We hope you are all having a fantastic holiday!
In the New Year, we will be exploring stories set in imaginary worlds and will be reading and completing activities based on the story Charlie and the chocolate factory during our guided reading sessions. If any of the children have a copy of the story (book or electronic version) they are more than welcome to bring it in. Please ensure it is named so the copies don’t get mixed up.
If children would like to do any further reading based on stories set in imaginary worlds, please see the book list below.
Happy reading 🙂
Please find attached a list of books that fit with our literacy theme of ‘stories from other cultures’. It would be wonderful if children could have a go at reading some of these! Please use your discretion with some books, as they do tackle racism and issues that you may feel your child is not ready for. They are all books that have been selected for children between the ages of 8-12 years. Happy reading 🙂
In Literacy, we have been looking at stories with issues, problems and dilemmas. Throughout the week, children have been learning, using a story map and actions, the text ‘The Canal’.
Please could you practise re-telling the story at home ready for next week.
The children should have brought home a copy of our new spellings for this half term. Please also find a copy below.
Spelling grid Spring 2
In Year 4, each class has had great fun creating a reading challenge that they believe will promote an enjoyment of reading. Mrs Dowding’s class have come up with a cake theme, Miss Dyke’s a sweet shop theme, and Mrs Karia’s a super power theme.
Together children have created a criteria for the challenge:
- A minimum of 7 reads a week (at least 10 minutes of reading a day)
- Over a week that equals to at least 70 minutes
- When you have achieved 7 reads you collect either a cake, sweet treat or a super power.
- Children have 6 weeks to collect all of the above.
- Children or parents to fill in record card when children have completed their read.
Research has shown that children are more successful readers when they are intrinsically motivated rather than motivated through use of rewards e.g. house points. See link for further explanation: https://prezi.com/myurl_1dbo0b/reading-reward-programs-and-intrinsic-vs-extrinsic-motivati/
The aim for this reading challenge is for children to achieve personal goals and to challenge themselves rather than competing against their peers.
To support children in completing their reads, we will be running pop up reading clubs where children can come in and read before school if they want to, on the following days:
Tuesdays (Mrs Karia’s Room) 8.30-8.45am
Wednesdays (Miss Dyke’s Room) 8.30-8.45am
Thursdays (Mrs Dowding’s Room) 8.30-8.45am
In addition, quiet reading during homework club on a Monday lunchtime is also welcomed.
If there are any further queries regarding this reading challenge, feel free to contact your child’s class teacher.
We look forward to your support in this.
Year 4 Team
Literacy Homework due in Monday 21st November
In class, children have been inventing Tudor Punishments in pairs and have spent time planning.
Next week, children will be writing an information text based on their invention. Please could you go through the planning sheet with your child and encourage them to add any extra information in preparation for next week. This MUST be brought back on MONDAY.
• Be creative with your ideas.
• Think about whether your made up Tudor punishment would’ve been accepted by King Henry.
• Does it fit with the Tudor period?
Think about the following questions:
• What does it look like?
• How does it work?
• What crime could it be used for?
• Who was it for?
• Where did the punishment take place?
• How long does the punishment last?
• Other interesting facts.
Can you add in any more VCOP to help your writing? (Vocabulary – adjectives, adverbs, powerful verbs, topic words, synonyms, Connectives – think about your challenge level, Openers – can you include a variety?, Punctuation – try and use a range)
Many thanks, Year 4 team
Just a reminder to children that a selection of some of the spellings from the last 3 weeks will be tested on Friday morning.