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Literacy in the Summer Term (2nd Half).


In the second half of the Summer Term we will be reading and looking at the features of folk tales before writing our own. After this, we will be looking at debate -  basing it a book by David Almond called The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas!

Literacy in the Summer Term (1st Half).


In the first half of the Summer Term we will be studying poetry based on our Geography topic of the Rainforest. After this, we will be looking at information texts - their features and how to write one, before the children write their own again based on our topic of the Rainforest. 

Literacy in the Spring Term.

We will begin this term by looking at Issues and Dilemmas using Wallace and Gromit's 'A Matter of Loaf and Death'. The children will then look at using persuasive language to create their own persuasive adverts. We will finish this half term by studying Bill's New Frock (written by Anne Fine) and linking it back in with Issues and Dilemmas. 

After half term, we will be using the novel The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman as a focus to further develop the children's reading and writing skills and will finish the term by learning how to write our own newspaper articles.

During World Book Day, we acted out a scene between Lila and her Dad Lalchand from our class novel The Firework Maker's Daughter.

Here are a few of our #Year4ExtremeReading photos that the children have done so far!
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Please find below some ideas as to how you can help support your child at home.



Listening to your child read for 15-20 minutes a day can massively benefit their writing. Ask them questions about what they have read.

What has happened?

What do you think will happen next? Why?

What do you think about the characters in the story? Why do you think that?

Why do you think the author used that word?

How do you think that character is feeling? Why?

Also, here are a few websites with games on that you may be interested to use at home to help support your child’s learning with their spelling and grammar:



Spelling ideas: Just some fun ideas for practising spelling!

Torch tracking
Use the torch to write the target word onto the wall. Then track the word with your eyes, and then finger, repeating the letters.


Practise your spellings by chalking them on sugar paper or outside. You could rainbow write using chalks as well.

Look, say, cover, make, write, check

  1. Write the target spellings in the left hand column of the attached sheet
  2. Have a good look at the word and say it. Cover it
  3. Then make the word using magnetic letters or something similar. Check
  4. Write the word. Check


Writing with Eyes Closed

  1. Read target word
  2. Close your eyes and ‘write’ the word in the air with your finger
  3. Write the word on a large sheet of paper with your eyes shut
  4. Focus on spelling, not handwriting

Magnetic Words
Make the target words using magnetic letters, e.g. on the fridge. 
Jumble the letters up. 
Can your child spot the mistakes and correct them by reforming the words?



Rainbow Writing
You can use this method when children are learning to read or spell words or form letters or numerals. Simply write over and over the words/letters/numbers in different colours to create a rainbow effect. Say the letters/numbers as you trace.

Make a Word Search
Make a word search using your child’s spellings for them to complete.


Make a Jigsaw

Write a word on a sheet of card

Cut between the letters to make a jigsaw puzzle

Rearrange letters for child to complete the jigsaw

Glitter Glue
Write the word in glitter glue. Trace over it with your finger saying the letters once dry! Then say the word at the end. .


Go outside! Write your spellings on concrete using a supersoaker/water bottle or paintbrush with water!

Keyword twister
Write the words on scrap paper. This works just like the traditional game…put your right foot on...!


Walk the word
Walk the shape of the word on the ground. You could chalk it nice and big on concrete to help you.

Stepping stones
Write the letters of the word onto 'stepping stones' (scrap paper). Jump from one to the next, calling out the letter names, then word before putting it into a sentence, e.g. "w", "a", "s", "was", "I was happy!"


Jumping Jacks
Read the target word from a flashcard, name the letters and repeat the word.. Do the same again this time carrying out an action (jumping, hopping, clapping, jumping jacks).

Use a range of materials in which your child can write and make their words and letters.
For example: 
•    Chocolate mousse - you can only lick your finger when you get it right!
•    Paint    •    Pipe cleaners   •    Sand
•    Salt    •    Pasta    •    Play dough


Write the word onto a card using colour. Raise above and, usually, to the left of your eye level to create a mental picture of the word and see the word in the "mind's eye". Then imagine the word on the wall, alter the colours and size. Finger trace the word onto the desk.