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Fuji - Thursday



This week, instead of summarising the chapter, you are going to read and summarise some information about rainforests. This information will help you understand our book Journey to the River Sea because our story is now set in the Amazon Rainforest. You might understand why Mrs Carter is constantly spraying bug killer around the house after reading about all of the rainforest insects and animals today!



A summary is a brief paragraph, written in your own words, that tells the main events or main points of a text in order. It is important to summarise what you have read because it helps you:

  • pick out the important information
  • remember what you have read and
  • understand the story better

Who is a summary written for? It is for yourself and your teacher! So you need to remember to use all of the correct punctuation (capital letters, commas, full stops, apostrophes) and spelling.


 Steps for writing a summary



When you write a summary about factual information like the rainforest, you do not need to use the fronted adverbials of time (the sentence stems at the beginning, next, then, after that and so on). All you need to do is write the main ideas in your own words.



 Task: Can you write a summary paragraph of the RAINFOREST INFORMATION below? 

 Tip: There are about seven sections in this information slideshow. You might want to summarise each section in one sentence, so you end up with a summary paragraph of seven sentences.


You may either: 

  • write your summary in pen/pencil and send me a photo of your work or
  • type your summary to me in an email

Please send your work to 



Last week, you used the story mountain organiser to write the 'resolution' paragraph of your narrative. Today, you are going to use it to write the final paragraph of your story. The ending.

It is important to remember the differences we learnt about the resolution and the ending.


RESOLUTION - By the end of this paragraph, the character solves the problem (they are finally no longer in trouble/danger/wrong)


ENDING - The character reflects on their journey and learns a lesson. They think about what they have learnt along their journey or by overcoming the problem. The main character is finally okay.



Remember, by the end of the ending paragraph:

  • the main character learns a lesson from the big problem
  • everything is okay for the main character 
  • the main character reflects (thinks about) on their experience



Remember: You can make your writing better by using the Alan Peat sentences (below).


Don't forget to use the known story plots to help you with what you need to include in each part of the story. Click here to see the story plots again.



Try to use at least one of these Alan Peat sentences in your ending paragraph.



Task: Write an ending paragraph for your narrative.



 Don't forget to re-read your writing out loud to check it for:



You may either: 

  • write your narrative in pen/pencil and send me a photo of your work or
  • type your paragraph to me in an email

Please send me all of your opening paragraph, build up, dilemma and resolution along with your ending so I can see how your story is flowing.

Please send your work to 




Hands on Activity - Learn How to Mop the Floor

It is important to mop your floor regularly because it:

  • cleans and kills germs
  • stops build up of allergens (things that cause allergies and hayfever)
  • prevents scratches
  • makes your floor look its best

Watch the video below to learn how to mop your floor correctly.



Task: Mop the floor of your kitchen, bathroom or another room that does not have carpet.

It might be difficult to get it right if this is your first time but, don't worry, each time you practise you will get better and quicker at doing it yourself.


If you like, you can send me a video or photo of you mopping the floor at  I will post the photos in the Independent Champions section of our Year 4 weekly page.


 It is important to learn how to do things for yourself. This is called being INDEPENDENT. Learning to be more independent and do things for yourself helps you:

  • learn new things
  • build self-esteem and confidence
  • make good decisions
  • develop responsibility
  • feel important and like you belong
  • develop coordination