End of the day reading – Friday

Good morning year 4,

Today we are going to listen to chapter 18 of ‘The boy at the back of the classroom’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.

Listen to chapter 18 here:

After you have finished listening, think about these questions (you don’t need to write anything down, these questions will help you reflect on what you have listened to).

  1. What present would you give the Queen if you were visiting her?
  2. Do you think Mrs. Khan will believe that Tom and the narrator are sick?
  3. Do you think they will be able to get into the palace?

    Have a great day!
    Best Wishes,
    The Year 4 Team

End of the day reading – Thursday

Good morning year 4,

Today we are going to listen to chapter 17 ‘The boy at the back of the classroom’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.

Listen to chapter 17 here:


After you have finished listening, think about these questions (you don’t need to write anything down, these questions will help you reflect on what you have listened to).

1) Why do they make an emergency plan?

2) What would you wear if you were going to visit the Queen?

3) Why don’t all of the children go to visit the Queen?

4) Do you think the emergency plan will work?

Have a great day!
Best wishes,
The Year 4 Team.

End of the day reading – Wednesday

Good morning year 4,

Today we are going to listen to chapter 15 and chapter 16 of ‘The boy at the back of the classroom’ by Onjali Q. Raúf

Listen to chapter 15 and 16 here:


After you have finished listening, think about these questions (you don’t need to write anything down, these questions will help you reflect on what you have listened to).

1) Do you agree that the best ideas come when you aren’t trying to think of them?

2) Chapter 15 ends with, ‘I didn’t know just how dangerous an adventure it was going to be – and quite how much trouble it was going to get us in…’
Make a prediction of what you think will happen next.

3) Why do you think the school day felt like it was the longest they’d ever had?

4) Do you think that the letter will be delivered to the Queen?

Have a great day!
Best wishes,
The Year 4 Team.

End of the day reading – Tuesday

Good morning year 4,

Today we are going to listen to chapter 14 of ‘The boy at the back of the classroom’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.

After you have finished listening, think about these questions (you don’t need to write anything down, these questions will help you reflect on what you have listened to).

1) Which out of the 3 plans did you think was the best?

2) Do you think that Mrs. Finnicky believed that they researching for a homework project?

3) Why did Micheal think that putting a ‘special appeal’ in the newspaper wouldn’t work?

Have a great day!
The Year 4 Team

End of the day reading – Monday

Good morning year 4,

Today we are going to listen to chapter 13 of ‘The boy at the back of the classroom’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.

Listen to chapter 13 here:

After you have finished listening, think about these questions (you don’t need to write anything down, these questions will help you reflect on what you have listened to).

1) How did the man and woman on the bus feel about refugees?

2) Why is the narrator worried about the border closing?

3) Do you think the children did the right thing by telling their teachers about what they heard?

Have a great day!
The Year 4 Team.

End of the day reading – Friday

Good morning,

Today we are going to listen to chapter 12 ‘The boy at the back of the classroom’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.

Chapter 12: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i5BAV84Q8k

After you have finished listening, think about these questions (you don’t need to write anything down, these questions will help you reflect on what you have listened to).

  1. What do we learn about Ahmet in the chapter 12?
  2. What does the author mean by the description ‘Sometimes words hang around longer than people, even when you don’t want them to’ (p135)?
  3. How does the author create suspense at the end of this chapter?

Best wishes,
The Year 4 Team

End of the day reading – Thursday

Good morning year 4,


Today we are going to listen to chapter 11 ‘The boy at the back of the classroom’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.

Chapter 11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4BwpT6daCI

After you have finished listening, think about these questions (you don’t need to write anything down, these questions will help you reflect on what you have listened to).

1) What was the only question the narrator still had left from his original list of questions?
2) Why does the narrator dislike the holidays?
3) What does the narrator learn about Grandma Jo?

Best wishes,
The Year 4 Team

End of the day reading – Tuesday

Good morning Year 4,

Today we are going to listen to chapter 9 of ‘The boy at the back of the classroom’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.

Chapter 9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnT51gwzVTo


After you have finished listening, think about these questions (you don’t need to write anything down, these questions will help you reflect on what you have listened to).


1) How does Ahmet react when the narrator gives him the pomegranate?

2) Do you think it is ever right to fight? Why, why not?

3) At the end of Chapter 9, the narrator gives the reader a clue to what might happen in the rest of the story. Predict what the newspapers might have written to make Ahmet ‘The Most Famous Refugee Boy in the Whole Wide World’.

Best Wishes,
The year 4 Team

End of the day reading – Monday

Good morning year 4,

Today we are going to listen to the 2nd part of the chapter 8 of ‘The boy at the back of the classroom’ by Onjali Q. Raúf.


Chapter 8 part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa9j_E_4tR8



After you have finished listening, think about these questions (you don’t need to write anything down, these questions will help you reflect on what you have listened to).


1. How many different places did the narrator and his mum go to before they could find a pomegranate?

2. Why did the narrator and his mum refer to the shop keeper at the end as ‘a king?’

Best wishes,
The Year 4 Team 🙂

End of the day reading – 26/5/20

Good morning year 4,

Today we are going to read Chapter 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhZGYHPM74A

After you have finished listening, think about these questions (you don’t need to write anything down, these questions will help you reflect on what you have listened to)

1) What food does the narrator want to buy for Ahmet?

2) How does mum show the narrator where Syria is?

2) What is the unexpected adventure?

Best wishes,
The Year 4 Team