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Reading at home

 

Please read with your child every night for at least 10 minutes. Within this time, discuss the story together and ask questions to develop a good understanding of the story. If they have finished their book then please read a different book from home or visit the library. Please record all reading in contact books. It is also really important that children regularly hear adults read stories to them to encourage a love of storytelling.

 

If you are stuck for books to read with your child then here is a list of books that we recommend.

Year 4 End of Year Expectations - Literacy

Speaking

I am able to ask questions to clarify or develop my understanding.

I am able to show that I understand the main point and the details in a discussion.

I am able to talk and listen confidently in a wide range of contexts.

I am able to listen to and build on the contributions of others.

I am able to sequence, develop and communicate ideas in an organised and logical way, always using complete sentences.

I am able to extrapolate information in conversation and use it to theorise and debate.

I am able to adapt what I am saying to the needs of the listener or audience (increasingly).

I am able to show that I know that language choices vary in different contexts.

I am able to present to an audience using appropriate intonation; controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.

I am able to justify an answer by giving evidence.

I am able to use Standard English when it is required.

I am able to perform poems or plays from memory, conveying ideas about characters and situations by adapting expression and tone.

 

 

Reading

I am able to attempt pronunciation of unfamiliar words drawing on prior knowledge of similar looking words.

I am able to identify the (simple) themes in texts.

I am able to use a dictionary to check the meaning of unfamiliar words.

I am able to predict what might happen from details stated and from the information I have deduced.

I am able to build on others’ ideas and opinions about a text in discussion.

I am able to ask relevant questions to improve my understanding of a text.

I am able to infer meanings and begin to justify them with evidence from the text.

I am able to identify where a writer has used precise word choices for effect to impact on the reader.

I am able to use information to theorise and debate.

I am able to build on others’ ideas and opinions about a text in discussion.

 

 

Writing

I am able to orally rehearse a sentence or a sequence of sentences.

I am able to use the first two or three letters of a word to check a spelling in a dictionary.

I am able to use handwriting that is legible and consistent; down strokes of letters are parallel and equidistant; lines of writing are spaced sufficiently so that ascenders and descenders of letters do not touch.

I am able to compose sentences using a range of sentence structures.

I am able to write a narrative with a clear structure, setting and plot.

I am able to use noun phrases which are expanded by adding modifying adjectives, nouns and preposition phrases.

I am able to write in paragraphs.

I am able to spell the commonly mis-spelt words from the Y3/4 word list.

I am able to use a range of sentences which have more than one clause.

I am able to use fronted adverbials.

I am able to use appropriate nouns and pronouns within and across sentences to support cohesion and avoid repetition.

I am able to make an appropriate choice of pronoun and noun within and across sentences.

I am able to use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech.

I am able to use apostrophes to mark plural possession.

I am able to use commas after fronted adverbials.

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