Year 4 Reading Page



In Year 4 we love to Read!

We read every day in school and every night at home. We really enjoy listening to our teacher when she reads to us!
Reading forms an important part of our day, every day, in Year 4.  Reading links into all of our subjects – not just literacy.  For example, in RE we often read the Bible, Bible stories or prayers to help us with our learning; in history and geography we use our reading skills for research, including researching rivers or the Viking way of life; even in maths we have to use our reading comprehension skills to work out what we need to do when working on word problems.
Every day in the classroom, time is set aside for reading.  Sometimes this is quiet reading time, where we read our own books or the First News newspaper.  Other times this is guided reading sessions where we read a set text and answer comprehension questions (with support from the adults in class) to check our understanding of what we are reading.  And sometimes this is time when we sit back and relax and listen to Mrs Simmonds reading to us.

Incentive for reading in year 4:  Every week, every child in Year 4 has the opportunity to be entered into the reading prize draw.  In order to be entered they must have read 4 times that week at home and have recorded this in their reading record.  Each half term one lucky winner is drawn out – so t

he more times the children read 4 times a week, the more chances they have of winning.  Amongst other things, the prize includes a voucher for a non-uniform day and a small trophy. The children also take part in Book Bingo, and each bingo board has a different focus. The first one was encouraging children to read a range of genres and the second, books from a range of authors. The children receive house points and move up the zone board when they complete a row and receive a raffle ticket when they have a full house. At the end of the half term, a name will be picked at random and a prize awarded. 

A message from Miss Taylor:

I have always loved reading and listening to other people read to me.  One of the things that I enjoy best about reading is that I can picture characters and places that I have read about and I imagine being with those people or in those places.  I also love to find out about things and reading books has helped me learn so many different things. When I was a little girl, I use to love reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carrol, and anything by Roald Dahl stories – especially George’s Marvellous Medicine.  My favourite picture books are anything written by Julia Donaldson.

Some of my other favourite books and stories are:

Winne the Pooh stories by A.A.Milne

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Blackberry Farm books by Jane Pilgrim

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Dogger (and any of the “Alfie” stories) by Shirley Hughes

sport yourself somewhere new. With a book in hand, you become the holder of a little magic, where you can dive into a story and transport yourself into a new world, exploring new lands, a

Mrs Andrews loves books!

Reading is very important as it enables us to visit amazing places, encounter new people, events and periods in time from the comfort of our chair. There is such joy in getting “lost” in a good book that can transform into a time machine, a best friend, a teacher of new words and information all rolled into one. Reading helps to spark our imagination and gives our brain a necessary workout, improves our memory and even helps to keep the rest of our body calm.  
I have always loved  reading and one of my favourite things to read when I was little was my father’s old Beano Annuals. I read my primary school library twice over before I left and went on to study Literature so have never lost my love for reading. My favourite book is “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontē (I have read it many times and always discover something new with each read). I still enjoy all the stories by Roald Dahl with his nonsense words and incredible imagination. “The Twits” and “The Witches” are two of my favourite Ronald Dahl stories with some great messages in them. Other books I would recommend are all the David Walliams stories and “Wilf the mighty warrior” by Georgina Pritchett. I also enjoyed “Where the Wild Things are” by Maurice Sendak as a child and I am currently reading “Goodnight Mr Tom” again this time to my children by Michelle Magorian.
Reading is a marvellous thing that will take you to many places, improve your vocabulary and expand your mind. One of my favourite quotes on reading is from the wonderful C.S Lewis: “We read to know we are not alone”.
We use a “book as a hook” to support our literacy lessons.  This means that our writing is inspired by, and linked to, a specific book.  So far this year, we have used four “books as a hook”:
  • Leon and the Place Between, by Angela McAllister & The Ice Bear, by Jackie Morris

In the Autumn Term, our inspiring class books are ‘Leon and The Place Between’ and ‘The Ice Bear’. Staff and children enjoy reading our end of day story each day too. In the Autumn Term we read ‘The Dream Snatcher’.




Other books we’ve used in Year 4:

  • This Morning I Met a Whale, by Michael Morpurgo

At sunrise, young Michael spots a whale on the shores of the Thames and thinks he must be dreaming. But the creature is real and it has a message for him – one that only an open-minded child can deliver to the rest of the world.   During the Spring Term we used Michael Morpurgo’s fantastic book, ‘This Morning I Met a Whale’, to inspire our literacy. It also helped to inspire other aspects of our learning: coasts, in Geography, environmental issues in PHSE and using rubbish in art.


  • The Glassmaker’s Daughter by Dianne Hofmeyr: 

Daniela, the Glassmaker’s daughter, is grumpy and never smiles. Her father promises a beautiful glass palace to anyone who can make her laugh. People come from far and wide to try their luck in amusing Daniela. But mask makers, lion tamers and magicians cannot raise a smile from the princess. It is only when a young apprentice makes the first looking glass that Daniela learns to smile – at her own grumpy reflection!






  • The Lion, The  Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: 

Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change… and a great sacrifice.



We know that reading every day supports every area of our learning, from supporting our spellings to helping us come up with ideas for our own writing in literacy.  We also know that everybody is constantly reading things all of the time, without even thinking about it – posters around school, food labels so we know what we are eating, the TV guide so we know what we are going to watch, instructions on computer games, adverts, road signs, names of board games…  
Words are literally EVERYWHERE!!

Yr4 Core Texts

Yr 4 Reading List

Best 100 Books