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A summary is a brief paragraph, written in your own words, that tells the main events or main points of a text in order. It is important to summarise what you have read because it helps you:

  • pick out the important information
  • remember what you have read and
  • understand the story better

Who is a summary written for? It is for yourself and your teacher! So you need to remember to use all of the correct punctuation (capital letters, commas, full stops, apostrophes) and spelling.



Fronted Adverbials

Remember to focus on using correct punctuation for your fronted adverbials.

The summary sentence stems are all fronted adverbials. Remember to use a comma after the fronted adverbial. A fronted adverbial:

  • goes at the beginning of a sentence
  • describes the verb (action) in the sentence
  • describes where, when or how the action happens



  This week, I would like you to focus on using correct punctuation for your fronted adverbials.

 The fronted adverbial in this sentence is 'This week'. Notice how there is a comma after it.


 Steps for writing a summary


Sentence stems (use these to start each sentence of your summary)

At the beginning,



After that,

Following that,



Summary example from last week's reading:



 Task: Can you write a summary of the next part of our book Journey to the River Sea


Youtube clip - (19:52 - 33:03 on the clip)


Journey to the River Sea

View document year_4/journey_to_the_river_sea_week_2.pdf


Support Group Summary

If you need some extra help to choose the main events of the story, I have written them here for you. Your job is to put them in order first AND use the sentence stems to write your summary. Just like we do in class.


Don't forget to use the sentence stems: 

At the beginning,



After that,

Following that,





Last week, you used the story mountain organiser to write the opening paragraph of your narrative. Today, you are going to use it to write the next paragraph of your story. The build up.

Remember, the build up paragraph:

  • could describe more of the setting as the character moves through the story
  • may introduce another character or event in the story
  • builds tension
  • hints at or introduces the problem
  • makes the reader interested in reading the rest of the story


Don't forget to use the known story plots to help you with what you need to include in each part of the story. Click here to see the story plots again.




Task: Write a build up paragraph for your narrative. 

We will add to this story each week so make sure, if you are writing using pen and paper, to leave lots of room over the next two pages to finish your story. 


Try to use at least one of these Alan Peat sentences in your  build up paragraph.


 Don't forget to re-read your writing out loud to check it for:



You may either: 

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

Please send me both your opening paragraph and the build up paragraph so I can see how your story is flowing.

Please send your work to 




Hands on Science Activity - Marble Run



 Can you create a marble track for a marble to travel on for 10 seconds? 20 seconds? 

Which forces are affecting how quickly or slowly the marble is travelling?

Which forces allow it to change direction?

Two of the forces you will learn about today are gravity and friction.

Gravity - Pulls the marble towards the ground and causes it to change direction depending on which way the ramp is tilted.

Friction - Slows the marble down depending on how rough the surface of the track is. A rough, bumpy surface creates more friction so it will slow the marble down and a smooth, flat surface creates less friction so the marble will move quickly and speed up.

Task: Watch the Youtube video below and create your own marble track using recycled materials in your home. If you do not have any marbles at home, you could use another type of ball such as a golf ball.