Year 4 have been very busy over the last two weeks writing our stories based on the theme of entering a different world through some sort of portal. We have looked at the structure of a story using a story mountain, splitting stories into five parts – opening, build up, problem, resolution build up and ending. First, we deconstructed a model text to work out what was included in each of the parts and we then used these parts to help plan our own stories. Before writing our build ups, we collected interesting vocabulary and used a ‘zone of relevance’ activity to decide whether the vocabulary was appropriate for our settings. We have also spent time editing and improving out texts and by the time you read this, we should have completed books ready for you to enjoy.
In art, we have created our own pictures using multimedia techniques in the style of Marge Nelk, who was the creator of our ‘Take One Picture’, ‘Through the Keyhole’.
We have also managed to fit in an interesting visit to Waitrose. On arrival at Waitrose we were given a tour behind the scenes; we found out where deliveries arrive and how food is stored before being put on the shop floor. We were allowed to step into their giant freezers and fridges and were pleased to step out again! After that, we looked at some unusual fruit and vegetables and had to try and guess what they were. We found out that cold meats and cheeses were labelled with a flag of the country they originate from so we knew where they came from. We stopped off at the fish counter to try and talked about different fish and shellfish. Finally, we went upstairs for our food tasting and tried blueberries, pomegranate and dried cranberries. We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip, learn some new facts and some of us have broadened our taste buds. A big thank you to Tracy Whitfield (Year 5 Parent) who organised this trip for us.