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Island Hoppers:

Song of the Dolphin Boy


Our English work will focus around our class text ‘Song of the Dolphin Boy’ by Elizabeth

Laird. The touching story focuses on Finn a misfit boy who is bullied at school, finding

peace when he suddenly slips into the sea and finds he can swim with dolphins. It is a

powerful novel about the terrible threat to sea creatures due to the discarding of plastic

waste. We will begin our English unit by recapping diary entries from last term, we will

write in role and explore Finn's emotions at the start of the novel. We will then focus on

letter writing. We will immerse ourselves in a range of persuasive letters to build our

knowledge of key features, tone and language. This will help us plan and write our own

persuasive letters based on fighting for animal rights as Finn did in the class book, as

well as protecting and preserving the environment for future generations. We will link

this to poetry, focusing on the theme of the ocean, preserving our planet and sea

creatures. Children will be encouraged to discuss a range of poetry before planning to

write similar, orally rehearsing sentences and offering improvements before creating

their own poems.

Disaster Strikes:

Roman Diary: The Journey of Iliona 


This half term our class text will be ‘Roman Diary – Journey of Iliona’ by Richard Platt, through which the children will gain an insight into Roman life through the eyes of a slave girl. Our English work will focus on developing our diary and letter writing skills. We will immerse ourselves in a rich variety of diary entries, discussing the structure and vocabulary used, included tense, and emotive language. We will continue to work on drafting our work, offering improvements both to our own work and others, this will help the children’s editing and proofreading skills. We will further our knowledge of the Roman times by reading a range of non-fiction books and use these to write non-chronological reports about the Romans, linking closely to our humanities work.  

Helping at home:


Providing regular opportunities for your child to practise spellings will help support your child’s English work in school. I have attached the year three and four spelling list for you to support your child with, however recapping year two spellings may also prove useful.


Reading regularly with your child will also help your child’s spoken literacy, having a mix of reading to your child, hearing your child read and asking your child book-based questions will help develop their love of reading and reading comprehension skills.