Despite the warm weather, Year 4 are still working extremely hard in class as we come to the end of our alternative fairy tales topic. This week the children have spent time looking at the REAL story of the Three Little Pigs, and have read the tale from the Wolf’s perspective. The children were horrified to learn that the poor Wolf was set up! Can you believe it?!
The children began the week by looking at a range of newspaper articles, identifying and discussing the features of this genre of writing, so that they would be able use them in their own work. The children looked at features such as the headline (noticing how reporters use powerful language and alliteration to hook the reader in), the five W’s (who, what, where, why, when), and direct and indirect speech (including the punctuation needed to quote an eyewitness successfully).
After reading the Wolf’s story and watching a short film that showed how the Wolf had been framed for a crime he didn’t commit, the children became roving reporters and questioned all the characters involved in the book and the film in order to obtain some key quotes for their newspaper reports.
To to ensure that the children were familiar with the story, and put into practice some of the techniques necessary to create an interesting newspaper report, the children got into different roles to record their own television news broadcast! Below you can watch some examples of the children’s excellent efforts.
I’d like to say a big thank you to Joseph and Eloise (students from St. Thomas More) who have spent time in Year 4 this week as part of their work experience. They have been a fantastic help and without them it would not have been possible to undertake in some of the activities the children have completed in all subjects this week.