Now that your child has reached Year 4, they’ll be consolidating, refining and building upon English language knowledge that they’ve developed in previous years.
As they embark on the second half of their primary school journey, Year 4 students will be encouraged to start thinking, analyzing and processing information more independently, which can be quite a big jump from previous years. They’ll be expected to research various topics and produce articles utilizing their reading comprehension skills. There are many higher-level thinking skills involved in the writing process in Year 4 and this could prove challenging for your child at times.
This guide will take you through the key writing skills your young writer will need to develop in order to ensure that their academic progress is seamless.
Year 4 learners will work towards achieving these goals by writing in the following forms:
Children in Year 4 should be familiar with these styles of writing, and understand the features and structure of each text type.
To level up their writing skills, children will need to both increase the level of detail in their articles and stories, and the sophistication of their vocabulary and grammar usage to impress their reader.
In Year 4, your child should be writing with the intention of persuading or convincing the reader.
Here are some guidelines on how to structure an opinion piece:
Challenge your child to share their opinion on a topic of your choice. Ask them to take on their own research project to ensure that their arguments are valid, and then ask them to present these to you verbally with reasons to support their opinion. It can be very beneficial for children to talk about their writing before they put pen to paper.
Children in Year 4 should be able to report factual information in an organized and clear way.
Here’s how your young writer can succeed at informative writing:
Our printable report writing activity pack shares top tips on how to structure informative writing pieces and guides learners through developing a topic that includes facts, details, and definitions. It introduces topic related vocabulary and supports children to then use these words in their own writing.
Alongside character development and plot, learners in Year 4 need to control and direct their narrative using transitional words and phrases. Conjunctions, adverbs, and prepositions can all be used to link and sequence sentences and paragraphs within a story.
Some narrative writing techniques to have in mind are:
Encourage daily writing! The more your child practises, the better they’ll become at describing and using figurative language to grab the reader’s attention. Daily writing can be done in many different ways, including journalling, using writing prompts, and playing writing games on Nightzookeeper.com!
Nightzookeeper.com covers the full English National Curriculum, and has been created to help your child develop fundamental writing skills. We make learning to write fantastically fun by gamifying the writing process in the magical world of the Night Zoo!
Our reading & writing program has been created by primary school teachers, and includes writing lesson plans that you can use to map out your child’s learning experience, creative writing prompts on all styles of writing, printable Year 4 writing worksheets, and much more!