Year 4 English Home Learning

Week 12


Lesson 1: To help you get some inspiration for this week, we’d like you to read from Chapter 15 up to Chapter 22 of, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’.  If you have not read the previous chapters yet, do not panic, you can still read them! ( – STOP READING WHEN YOU GET TO CHAPTER 22! 

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 (just like you did last week and the week before). 

Here are some templates, to help you. 

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Lesson 2 and 3: This week we are thinking about character perspective.  With this book, we see things mainly from the point of view of Edward, with lots of expressive writing. 

Challenge 1: This week we would like you to think of one event that has happened so  far to Edward and write a piece, purely discussing the event from his point of view (in more detail). 

For example: 

Event – Edward being thrown over board. 

How might he be feeling? 

Why does he feel this way? 

What is he hoping will happen? 

As the book is from his point of view, this should not be too challenging, but rather helpful to get you thinking more about emotive writing. 

Challenge 2: Pick any character you have met so far and write how they are feeling based on an event involving Edward. 

For example: 

Event – Bryce taking Edward to Memphis after losing his sister. 

Point of view: Bryce 

What does he feel? 

What does he think about Edward? 

What is his plan? 

It is a really important skill to be able to think from others perspectives, so this activity is particularly useful. 

Lesson 4 and 5: Check your work and ask yourself if it is as ’emotive’ as it could be.  Have you really thought about how that character is feeling? 

Feel free to do more than one character perspective and compare differences and similarities. 

These activity sheets may help you start thinking about character perspective. 

Show Don’t Tell Activity Sheets

If you are finding this activity a little bit tricky, feel free to draw the character you are focusing on, and use speech bubbles to start imagining what might be going through their head. 

Right Facing

Left Facing

We cannot wait to see what you come up with! Happy writing Year 4 🙂 


This week we would like you to focus on the book… 

This author has written a variety of books, lots of which are in our school library.  Maybe you know or have read other books by David Walliams which you would like to share on Class Dojo? 

Please follow this link to the BBC bitesize website, where you can complete a variety of activities and watch some videos. 

If you finish this learning and would like to continue reading our topic book, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’, please feel free! Last week, we asked you to read no further than Chapter 15, so if you continue from here up until Chapter 22 that would be great! 

This link provides an online version of the book. 

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? 


Happy Reading Year 4! 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Please use this link to practise your spelling.  It is a great website with links to the National Curriculum Year 4 expectations.  And remember, always go back and revisit spellings, even if you think you know them! 

Spelling Frame Website 

Last week, you focused on using the dictionary and thesaurus to aid your writing.  This week we would like you to focus on synonyms and antonyms. 

Synonyms are words with the same or similar meaning. 

Antonyms are words with opposite meanings. 

Please have a look on this link and complete the activities. 

This link will help you to pronounce those new words you have learnt! 

If you finish these activities, here are some extra activities to practise what you have learnt about synonyms and antonyms.  What resource did we look at last week, that would be very useful to help you? 


Said synonyms


Looking at our topic book, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’, can you apply your knew knowledge, to change some of the vocabulary in this piece of text from chapter 15? 

What synonyms and antonyms could you use? 

IN THE MORNING, THE SUN ROSE and the cricket song gave way to bird song and an old woman came walking down the dirt road and tripped right over Edward. “Hmph,” she said. She pushed at Edward with her fishing pole. “Looks like a rabbit,” she said. She put down her basket and bent and stared at Edward. “Only he ain’t real.” She stood back up. “Hmph,” she said again. She rubbed her back. “What I say is, there’s a use for everything and everything has its use. That’s what I say.” Edward didn’t care what she said. The terrible ache he had felt the night before had gone away and had been replaced with a different feeling, one of hollowness and despair. Pick me up or don’t pick me up, the rabbit thought. It makes no difference to me. 

She bent him double and put him in her basket, which smelled of weeds and fish, and then she kept walking, swinging the basket and singing, “Nobody knows the troubles I seen.” Edward, in spite of himself, listened. I’ve seen troubles, too, he thought. You bet I have. And apparently they aren’t over yet. Edward was right. His troubles were not over. The old woman found a use for him. She hung him from a pole in her vegetable garden. She nailed his velvet ears to the wooden pole and spread his arms out as if he were flying and attached his paws to the pole by wrapping pieces of wire around them. In addition to Edward, pie tins hung from the pole. They clinked and clanked and shone in the morning sun. “Ain’t a doubt in my mind that you can scare them off,” the old lady said. Scare who off? Edward wondered. Birds, he soon discovered. Crows. They came flying at him, cawing and screeching, wheeling over his head, diving at his ears. 

We would love to see your new version of the text!