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We will value and share any research that your child carries out at home linked to our topics. The staff at Crosby Library are very welcoming and will happily order in topic related books to support. 

 

English

Handwriting: 

Practise letter formation and joins. It is important that capital letters are clearly distinguishable. 

All of our lower case letters start at the bottom. 

We teach all of the letters that start with the curly 'c' shape first (c, a, d, g, o, q).

We teach all of the letters that begin with the 'l' shape together (l, b, h, k, t).

We talk about our 'down letters' having their chin on the line and their tail underneath (g, j, p, q, y).

The image above helps children remember which letters are ascenders and which are descenders. 

 

Spelling: 

Please help your child to learn the following spellings: 

 

accident(ally)

actual(ly)

address

answer

appear

believe

bicycle

breath

breathe

build

busy/business

calendar

caught

centre

century

certain

circle

complete

consider

continue

decide

describe

different

difficult

disappear

early

earth

eight/eighth

enough

exercise

experience

experiment

extreme

famous

favourite

February

forward

fruit

grammar

group

guard

guide

heard

height

history

imagine

increase

important

interest

island

knowledge

learn

length

library

material

medicine

mention

minute

natural

naughty

notice

occasion/ally

often

opposite

ordinary

particular

peculiar

perhaps

popular

position

possess/ion

possible

potatoes

pressure

probably

promise

purpose

quarter

question

recent

regular

reign

remember

sentence

separate

special

straight

strange

suppose

surprise

therefore

though

although

thought

through

various

weight

woman

women

 

 

You could use the 'Look, Cover, Write, Say' method. 

Handwriting is a good strategy for embedding spellings, also try using a word processing programme with a spell checker so that your child has instant feedback. 

When learning a spelling it is helpful to learn other spellings that have the same root word (board, cupboard, cardboardboarding).

It is often helpful to look for words within a word (separate has a rat in).

We sometimes use mnemonics to help with tricky words (because = big elephants can always understand small elephants). 

For some words, it is helpful to split the syllables (February = feb/ru/ar/y), children can tap out the syllables.

It is important to use the words in context and talk about what they mean. It is good practice to give a child a sentence with a word spelt incorrectly and ask them to find and correct the error. 

 

 

Reading

 

Our expectation is that children read at home every day. Please encourage your child to discuss what they have read.

Fiction: 

  • Discuss characters' feelings
  • Make predictions about what will happen next
  • Discuss techniques the author has used 
  • Find the meaning of unknown words using a dictionary
  • Discuss why the author might have used certain words or phrases
  • Encourage your child to answer questions using evidence from the text

Non-fiction:

  • Discuss the features of non fiction texts
  • Use the glossary to find the meaning of unknown words
  • Discuss how the layout helps the reader
  • Encourage your child to locate facts 

Please encourage your child to read a range of different text types, including some digital texts. 

 

Maths

 

By the end of Year 4, our aim for for children to be able to recall all multiplication and related division facts up to 12X12. Practising a little every day is the best way to achieve this. 

 

When adding, encourage your child to use this method:

 

 

This method can be used when calculating using decimal numbers (£24.50 + 85p). Remind your child to ensure digits are lined up in the correct column and decimal points are inline. 

 

When subtracting, please encourage your child to use the following method:

 

Once secure, progress to: 

 

 

Avoid the language 'knock next door', instead, we exchange a thousand, a hundred or a ten. 

 

When multiplying, please continue to use the grid method: 

 

Always encourage your child to estimate answers before calculating their answer, this will help them to self correct. 

 

When dividing, we will progress to using this method. 

 

 

Please create as many opportunities as possible for your child to apply these skills in real life situations (shopping receipts, telling the time, measuring ingredients/DIY). 

 

 

 

 

 

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