Category Archives: English

Scanning skills

This week Robins are concentrating on reading poetry. Today they used their scanning skills to locate different punctuation, key words and rhymes.

They also had a go at reading aloud in pairs.

The weather is certainly getting windy. Don’t forget to bring your raincoats to school!

Joseph Read Aloud

Year 4 have been understanding the difference between third person and first person.

Listen to Joseph read aloud his version of the story in first person.

Sharing our work

Today, Robins have been reading aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class.

They have had to consider

  • using appropriate intonation
  • controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear

Below is a sneak peak of how excellent our Robins have been in writing a first person recount based on our class reader.



Next, we look forward to using our creative thinking to write a recount of imagined events.



Our new class reader

Robins began English with a prediction of the book The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore.
Almost everyone thought it was probably an adventure story. They then made predictions on the character.
A lot of good concentration was seen when Robins were listening and sharing ideas.

We then read the book together.

Watch the film version below. What’s the same / different?

illustrations for poetry.

This afternoon, Robins were illustrators. We were painting and drawing images inspired by our class reader The Promise. We looked at the illustrations in the book, the colours used, the techniques and style. We noticed how they changed throughout the book, from grey, black and brown to green and much more vibrant.

We planned what we wanted to draw this morning and then this afternoon, used sketching pencils, water colours and wax crayons. We will use the images as the background for our city poems.

The Promise

Our new class reader for this half term is, The Promise.

Today we questioned the text, made predictions, and read the book together in small groups. We discussed what genre we thought the book would be and whether we thought it would be based on a true story or complete fiction.


Extension: Listen to a read aloud of the book below.

On a mean street in a mean city, a thief tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. But she finds she can’t have it without promising something in return – to “plant them all”. When it turns out the bag is full of acorns, the young thief embarks on a journey that changes her own life and the lives of others for generations to come. Inspired by the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship, The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old. With poignant simplicity, honesty and lyricism, Nicola Davies evokes a powerful vision of a world where people and nature live in harmony. And Laura Carlin’s delicate illustrations capture a young girl’s journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world.