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Year 4 Model Text Resource Pack 10: ‘Worth Its Weight In Gold!’ (Report; History - Anglo-Saxons)

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Real Writing Year 4 - Unit 10
Model text: Worth its weight in gold! by Loretta Schauer
Curriculum links: History (Anglo-Saxons)

Unit overview
This writing unit for Year 4 is built around an original model text by Loretta Schauer; a newspaper article recounting the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon artefacts ever discovered. 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 Standard English and explore homophones and homonyms, learning that words can have more than one spelling or meaning. In their final writing task, pupils are asked to imagine that a new Anglo-Saxon hoard has been found somewhere in the country. They will then write their own newspaper article recounting the find. This unit could be used within a history topic on the Anglo-Saxons.

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 use a dictionary to look up the spelling and meaning of words

Pupils will: use a dictionary to find the meanings of homophones and homonyms; write sentences using given homophones and homonyms

2. Grammar: To use Standard English instead of local spoken forms

Pupils will: rewrite sentences as direct speech using Standard English

Revisited skills

  • expanded noun phrases for description and specification

Additional year 4 curriculum teaching points

  • Fronted adverbials
  • Simple organisational devices
  • Nouns and pronouns to avoid repetition

Year 4 words: featured vocabulary
Spelling words: believe, century, describe, earth, extremely, important, recently, surprise, thought, weight
Tier 2 words: fine, fragment, nestle, notify, ornate
Tier 3 words: Anglo-Saxon, archaeologist, artefact, conservation, devotional, excavate, excavation, haul, hoard

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