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This term, our writing genres are:

  • Narrative 
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Non-Chronological report
  • Poetry
  • Recount (Diary writing) 

Writing Expectations for writing in Y4:



I can spell words with prefixes and suffixes and can add them to root words.

I can recognise and spell homophones.

I can use the first two or three letters of a word to check a spelling in a dictionary.

I can spell the commonly mis-spelt words from the Y3/4 word list.


I can use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters.

I understand which letters should be left unjoined.

My handwriting is legible and consistent; down strokes of letters are parallel and equidistant; lines

of writing are spaced sufficiently so that ascenders and descenders of letters do not touch.


I can compose sentences using a range of sentence structures.

I can orally rehearse a sentence or a sequence of sentences.

I can write a narrative with a clear structure, setting and plot.

I can improve my writing by changing grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency.

I use a range of sentences which have more than one clause.

I can use appropriate nouns and pronouns within and across sentences to support cohesion and

avoid repetition.

I can use direct speech in my writing and punctuate it correctly.

Sentence structure

I can use noun phrases which are expanded by adding modifying adjectives, nouns and preposition


I can use fronted adverbials.

Text structure

I can write in paragraphs.

I make an appropriate choice of pronoun and noun within and across sentences.


I can use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech.

I can use apostrophes to mark plural possession.

I can use commas after fronted adverbials.