When my son was in Year 4 he went off reading and writing. He is a bright boy who gets bored easily, but he had a massive fall in confidence in producing any written work and in reading out loud in class. That year he had an unconventional teacher. She had a wicked sense of humour and used sarcasm a lot. My son said she always made him laugh and she got his jokes. She wasn't a text book teacher, was far too old school and he thrived in her class and so did most of the children that year. But when my son 'went off' reading and writing, she called us in and asked us what he was interested in and what he liked best. We put a list together, and it was at the end my husband said "You know, there's this book I caught him reading last week called Captain Underpants.He was laughing a lot.But I don't know if that kind of book is allowed at school." To her credit, the teacher put a box of books together for our son that included Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Jeremey Strong and similar authors. She let him write about the topics in the books and even though his stories were full of pooping, nappies and toilets (with the occasional fast dog aka Jeremey Strong) he re-engaged with writing and that year produced some of his best work. At parents evening we and the teacher cried with laughter at some of his written work. When we asked whether it was ok for him to only be writing about toilets and things like that, she confidently said that he would grow out of it and as predicted, by the end of the year he was confidently writing about lots of different things (although he's never lost his toilet humour!).