Friday, 24 October 2014

Happy Half Term!

Its the end of the children's first half term in year 4 and they've made an excellent start! At the beginning of this week, the children completed their dragon stories. We were really impressed by the quality of the children's vocabulary. Have a read of Tom J's build-up below...
It was in the dead of night. Ripjaw heard distant voices coming closer and closer up the misty mountain side, closer to Nomansland Wood. Ripjaw stole a glance at hundred of lights running up the mountain in all directions. Were those these the humans coming to get him? Ripjaw looked around again, the running lights were still coming into view. There were hundreds of them, thousands probably. Ripjaw spread his majestic wings and quickly swooped down, closer to the lights. He wished he hadn't. There were thousands of Vikings coming right at him. They had fire torches, crossbows, swords, catapults and loads more...

Then it all went black. Slowly, Ripjaw began to stir. He didn't move though. He wasn't able to...

Sensing the children's enthusiasm, at the end of the week we let their imaginations run wild and gave them the opportunity to come up with their own plot for a story set in an imaginary world. The children did well, most managing to include the 5 key parts of a story: opening,  build-up, climax, resolution and ending. A copy of their stories have been sent home today so that the children are able to complete their homework. Please encourage children to proof-read their work carefully and then edit and improve using dictionaries and thesaurus if you have them at home. We will be looking for excellent presentation as well as well as editing skills.

Next term we will be spending the first week back focussing on revision of sentence structure and punctuation before assessments in the second week. Perhaps you could focus on this when reading at home over half term.

We hope you have a lovely break. The children have worked really hard and deserve a rest!

The year 4 team.

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