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Year 4 English – W/B 6th July 2020

This week we are focussing on non-fiction writing. As a year group we would have been visiting Marwell Zoo on a school trip to look at their amazing animals linking to our science topic. This week your tasks are all based on the animals at the zoo and researching facts about them. You will research and then use this research to write and edit a leaflet on these animals at Marwell Zoo. Your last lesson will be editing carefully to improve your work.

Lesson 1 – Research

Look at the Marwell Zoo website – research the animals that you find most interesting. There is lots of information about these animals on the website but you can also use books and online resources to find out any more facts about these animals. 

Top tips:

• Your research should be taken in note form – using pencil.

• Think about how to lay out your notes effectively to create sentences in your final piece of work using these.

• You should choose at least 5 animals to research



Lesson 2 – Understanding Leaflet Layouts and Planning

Watch the video on how to layout a leaflet:



Task 1: Complete the quiz on leaflet writing



Task 2: Plan your leaflet layout. Think about how you can be persuasive – what persuasive language can you use? Can you use rhetorical questions? What wow words or noun phrases could you use when writing your descriptions?


Top tip: Because of COVID 19 it has been widely reported that zoos have been struggling due to little income and have been very reliant on volunteers and donations. You could write your leaflet informing people of adoptions they can make of some of the animals in the zoo to help the zoo financially.


Lesson 3 & 4

Use all the information that you have gathered over the last two days to help compose your sentences in your leaflet. Think about what you want your leaflet to inform people of. Consider interesting sub headings for each of the animals that you have chosen to write about. Think about whether you want an introduction and what it might say.


Lesson 5

Task 1: Once you have written your draft leaflet you should edit this considering noun phrases, fronted adverbials, embedded clauses and conjunctions. Try and make sure you have included these in your writing while also checking your spellings, punctuation and capital letters.


Task 2: Write your edited draft up in neat, you can use pictures, drawings, maps to make your leaflet stand out from all the others.