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Making Connections - Text to Text

Whenever we are reading, we make sense of the story or information by connecting it to what we already know. This is called making connections. It is important to relate what we read to what we have seen elsewhere because it helps us understand the story and information better.


 What is a 'text to text' connection

A text to text connection is when we read something and remember that we have read about the same thing, or something similar, before. It could be an event, character's personality, plot, setting, theme or even an emotion a character is feeling.


For example, in this chapter of the story, Maia went to a dance class and learnt traditional ballroom dancing and she partnered with another boy her age. 

I made a text to text connection when I read about Maia ballroom dancing with Sergei because when I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry took dance lessons for the Yule Ball.


Notice how I:

  • started my sentence with 'I made a text to text connection when...'
  • explained the event (Maia learning ballroom dancing) and
  • explained when I read about something similar by using the word because






 Watch the video below to clarify what you have just learnt about text to text connections.




Task: Make three text to text connections based on this week's reading: The second part of Chapter 4 of Journey to the River Sea. You might like to challenge yourself by making more than three different connections. 


View document year_4/chapter_4_-_p2.pdf



Sentence stems to help you get started:

I made a text to text connection when...

When I read about...I made a text to text connection because...

That reminded me of the time I read about...

The same thing happened to *insert character* when...

...these two stories are alike because...

I read about this when...



You may either: 

  • write your sentences on some paper and then send me a photo of your work or
  • type your sentences in a digital document or email and send them to me 

Please send your work to 




Click on the link below to access the French page for Year 4


Hands on Activity - Make a Fathers Day Card

Father's Day is coming up on Sunday 21st June (just over 1 week away) and this is a day that we think about and appreciate the special males in our lives. The special male in your life might be your father, grandfather, uncle, older brother, older cousin or another close friend in your family.  Traditionally, we give a gift to that special male, write them a card or say a big HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to them. You might like to write a card for the special male in your lift and give it to him on Father's Day.

One of the best parts about receiving a gift is reading a beautiful, hand written card! Today we are going to make a Father's Day card.

Things you might like to include in your card:

  • Why you love him
  • Your funniest memory with him
  • How he helps you
  • Why he is amazing


Watch the video below for some excellent ideas for Father's Day cards.



Task: Make a Father's Day card.  


If you like, you can send me a video or photo of your card at  I will post them 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