Year 4 English Home Learning

Week 10


Here is a link to the learning we’d like you to complete in Guided Reading this week. There are two videos and a series of activities to complete, which should help you develop your understanding of how a writer uses humour in a text. 

When you have finished the activities, we’d also like you to carry on reading our class reader, “The Miraculous Journey of Edmund Tullane”. Please read the book from wherever you got to last week, up to Chapter 8 (and stop once you get to Chapter 8, please!) 

As always, we wholeheartedly encourage you to read whatever you can, whenever you can, alongside this. If you’ve read something you particularly enjoyed, why not recommend it on Class Dojo or in our Collaboration space? 


This week, we will be writing a diary entry as if we were Edmund Tullane at a key moment in this story. 

Lesson 1: To help you get some inspiration for this week, we’d like you to read from Chapter 5 up to Chapter 8 of “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tullane” ( – STOP READING WHEN YOU GET TO CHAPTER 8!) To help you recall the key events in these chapters, you can either note down or draw a story map of the main events once you’ve finished reading. 

Lessons 2 and 3: Once you’ve done this, complete the lesson on diary writing below (oddly enough, this lesson also focuses on an accident at sea, just like in the book!) 

Lesson 2: Complete Activity 1 and Activity 2. 

Lesson 3: Complete Activity 3 and Activity 4. 

Lesson 4: Using what you’ve learned about diary writing, it’s time to put the events of Chapters 5-8 into a diary entry from Edward Tullane’s point of view. 

As you did for Grace Darling’s diary, split your plan into four paragraphs: 

  1. Set the scene – where were you going? Who was with you? What were they doing? What was the ship like? How did you feel? 
  2. Describe the fight with Martin and Amos – how did it start? How did each of them react? How did you feel? What did you want to do (but couldn’t, of course!)? 
  3. Describe falling overboard and your experience of being underwater – what did you see/hear/touch/taste? How did you feel? 
  4. Describe the moment you were rescued – who saved you? How? How did you feel? Where are you now? What is it like? Who is with you? Is the problem over? How do you feel about your situation? 

Lesson 5: Once you’ve completed your plan, it’s time to write up your diary entry – don’t forget to look at your checklist from the lesson to make sure you’ve included each of the features you’ll need, and make sure to go back through your work to edit and improve once you’ve finished. 


Good luck! 


Please use this link to practise your spelling.  It is a great website with links to the National Curriculum Year 4 expectations. 

Spelling Frame Website 

Here is a series of activities we would like you to complete to help you develop your understanding of the different uses of apostrophes. 

Apostrophes for contraction: 

Apostrophes for possession: 

Once you’ve completed these activities, try out a few sentences of your own, based on the theme of our class reader, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tullane’, e.g. 

Possession: Edward Tullane’s eyes were painted a bright sky blue. 

Contraction: Edward couldn’t believe it when the maid hoovered up his favourite gold pocket watch!