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This week, will start reading Chapter 4 of our book Journey to the River Sea.


You can follow along with the text as the lady in the video (below it) reads the story aloud to you.

If you did not read the first part of Chapter 1, click here to open the text.

If you did not read the second part of Chapter 1click here to open the text.

If you did not read the first part of Chapter 2click here to open the text.

If you did not read the second part of Chapter 2 click here to open the text.

If you did not read the first part of Chapter 3 click here to open the text.

If you did not read the second part of Chapter 3 click here to open the text.

 If you did not read the first part of Chapter 4 click here to open the text.


Journey to the River Sea

Read the second half of CHAPTER FOUR.

(17:46 - 31:41 on the Youtube clip)



Journey to the River Sea

View document year_4/chapter_4_-_p2.pdf


 Grammar - Adjectives

An adjective is a word that describes a noun. For example, you might describe Maia as young, female and intelligent. The words young, female and intelligent are all adjectives because they describe Maia. Young describes her age, female describes her gender and intelligent describes her personality. And Maia is a noun (because she is a person).

You can use adjectives to describe a whole range of nouns in our story Journey to the River Sea.  For example:

Category of Noun The Noun Adjective to Describe the Noun
Person Miss Minton Strict
Place The Carters' House Clean
Thing Gwendolyn's Dress Pretty



Watch the video below to refresh your understanding of adjectives.


Task: Complete the table below to find three adjectives for each noun. 

I have completed an example for you in blue.

Category of Noun Noun Adjective 1 Adjective 2 Adjective 3
Person Maia Young Female Intelligent


Email your work to me at




Hands on Activity - Tidy your Bedroom

It is really important to make sure you have a tidy bedroom because it:

  • Helps you feel organised
  • Makes you feel comfortable
  • Helps you think clearly
  • Kills germs

 Steps to Clean Your Room

1. Put away your clothes. Are there clothes thrown around the room? Hang up the ones you can wear again, and put the dirty ones in the hallway or laundry basket/hamper, so you can take them to the laundry basket when you’re done cleaning.

2. Make your bed. If your sheets haven’t been washed in a week or two, take them to the laundry basket with your dirty clothes. Once your bed is made, you can use it for organising your stuff. For example, you can group together all your books or school supplies on the bed so you can put them all away at once.

3. Take care of the clutter. Toys, books, dirty dishes, video game controllers … Put everything where it belongs. If you’re not sure where something goes, make a new permanent spot for it or ask your parent/guardian where it belongs.

4. Put dirty toys in a neat pile so you can clean them later. Toys will never get cleaned if you just keep putting them back where they go, right? 

5. Clean your dresser, desk and any other surface. Put some warm water and a few drops of dish soap in a bucket. Dip a clean cloth in the bucket, and wipe down all the hard surfaces. Or you can use some pre-moistened wipes. Don’t forget to clean your doorknobs, window sills, bookshelves, computer and other surfaces that collect dust. Dry everything with a towel when you’re done.

6. Clean any glass. Use glass cleaner and a soft cloth or paper towels to clean your bedroom mirror and windows. 

7. Hoover the furniture. Are there crumbs in your chair or on your bedspread? Hoover them off so they are nice and clean. Try to do this about once a month.

8. Clean the floor. Save the floor for last because it can get dirty when you’re moving everything around. First, make sure you pick up any coins or other small things that could accidentally get hoovered or swept up. If you have carpet, hoover the entire floor, including under the bed. If you have hardwood floor, vinyl or something else, sweep the entire room with a broom and dustpan. After that, use a mop (or just a towel dipped in your cleaning bucket) to clean the stuck-on dirt.

Task: Tidy and clean your bedroom.


If you like, you can send me a video or photo of you tidying and cleaning your room 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