Year 4 

Homework Routine

Spellings: Set Friday and tested the following Friday

School reading book: Sent home on your child’s reading day  

English (reading): Set Friday and ready to begin class discussion on Tuesday

English: Set Monday due the following Monday

                                                                 Times tables and RMeasimaths: Set Monday and due the following Monday 
Dear Parents 
Each week the children will be expected to:

- Practise and learn spellings

- Read each night

- Read a set text ready for discussion 

- Complete grammar exercises

- Practise and learn tables

- Complete an RM easimaths session 
Parents’ role:

- Please comment in your child’s reading record each week 

- Let us know if your child struggled with any of the tasks

- Indicate if they spent the time on the task but couldn’t complete it

- Let us know if there is a genuine reason why the homework was not completed

- Support and encourage, but avoid ‘doing’ the homework! 
School Reading Books  
Children will read books from our Year 4 Reading Scheme. They are encouraged to read their own books for pleasure as much as they like but must read our school books for homework. 
Questions before you read the book:

What is the title of the book?

Who is the author/illustrator?

Have you read this book before?

Why have you chosen it again?

What kind of book is it? (Fiction, non fiction, poetry, short story etc)

What made you choose this book? (Author, cover, illustration, recommendation etc)

Did you read the blurb before selecting the book?

Could you tell anything about the book before you started reading it?

What were the clues?

Have you read any other books by the same author? 
Questions to ask as you are reading:

What has happened so far?

Who are the characters in the story?

Who do you like/dislike? Why?

Find and say the word/name/character/information . . . What do you think will happen next?

What are the clues that make you think this?

How would you like the story to end? Explain why . . . .

How is this character feeling?

Why did they do that?

What does this tell you?

Where is the story set?

Is there a description?

When is the story set? (Past, present, future)

Do you feel similar to any of the characters?

Tell me what is similar? 
Questions to ask when your child has finished their book:

Who was telling the story?

Who was the most important character in the story?

Was the book as you expected?

Was there anything you disliked about the story? 
At what point did you decide you liked/disliked the story?

If you have read this book before, did you enjoy it more this time? 
Did you notice anything special about the way language is used in this book? (dialect, descriptive writing etc) Was the ending as you expected?  Did you like the way the story ended? Can you describe an exciting moment or favourite part of the story? If you had written this book, how would you have made it better? Would you recommend this book to your friends? Tell me what you would say to a friend? 
We would like all our children to enjoy reading but, for some children, it can be a chore. Try to avoid confrontation and offer alternative reading material, e.g. internet access, magazines or non – fiction books etc.

- Encourage reading at different times of the day or week

- Buy or borrow books on tapes from the local library and then you can listen whilst in the car or before bed

- Share reading activities and interact with the text together 
Try to look out for areas to improve and discuss:

• Is there a pattern to the mistakes your child is making e.g. words ending in the sound -tion?

• Does your child recognise mistakes and self correct?

• Is your child recognising many key words?

• Is your child aware of punctuation?

• Are they reading with expression?

• How long are they able to sustain reading? 
Remember that it is still important for children to share books with adults and be read to. You can motivate your child to read by regularly sharing a book with them. Your child will continue to develop their imagination and enrich their vocabulary whilst enjoying sharing a good story and appreciating illustrations.   
Reading the set text for discussion 
On Fridays a set text will be sent home. The children must read the text in preparation for our reading comprehension lessons where the children will learn to engage with text to analyse the use of language and practise the skills of inference and fact retrieval.  
Please ensure your child has read the text. 
Times Tables 
Expectation for children by the end of Year 4 in the National Curriculum is that: ‘By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.’  
 (This means that they give the answer with a maximum of 4 seconds recall) 
Techniques to help learn their tables:

- Chant them (one times 2 is 2 etc)

- Sing the times tables songs we are learning in class, make up their own songs, dances and actions!

- Chant them forwards, backwards and randomly. It is helpful to have them written in front of them to start with so they are chanting correctly and then remove or cover facts as they get more confident. 

- Have flash cards  and play pairs with them ( 16 = 4x4 ) 
- Put their tables up around their bedroom. Chant them looking at the tables. Take one table down each day. Encourage them to still look to where it had been displayed (this helps them to visualise it).

- Online games – they have fun with these and it helps consolidate their learning 

- Race against a clock  










Children will be given a weekly test for the table they are learning. Please continue to revise all times tables your child has already learned as well as the one they are in the process of learning