Below are a few details about Year 4 Home Learning. If you need any further help with what your child should be doing at home or how you can help, then please feel free to pop in and see us.
Spelling homework will be sent home each week. We expect children to copy, then cover and write each word. Generally there are 3 words from our statutory year 3 and 4 list, 3 words that focus on the new spelling rule taught that week, 2 words related to a spelling rule that we have been revising and 2 words relating to our topic. Each week, the children will be tested on the previous week's spellings through a dictation where the children apply the spelling rule and/or words to sentences. The day that they are tested depends on which class they are in: Classes 6, 7 and 8 will test on a Monday and Class 5 on a Wednesday.
In Year 4, children are encouraged to explore different authors and a range of texts. They choose, sometimes with support, two book from the library: one that is suitable to their reading ability using their ZPD (based on their Star Reader assessments) and the other for pleasure. Each child has a Reading Record and they are encouraged to keep as a diary recording their own thoughts and opinions about the book. We encourage the children to read at least 4 times a week at home and the Reading Record is a valuable tool for home school contact. The children have an opportunity at least once a week to visit the library to change their books.
The children are expected to practice their times tables in preparation for the summer term's National Multiplication Tables Check test (MTC). The children will practise their times tables three times a week in school and have access to Times Table Rockstars to continue preparing for the check. To support your child, we ask that a couple of times a week the children play a game, complete an activity or log onto Rockstars in order to increase their recall of times table facts and develop their fluency. If you require any additional support with helping your child at home with times tables, please speak to your child's class teacher.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Year 4 Team
Here are a list of additional websites and resources that you can do at home to support your child:
Printable times table quizzes for a rainy day: http://www.timestables.me.uk/printable-pdf-quiz-generator.htm