This term we will be reading Charlotte's Web as our class text. The children are so excited to be reading this book and are really enjoying it! We are reading it together as a class so we are all up to the same point for when we use it for writing.
We will also be teaching reading skills whenever possible through comprehension tasks, both guided and independently. We will be focusing heavily on reading for meaning and inference. The children will be asked to explain their understanding of a text as well as retrieving information from it.
We have a fabulous library in our school and we are looking forward to when the children will be able to visit it to change their reading books on a weekly basis again. However, for the time being, we have a fantastic library area in our classroom which is full of books that the children can read.
We strongly encourage our children to read at home and very much promote reading for pleasure.
Outlined below is the structure we are using for writing in Year 4 and across the school:
Gather it- using stimulus from teacher the children are shown models of the intended genre and magpie key words/vocabulary/grammar that they could use the next day for planning their write up. These ideas can be written down and displayed for the children in class.
Plan it- children are given a template to plan their write based on modelled ones that they have seen in the 'Gather it' stage. Included here are examples of vocabulary/sentences that the children can magpie to help them structure their ideas.
Write it- children complete first draft of their write.
Edit / Revise it- with purple pen, a lesson is spent up-levelling work using the comments that have been left by the teacher. Pupil conferencing with adults and children helps to share even more ideas and make the first draft even better.
Final draft- children then publish their final piece of writing in their best handwriting.
Our writing this term will be linked to our class text wherever possible.
As part of our daily learning, we will be having Guided Reading sessions and Reading Plus sessions. Within these sessions, we will be learning how to improve the fluency and speed of our reading, learning how to retrieve and answer questions based on the text and also looking at test technique which will help prepare us for our SATs next year. The children will also be bringing home a reading book and we encourage you to listen to your child read and record this in their reading records.
Reading Plus login page for reading: https://student.readingplus.com/seereader/api/sec/login
We want all children to take pride in their work and neat handwriting is part of this aim. We are having a huge push on handwriting within Year 4 and our aim is to have all children on a pen license. To achieve this, children must ensure they write neatly, consistently and joined up.