Top 10 tips for Year 4 parents 

  1. Encourage your children to read every night for at least twenty minutes and to ask you for help with words or phrases that they don’t understand.    Ensure it is a book of an appropriate level for them.
  2. Try to make reading fun.  Find books, newspapers, magazines and other literature that excites and inspires your child. The main objective is for your child to enjoy the reading experience and become a fluent reader of a wide range of material.
  3. Even if your child is already a fluent reader of a variety of texts that you consider to be advanced, you can still support him/her by testing their understanding of what they have read e.g.
    1. Describe what has happened so far.
    2. How does character ‘A’ feel, what do you think he will do next, why?
    3. Why has the author chosen to use a particular word or phrase?
    4. How does this book compare with others that you have read by different/the same author(s)?
    5. Would you recommend this book to a friend?  Explain your decision.
  4. Ensure that your child practises their spellings and times tables each week. 
  5. Make sure that all belongings are named as this saves a lot of angst and wasted time during the day when things inevitably go missing and children are worried that they will be in trouble when they get home.
  6. If your child is fretting because they feel unable to complete a piece of homework, please reassure them that they will not get into trouble.  Feel free to help and support them where you feel it is necessary, but please make a note to this effect on the homework sheet so that we know where to focus our efforts at school.  Encourage your child to ask their teacher for help.  This can be arranged for break or lunchtime if they feel self-conscious or your child may choose to attend extra homework time on a Wednesday lunchtime.
  7. Please ensure that your child has full PE kit available in school, including appropriate footwear.  In the autumn and winter, as the days become colder, their kit should also include tracksuit bottoms. Children will not be able to take part in PE lessons if they do not have the correct kit or cannot take out pierced earrings.
  8. Please make sure that your child comes to school with a coat and jumper in the winter.  In the Summer they should also bring in a hat and some suncream if appropriate.
  9. If you are going to be late collecting your child from school in the afternoon please make sure that you inform us as soon as possible so that we can ensure that they do not leave the premises unaccompanied.
  10. If at anytime you would like to speak with your child’s teacher, but are unable to pop in, please feel free to contact the school office and leave a message for us.  We will return your call as soon as possible - normally at morning break, lunch time or immediately after school.  We are happy to discuss all aspects of your child’s education and well-being.  It is helpful to let the office know what the nature of your enquiry is.


Year 4 Homework expectations

In Years 2 to 6 Homework Passport tasks are completed as homework in addition to daily reading and times tables practise as well as learning spellings from Learning Journals and from the High Frequency spelling list for their particular year group. All children will be tested every 1/2 term on a random 20 words from their High Frequency word list. This test will be completed in Learning Journals.

Please visit the Homework section of this website for further information and to download Homework Passports and High Frequency word lists.


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