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Welcome to Week 2 of your Year 4 Literacy Home Learning!


This week, we are writing an informative guide all about Mount Everest!


Using the good version, the resources below and any other research you have carried out, write your own version of the persuasive letter, ensuring you focus on: the correct layout of an informative guide (especially headings and sub-headings), including different facts throughout, correctly punctuating your various ideas (especially when using direct speech) and using exciting openers that hook and 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 :).

Mount Everest Informative Guide


L.I.: To research a topic for an informative guide

  1. Work through the Monday PowerPoint (and video on the last slide), making notes about the key features of Mount Everest and the main facts people who want to climb need to research/know.
  2. When you have finished, brainstorm how you think trekkers would feel before, during and after a climb to Mount Everest’s summit. Use the video on the last slide of the Monday ‘All About Everest’ PowerPoint to help you.



L.I.: To plan an informative guide

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 (Mount Everest: The Guide), highlighting all of the subordinate clauses that give more detail and engage the reader. What features can you see on this piece of work that are different from the setting description last week?
  2. After, fill in the Tuesday planning sheet, watching the videos under each sub heading and ‘magpieing’ (borrowing) one idea from the modelled example for each box before adding in your own ideas.

Use the ‘Tuesday Mount Everest Word Matto help you. Try to write at least two sentences for each one J.


Wednesday: Recorded lesson on Teams

L.I.: To write an informative guide

Whiteboards: What has been our English focus for this text? How many different ways can we include subordinate clauses in our writing? Why are they important? Why does an informative guide need to have them?

  1. Read through the heading, first sub-heading and first paragraph of the modelled example informative guide. 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 heading of your own informative guide, start writing your first sub-heading and paragraph, focusing on using powerful sentence openers with fronted adverbials and subordinate clauses to describe and explain what Mount Everest is and why people climb it.


Thursday: Recorded lesson on Teams

L.I.: To write an informative guide

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 scientific vocabulary in your writing?

  1. Read through the good version of the text, highlighting the informative facts and motivational language that informs and engages the reader.
  2. Write the second paragraph of your informative guide, focusing on explaining the preparation needed prior to climbing and mountain, as well as the base camps that many mountaineers use as either a final point or a stepping stone to reach the summit. Use the word mats to help you!

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


Friday: Recorded lesson on Teams

L.I.: To write an informative guide

Whiteboards: Read your work from yesterday. Write the sub heading for your third paragraph. After, punctuate the sentence ‘I really enjoyed climbing everest but it was exceedingly cold exclaimed miss iruskieta’. Use your work from the week and the modelled example to help you.

  1. Read through the good version of the text, highlighting the different punctuation needed when writing testimonials or direct speech. Look at how the modelled example has used three different types of sentences with speech. What is the same? What is different?
  2. Write the third section of your informative guide, focusing on finishing your work in a way that makes the reader understand why people make the climb and how they feel about it.


Remember to continuously focus on handwriting and punctuation!

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