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 and award the children for this with their reading certificates.

Bronze Award - 50 reads

Silver Award - 100 reads

Gold Award - 150 reads

Platinum Award - 200 reads.


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 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!

10 spellings are set every Monday and informally tested on Fridays. Each week we learn the new spelling rule in class and complete activities that help learn and grasp the spleling rule so we can use for other words.  Your child needs to practise these spellings at home. If you feel that they have learned the words, they can try writing them in a sentence.  The spelling challenge cards below will give you some more ideas of ways to learn these.





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.