Category Archives: English

Non-chronological report

In English, the Robins in year 4 have been researching the layers of the Earth.

Previously this week, we have been looking at the features of a non-chronological report.

Today, We wrote information in note form and then thought about how we would organise it as an information text. We wrote it up neatly in our books (draft version) , making sure we included the features of a non-chronological report.


We look forward to seeing their final work later this week.

Exploring Factual Texts

This week Robins have enjoyed looking at a range of factual books to explore how the writing is organised.

The whole class worked hard and discovered a range of features including

  • Headings and Subheadings.
  • Information organised in paragraphs.
  • Carefully selected pictures and diagrams.
  • Use of bullet points and numbers.
  • Contents / index pages.
  • Glossary.

Writing a Fantasy Story


Robins have been planning and writing an introduction to their own fantasy stories. 

First, Robins decided on their main characters, their build up, problem and resolution. Using our knowledge from our class reader, The Street Beneath My Feet, we chose a setting from the layers of the earth, like a cave. 

Then, Robins started writing the beginning of their story, including fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and interesting adjectives. 


Exploring Fantasy Films

Writing a setting description 29.9.21


This afternoon in English, Robins enjoyed exploring a short fantasy cartoon film about a girl on a beach.

We watched the film and wrote ideas down for a setting description.

Miss Knapman’s group displayed their behaviour for learning ‘working with others’ and worked as a group, sharing ideas and creating expanded noun phrases and interesting adjectives.


The class wrote ideas next to stills of the film, including expanding noun phrases and adjectives that corresponded with each setting as it changed through the film.

The Street Beneath My Feet

Unravelling the book, the sound of “ahhh” and “ooooo” was filling the classroom.

This morning we explored our new class reader.  “The street beneath my feet.”
In groups we have marvelled at this double-sided foldout book. It has showed us a fascinating journey deep underground. One side of the foldout shows the ground beneath the city, whilst the reverse side shows the ground beneath the countryside. We look forward to reading it again tomorrow and writing a book review about it later!

Guided Reading

This morning in Guided Reading, the Robins in year 4 were reading poems. We used reading strategies to support our reading, replacing words we didn’t know with blank, using skimming and scanning ad phonics knowledge.

We took it in turns to read poems and then found nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in the poems we had read.

A recount of imagined events

Robins have recently been using their creative thinking skills to orally rehearse their group’s recount of imagined events.

They imagined that a festive squadron of flying books carried them into the air.

Robins discussed the importance of speaking clearly, using intonation and varying the volume of their voice. Many also mentioned the importance of using body language to further convey their feelings.

Have a look at a short clip of them rehearsing! (Thanks Andrew for offering to film!)

Extension: Watch the film version of The Fantastic Flying Books by Mr Morris Lessmore below.