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Homework expectations in Year 4



The expectation is that children read every night for about 30 minutes.  This is to develop their reading stamina and concentration.  It is really important that children read age-appropriate books as well as the books they might choose to read for pleasure.  We ask that an adult hears the child read aloud at least 3 times a week and signs the child's reading log.


Please read the following information from researchers in the United States who were looking at the impact of parents reading with, and listening to, their child at home:

“…Here’s how many words kids would have heard by the time they were 5 years old:     

      Never read to, 4,662 words;                                                                                                             1–2 times per week, 63,570 words;                                                                             

     3–5 times per week, 169,520 words;                                                                            

     daily, 296,660 words; and five books a day, 1,483,300 words.”

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Each week, your child will receive approximately 5 words which are synonyms for each other or are based around similar theme.  We ask that you have a conversation about the words and discuss how some of the words are used in slightly different contexts and how they have subtle differences from each other. 



Each week, your child will be given up to 10 spellings to learn.  The spellings might follow a particular pattern or rule, or they could be commonly misspelled words from their writing.  In all cases, the spellings are usually given to your child in sentences where the meaning of the word is explicit.  The children have to learn the spellings and write a sentence for each word demonstrating that they know what the word means.  They are expected to write at least 2 complex sentences.  



Every Thursday, the children will be given a new area of maths to practise. They will stick a sheet in their book which will have ideas for how to practise throughout the week. They are expected to practise daily. This doesn't have to be written, this can be verbal practise. To show practise has taken place, please sign in the box. These books will be checked daily.


Year 4 Autumn Term 1 Egyptian Topic Homework

At the beginning of each half term, children will receive a topic project homework.  The children will have approximately six topic based activities to choose from which will help them engage and give background knowledge for that term's learning.  Everyone must choose one homework to complete however should your child wish to choose more than one, then that should be encouraged.  It is important to support your child to set aside a little time each week to help them plan and complete this homework. This is helping set skills for life with time management and self-motivation. The children will be given an opportunity in class to present their homework.  

Autumn Term 2 Ancient Egyptian Home Learning

This half term we have another exciting set of challenges to explore and complete at home.  The tasks will really compliment our class based learning and so it is important to participate.  Choose one activity which really interests you, be sure to research using a range of sources - perhaps even visit your local library.  The children were fantastically confident and proud when presenting their incredible homework before our half term break so we are really looking forwarding to seeing what they produce this time!


Have fun!

Summer Term Project Homework

This term we are extending our Viking learning into Design and Technology and will continue to build our knowledge of Viking life with a focus on how they travelled. We shall be designing and exploring new sail design which may have enhanced the Viking's travel systems. This will lead us quite nicely into our Geography based topic of Rivers. The children have discussed and suggested the topic project outcomes for this term so I am sure they will be enthused and enjoy it! 


Year 4 Summer Term Home Project