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Year 4 Language and Literature

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This is an activity adapted from the Language and Literature section of the What Your Year 4 Child Needs to Know resource book. To learn more about using Core Knowledge UK resource books, please visit the dedicated pages for teachers, parents, grandparents and home educators. To purchase Core Knowledge UK resource books, visit our shop. Also, sign up for the free Core Knowledge UK newsletter to receive updates about new resources and activities.

Poetry for Year 4

eletelephony

Eletelephony

by Laura Richards
Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant –
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone –
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I've got it right.)
Howe'er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee –
(I fear I'd better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

for want of a nail

For Want of a Nail

traditional Mother Goose rhyme
For want of a nail, the shoe was lost,
For want of a shoe, the horse was lost,
For want of a horse, the rider was lost,
For want of a rider, the battle was lost,
For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Ducks' Ditty

by Kenneth Grahame
This poem comes from The Wind in the Willows, which we read in Year 4.
All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling,
Up tails all!

Ducks’ tails, drakes' tails,
Yellow feet a-quiver,
Yellow bills all out of sight
Busy in the river!

Slushy green undergrowth
Where the roach swim -
Here we keep our larder,
Cool and full and dim.

Everyone for what he likes!
WE like to be
Heads down, tails up,
Dabbling free!

High in the blue above
Swifts whirl and call -
WE are down a-dabbling
Up tails all!

These poems are from pages 3, 6 and 8 of What Your Year 4 Child Needs to Know. This activity has cross-curricular connections: click below to see the related activities.

language and literature owl
language and literature owl
language and literature owl