English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Home learning

Reading in Year 4!

Reading at home is very important in Year 4.  It continues to help your child develop fluency and expression, as well as improving their understanding of what they read. The children are expected to read every day. Reading at home could include them reading to an adult or reading to themselves. This must be recorded in their Reading Record, which they should take home and bring to school every day.


It is important that any reads the children complete are written into their reading record as this helps us and you keep a count of how many reads they have towards their reading passport. 


If you are hearing your child read, please continue to ask them questions about what they have read to develop their reading comprehension and understanding. Reading will also help your children with language and the author’s word choices. 


 You will find a list of example questions below. If you ask any of these questions, it would be helpful if you could note which one when writing in the Reading Record.

Reading Passport & Recommended Reads List

Reading comprehension questions

Homework in Year 4!


English and Maths homework is set every week- Wednesday. It is always set on Wednesdays and expected to be returned on Mondays. It should take 20-25 minutes to complete.

In Maths, we set the homework based on the children’s learning for that week. In English we usually set the homework based on the children’s learning for that week.  It’s either Spelling, Punctuation or Grammar and reading comprehension.


Spellings in Year 4!

Spellings are now taught in an investigative way and the children work through the Year 3 & 4 National Curriculum spellings during their lessons in class. 

The children have also identified their own Focus 5 spelling words are words they find tricky or would like to use more in their writing. The children keep track of when they use these in their writing and once they have used it correctly 4 times, they find another word to complete their Focus 5 spelling list. 

These lists can also be found in their spelling books which they bring home so they can continue to practice these at home. 





Spelling challenge cards

Useful Websites

If you ever feel like you want your child to do more at home to support their learning in English or Maths, then here are some links to websites we have used in class. - The Nrich website has a good range of problem solving activities- they give a guide to difficulty level, subject area and time allocation - All children have their own log in details stuck inside their Reading Record. If you do not have this then please let me know. - No log in details needed. There are lots of maths games and those that say ‘Tablet friendly’ can also be used on iPads. - As above with English games. - Go to ‘Year 3 and 4’ and find the spelling rule you want to practise. Your child can learn a new rule or play games to practise the spelling rules they have already learned. - English and Maths games.