Reading in Year 4 – Your child needs to know

  • apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes to read aloud and understand the meaning of new words they meet
  • read a range of fiction, poetry, plays and non-fiction texts
  • re-tell stories orally
  • perform poems and play scripts, showing understanding through intonation and action
  • infer characters’ feelings though their actions, justifying their inference with evidence
  • identify main ideas drawn and summarise these

Writing in Year 4 – Your child needs to know

  • understand how to spell words with a variety of prefixes and suffixes
  • use the possessive apostrophe in words with regular plurals
  • use a wider range of connectives(when, before, after, while, so, because)
  • start using inverted commas to punctuate speech
  • use fronted adverbials with commas (for example: Cautiously, she opened the door…)
  • become more confident in joining their handwriting, increasing its legibility and quality
  • create settings, characters and plot in narratives using a range of descriptive language
  • use paragraphs to organise ideas around a theme
  • assess and improve their writing
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