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Year 4 Model Texts For Teaching
KS2 English

Use the curriculum map below to find Real Writing resources that cover all of the writing objectives from the Year 4 programme of study. Each of the 25 units for this year group includes a rich, annotated model text, written by a talented children's author, together with a teaching framework and detailed, fully resourced lesson plans that focus on teaching aspects of vocabulary, grammar and composition, alongside tier 2 and 3 vocabulary, and statutory spelling words.

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Year 4 English Curriculum - Writing

Select a curriculum objective to see which resources can be used to deliver this. In Focus Lessons the curriculum objective is one of two main teaching outcomes. Units listed as Explore and Revise include the objective, but it is not central to the resource.

Writing - Transcription (Spelling)

Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them

Spell further homophones

Place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals and in words with irregular plurals

Use the first two or three letters in a word to check its spelling in a dictionary

Write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught so far

Spell words that are often misspelt

Writing - Composition

Discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar

Plan their writing by discussing and recording ideas

Draft and write by composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures

Draft and write by organising paragraphs around a theme

In narratives, creating settings, characters and plot

In non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices [for example, headings and sub-headings]

Evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements

Evaluate and edit by proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences

Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors

Read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class, using approapriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear

Writing - vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although

Using the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense

Choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition

Using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause

Using fronted adverbials

Using commas after fronted adverbials

Indicating possession by using the possessive apostrophe with plural nouns

Using and punctuating direct speech

Appendix 2: vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Standard English forms for verb inflections instead of local spoken forms [for example, we were instead of we was, or I did instead of I done

Sentence: Noun phrases expanded by the addition of modifying adjectives, nouns and preposition phrases (e.g. the teacher expanded to: the strict maths teacher with curly hair)

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Draw on fully resourced grammar and composition lesson plans for each unit that guide children towards an extended independent writing outcome - with links to other subject areas.