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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 - (00:00 - 17:58 on the clip)


Journey to the River Sea

View document year_4/er_3_p1.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 'problem/dilemms' paragraph of your narrative. Today, you are going to use it to write the next paragraph of your story. The resolution.

It is important to remember the differences we learnt about the resolution and the ending.


RESOLUTION - By the end of this paragraph, the character solves the problem (they are finally no longer in trouble/danger/wrong)


ENDING - The character reflects on their journey and learns a lesson.



Today's paragraph is just the resolution paragraph, so your character needs to find a way to overcome their problem.

Remember, by the end of the resolution paragraph:

  • the main character solves and overcomes the big problem
  • something is starts to finally go right for the main character
  • this part of the story gets better for the main character



Remember: You can make your writing better by using the Alan Peat sentences (below).


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.



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




Task: Write a resolution 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 page to finish your story. 



 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 all of your opening paragraph, build up paragraph AND the dilemma paragraph so I can see how your story is flowing.

Please send your work to 




Hands on Activity - Learn How to Make a Cup of Tea

Tea is a hot drink made by infusing crushed leaves from a plant in boiling water. At home, it usually involves placing a tea bag into a cup of boiling water for a few minutes and then adding a small amount (about a tablespoon) of milk and perhaps some sugar. 

The video below shows children trying different types of tea from all over the world.



Task: Can you make a cup of tea for someone in your family or for yourself? 

It can be any type of tea you like, such as black tea, herbal tea or green tea and can be made with or without milk.

It might be difficult to get it right if this is your first time but, don't worry, each time you practise you will get better and quicker at doing it yourself.


If you like, you can send me a video or photo of your tea at  I will post the photos in the new Independent Champions section of our Year 4 weekly page.


Watch this video for some simple instructions for how to make a cup of tea.



 It is important to learn how to do things for yourself. This is called being INDEPENDENT. Learning to be more independent and do things for yourself helps you:

  • learn new things
  • build self-esteem and confidence
  • make good decisions
  • develop responsibility
  • feel important and like you belong
  • develop coordination