writing the end of our stories of ‘The Wish Granter’! Look at your story plan from Monday and highlight the key events from the end of ‘The Wish Granter’. If you need to refresh your memory you can watch the movie again here: https://www.literacyshed.com/wishgranter.html


Below you’ll see a story map of the end of ‘The Wish Granter’ (The sequence goes from left to right). Use these pictures as prompts to help you write the end of your story. Make sure you include all the key events about how the wish granter was given the coin and used the coin to solve his problem so their wish could come true. 

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Activity: Write the end of the story ‘The Wish Granter’, making sure you include all the key events about how the wish granter used the coin to solve his problem so their wish could come true. 

Extension: Remember to use your descriptive sentence starters, noun phrases and verb phrases from last week to really engage the reader and paint a clear picture in their mind. 

Well done year four! Remember to email a picture of your work to  year4@selsdonprimary.org.uk 🙂 

English 11.11.2020

Good Morning Year Four! Today we will be writing the middle of your story of ‘The Wish Granter’. Look at your story plan from Monday and highlight the key events from the middle of ‘The Wish Granter’. If you need to refresh your memory you can watch the movie again here: https://www.literacyshed.com/wishgranter.html


Below is a story map of the middle of ‘The Wish Granter’ (The sequence goes from left to right). Use these pictures as prompts to help you write the middle of your story. Make sure you include all the key events about how the wish granter used the different tools from his tool box to try to solve his problem but none of them worked.

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Activity: Write the middle of the story ‘The Wish Granter’, making sure you include all the key events about how the wish granter used the tools from his tool box to try to solve his problem. (Use the sequence of pictures above to help you remember all the key events).

Extension: Remember to use your descriptive sentence starters, noun phrases and verb phrases from last week to really engage the reader and paint a clear picture in their mind. Also remember to use conjunctions to extend your sentences. 

Well done year four! Remember to email a picture of your work to 

year4@selsdonprimary.org.uk 🙂 

English 10.11.2020

Good Morning Year Four! 🙂

Today we will be writing the beginning of our stories of ‘The Wish Granter’. Look at your story plan from yesterday and highlight the key events, settings and characters from the beginning of ‘The Wish Granter’. If you need to refresh your memory you can watch ‘The Wish Granter’ here: https://www.literacyshed.com/wishgranter.html


Below you’ll see a story map of the beginning of ‘The Wish Granter’ (the sequence goes from left to right). Use these pictures as prompts to help you write the beginning of your story, making sure you include all the key events and introduce all the main characters. 

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Activity: Write the beginning of the story ‘The Wish Granter’, making sure you introduce the setting, the characters and include all the key events up until the coins get stuck in the pipe. Do not write further than that as you will be writing the middle of the story tomorrow 🙂

Extension: Remember to use your descriptive sentence starters, noun phrases and verb phrases from last week to really engage the reader and paint a clear picture in their mind. 

Well done year four! Remember to email a picture of your work to year4@selsdonprimary.org.uk 🙂 

English 09.11.2020

Good Morning Year Four! 🙂

This week we are going to be writing the story of ‘The Wish Granter’ using our vocabulary word banks we made last week. Today we will start by creating a story plan for the wish granter so that we can start writing the story tomorrow. Let’s re-watch ‘The Wish Granter’ so that we can refresh our memory and create a plan for the story: https://www.literacyshed.com/wishgranter.html

Here is an example of a story map of ‘The Wish Granter’:

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Activity: Using the pictorial story map above you are going to create a story plan for ‘The Wish Granter’  including all the key events from the story. You can use the template of this story mountain below to help you create your plan for your story. Keep your plan somewhere safe so you can use it when you are writing your story for the rest of the week.

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Extension: Look through your descriptive vocabulary work from last week and choose some key sentence starters and noun and verb phrases to include in your story. 

Well done year four! Remember to email a picture of your work to year4@selsdonprimary.org.uk 🙂

English 06.11.2020

Happy Friday Year Four! 🙂 This week we have been looking at how to use noun phrases, verb phrases and conjunctions to make interesting sentences. Today we are going to be exploring how to make interesting sentence starters to really engage the reader. Let’s see the different ways we can start a sentence to make it interesting…

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Look at the picture underneath. What is an interesting sentence starter we could use to engage the reader?   E.g. “In the distance a shooting star shone across the sky”. Now you have a turn!

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Activity 1: Look at the pictures below and on a piece of paper write 10 sentences for the story using a different sentence starter for each one. If you need more ideas you can watch the video of “The Wish Granter” again: https://www.literacyshed.com/wishgranter.html

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Remember to vary your sentences by checking you’ve included all the types of sentence starters below:

A preposition (e.g. In the distance)

A noun phrase (e.g. beautiful stars)

A verb (e.g. staring)

An adverb (e.g. quickly) 

A feeling (e.g. desperate)

Extension: Write a sentence making sure you include an interesting sentence starter, a noun phrase, a verb phrase and a conjunction. Circle the sentence starter, adjectivesnounsverbsadverbs and conjunctions using the right colours.

English 05.11.2020

Good Morning Year Four 🙂 This week we have been working on our descriptive vocabulary to improve our sentences.

Today we are going to be using conjunctions to extend our sentences from this week. What is a conjunction?

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What two types of conjunctions have we looked at? How are they different?

Let’s go to the BBC bitesize website to refresh our memory on subordinate and coordinate conjunctions by watching the videos and completing the quizzes on the websites:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/zqk37p3

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/z9wvqhv

Look at this picture. Let’s create a super sentence using our noun phrases and verb phrases: 

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Write a sentence describing what the character is doing using your noun phrases and verb phrases from your word banks this week. E.g. “The tall, lonely man walked away from the wishing well”. 

How can we extend this sentence? We can add a conjunction! E.g. “The tall, lonely man walked away from the wishing well when he realised his wish didn’t come true”. Now it’s your turn! Use a conjunction to extend the sentence.

Activity 1: What conjunctions do you know? On a piece of paper create a word bank of all the conjunctions you can think of. You can go back to the BBC Bitesize websites to help you.

Extension: Look through your sentences you wrote this week and improve them by using a conjunction from your word bank to extend them. Write the new improved sentences on a piece of paper.

English 04.11.2020

Good morning Year Four! Today we are going to be continuing our descriptive vocabulary work by creating a word bank for the verbs and adverbs in “The wish granter” 🙂 Let’s watch ‘The Wish Granter” again to refresh our memory: https://www.literacyshed.com/wishgranter.html

What is a verb? What is an adverb?

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Can you identify the verb and adverb in this sentence: 

“The wish granter desperately threw the golden coin” 

“Desperately threw” is the verb phase because it tells us the action (threw) and describes the action (desperately). 

Let’s have a look at some of these pictures from “The wish granter”:

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Activity 1: Make a word bank of verbs from the “wish granter”. If you have a yellow pencil you can use that to write the word bank of verbs.   E.g. “blew”

Activity 2: Make a word bank of interesting adverbs to describe these verbs. If you have a blue pencil you can use that to write the adverbs word bank. (Remember to challenge yourselves with your vocabulary!).  E.g. “powerfully

Activity 3: Use the word banks you’ve just created to write verb phrases in your books.    E.g. “powerfully blew

Extension: Build on your noun phrases from yesterday by adding a verb phrase to make a sentence. E.g. “The tall waiter powerfully blew the dandelion.”