Today in English, we have been editing and improving our acrostic poems.
Can you look at this acrostic poem to edit any mistakes or improve the vocabulary?
In reading, we read p44-48 of The Indian in the Cupboard. Read this section and answer the questions:
“You’re in a house in England,” Omri told Little Bull. Little Bull’s face lit up.
“English good! Iroquois fight with English against French.”
“Did you fight?” Omri asked Little Bull.
“Fight like mountain lion! Take many scalps!” Little Bull held up ten fingers. Then another ten, and then another. Omri couldn’t believe Little Bull had killed so many people. He gulped and suddenly wanted to get away, so went to fetch his meat. He shut his bedroom door behind him and leant against it. Little Bull was a real Indian with a real past from over two hundred years ago. Omri felt overwhelmed by how many people he had killed, but then again, weren’t soldiers still fighting wars now? Omri imagined Little Bull, full sized, running holding his scalping knife!
Omri walked unsteadily downstairs and ransacked his mother’s cupboard for a tin of meat. He found some corned beef and opened it with a tin opener. He dug out a chunk with a tea spoon and absent-mindedly put it in his mouth.
Maybe Little Bull thought Omri was a genie? He seemed to believe in magic. Little Bull didn’t seem scared as easily as others, maybe that was because he was the son of a chief. Especially if one had killed 30 scalps… Maybe Omri ought to tell someone about Little Bull. But adults would surely just take the cupboard away and end all his fun. His mind was racing with possible ideas for the cupboard. He wasn’t ready to give up his secret just yet.
Halfway up the stairs, he noticed that most of the tin of corned beef was empty. The bit that was left ought to do. Eventually, Little Bull appeared and Omri gave him the meat.
“Very good! Soft! Your wife cook this?”
Omri laughed. “I haven’t got a wife.”
“Who grow corn, grind, cook, make clothes, keep arrows sharp?”
“My mother,” Omri replied. “Do you have a wife?”
“No. Dead.” The Indian finished eating. “You do magic. Make things for Little Bull. Want gun.”
Omri thought about the gun. If a small knife could stab, a small gun could shoot.
“No, no gun. But how about a bow and arrow?”
Who did the Iroquois fight against?
What does scalps mean?
How many people did Little Bull kill?
Why did Omri want to get away from Little Bull?
What food did Omri find in his mother’s cupboard?
Why did Omri decide not to tell someone about Little Bull? Give 2 reasons.
Why was the tin of corned beef almost empty?
Who did Little Bull think had cooked the corned beef?
What happened to Little Bull’s wife?
What did Little Bull want?
What Omri decide to give Little Bull instead? Why?
As we did last year, we will be uploading homework weekly on the blogs for you to access. In some circumstances, we will issues paper copies of homework to some children. In order for us to check the children’s homework, we have created individual Seesaw codes for the children, so they can scan their own code and take a photo of their homework to submit, and we will be able to see it in school. If you are unsure how how to use Seesaw, you can follow the steps below or watch the video:
To sign in with a Home Learning Code:
Open the Seesaw class app.
Tap “I’m a student”.
Tap the blue “scan code” button and scan the Home Learning Code or type in your Home Learning Text Code.
In year 4, we will be setting maths and English homework on a Friday and it will need to be completed by the following Friday morning. Your child’s work will then be checked by staff in school.
Reading Records and Reading Books:
Children are expected to read at home every night and their Reading Record bought to school daily so we can keep a log of who is reading at home for our Reader Leader award! When your child has read at home, the reading record can be filled in by the adult who has listened to them read.
Children will choose books that are appropriate to their reading age, with guidance from staff in school, which will be sent home. They can also read books they have at home too. When they have finished reading a book from school, the child needs to bring it back to school so it can be returned and the child issued with another book.