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Friday 22nd May 2020


Today is the day to put all your work on character development, setting description and suspense building together, and write your story about a toy.


Go onto Purple Mash and open your ‘Toy Story’ 2do.


Work through each part of your story map thinking about the skills you have been practising.


Use the checklist to help you (click on the green tick to make it appear and then hover over each part to see hints and instructions).


Once you are happy with your text, then you can add illustrations.


I can’t wait to see what you produce!

Thursday 21st May 2020


Stories are often better if there are moments of tension or suspense in them.  Creating suspense is something a lot of authors do to keep their readers interested. 


Have a look at this video below with Malorie Blackman talking about how she uses tension:

Malorie explained that she creates suspense by:

  • dropping in little hints and clues that something isn’t quite right
  • using short sentences when dramatic things are happening
  • making use of all her senses in her descriptions


Try writing about the ‘problem’ part of your story using these techniques. 


For example, in my story, Michael the postman has to deliver a package of marbles to a little girl on his route.  My problem is ‘something is lost’.


Out of the corner of his eye, Michael saw a crimson blur.  All his life he had been terrified of ladybirds, and he was almost certain he had just seen one flying towards him.  With growing anxiety, he turned his head to getter a better look: he was scanning his surroundings like a detective on the hunt for clues.  




Breathing a sigh of relief, the post man pulled the precious parcel out of his bag and opened the garden gate.  Looking up, he saw that the front of number 12 Meadow Lane had been adorned with colourful, bright balloons and pretty, floral bunting.  The carefully wrapped package of glass marbles he held in his hand would be the icing on the birthday cake for Maisy.


As he neared the door, Michael saw another flash of red.  He heard the unmistakeable feather-soft drone of tiny, beating wings. There it was. A lady bird coming in to land on his arm!


‘Aaaaaaaargh!’ he screamed as he flung his hands up into the air.  Maisy’s marbles hurtled into the sky and disappeared out of sight.  Michael didn’t notice because he was too busy running around the garden like a startled rabbit being pursued by a vicious fox.


His heart raced.  Beads of sweat streamed down his face.  It was still behind him.  Could ladybirds smell fear?  Would he survive this encounter?


After what seemed like hours, the ladybird flitted off towards the neighbour’s rose bushes unaware of the terror it had caused.  Michael collapsed to the ground in relief.  It was then he noticed his empty hands… 


Did you notice that I…

  • dropped in little hints and clues that something wasn’t quite right

‘Michael saw a crimson blur’

  • used short sentences when dramatic things were happening

‘His heart raced.  Beads of sweat streamed down his face.  It was still behind him.’

  • made use of the senses in my descriptions

‘saw another flash of red’, ‘heard the unmistakeable feather-soft drone’


Now that you have seen my example, have a go drafting your own tense problem section.  Write it in your Wet Play Book.  You can leave a space in between lines if you want to keep editing and improving it.

Wednesday 20th May 2020


Now that you know who your main character is, you need a location for them to visit.

Today we are going to be working on our setting descriptions.


Have a look at these two setting descriptions.  Which one is better?  Why?

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Description 2 sounds very repetitive.  They use a lot of the same sentence openers and only talk about what they can see.


Description 1 is much more interesting.  It uses different openers, figurative language, adjectives and rhetorical questions.  It also uses more than one of the five senses.


For today’s task, you are going to think about your five senses (seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling, smelling) and use them to build up a detailed description of your story setting.


Log into Purple Mash and open up your ‘Settings Description’ 2do.  Work through the checklist thinking about each sense.

Tuesday 19th May 2020


Today, you are going to work on developing your main character.


Here are some areas to think about:

  • What do they look like?
  • How do they behave?
  • What are their talents?
  • What are their weaknesses?


Go onto Purple Mash and open your Character Description 2do. 


When you write about your main character, try and use different sentence types and a variety of Year 4 features.  That’s what I’ll be looking out for!  There is a checklist to help you.  Click on the green tick to make it appear.


Here is my example:

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Monday 18th May 2020


Over the course of this week, I would like you to work on developing a story.  As our topic work is all about toys, our story is also going to be inspired by toys.


Have a look at this Story Generator.

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To create a story you need to roll a dice four times.


The first roll will tell you your character.  Then, roll again to find out the toy, setting and problem you could use.


Plot out a mini story map based on your rolls.  Draw it in your Wet Play Book.


Do this a couple of times.


When you are done, choose one of the storylines to work on for the rest of the week.  Can you explain why you are choosing that particular story?



If you don't have dice at home, then just type 'roll dice' into Google and it will show you some virtual dice.

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Speaking and Listening 

Here are some vocabulary words for talking about animals. 

Can you find out what all these words mean?

Can you use the words in a sentence?