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Year 4 English

Autumn Term

This term there are two fiction topics: Greek myths and stories with familiar settings. We will also be exploring a range of poetry which creates images through similes and metaphors. Our non-fiction work will include instructions and explanations. Within this programme of study we will be developing our knowledge and understanding of the 1st and 3rd person, paragraphs, verbs, adverbs and prepositions. The boys will also be expanding their sentences by using a wider range of clauses and conjunctions. We will also be working on direct speech, punctuation and, of course, will be encouraging wider reading.

Spring Term

The boys will continue to develop skills in: reading and comprehension, creative and factual writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling. We will begin with explanation texts which includes using flow charts and diagrams and move on to our class book, The Iron Man. Activities will include writing in role in the first person, analysing how language is used for effect, particularly powerful adjectives and verbs and speech punctuation. We will also be writing a personal recount as well as exploring performance poetry. 

Summer Term

To make inferences from a cover illustration

To understand how to sort words alphabetically

  • To make inferences about another culture and to appraise the actions of characters
  • Inferences about other cultures & appraisal of other characters, including feelings (use chart and graph to illustrate)
  • To write discursively, laying out opinions clearly
  • To develop independent spelling strategies
  • To write from the perspective of a character from another culture
  • The first person
  • Use of commas
  • Conjunctions
  • Pronouns
  • Cultural and ethnic differences in language & literature
  • Adverbial meaning and usage; fronted adverbials
  • Comprehension skills (text and art): inference & deduction
  • Revision of grammar
  • The techniques used in persuasion: adverts and arguments
  • ‘Emotive’ language: strong adjectives, rhetorical questions and causal connectives
  • Suffixes and adjectives; root words and vocabulary
  • Statements – for and against: bullet points
  • Limericks; rhyming and syllable words