We have a spelling list every week and do our tests on a Spelling Shed 'hive' on a Friday in school - you can practise at home as the lists are always loaded onto Spelling Shed as 'assignments' and there are also activities on Seesaw.
We also look at our times tables frequently in school but expect you to keep this up at home with regular practise - there are activities each week on Seesaw. We also use an online game called Sumdog, which is very popular with the children (log in details will be sent on Seesaw).
Whilst we would love to see children reading aloud every day where possible, we appreciate that isn't always possible but we do expect children to read at least three times a week out loud to parents. Sometimes during the working week this can be challenging, especially if the children are tired. Reading should be a pleasurable experience rather than a chore.
Perhaps before bedtime stories - you read a page and then your child reads a page or they read all the direct speech and you act as narrator - as a bit of fun before winding down to sleep.
Perhaps your child could read to you whilst you prepare a meal to keep you 'entertained' instead of the tv or radio.
Perhaps you could set a time aside that fits in with your own family schedule to read together at a set time during the week. Children can be very tired at bedtime after a long day at school, so this is a perfect time to instill the pleasure of reading by reading to them and sharing books together without the pressure of them 'reading aloud'.
Should you require any recommended reads or wish to borrow any magazines from our class library - please do let me know.
Their reading can be logged in their reading diary along with any independent reading - please make it clear whether they have read aloud. To encourage independence and ownership, it is perfectly acceptable in Year 4 for the children to neatly write the comments in the Reading Diary on your behalf for you to then sign.
SPELLING TEST & TIMES TABLES test every week
Please read to your parents/adult adult at least 3 times per week and ask them to sign your diary. Reading every day is even better!