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Year 4 Model Text Resource Pack 11: ‘Amazing Animals: The Arctic Fox’ (Report; Science - living things and their habitats; Geography - biomes and vegetation belts)

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Real Writing Year 4 - Unit 11
Model text: Amazing Animals: The Arctic Fox by Jo Franklin
Curriculum links: Science (Living Things and their Habitats); Geography (Biomes and Vegetation Belts)

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 4 is built around an original model text by Jo Franklin; a fascinating report describing the arctic fox and its habitat. 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 investigate how nouns can be modified with prepositional phrases and explore word families, using their knowledge of prefixes and suffixes. In their final writing task, pupils will create their own report about an amazing arctic animal. This unit could be used as part of a geography topic on the Arctic or within a science unit based on animals and their habitats.

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 explore morphology of words

Pupils will: identify the root word for a word family; complete given sentences; create their own word families using given word roots and use these to create sentences

2. Grammar: To expand nouns using prepositional phrases

Pupils will: modify nouns using prepositional phrases; write descriptions using prepositional phrases to create expanded noun phrases.

Revisited skills

  • Using a range of conjunctions to create sentences with more than one clause
  • Prepositions
  • Using consistent tense
  • Apostrophes to show singular possession
  • Commas to separate items within a list

Additional year 4 curriculum teaching points

  • Fronted adverbials
  • Simple organisational devices

Year 4 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: circle, difficult, height, natural, weight
Tier 2 words: harsh, hostile, temporary, typically, vertically
Tier 3 words: adapt, adaptation, Arctic, Arctic Circle, camouflage, climate, habitat, omnivore, predator, prey, scavenger, survive, wilderness

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