Fiction

English Year 4 Summer Fantasy

The Butterfly Lion

Read The Butterfly Lion over the course of several days, using the opportunity to discuss, compare and analyse it. Perform role-play, write dialogue, use adverbials, and finally produce a new chapter for the book.

Start with the core unit to introduce key texts. Then select from comprehension, SPAG and composition units.

Core
Unit 1 Core: Introducing ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Morpurgo
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Essential texts
The Butterfly Lion Michael Morpurgo

Websites
Michael Morpurgo reads the beginning of The Butterfly Lion, from YouTube.com

SPAG
Unit 2 SPaG: Identifying and Using Adverbs and Adverbials
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Essential texts
The Butterfly Lion Michael Morpurgo

Websites
T is for Trenches from bbc.co.uk

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Reading and analysing Lob; comparing with Butterfly Lion
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Essential texts
Lob Linda Newbery
The Butterfly Lion Michael Morpurgo

SPAG
Unit 4 SPaG: Using and punctuating direct speech
(suggested as 3 days)

You Will Need

Essential texts
Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf by S.S. Prokofiev, illustrated by Ian Beck OR another version of this story
The Butterfly Lion Michael Morpurgo

Optional text
Peter and the Wolf by Michael Morpurgo

Websites
Performances of Prokofiev’s music are available online, for example you can see
footage of the orchestra playing and clips from the Disney version both from YouTube.com

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Writing a new chapter for Butterfly Lion
(suggested as 4 days)

SPaG: Grammar and Punctuation

There is no spelling and grammar presentation for this unit.

You Will Need

Essential texts
The Butterfly Lion Michael Morpurgo

Websites
Michael Morpurgo reads the beginning of The Butterfly Lion, from YouTube.com