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Week beginning 13th July 2020

 

This week we are continuing with our SPAG focus. This week we want to focus on conjunctions. Conjunctions are the ‘glue’ that hold together words and different parts of a sentence.

 

For example, in the sentence, ‘Sandra bought a new bag and she bought some new shoes’, the conjunction and joins together the two clauses (Sandra bought a new bag. She bought some new shoes.). 

 

Please see the What is a subordinating Conjunction PowerPoint and Adults guide to Conjunctions to first to remind yourself of what conjunctions are and how they are used in writing. You will then find lots of activities based on different types of conjunctions, which can be completed throughout the week at your leisure. If you would like to complete extra work on determiners, see the Using different types of conjunctions sheet.

 

You will also find two Year 4 SPAG Activity Mats which you can use as a reminder of all the SPAG features we focus on in Year 4.

Week beginning 6th July 2020

 

This week we are continuing with our SPAG focus. This week we want to focus on Fronted Adverbial Phrases. An adverbial is a word, phrase or clause that is used to modify a verb or clause. Fronted adverbials are used at the beginning of a sentence.

 

What are fronted adverbials used to describe?

  • The time something happens
  • How often something happens
  • The place something happens
  • The manner something happens
  • How likely something will/has happen(ed)

 

Please see the What is a Fronted Adverbial PowerPoint first to remind yourself of what adverbials are and how they are used in writing. You will then find a Fronted Adverbials Working from Home Activity booklet, full of activities which can be completed throughout the week at your leisure. If you would like to complete extra work on determiners, see the Spot the Fronted adverbials sheet.

 

You will also find two Year 4 SPAG Activity Mats which you can use as a reminder of all the SPAG features we focus on in Year 4.

Week beginning 29th June 2020

 

This week we are continuing with our SPAG focus. This week we want to focus on determiners. Determiners are words which come before a noun. 

  

Please see the Identifying a Determiner PowerPoint first to remind yourself of the different pronouns and how they can be used in writing. You will then find a Determiners Working from Home Activity booklet, full of activities which can be completed throughout the week at your leisure. If you would like to complete extra work on determiners, see the Determiner Detectives sheet.

 

You will also find two Year 4 SPAG Activity Mats which you can use as a reminder of all the SPAG features we focus on in Year 4. We will be releasing 2 more of these next week for you to work on as well.

Week beginning 22nd June 2020

 

For the next couple of weeks, we will be having a SPAG focus. This week we want to focus on pronouns. A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. 

 

In the sentence, 'John saw Sarah, and he waved at her', the pronouns 'he' and 'her' take the place of John and Sarah. Other examples of pronouns: I, me, he, she, herself, you, it, that, they, each, few, many, who, whoever, whose, someone, everybody.

 

Please see the KS2 Pronouns PowerPoint first to remind yourself of what pronouns are and how they can be used in writing. You will then find a Pronouns Working from Home Activity booklet, full of activities which can be completed throughout the week at your leisure. If you would like to complete extra work on pronouns, see the Personal Pronouns sheet and Under the Lights Pronouns sheet.

 

You will also find two Year 4 SPAG Activity Mats which you can use as a reminder of all the SPAG features we focus on in Year 4. We will be releasing 2 more of these next week for you to work on as well.

Week beginning 15th June 2020

 

This week we want you to be mini teachers by helping to edit work to improve it. Below you will find a document called Up Levelling Sentences. 'Up Levelling' means building on sentences to make them even better, by adding certain grammatical features. These sheets begin with a simple sentences and encourage you to make them even better by adding; fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and subordinating conjunctions.

 

Topics featured in these uplevelling sentence worksheets are; A Long and Lonely Road, Bustling Bradley Market, Charlotte's Adventure, The Haunted Huntington Manor and The Royal Gardens. Each sheet will have 3 differentiated versions (1 – 3 stars, 3 being the hardest) allowing you and your child to choose the perfect challenge for creating more exciting writing. Choose one worksheet to complete each day across the week. 

 

Here are some ways to uplevel sentences:

1. Use powerful verbs.

2. Use adjectives to describe the noun.

3. Include adverbs to tell the audience about the verb.

4. Lengthen your sentence by including conjunctions.

5. Include a super sentence starter; time, place or character.

 

Please also find PowerPoints for each of the grammatical features included in case your child needs a reminder as to what each feature is or how to use them. 

Week beginning 8th June 2020

 

This week we are encouraging you to create your own diary entries. Begin by looking at the Diary Writing PowerPoint to remind yourself of the key features used in this style of writing. You can also use the Helpful Hints sheet to refer to, throughout your writing. Below you will also find 3 examples of diary entries including; Explorer Diary, Cleopatra Diary and Rainforest Diary.

 

There are 3 different types of diary that you could create this week, choose either one or all of them to complete. At the end of every day you could complete a diary entry to describe what you have been up to. If you need a little support you could use the template sheets provided (Named Monday to Friday) to answer the questions given about your day or you could use the Dairy Writing Activity sheet to plan and create a diary entry from the point of view of an animal of your choice.

 

It’s completely up to you how much or little you want to do, just remember to have fun with it. laugh

Week beginning 1st June 2020

 

This week we would like to encourage you to complete some simple creative writing tasks. Below you will find a Writing Template document, when you open it you will see 11 different writing templates to complete (Please note - The first one has been left blank for you to create your own should you wish).  You will notice that each has a different picture at the top followed by some questions. Use your imagination to answer each question and begin to form a story based on the things you can see. Choose 1 or 2 templates to complete each day this week. You could take this further and complete your own story based upon the ideas you have recorded on your template sheet.

 

In Year 4 you have learnt to extend your descriptions and sentences using adjectives and adverbs. If you have forgotten what these are or how to use them refer to the PowerPoints and Word Mats to help you include these in your writing and make it even more interesting.  

Week beginning 18th May 2020

 

This week we would like you to have a go at creating your own play script. At the beginning of the Spring Term, you began to learn how to write a play script using narrative from The Eye of the Wolf.

 

If you have forgotten the features needed, take a look at the PP presentation below along with the display poster. You can then use the template to begin to record your own ideas. Don't forget to use the checklist to ensure that you have used all the necessary features. 

 

You can make your script as long or short as you feel confident to. You might want to base your script on a page from your favourite book or you might want to be creative and create your own. It’s completely up to you. Just remember to have fun with it!

 

Why not use your script to create your own performance at the end of the week and ask your family members to join in. laugh

Week beginning 11th May 2020

 

This week your writing challenge is to produce a set of instructions. Instructions tell us how to do something and there are many different types of instructions.

 

Below you will find a Powerpoint and Checklist which details all the features you need to include to create an effective set of instructions. You will also find two example texts; How to feed a baby (a simpler structure) and Starshine City (a more detailed structure). You may choose to use these to form the basis of your own instructions or use one of the writing templates provided or even just create your own.

 

Imperative verbs (sometimes known as bossy words) are a key feature of instructions texts. They are action words e.g. chop, kick, plant, dry. If you would like more information and examples of imperative verbs, please see the Imperative verbs Powerpoint and Imperative Verbs Word Mat provided. You should also include time conjunctions to help order your instructions e.g. First, Then, Next After that along with conjunctions to add more detail to your sentences e.g. then, while, because.

 

Good luck and have fun with it!

Week beginning 4th May 2020

 

In today's world it is so easy to stay in contact with people. There is email, text, phone call, face time however there is nothing quite as personal as receiving a handwritten letter from someone. There are certain layouts and features that we traditionally use in letter writing. This week, I would like you to plan, edit and write a letter to someone you know. Maybe at the end of the week you could post it as a surprise to cheer that person up during lock down. Below find all the information you need to start creating your own letter.

If you are struggling to think of someone to write a letter to why not look at the letter we received below. If you would like to write a letter to the Arden Lodge Care Home, please click on the Write a letter to Arden Lodge document below to see exactly what you need to include and where to post it to. 

 

                                                         

Week beginning 27th April 2020

 

This week we would like you to each day build upon your knowledge and skills in creating News paper reports. Below you will find examples of Newspaper reports. Begin by looking at the style of writing, the features included and begin to consider how you will use these in your own article. Then use the planning sheet to begin to form your ideas and finally use the template to create your final piece. 

 

Your article can be based on past events, current events or you can simply create an event of your own....have fun with it!

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