Here is our class reader for term 1:
One morning, a horrified Bill wakes up in a girl’s body! He is sent to school in a frilly pink frock with fiddly shell buttons, and finds that life is suddenly very different. The school bully whistles at him instead of kicking him, and – not being a ‘big strong boy’ – he isn’t allowed to lift and carry. His schoolwork is supposed to be ultra neat, and (worst of all!) he gets cast in the school play as Lovely Rapunzel, who never gets to say anything! By the time Bill gets home, the pink frock is covered in mud, and – thank goodness – he will never have to wear it again!
We can't wait to share this entertaining story with the children and will also use it as a basis for some of our writing too!
We will start the year by exploring some of the classics such as 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The Animals of Farthing Wood' before moving on to read some non-fiction texts linked to topic. In our poetry sessions we will be finding out about Disney songs and how they are written!
We have been enjoying a range of texts this term. Here are some of our favourites!
Reading is your 'golden ticket' and by reading at home, you will not only be opening a whole new world of opportunity in your learning but you are able to escape into different worlds and experience life as different people! We will be encouraging children to read daily at home and to love books! there will be daily Dojo rewards for those that do!
This term we will be writing to inform. We will be writing recounts, diary entries, a non-chronological report and finally exploring some poetry learning about, and then producing our own kennings.
In Year 4 we will learn to:
Write to suit purpose and with a growing awareness of audience, using some appropriate features.
Organise writing into sections or paragraphs, including fiction and non-fiction.
Appropriately use a range of presentational devices, including use of title and subheadings.
Use dialogue, although balance between dialogue and narrative may be uneven.
Describe characters, settings and plot, with some interesting details.
Evaluate own and others’ writing; proof read, edit and revise.
We will also secure the use of joined writing that is fluent and legible.