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Year 4 Model Text Resource Pack 1: ‘Terrific Teeth!’ (Explanation; Science - animals including humans)

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Real Writing Year 4, Unit 1
Terrific Teeth! by Margaret Bateson-Hill
Curriculum links: Science (Animals, Including Humans)

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 4 is built around an original model text by Margaret Bateson-Hill - an information leaflet aimed at children, explaining how they should look after their teeth. 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 have an opportunity to learn technical vocabulary related to teeth and how to take care of them. They will investigate and learn to spell irregular plurals, and understand how to use pronouns for clarity. Finally, they will write their own report about human teeth and how to look after them.

Key curriculum skills
Two fully resourced lesson plans are included for Year 4 English objectives:

Vocabulary: To investigate and spell irregular plurals
Pupils will: revisit plurals and the rules for adding -s and -es to singular nouns to create plurals; understand that some words do not follow this rule; complete a table of irregular plurals; write a paragraph using irregular plurals.

Composition: To use pronouns for clarity and cohesion
Pupils will: revisit pronouns; understand how pronouns can be used to improve clarity; rewrite sentences with pronouns to avoid repetition; rewrite a paragraph, using pronouns for clarity.

Revisited skills

  • Using adjectives and prepositions
  • using consistent tense
  • using a range of conjunctions
  • including organisational features such as headings and subheadings

Additional year 4 curriculum teaching points

  • using fronted adverbials
  • creating expanded noun phrases using adjectives and prepositional phrases

Year 4 words: featured vocabulary
Tier two words: bacteria, tissue
Tier three words: canines, decay, dentine, enamel, incisor, molar, plaque, pulp
Year 4 spellings: although, appear, different, strengthen, probably, important, regular

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