Non-fiction

English Year 4 Autumn Biographies

Inventors

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

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

Core
Unit 1 Core: Inventions and inventors’ biographies
(suggested as 4 days)

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Essential Texts
Provided in resources
Biography of Ole Kirk Christiansen (Lego)
Biography of Percy Shaw (Cat's Eyes)

Animated Tale

Was it better now?
This is a colourful adventure and sci-fi story. Fred is looking for his misplaced football scarf late one evening at school where he meets Mon, a boy from 400 years into the future. The two immediately become friends. Fred shows Mon around school the next day and Mon is awestruck. When Mon takes Fred to his own time, Fred is overwhelmed by how different life in the future is. The story juxtaposes scenes from Fred’s and Mon’s time for contrast.

SPAG
Unit 2 SPAG: Verb tenses, incl. perfect form, using biographies of Leonardo Da Vinci
(suggested as 4 days)

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Notes are provided for teacher and TA/Tutor.


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Animated Tale

Was it better now?
This is a colourful adventure and sci-fi story. Fred is looking for his misplaced football scarf late one evening at school where he meets Mon, a boy from 400 years into the future. The two immediately become friends. Fred shows Mon around school the next day and Mon is awestruck. When Mon takes Fred to his own time, Fred is overwhelmed by how different life in the future is. The story juxtaposes scenes from Fred’s and Mon’s time for contrast.

Comprehension
Unit 3 Comprehension: Study a specific biography: Leonardo da Vinci
(suggested as 2 days)

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Essential Texts
The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci by Guido Visconti and Bimbo Landmann (currently out of print, use this reading from Hamilton Trust)
Leonardo da Vinci; Little Guides to Great Lives by Isabel Thomas

Websites
Leonardo Da Vinci biography from YouTube.com
Leonardo Da Vinci simple biography from ducksters.com

SPAG
Unit 4 SPAG: Identify/use verbs, adverbs and adverbials in the context of Inventions
(suggested as 3 days)

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Essential Texts
Three Cheers for Inventors by Marcia Williams.

Optional Texts
Leonardo da Vinci for Kids, His Life and Ideas by Janis Herbert

Composition
Unit 5 Composition: Biographies of inventors
(suggested as 5 days)

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These materials are for a TA or Tutor to use with a small group of children or one child.

They support the learning in class in this unit.

Notes are provided for teacher and TA/Tutor.


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Home Learning packs are not being created for this Block of learning.

You Will Need

Essential texts
Three Cheers for Inventors by Marcia William
The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci by Guido Visconti and Bimbo Landmann (currently out of print, if you do not have your own copy use this reading from Hamilton Trust)

Websites
Leonardo da Vinci biography from ducksters.com.