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This week, you read the second part of Chapter 1 of Journey to the River Sea. If you need to re-read some of the text or listen to the reading again, here is the text and the Youtube clip:

- Youtube clip -  (8:32 - 19:52 on the Youtube clip)

If you did not read the first part of Chapter 1 last weekclick here to open last week's reading text.

Journey to the River Sea


View document year_4/journey_to_the_river_sea_week_2.pdf


 It is important to ask yourself questions about the text as you are reading it. This is called questioning.

Questioning is important because it:

  • helps us understand what we are reading 
  • helps us know and identify when we are confused about something we read and
  • keeps us interested in the story because we want to know the answer to our questions


Can you remember the two types of questions we learnt about in class?

They are: OPEN and CLOSED questions.

Closed questions only have ONE possible answer which is usually only one word, yes or no. We use closed questions to confirm facts and clear up confusion. 

Eg. Are Maia's parents alive? 

There is only one possible answer, no.


Open questions have more than one word and can have more than one possible answer. 

Eg. How is Maia feeling about moving to the Amazon? 

We cannot answer this question using yes or no. We must give more detail.


What questions are you wondering after reading Chapter 1 of Journey to the River Sea?

Task: Send me five questions that you are wondering. You do not have to answer them now because you will not know the answers to them until we read on. So make sure they are questions about what WILL happen. 

Try to use a combination of open and closed questions.

You may either: 

  • write your answers in pen/pencil and send me a photo of your work or
  • type the answers to me in an email

Please send your work to 




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


Fun Activity - Land Art

Art doesn't always involve using paint, charcoal or clay. You can use the things you find in your garden or at the park to create an interesting artwork using natural elements. Natural elements are materials like:

  • rocks
  • leaves
  • bark
  • flower petals
  • sticks
  • mud and
  • anything that occurs naturally in the environment (not man made)

Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist who does just that! He uses the natural elements to create interesting artworks celebrating the beauty of nature. Here are some of Andy Goldsworthy's creations:



Here are some land art creations by other artists and other children:



Now its your turn!

Watch the Youtube video below for some inspiration to create your Andy Goldsworthy style artwork.

Task: Use natural materials to create your own land art.

Take a photo or video of your land art and email it to me at