Weekly spellings in file download. 

Children in every class will be given homework which will enhance the curriculum they are following in school and help to improve their learning. We greatly appreciate parental support and encourage parents to become involved in their children’s learning. Research has shown that support from home significantly improves a child’s achievement in school.

Each week the children in Class 4 will be given homework on a Friday. This will consist of a writing task, spellings and mathematics. We also ask that you read regularly with your child and sign their reading records. Reading records will be collected in each week, books should be changes at least once per week. 

It is essential that all children in Year 4 have rapid recall of multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. This requires practise and will help immensely with calculations and Mathematics. Log onto Mathletics or TT Rock stars for 15 minutes a day to ensure your recall of times tables is sharp!!

Spellings- Sent home on Friday (to be tested the following Thursday) It is imperitive that these are learnt. We will be following a two week cycle to ensure spellings are learnt and retained. It will also give the children time to fully explore the spelling rule. 20 spellings will be given in week 1 and week 2. In week 2 unseen spellings following the rule taught will be tested. 

Talk Homework- Each writing task will be orally expressed to children on Monday and a written prompt sheet will be given on a Thursday (preparation for writing on Friday)

English / Maths/ Topic/ Science -Friday (due in Wednesday)

Reading - Daily

Please find a link to NC Spelling Appendix including Year 3 and Year 4 statutory spelling list



Recommended Reading List

I cannot understate the importance of reading in your child's education. It is an important life skill. It is enjoyable, informs their spelling, imagination and use of punctuation.  Regular trips to the library will ensure an abundance of reading material with no cost.  If children are desperate to own their own books then charity shops, as well as websites like eBay are ideal.

I am hoping to get some reviews of what the children are reading too.

Recommended Reading

Diary of a Killer Cat – Anne Fine

A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a human’s! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In fact, he can’t see why Ellie is so upset. How a cat can train an owner is hilariously told by Tuffy himself in this witty commentary on the strange behaviour of humans.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling
Your children are bound to be familiar with the adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermoine and are sure to be inspired to read the subsequent books.

Aliens in Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
A good one for children to practise reading out loud and using expression. I hope the title does not spoil the plot.

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
The story of Hiccup Haddock Horrendous III's rise to fame, through his dragon-training exploits, told in his own words. Read the book that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis


Matilda, The witches, Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

Developing Higher Order Reading Skills

Below is some information that has been put together to help your child develop their comprehension and higher order reading skills.

What are higher order reading skills?

Once children have a good knowledge of phonics and word building we move on to develop higher order reading skills. These are developed during Guided Reading or during whole class/group reading activities; in literacy lessons and in other areas of the curriculum.

Higher order reading skills are:

  • Inference - Something that is not explicit in the text but is inferred.
  • Deduction - Work out something from clues in the text.
  • Authorial technique and intent - What the author does to get their intended message across.
  • Skimming and scanning - To read quickly to get an overview of the story.

How can How can I help my child develop higher order reading skills?

Discuss with them what they have read – about the characters, about the plot, about the important parts of the story, about what they have learnt from the information, about their feelings as they read the story, why the author wrote the book or chose some of the language, ask questions which encourage them to:

  • Express opinions about plots, characters, settings and language in books.
  • Recognise and discuss issues and themes.
  • Refer back to the text for evidence in order to justify opinions and conclusions.
  • Understand the elements of story structure: opening event, cause and effect, climax and resolution.
  • Predict what might happen next in a story and say why.
  • Make inferences and deductions where things are not explicitly stated.
  • Give personal responses to a text, E.g. I like this because.... I don’t like this because
  • Understand and make use of the structural devices for organising information, e.g. contents, headings, captions and index.
  • Tell the difference between fact and opinion.

What should my child be reading?

It is important for your child to read a variety of texts. Encourage your child to read the things that interest them. This could include comics, magazines, joke books, poetry and books about pets or sports.

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