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English

Note to parents:

Over the next few weeks, we may set lessons from Oak National Academy’s online classroom.  Each unit usually has 5 lessons, so can be completed daily throughout the week.  These include an element of reading comprehension, grammar and punctuation, features of texts and writing.  The videos feature teachers offering clear explanations throughout, along with examples of how to complete the tasks, as well as answers and guidance at the end.  The consistency of this format aims to encourage your child to work independently, whilst hopefully taking the pressure off you.

Week 13 06.07.20

Newspaper Report

 

This week in English, we are looking at newspaper reports.  It will include an element of reading comprehension, grammar, looking at features and writing your own report.  Watch each of the 5 lessons, and pause to complete the tasks.  In lesson 5 you will write a newspaper report. 

Again, please concentrate on the spellings we set for the half term (scroll down to find these in week 8’s work set on 01.06.20).  You can join in with the spellings and Friday’s test from the videos for revision if you wish, or just skip this part.

Click on the links below to take you to each lesson.  Click the ‘Start Lesson’ button and follow the instructions.

 

Lesson 1: Reading Comprehension – Structure and word meaning

In this lesson, we are going to explore the structure and word meaning questions in a newspaper report.

 

Lesson 2: Reading Comprehension – Information retrieval

In this lesson, we are going to retrieve information using a newspaper report.

 

Lesson 3: Identifying the features

In this lesson, we are going to explore the features of a newspaper report.

 

Lesson 4: SPaG focus – Inverted commas

In this lesson, we are going to focus on the use of inverted commas in a newspaper report.

 

Lesson 5: To write a newspaper report

In this lesson, we are going to write a newspaper report.

Week 12 29.06.20

This week in English, our unit is all about Non-Chronological Reports.  It will include an element of reading comprehension, grammar, looking at features and writing your own.  Watch each of the 5 lessons, and pause to complete the tasks.  You will already be familiar with the features of a Non-Chronological Report as we wrote reports about Celts earlier this year!   Again, please concentrate on the spellings we set for the half term (scroll down to find these in week 8’s work set on 01.06.20).  You can join in with the spellings and Friday’s test from the videos for revision if you wish, or just skip this part.

Click on the links below to take you to each lesson.  Click the ‘Start Lesson’ button and follow the instructions.

Week 11 22.06.20

Letters 

 

This week in English, our unit is all about letter writing.  It will include an element of reading comprehension, grammar, looking at features and writing your own.  Watch each of the 5 lessons, and pause to complete the tasks.  You will already be familiar with the features of a letter from when we wrote our letters of complaint to 'Supercrunch Crisps' earlier this year!  In lesson 5 this week, you will write a letter from a colouring crayon!  Again, please concentrate on the spellings we set for the half term (scroll down to find these in week 8’s work set on 01.06.20).  You can join in with the spellings and Friday’s test from the videos for revision if you wish, or just skip this part.

Click on the links below to take you to each lesson.  Click the ‘Start Lesson’ button and follow the instructions.

 

Lesson 1: Reading Comprehension – Summary

In this lesson, we are going to summarise the main ideas from a letter.

 

Lesson 2: Reading Comprehension - Word Meaning

In this lesson, we are going to explore the meaning of words using letters.

 

Lesson 3: Identifying the features of a text

In this lesson, we are going to explore the features of a letter.

 

Lesson 4: SPaG focus - Subordinate Clauses

In this lesson, we are going to focus on the use of subordinate clauses in a letter.

 

Lesson 5: To write a letter

In this lesson, we are going to write a letter.

 

We look forward to reading your 'crayon' letters!

Optional further work

 

The above lessons incorporate comprehension and grammar work, so the below tasks are optional, should you wish to complete them:

Week 10 15.06.20

Story Writing

 

This week's English unit is story writing.  It will include an element of reading comprehension, grammar, looking at features and writing your own.  Watch each of the 5 lessons, and pause to complete the tasks.  In lesson 5, you will be continuing an adventure story based in your very own home!   Again, please concentrate on the spellings we set for the half term (scroll down to find these in week 8’s work set on 01.06.20).  You can join in with the spellings and Friday’s test from the videos for revision if you wish, or just skip this part.

Click on the links below to take you to each lesson.  Click the ‘Start Lesson’ button and follow the instructions.

 

Lesson 1Story: Reading Comprehension - Predict and Inference

In this lesson, we are going to predict and infer in a story.

 

Lesson 2Story: Reading Comprehension - Fact retrieval

In this lesson, we are going to retrieve information from a story.

 

Lesson 3Story: Identifying the features of a text

In this lesson, we are going to explore the features of a story.


Lesson 4Story: SPaG focus - Prepositions

In this lesson, we are going to focus on the use of prepositions in a story.

 

Lesson 5Story: Continue a story

In this lesson, we are going to continue writing a story.

 

If you enjoy continuing a story, you could also look at some of the imagination-provoking images and story starters on a website called ‘Pobble365’. 

Optional further work

 

The above lessons incorporate comprehension and grammar work, so the below tasks are optional, should you wish to complete them:

Week 9 08.06.20

Character Descriptions - the villain!

 

We hope you enjoyed writing your superhero character description last week!  Continuing on from that, this week you are going to focus on the character description for your villain!  As with last week, there are 5 lessons, each lasting approximately 20 minutes, with pausing time to complete the activity.  Again, please concentrate on the spellings we set for the half term in last week’s learning.  You can join in with the spellings and Friday’s test from the videos for revision if you wish, or just skip this part.

Click on the links below to take you to each lesson.  Click the ‘Start Lesson’ button and follow the instructions.

 

Lesson 1 -  Character Description: Reading Comprehension – Word meaning

In this lesson, we are going to explore the meaning of words using character descriptions.

 

Lesson 2 - Character Description: Reading Comprehension – Compare

In this lesson, we are going to explore comparison questions using character descriptions.

 

Lesson 3 -  Character Description: Identifying the features of a text

In this lesson, we are going to explore the features of a character description.

 

Lesson 4 Character Description: SPaG focus – Similes

In this lesson, we are going to focus on the use of similes in a character description.

 

Lesson 5 - Character Description: Write a character description

In this lesson, we are going to plan and write a character description on a villain. 

 

Happy writing!

Optional further work

 

The above lessons incorporate comprehension and grammar work, so the below tasks are optional, should you wish to complete them:

Week 8 01.06.20
 

Character Descriptions - the hero!

 

Thank you for sending in your lovely poems before half term, we really enjoyed reading them! 

 

This week, the theme is ‘Character Descriptions’!  There are 5 lessons to complete, featuring a mini quiz at the beginning and end of each lesson.  Each video is about 20 minutes long, with pausing time to allow you to complete the activity.  Within each video, you will see a ‘word of the day’, as well as spellings for the week – please note that these spellings do not match our own (we have already learnt about this rule), so you can either skip the spelling test in Lesson 5, or complete it as revision to see if you can remember them! 

 

Click on the links below to take you to each lesson.  Click the ‘Start Lesson’ button and follow the instructions.

 

Lesson 1Character Description:  Reading Comprehension – Fact retrieval 

 

Lesson 2Character Description: Reading Comprehension – Language 

 

Lesson 3Character Description: Identifying the features of a text

 

Lesson 4Character Description: SPAG Focus – Conjunctions

 

Lesson 5Character Description: Write a character description

 

We look forward to seeing your character descriptions!

Optional further work

 

The above lessons incorporate comprehension and grammar work, so the below tasks we usually post each week are optional:

 

Spellings

 

Please see attached spellings for this half term.  When you have learnt these, look at the list of Year 3 and 4 spellings you will be expected to know by the end of Year 4.  Work your way through the list, testing yourself – practise the ones you don’t know yet.  Choose 5 or 6 words to focus on per week.

Week 7 18.05.20

English

 

This week we are going to try something a bit different. Below is a link to The Oak Academy, which is a learning platform set up to home learning. Please click in the link below and scroll down until you reach the poetry unit. The are 5 lessons. Each day, please complete one lesson. You will need a computer/laptop/phone to use this. But it is very self explanatory as you follow the activities and watch the videos then complete a quiz at the end to see what you have learnt. If this is too much for you, then break it down and just do 3 of the lessons.

Week 6 11.05.20

Writing task - Riddles

 

This week, we are writing riddles!  There are 5 riddles to write - you can do one a day or a few in one go if you prefer.  Consider the challenges set for each one before you start to write.  Make sure you view the attachment in 'slideshow mode' to allow the animations to work.

Task Instructions and Steps to Success

Grammar

 

Following your story writing last week, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit using paragraphs, particularly in longer pieces of writing.  Remember 'TiPToP' - start a new paragraph for a change in time, place, topic or person speaking. 

Comprehension

 

Read the poem 'The Cow' and try to answer as many of the questions as you can in both attachments, including the 'Now try these' section.

Week 5 04.05.20
Writing task 1
Writing task 2
Please read the adventure story 'Kidnapped' and then pretend you are either Cindy or Ron and write a diary entry or a letter to a friend about what happened to you.
​​​​​​Grammar
On some of the letters you have sent us we noticed a lack of capital letters for proper nouns so we thought we needed a little bit of revision on this.
Comprehension
Examine the pictures 'Working on a Farm'.  Then answer the questions in the second pdf attached.  Complete the ‘Now try these’ section as a further step.
Week 4 27.04.20

Writing Tasks (remember to allow 2 weeks to write and edit the story)

Reading Comprehension

Week 3 – 20.04.20

 

Writing tasks

Reading comprehension

Read the short passage called ‘Monkey Business’.  Then answer the questions in the second pdf attached – the first two sections could be written down or done verbally.  Complete the ‘Now try these’ section as a further step.

Grammar

Speech marks revision – read through the example at the top of the first page as a reminder of how to use speech marks.  Complete the questions in both attachments. 

Remember the ‘Speech Mark Burger’ rules (see below attached pdf) we have used in class:

open speech marks -> capital letter -> write what is being said -> punctuation-> close speech marks.

 

Spellings

Below are this half term’s spellings.  Please feel free to practise these however you wish; you could focus on one list per week, as we do at school:  

Also for your reference, below is a copy of the ‘Year 3 and 4 Spelling List’ which contains 100 words your child should be able to spell by the end of Year 4:

(These can also be found in the usual area all spellings are uploaded to: under the ‘Home Learning’ icon when you scroll to the very bottom of the Year 3 class page).

Week 2 - 30.03.20

 

Letter Writing:

 

Please learn your address first of all. When you have done that please plan a letter on the planning sheet to a loved one who you are unable to see at the moment. Remember TipTop for starting new paragraphs-Time Place Topic Person. In your letter you will probably need to start a new paragraph when you start a new topic. When you have planned what you are going to write then write your first draft. Before writing up in neat check for sense, spelling, punctuation etc. Don't forget handwriting is also important as it is for someone you care about. There are Steps to Success for layout to help you set it out correctly. Now write your envelope with their address. If you can't post it then ask if you can ring up the loved one and read it out to them. Enclose a carefully drawn picture too. Hopefully you will get a reply in the post!

Please keep up with your daily reading to an adult and learning your spellings. We hope you are enjoying listening to/reading How to Train Your Dragon. If you have completed that one then try listening to another book from audible books. 

How to Train Your Dragon

We were reading this book to the class... you may like to continue and read a hard copy, or right now you can hear it on You Tube.  We will be asking your children to write an adventure story about dragons, in the setting of the book, so reading it now and over the Easter period, would be beneficial. 

Cressida Cowell How To Train Your Dragon 2004 audiobook

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