Writing - Year 4

Here are some resources to help support your child's writing during their time in Year 4.

Here you'll find all of the spelling rules and patterns that are taught throughout the year. Each week your child will receive spellings based upon each focus.

All the grammar and punctuation terminology your child needs to know can be found here. Click the link to download a glossary with examples.

This document shows all of the words on the Year 4 word list. Try to support you child in learning how to spell them and also how to use them in their writing.

Year 4 Writing

What should a great piece of writing look like in Year 4? Click on the picture below to download an example of how the different grammar and punctuation techniques can be used for maximum effect. 

Your child's teacher will be looking for the following features from a Year 4 writer.

They will be expecting skills taught in previous year groups to be secure. Sentences should be grammatically correct and use correct tense, with only rare error. Capital letters and full stops should be mostly correctly used. Contractions should be correctly punctuated with an apostrophe and legible joined handwriting should be produced when required.

Your child's writing should display the following skills:

  • write a range of texts such as fiction narratives, newspaper articles, non-chronological reports, information texts, letters and persuasive writing;
  • paragraphs are used to organise writing;
  • avoid repetition by using pronouns (she, he, they etc.);
  • use adverbials or conjunctions, to make links within a text to structure a text (then, next, soon, after, while etc.);
  • fronted adverbials - with an awareness they are followed by a comma;
  • use a range of co-ordinating conjunctions (e.g. or, and, but) and subordinating conjunctions (e.g. when, if, that, because)
  • awareness of correct verb/subject agreement. E.g. Does not make mistakes such as ‘we was’ or ‘I were’.
  • accurately punctuated speech -  inverted commas with some other correct speech punctuation;
  • handwriting is joined correctly when required;
  • most spellings are correct, with a dictionary used to support unknown words;
  • spell most words on the Year 4 word list and use them in writing.

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