Year 4 – Descriptive Writing

In Literacy, Year 4 are enjoying reading ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’, by Michael Morpurgo.

In the story, the main character, Michael, writes in his log that his family got caught in a storm. Year 4 didn’t think that the storm was described very well and decided to write a description themselves! They have used adjectives, adverbs, similes and personification to create some fantastic pieces!

Here is a sample of some of the very imaginative descriptions that they have produced:

‘Waves smashed into the terrified metal yacht and the boat went up like a giant flame. Thunder and waves invaded the top deck and danced in the Captain’s cabin. As quick as a flash, the wind whipped the helpless boat relentlessly. Again, the menacing winds blew like a huge tornado, ripping the boat apart. With no mercy, lots of enormous forks of lightning crashed into the side of the ship.’ – James, Hawthorn.

‘Meanwhile, down in the sea, crates of bricks and fish fell helplessly into furious whirlpools like a piece of paper being shredded. Waves furiously scooped up the wrecked boat like a body builder at the gym lifts weights in anger. Suddenly, waves of material came riding up the fearless waves trying to save the old wreck that they used to be part of. As the storm went on, the waves began to dive back into a whirlpool, causing the helpless boat to lose balance and control.’ – Charlie, Hawthorn.

‘The first sign of the storm was the low rumble that I heard in the distance. The thunder rumbled like a moaning stomach. Waves started to push the boat from side to side. The lightning lit up the sky like a light bulb switching on. I started to get scared. The waves picked up the boat and dropped it back into the sea. I clung on tightly.’ – Sienna, Hawthorn.

‘The start of the storm went with a spine chillingly cold breeze of wind. Then it started more and within moments, the storm wind was strong enough to pick a person up and shoot them down into the depth of the water at the speed of sound. Talking about sound, my eardrums shattered at the screeches and cries of the wind.’ – Sam, Ash.

‘Across the ocean and in the sky, there were forks of lightning everywhere. The bellowing noises of thunder made the boat shake with fear. I jumped with fear. Stella barked with terror. I ran around the boat, quickly searching for somewhere to hide. Terrifyingly, I begged the storm to stop. My heart raced furiously. The storm never stopped.’ – Ellie-Mai, Ash.

Year 4 Gymnastics

​As part of their PE lessons, Year 4 visited a freerunning centre for gymnastics lessons. The children learnt how to perform a series of jumps, rolls and stretches and they had an opportunity to use specialised equipment such as a trampette, a high bar and springboards. All staff have been really impressed with the children’s determination and enthusiasm and the photographs below show just how much fun was had by all!

Year 4 Design Technology

As part of their Design Technology topic, Year 4 made wind-up cars. The children were given a design brief, which asked them to design and make a toy car that had a wind-up mechanism and could travel at least 1 metre in distance. Although the distance was a little ambitious, all children managed to include a wind-up mechanism and they worked in their teams to measure, saw and glue their wood to make their frames. Well done Year 4!

Year 3 and 4 Camping Days

On Wednesday 11th June and Thursday 12th June 2014, Years 3 and 4 took part in two separate Camping days. They took part in a number of activities, including; pitching tents, toasting marshmallows, drinking hot chocolate, listening to stories around the ‘campfire’, a scavenger hunt and rounders.

The children will be using the information that they have learnt to inspire them in their Literacy work over the next few weeks. Year 3 and Year 4 will be writing persuasive texts about British camping holidays. The camping days were also used to encourage children to try and earn their hobbies and interests badge. There is one more opportunity for them to do this during this school year.

Fortunately, the weather was very kind to us and both children and staff had a very enjoyable couple of days.

Photographs from the Camping days.