Year 4 English articles

Mnemonics for kids
Memory aids for kids
Rhymes, acrostics and other mnemonics could all help your child to remember important facts, from tricky spellings to grammar rules. We asked the...
Educational toys: Moonscope
100 of the best educational toys: KS2
Your child will be having so much fun playing these games they won't even realise they're practising their times tables, improving their...
Hoberman Sphere: educational toys
100 of the best educational toys: stocking fillers
Don't forget the stockings! These little toys and games are the perfect size to slip in, yet still offer plenty of educational opportunity....
Grammar
13 ways to make grammar fun for children
With all Year 6 children now required to take a spelling, punctuation and grammar test and more emphasis on the technical side of English in the new...
What is success criteria?
What is a success criteria / WILF?
Find out what success criteria (also known as the 'WILF') are and how your child's teacher will use success criteria to boost learning...
What is a Learning Objective / WALT?
What is a Learning Objective / WALT?
Heard your child talk about their LO, or their WALT? Teachers use learning objectives to help children understand what is expected of them in the...
What is a DUMTUM?
What is a DUMTUM?
Find out what a DUMTUM is and how this technique will help your child to set out their work correctly.
What are talk partners?
What are talk partners?
Find out what a talk partner is and why having a talk partner will benefit your child's learning in the classroom.
What is 'scaffolding' learning?
What is 'scaffolding' learning?
Find out what 'scaffolding' learning means and how teachers use this technique in the classroom to help children master different skills.
What are interactive whiteboards?
What are interactive whiteboards?
Find out what interactive whiteboards are and how they enhance learning in the classroom.
What are mini-whiteboards?
What are mini-whiteboards?
Find out what mini-whiteboards are and how they enhance learning in the classroom.
What is text marking?
What is text-marking?
Text-marking is a technique taught in schools to held children recognise the different features of a text. Find out how teachers explain the...
What is Look, Cover, Write, Check?
What is Look, Cover, Write, Check?
Look, Cover, Check, Write is a strategy your child will be taught in schools to help them learn spellings. Find out how the strategy is taught in the...
What are vowels and consonants?
What are vowels and consonants?
We explain what vowels and consonants are and how primary-school children are taught to identify CVC, CCVC and CVCC words, vowel digraphs and...
What is a root word?
What is a root word?
We explain what a root word is and how prefixes and suffixes can be added to root words turn them into words with different meanings.
What are synonyms and antonyms?
What are synonyms and antonyms?
We explain what synonyms and antonyms are and how children are taught to use synonyms to improve their writing in primary school.
What is a pronoun?
What is a pronoun?
We explain what a pronoun is and how primary-school children are taught to use pronouns to avoid repetition in their written work.
Extended writing
What is extended writing?
At school your child will be expected to produce pieces of extended writing, which is a writing task completed independently. Find out how teachers...
What is modelled writing?
What is modelled writing?
Modelled writing is a technique teachers use to model for children how they could carry out the thinking process when writing a story. See an example...
What is shared writing?
What is shared writing?
Shared writing is a collaborative technique teachers use to help children develop ways to improve their writing. See an example of shared writing at...
What are time connectives?
What are time connectives?
Find out how your child's teacher will explain the concept of time connectives and ways in which your child will be encouraged to use them to...
What are biography and autobiography?
What are biography and autobiography?
In Key Stage 2 your child will learn about biographical and autobiographical texts. Find out about the features of these texts and help your child...
Child raising hand in classroom
What is an explanation text?
An explanation text is a specific type of writing and includes some identifiable features. Find out how your child's teacher will teach...
What is a non-chronological report?
What is a non-chronological report?
A non-chronological report is a piece of text that isn't written in time order. Find out how your child is taught to read and write non-...
What is brainstorming?
What is brainstorming?
Children learn how to brainstorm in school to generate ideas and solve problems. Find out how teachers encourage children to develop this skill and...
What is a metaphor?
What is a metaphor?
A metaphor is a figure of speech where two things that are normally unrelated are compared to each other. Find out how teachers explain metaphors to...
What is onomatopoeia?
What is onomatopoeia?
Onomatopoeia is a word that names a sound, but also sounds like that sound. Find out how teachers explain onomatopoeia to school children and how to...
Guided reading
What is guided reading?
A guided reading session takes place every day in school. We explain what happens during these sessions and how you can help your child develop the...
Reading comprehension: teachers' tips
Teachers’ tips for reading comprehension
Reading comprehension exercises are a staple homework activity, not to mention a significant part of SATs. Lucy Dimbylow asked teachers for their...
Persuasive text
What is persuasive text?
Persuasive text is written to make the reader do something. Children are taught this form of non-fiction text in Key Stage 2; we explain the key...

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