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Welcome to Week 1 of your Year 4 Literacy Home Learning!

All of the lessons have been recorded. Click on the hyperlink (in blue) each day for the recorded lesson. The recorded lessons can also be found in the 'files' section of our Teams Year 4 Home Learning channel.


This week, we are writing a setting description of a mountain, inspired by our new book 'The Mountain of Adventure'.


Using the good version, the resources below and any other research you have carried out, write your own version of the setting description, ensuring you focus on: present tense - you are describing the mountain as if you are there in that moment, powerful adjectives to describe the nouns, adverbial phrases to give ore detail about what things are doing, prepositional phrases to describe where things are and figurative language (similes, metaphors and personification) to engage the reader.


The PowerPoint will talk you through how to plan, write and edit your writing each day. There are screenshots included of the section that you are aiming to write each day.

When the 'whiteboards' are mentioned, if you have your own whiteboard - great! If not, use any paper you have :). 

Mountain Setting Description


Monday (Click for live lesson)

L.I.: To research a topic for a setting description

Work through the PowerPoint, watching the video on mountains and making notes on the key features of a mountain.

This week, you are writing a setting description for a mountain. After you have made notes using the PowerPoint, think about a good title for your setting description, why this would be effective and the punctuation you would need to use (use the good version to help if needed).


Tuesday- Click for Live Lesson

L.I.: To plan a setting description

 Whiteboards: What type of writing are we focusing on this week?  What is our special SPAG focus?

What have we learnt about this in English?  Write down everything you remember.

  1. Read through the good version of the text (Mountain of Kings setting description), highlighting all of the powerful adjectives and adverbial phrases that describe the nouns and how they do things.
  2. Fill in the Tues vocabulary plan, using the questions in each box to help you brainstorm lots of powerful descriptive language about the 3 pictures. These will form your three paragraphs.
  3. After, fill in the Tuesday planning sheet, turning your super ideas from the vocabulary plan into sentences that you could use for each picture. Try to write at least two for each one J.


Wednesday- Click for Live Lesson

L.I.: To write a setting description

Whiteboards: What has been our English focus for this text? How many different ways can we include commas and apostrophes in our writing? Why are they important? Why does a setting description need to have them?

  1. Read through the title and first paragraph of the modelled example setting description. Highlight commas and apostrophes while thinking about why they are used (subordinate clauses, fronted adverbials, to show possession etc).
  2. Once you have written the title of your own setting description, start writing your first paragraph, focusing on using powerful sentence openers with fronted adverbials and subordinate clauses to describe what is happening.


Thursday- Click for Live Lesson

L.I.: To write a setting description

Whiteboards: What subordinate clauses and fronted adverbials did you use yesterday? Why? What ¾ common exception words did you use? How could you include powerful adjectives, adverbs and figurative language in your writing?

  1. Read through the good version of the text, highlighting the present tense (progressive and perfect) that engages and informs the reader.
  2. Write the second paragraph of your setting description, focusing on making it really clear to the reader why this section of the mountain is different to when you were further away. What can you see now? What interests you? Use the word mats to help you!

Remember to continuously use the planning sheets from Tuesday, the modelled example and the word mats to help you!


Friday - Click for Live Lesson

L.I.: To write a setting description

Whiteboards: Read your work from yesterday. Write the first sentence of your third paragraph, thinking of an engaging and descriptive opener. Use your work from the week and the modelled example to help you.

  1. Read through the good version of the text, highlighting interesting and imaginative techniques such as powerful expanded noun phrases that avoid the repeating of boring nouns and pronouns, similes and metaphors.
  2. Write the third paragraph of your setting description, focusing on finishing your work in a way that makes the reader want to find out more about the mysterious mountain.

 Remember to continuously focus on handwriting and punctuation!

Send to your teacher on Dojo when you’re done J.