Year 4

How to Help with Reading, Writing and Spelling

At our school we want to develop and promote ‘a love of reading’.

The children also have an opportunity to visit the school library and choose a book which they then keep and return at the next class library session.

When sharing a book talk to your child about what he or she thinks might happen next in a story, how the story might end and then ask them to retell the story themselves. Picture books are very important to promote discussion, so look for books without any words to help your child practise this skill. Have fun acting out stories together. Your enthusiasm for a book will help your child to understand that books are exciting.  Your child will receive a bookmark with their book and this should target the objectives that your child is working on.

Make reading times fun and relaxed and you will see your child’s confidence grow!


It is important that children know how to read and spell a wide range of Common Exception Words. The children will have a new set of spelling’s each week, which will contain a variety of either Common Exception Words, Homophones or Topic Words. It is important that children practise and learn their spelling each week to improve their reading and writing.

The children have learnt a number of fun and different strategies to help them learn their spellings.

Here a just a few ideas