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These are the books that we will be reading during our Literacy lessons in the summer term in Year 4. They are all available on Amazon if you would like a sneaky peek...

The children will be reading a simpler version than Mr Shakespeare’s classic book. A wonderful retelling of Hermia, Helen, Demetrius and Lysander's classic story - and of the fairy Puck, who meddles in their tangled web of love with hilarious consequences


A black dog appears outside the Hope family's home. As each member of the household sees it and hides, the dog grows bigger and bigger. Only Small, the youngest child, has the courage to face the Black Dog. When it chases her through the forest she shows no fear, so it grows smaller and smaller.


An old man, wary of other people, looks after many animals on his hill-top shack. Across the valley, the townspeople are scared of the old man. When a massive storm turns the man's hill into an island, the actions of one brave boy save the man and his animals, and bring harmony to the valley.


Two children find the Green Ship when they climb over the wall into what is more like a forest than a garden. The ship has bushes for bows and stern and its funnels are trees; a small garden shed on an ancient stump is the wheel house and in command of the ship is the owner of the garden, old Mrs Tredegar.


During the Spring Term, Year 4 will be using these books to help their writing:
The Enormous Crocodile has a plan. And it is not a very nice plan. Still, the children in the village have hidden friends. Stand up Humpy-Rumpy, Trunky, Muggle-Wump and the Roly-Poly Bird; it is time for you to stop the Enormous Crocodile. DON'T PLAY ON THE SEE-SAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!


It is AD84 and the Romans have a stranglehold on Ancient Britain. In the North of England, near to the Scottish border, Bran, Prince of the Carvetti, has been captured and forced to follow the Roman Army as they build new roads to help their advancement. At every turn there is danger and Bran does not know from one moment to the next whether he will survive. He teams up with Pentheus and Talos, two Greek prisoners who now work for the Romans. Will Bran survive?


Michael Rosen is famous for writing funny and silly books. But not this one. He is sad. Find out why. Find out how he deals with his sadness and how he fights it. We all have sad moments in our lives and the children will write about theirs and learn how to overcome some of the obstacles life throws at us.


A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny.


During the Autumn Term, we will read the following books:
Tell Me A Dragon is a beautifully set out book. It is written from the viewpoint of dragon owners and includes so much powerful language that the children can't help but use in their own work. In Year 4, we drew our own dragons, described them and then wrote poetry; all using the book as template for our work. Image result for tell me a dragon


Image result for the time travelling cat egyptian goddess This book is about a young boy called Topher (short for Christopher) who finds the statue of a cat coming to life under his bed and talking to him. They travel back 3000 years in time to save Ka (the cat) being sacrificed to the gods. The children wrote their own version of a statue coming to life and then wrote a fantastic account of escaping from an Egyptian temple. We didn't get to read the whole book - just snippets - and it is available on Amazon, as are most our books.


The true star of this story is the river, as it makes its journey from place to place. This book will also fit in with our Rivers topic and Science lessons; we will be learning about the water cycle and other fascinating facts about one of the most wonderful parts of the earth. Image result for river story book


Raymond Briggs' book was made into one of the most famous animation films of the 20th century. Amazingly, this book has no words; just pictures of the boy's journey from sleep, through winter's night's adventures, to walking in the air, then back home to bed before morning.