There are many different ways that you can support you Year Four child with their learning:
1) One of the most important ways is by reading with them at home. Read together as often as possible, remembering to hear your child read out loud. Reading out loud will help to improve your child's public speaking confidence and the more children read (not only will they develop their reading skills) it will also help to improve their writing and spelling.There really is no substitute for spending time 1:1 reading books at home with an adult, however, if your child needs to try something different some online books can be found including:
2) Regularly practising spellings, making sure children know the meaning of all the words and how to use them in a sentence. Dictating sentences using the week’s spellings and incorporating others from previous lists can be a useful way of remembering certain letter patterns or particularly tricky words.
www.spellingcity.com is a fantastic website where children can enter their own spellings and play games to help them learn them. It also includes a sentence dictation feature and test. Although the website advertises 'premium' features, the free features are excellent.
3) Regularly practising times tables will benefit your child enormously as they will find all aspects of maths much more accessible once they are confident with them and are able to use them within their maths calculations. A quick internet search will bring up lots of options for times table games, however try:
www.teachingtables.com as a start. Education city is also a great resource and has some activities which target rapid recall of multiplication facts. The ‘play live’ feature lets your child play live against other children of the same age in real time, they seem to greatly enjoy this fast paced way of practising their number facts!
4) Your child has been given a unique log in for www.educationcity.com. This website includes activities and games for helping your child to develop their maths and literacy skills. Should your child wish to, they are most welcome to access this resource during out of school hours. Unfortunately, as Education City is Flash based, if you wish to access it from a phone or tablet you will need to download the 'puffin academy' app which will allow you to view it in their 'Flash friendly' browser.
These ideas are given as suggestions only, we appreciate that the children work hard during their time at school.