While children are off school, it is important that they continue to practise their writing skills. However, over practising incorrect spelling, punctuation and grammar will not be beneficial. I would advise that children write about anything they want to but that parents keep a close eye on what they are writing to ensure they are being accurate. Please also insist on neat handwriting. There are many technical terms associated with primary English which might baffle parents (fronted adverbials, subordinate clauses etc.) My advice would be to read up on what these things are so that you can support your child. Children need to be regularly exposed to the correct terminology so that it embeds into their long term memory. I will add as many links to useful websites and resources as I can and will update this page regularly.
For some children (they know who they are), this period of school closure will be a perfect time for them to improve their handwriting. Just 5 or 10 minutes a day could have a massive impact. Imagine how good they will feel returning to school with beautiful handwriting.
I have attached a document which shows you the style of handwriting we use at Springhead. I have copied out the Year 3/4 statutory spellings using the font as I thought it would be a good opportunity to ‘kill two birds with one stone’ and brush up on spelling at the same time. There are also some joins your child could practise. I have attached some printable handwriting lines. If you don’t have a printer, don’t worry, you can turn normal lined paper into handwriting paper by running a highlighter along the bottom of each line. The height of the highlighted line shows how big the short letters (e.g. a, c, e etc.) should be.
I will, over the course of the next few weeks, make the summer term spellings, which would usually have been printed in home/school books, available on here.
In the meantime, please ensure that your child can read and write all of the words from the Year 3/4 statutory list. You will find a copy of this list below.
I will also attach common and high frequency words. Many of these words, your child will be able to spell without difficulty but it is worth checking especially with those children for who spelling is not their strong point.
Our text focus this term was play scripts. The children worked hard to create play scripts in groups and were just beginning to write independent play scripts before school closed.
To continue to practise this text type, your child could turn his/her favourite story into a play script or watch a short clip of a cartoon or film and write the script for it.
I will include a good example of a play script for your child to use as a model.
Please encourage your child to read as much as possible during this time. I know many of them will want to pass the long days of isolation by watching TV or playing computer games but it really is extremely important that they are still reading. If your child has not found it yet, try to instil a love of reading in them by making reading times cosy and enjoyable. I like nothing more than being wrapped up on the sofa with a hot drink and a good book.
Of course, access to reading materials may be limited if libraries close. Below is a link to some free e-books.
Each child should have a special Year 4 reading bookmark. If you can, find time to ask the questions on the bookmark to your child to ensure they have a good understanding of what they are reading.
Follow the link below to a variety of text extracts for your child to read and enjoy.
Below are six different reading comprehensions for your child to work through. One a week is enough. Each document contains a text with corresponding questions and answers. You can choose the difficulty level of the comprehension your child completes depending on his/her confidence and ability. The difficulty is rated in stars (one being the easiest and three being most challenging). You will find these at the bottom of each page.
Read the poem and then complete the activities.
What is Pink? by Christina Rossetti
What is pink? A rose is pink
By the fountain’s brink.
What is red? A poppy’s red
In its barley bed.
What is blue? The sky is blue
Where the clouds float through.
What is white? A swan is white
Sailing in the light.
What is yellow? Pears are yellow,
Rich and ripe and mellow.
What is green? The grass is green,
With small flowers between.
What is violet? Clouds are violet
In the summer twilight.
What is orange? Why, an orange,
Just an orange!
Read the poem and then complete the activities.
the Owl and the Pussy-cat by Edward Lear
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"
Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.