Year 4 English

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Autumn Blocks

Fiction 5 Units

Read a range of fables (Rosen's Aesop's Fables) explore dialogue through drama, debate moral messages and write letters using extended sentences. Finally children write fables.

Traditional Tales and Fables: Aesop's Fables

Non-fiction 5 Units

Discuss inventions. Imagine the future using Was it Better Now? Explore biography (Genius of Leonardo) study verbs, perfect form, adverbs; write an autobiography.

Biographies: Inventors

Poetry 5 Units

Use Studio Ghibli films and contemporary Japanese popular culture, including Pokémon, to frame the study of haikus & syllabic poems. Use descriptive language & adverbials.

Poetic Forms: Syllabic Poems

Fiction 6 Units

Read the hilarious How to Train Your Dragon, exploring plot, character, setting & style. Study pronouns, dialogue punctuation and adverbials. Write a new chapter.

Fantasy: How to Train Your Dragon

Non-fiction 5 Units

Get creative with The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas, exploring instructions & explanations. Study possessive apostrophes and pronouns. Invent and introduce an art machine.

Instructions and Explanations: Art Ideas

Poetry 6 Units

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Explore poems about dogs and cats. Investigate form and language and make comparisons. Write a poem from the point of view of a pet.

Poems on a Theme: Raining Cats and Dogs

Fiction 5 Units

Relish in a selection of outrageous Horrid Henry stories. Explore setting, character and plot. Study expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. Write a new story.

Familiar Settings: Horrid Henry Stories

Non-fiction 5 Units

Amazing architecture, world landmarks and influential architects inspire this block. Using Cool Architecture (Simon Armstrong) as a starting point, read and write stimulating reports. Revise extending sentences with conjunctions and use apostrophes for possession.

Reports: Amazing Architecture

Poetry 5 Units

Focusing on imagery, this block explores how poems use simile and metaphor to create powerful images. Photographs, collage and Jeannie Baker's Window inspire poetry writing.

Poetic Language: Poetry using Imagery

2 Units

Using a text in which a child’s worries are encapsulated in a suitcase children express ideas through paper modelling, colours and painting, sculptures and dance, also responding to Save the Children’s global lockdown poem.

Wellbeing: Escapes and Dreams