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Year 4 Model Text Resource Pack 24: ‘Until we are free again’ (Narrative; History - the Roman Empire)

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Real Writing Year 4 - Unit 24
Model text: Until we are free again, by Margaret Bateson-Hill
Curriculum Links: History - The Roman Empire

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 4 is built around an original model text by Margeret Bateson-Hill; an exciting narrative recounting the epic battle between Boudicca’s Iceni Tribe and the Romans. The example text is available as a PDF in three versions (plain, illustrated and annotated); annotated and non-annotated PowerPoint presentations are also included.

In this two-week unit, pupils will explore how the author has described characters, setting and actions through the use of synonyms and adverbials. In their final writing task, pupils will write their own story about Boudicca’s rebellion against the Romans, changing the viewpoint of the story. This unit could be used as part of a topic on The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

Key curriculum skills
Two fully-resourced lessons are included for the following LKS2 English objectives, which can form part of the unit or be taught discretely:

1. Vocabulary:To build a varied and rich vocabulary through the use of synonyms

Pupils will: match words that are synonyms; write a description of a Roman battle, using their knowledge of synonyms

2. Grammar: To use adverbials to show time, place and manner, including fronted adverbials

Pupils will: add adverbials to sentences to modify verbs, exploring where they could be positioned within sentences; write a description of Boudicca using adverbials to show time, place and manner

Revisited skills

  • Using a consistent tense
  • Using adverbs

Additional year 4 curriculum teaching points

  • Modifying nouns to create expanded noun phrases
  • Punctuating direct speech
  • Using pronouns
  • Standard English

Year 4 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: answer, caught, continue, disappear, forward, heart, sentence, straight, through, woman
Tier 2 words: abandon, discipline, emerge, expedition, furious, gorge, grimy, harsh, holler, horde, hurtle, infuriate, loyal, menacing, narrow, rabble, ridiculous, scornfully, superior, triumphant, vengeance, vermin, victory
Tier 3 words: army, Boudicca, chariot, comrade, goblet, Iceni, massacre, rebellion, warrior

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