Year 4 Home Learning Statements

Term Two

Writing

This term, Year 4 will be focusing on persuasive writing. Students compose as authors and secretaries when they are writing. As an author they will be working on expanding and sequencing their ideas in order to persuade a reader to their point of view. They will be encouraged to use topic specific vocabulary to add meaning to their writing, and will explore persuasive devices. On the secretarial side, they will be encouraged to proofread and edit their texts with a focus on using correct punctuation at all times, correct grammar and accurate spelling including contractions and homophones e.g. their/there.

 

How can you support this at home?

  • Encourage your child to write at home. Praise what you notice they can do. E.g “You wrote a persuasive text, you used capital letters most of the time, you explained your arguments and used emotive language…”
  • For persuasive pieces, encourage them to create strong and detailed arguments including rhetorical questions, alternative suggestions, exaggeration, and facts and statistics.

 

Reinforce:

  • Use of capital letters and full stops correctly at all times, particularly for the word ‘I’.
  • Look at letters to the editor from the newspapers. These are real-life examples of where we try to persuade people to our point of view. Advertising is also a form of persuasive text that you could discuss with your child.
  • Create discussions where your child is encouraged to give an opinion. Help them with elaborating on their ideas.
  • Get your child to explain the TiPToP acronym that helps with paragraph structure. When they are writing, encourage them to organise their sentences into paragraphs.

 

Mathematics

This term, Year 4 students have focused on building their capacity to efficiently solve subtraction problems mentally by using a variety of strategies. These strategies include: doubles/near doubles, bridging to nearest 10, split, jump and hop, and think addition They have also been learning how to solve worded problems.

 

How can you support this at home?

  • Explore education department site Fuse for online maths games.
  • Give your child opportunities to subtract mentally 2 and 3 digit numbers with a focus on building efficiency by selecting the quickest strategy e.g 56 -32, ( think 50-30,6-2) 345- 223 = (345 – 200 = 145 – 20 = 125 – 3 = 122)

 

Term One

Reading 
In Year 4 we have been setting up the reading workshop. Students have been looking at choosing ‘Just Right’ books using the iPick strategy. We have been looking at what independent reading is; what it looks like, sounds like, feels like. We have been establishing with the students how to leave tracks of your thinking and listening to their inner conversation while reading e.g. noting any wondering, questions, connections, predictions.

 

Students have been using sticky-notes and their reading journals to track their thinking. We will work through other reading strategies such as connecting, summarising, visualising and inferring with the students, to re-inforce the inner conversation necessary for tracking their thinking.

 

We have begun Library sessions and have encouraged students to borrow a ‘just right’ book that they can use for independent reading each day in class.

 

Reading Eggs passwords will be set up and sent home.

What you can do at home:

  • Ensure that your child has a range of suitable reading texts that they can bring to school for independent reading. Join the local library.
  • Talk to your child about the book they are reading. Ask them what they are thinking about or wondering as they read.
  • Explore the Reading Eggs site with your child and supervise them when they are using it.

 

Mathematics
In Term One, Year 4 students have been learning how to apply place value to partition, rearrange and regroup numbers to at least tens of thousands to assist addition and subtraction calculations, and solve problems. Future learning will involve recognising that the place value system can be extended to tenths and hundredths.

 

What you can do at home:

  • Encourage your child to teach you the place value games they have learnt at school: Just Gridding; Number Mastermind; Four Move Wipe-Out; Greedy Pig.
  • Enter 5 or 6 digit numbers on a calculator e. 67 543. Encourage your child to read the number, write the number in words. Ask your child to remove, for example, the 7 from the number. What would they have to do to remove that digit? Subtract 7000. Extension: Enter numbers involving decimals. For example, 67.34 should be read as sixty seven and thirty four hundredths 5.6 is read as five and six tenths. Ask your child to remove the digit 3. What would they need to enter? Subtract 0.3 (three tenths)