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Week Beginning 18th January 2021

Monday 18th January 2021


Good morning, Year 4.


This morning in Literacy, we are going to recap the rules for writing speech. You have all included an interview in your newspaper report, so it's worth us double-checking that we know how to punctuate speech before we go back to edit and improve our newspaper reports tomorrow.


I've recorded a short video for you to watch, then you've got a few different activities to have a go at.

LO: To be able to use inverted commas for direct speech.
I can remember to:

 - use inverted commas around what is actually said. 
 - use  ?  !  ,  inside the inverted commas.
 - use a variety of speech verbs instead of repeating ‘said ‘.
 - tell us who has said it.
 - use a new line for a new speaker.

First, there are twelve superheroes with speech balloons. I'd like you to rewrite what they are saying as full sentences with speech marks.


I've also included the superheroes with blank speech balloons so you can make up your own direct speech. 

Parents, both of these resources are available as PDFs. I've also added the blank ones as individual image files incase you want to annotate them in an image editor.


CHALLENGE: There are a few examples of real comic pages. Can you rewrite them as conversations?

EXTRA CHALLENGE: Can you rewrite the action too? It should end up looking like a little story.

Tuesday 19th January 2021


Good morning, Year 4.


This morning in Literacy, we're going to be taking a look back over that amazing writing that you did for Miss Kendall last week. Being able to edit and improve your work is a vital skill for all writers.

Watch the video, in which I edit and improve a piece of writing that I have done, and then use the resources to edit your work. Don't forget, rewriting sentences or whole sections is sometimes the best way to proceed.      -


LO:  To edit a newspaper report.
I can remember to:

 - reread and check sentences make sense.
 - use capital letters and full stops. CL .
 - punctuate sentences correctly. e.g.  , . ‘ ! ? “ ”
 - use connectives to connect ideas. e.g. and, because, so, when
 - use a dictionary to check spellings. 
 - use inverted commas around what is actually said.
 - use  ?  !  ,  inside the inverted commas.
 - revise your work to make your descriptions more clear.

A few great examples of your editing so far! Especially EB, who thought that she could make her handwriting even neater and so rewrote the whole thing again! 

Wednesday 20th January 2021


Good morning, Year 4.


Newspapers should report the facts of the events that the reporters are writing about, rather than including the opinion of the person who is reporting the news. Journalists (the people who write the news) should aim to present more than one side of the story, write about events with as much accuracy as possible. In short, they should present the truth without their own opinion. This is called "journalistic objectivity". 


That being said, there are places within newspapers and news reports where opinions are actually focused on. Increasingly, these 'opinion pieces' can be found alongside (but made separate to) the main newsreport. 


Today, we are going to have a look at how we can write about our own opinions and tomorrow I'll show you how you can add an opinion piece to your 'Pigeon Impossible' writing, if you would like to do so.

LO: To be able to express an opinion.
I can remember to:

 - explain the situation.
 - state your opinion.
 - give examples to justify your opinion.


Planet Earth II Episode 6 - Cities    -    RSPB Guide


Is it okay to feed the pigeons in town?

Wow! You have blown me away with this opinion writing. I'm really pleased that you used the sentence openers that I gave you and I'm even more pleased that you all came up with so many reasons to justify your opinions!

Thursday 21st January 2021


Good morning, Year 4.


It's nearly Golden Writing time! Before we get there, I wanted to talk you through the way that newspapers are set out, explain how to create text boxes in Word / Google Docs and do a little handwriting.

LO: To be able to present my work neatly.
I can remember to:

 - rearrange the newspaper so that each part goes in the correct place.

 - use neat, joined handwriting.
 - use the shift button for capital letters.
 - use the 'text box' tool to create different areas for typing.

It was great to see your lovely handwriting practice today. I have really liked how these two tackled the newspaper jigsaw in different ways.

Friday 22nd January 2021


Good morning, Year 4.


After working on editing, reviewing and presentation quite a bit this week, we are finally up to what I know is the favourite part of our 10 Step Approach to Writing for many of you - we're on to Golden Writing!


Whether you would prefer to hand-write or type your work up, I've attached a writing frame for you to use if you wish.


Watch the video for a few last minute tips and then you can get to work on producing an amazing piece of writing.

You have clearly all had a lot of fun writing your newspapers over the last two weeks. Well done, I'm really pleased with what you've done. You've all produced something of which you can be proud.