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JOURNEY by Aaron Becker

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To start with, click on the link above and watch the video. It is of a book called Journey by Aaron Becker. I would like you to watch this video a couple of times and take it the story. It is about a child who goes on an adventure. I want you to go on an adventure too! 

Activity 1 


Pick of the of the worlds that the child goes into. Write a setting description of what you can see. Remember all of your five senses, expanded noun phrases, ambitious vocabulary and fronted adverbials. 


Activity 2 


Imagine you are the child going on this journey. Write a diary entry about what your travels were like. Who did you meet? Did you talk to anyone? How did you travel? What did you see? Remember to use your imagination, paragraphs, fronted adverbials and remember the layout of a diary! 


Activity 3 


One of the places the child visits is based on Venice in Italy. Do some research about Venice, make notes and then create a fact file. Remember to have subheadings, pictures and interesting information. What food do they eat? What is the weather like? How do they travel around? Do they have any interesting buildings? 


Activity 4 


At the beginning of the video you will see that the child is being ignored by everyone as they are too busy. Imagine you are one of those people that have ignored the child and realise they have gone missing. Write a letter in this role explaining how things will change when they come back, what exciting things they will do together. 

Remember the layout of a letter, paragraphs, fronted adverbials and emotive language. 

Tin Forest

This week, I would like you to think about the story of the Tin Forest. An old man lives in a tin forest all alone. One day a bird visits and drops a seed. What do you think happens?

Read the story using the video (if it is going too fast you can pause on each page!). To make sure you know what is happening, you can tell someone in your house what happens to the old man or write down key things which happen throughout.

Tin Forest

The story of the Tin Forest. An old man lives in a tin forest all alone. One day a bird visits and drops a seed. What do you think happens?

Activity 1

Your first activity is about the old man who lives in the scrap yard at the beginning of the book. I want you to become the old man and write a diary entry about a day living in the scrap yard. I would like you to include why you live there and how it makes you feel, what you might find in the yard and how you tried to get rid of it and describe what it looks like.


Your SPAG focus for this piece is to use commas for lists. Before you start, click the link below to recap commas.

Don't forget to use joined handwriting, capital letters and full stops!

Before you write your diary, you might want to practice writing a sentence using commas for lists. One you have had a go at the ones below, write a sentence using commas to list what the old man finds in the scrap yard. You can then use this sentence in your writing!

Activity 2

Next, I would like you to think about the tin cat. This is no ordinary cat!

I would like you to write a comparison between this cat and an ordinary cat. You can use the planning sheets below to help you. I would like you to use conjunctions to join your sentences together. Remember in year 4 we use full sentences!



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Below are 2 different types of conjunctions which will be really useful for your comparison.


Comparative conjunctions are used to say how 2 things that are alike.

Can you write a sentence to explain how the tin cat and real cat are the same using a comparative conjunction?


Contrastive conjunctions are used to say how 2 things are different.


Can you write a sentence to explain how the tin cat and real cat are the different using a contrastive conjunction?


Activity 3

This is your final writing task for this week. I would like you to spend one day planning what you will write and the next day using your plan to create an amazing piece of work.

Your task is to imagine you are a local reporter visiting the area. You have heard about the Tin Forest and would like to report about it. You travel out to visit the old man and interview him about his home and the changes that have been made.


Below is a planning sheet. This will help you to think about your paragraphs and what to put in each. 


Before you start writing, I would like you to recap how to use fronted adverbials in your writing. 

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Activity 1

Activity 2 

Practise the following words, 2 lines of each.


  1. another
  2. beautiful
  3. longer
  4. practise
  5. learning
  6. life
  7. creator
  8. scissors
  9. perfect



Activity 3 

Practise the following spellings using the 4 activities below. Do this every day if you get chance! 

1. accept 

2. except 

3. affect

4. effect 

5. ball

6. bawl

7. berry 

8. bury 

9. occasionally 

10. often

11. opposite


Activity 4 

Click on the link below, watch the video and complete the activities. 



Here are this week's spellings and some ideas for how to practice them. At the end of the week you may want to test yourself to see how many you got correct!

There are lots of homophones this week. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. You will need to learn what each word means to make sure that you get the spelling correct!


1. Brake 

2. Break 

3. Fair 

4. Fare 

5. Grate 

6. Great 

7. Groan 

8. Grown 

9. Ordinary 

10. Particular 

11. Peculiar 



Copy the following using your best joined up handwriting! 

Once you have practiced writing 'a' can you think of your own words with an 'a' in them to show off your skills?


Can you remember what a verb is? Click the link below to watch a video about grouping verbs and putting them in the past tense. Once you are confident, scroll down to have a go at the quiz.

The document below has all the spellings that we would like you to learn for year 4. Maybe you would like to go through it and cross off what you know so far? This might help you to see how well you are doing.


There is also a word search for the words we would like you to learn this week.

Handwriting - Have a try at the book below. It would be easier if you can print it off or pick up a copy from school, but if not you can copy the letters from the screen. Try to think about keeping them all the right size.