Welcome to our class page!

Grasshoppers are one of the Year 4 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities. Children have PE on Wednesday afternoons so will need their PE kits in school for this. PE sessions will be alternating between gymnastics and quicksticks hockey so children will need both their indoor and outdoor PE kits in school.

Who works in our classroom?
Teacher: Miss Orakci
TAs: Miss Reitinger, Mrs Fowler, Miss Lambert, Mrs Harrison


PE for Spring 1 is on Thursday mornings and will be netball and dance. Please ensure PE kit is in school for Thursdays and that the children have outdoor clothing for this.


Weekly update 10.1.20

Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year! The children have settled straight back into the new term and have started learning about instruction texts in our English lessons. We have been identifying key features and discussing why they are used. We have also started learning our talk for writing text 'How to keep a teacher happy', which the children have found hilarious. In Maths, we are continuing to work on multiplication and have been learning about factor pairs as well as how to multiply 3 numbers together. Our new theme this term is Jurassic World so we will be learning all about dinosaurs and fossils. We have begun to explore how we know dinosaurs existed and what a fossil is. If you have any fossils at home, we would really appreciate borrowing them to help us learn more.



Weekly update: 19.12.19

We have had a fantastic last week of term with lots of fun Christmas activities, including a Christmas quiz! In English, we have enjoyed reading a range of Christmas poems and identifying the poetic devices in them. The children worked in pairs to perform their chosen poems and explored varying their volume and actions. We then wrote our own Christmas acrostic or calligram poems including poetic devices such as similes, alliteration and the power of three. Yesterday, we had our hockey tournament and I was very impressed with how well the children played in their teams. Thank you to all the parents who came along to watch and support. 

Have a brilliant Christmas everyone and we look forward to seeing you all back in January!





Class News week beginning: 09.12.19

We have had a fabulous week in Grasshopper Class. On Monday, we were lucky enough to visit St Mary's Church to discuss different aspects of Christianity. The children learnt about the history of stained glass windows and created their own to tell a story or show what is important to them. They also learnt about the features of a church and why they are important in Christian worship, before learning about prayer and worship music. We brought this all together by learning about the Parable of the Prodigal Son and why Christians think reconciliation and forgiveness is so important. The children thought about a time they had been forgiven by others or had forgiven someone themselves. Later in the week, we began writing our fantasy stories based on the plans we had created earlier. The children have had some wonderful ideas and it has been lovely to see them putting them into practice, using their target bookmarks to guide their next steps. We were really grateful for all the parents who could come and join us in making Christmas decorations and are really looking forward to the holiday!

Weekly update 4.12.19

In between our assessments this week, we have also fit in lots of fun activities. We enjoyed watching the pantomime 'Beauty and the Beast' this morning and are looking forward to watching the Key Stage One play tomorrow. In art, the children chose which art materials they wanted to use to create a picture of a famous landmark. These look fantastic! We have continued our learning about light and shadows in science and have set up an investigation to explore how the distance of a light source affects the size of a shadow. In English, we have been adapting the story of 'Reilly' to help us plan our own fantasy texts. The children have enjoyed making substitutions to this story and orally retelling these to their learning partners. 






What are we learning about?
Curriculum Information Autumn Term 2 – November 2019


This half term, the children will be exploring the theme ‘Britain from the air’. We will be learning all about Britain and using maps to locate cities. As well as this, we will be finding out how to use ordnance survey maps and grid references.

In art, we will be focussing on using sketches to create a piece of artwork of a well-known building. The children will be learning how to create a background wash and how to use different grades of pencil to shade and to show different tones and textures.

In our Science, we will be learning about light and shadows. We will be looking at sources of light, which materials reflect light best and investigating how shadows are formed.


Our non-fiction focus this half term is persuasive texts. The children are learning all about the features that are included in these such as: rhetorical questions, modal verbs and emotive language. Our fiction topic this half term will be a fantasy story, where we will consider the important elements of these stories, as well as what examples the children can think of. Children will learn the story ‘Reilly’ and think about how they can use adverbs and time conjunctions to open sentences, as well as how the setting can contribute to the feeling of their stories. We will also be thinking about how to write speech and how it moves the story along. There will also be regular guided reading sessions to support their comprehension skills.


This half term, we are learning how to use written methods for addition and subtraction and working on developing our problem solving skills within these. We will also be learning how to use written methods for multiplication and division to enable us to solve larger calculations. There will also be a focus on improving our times tables and learning strategies to help us with this.

As well as this, the children will be learning how to measure length and how to find the perimeter of 2D shapes.


In ICT, we will be using purple mash to learn about e-safety and how to report our concerns to an adult. The children will be learning about how to be safe whilst using the internet, as well as keeping their identities and passwords safe.


This half term, PE lessons will be on Wednesday afternoons and the children will be alternating between quicksticks hockey and gymnastics. With All4Sport, the children be learning the key skills for how to play quicksticks hockey and will work towards a house tournament at the end of this half term. Gymnastics sessions will be with Miss Bryan, where the children will be working with partners to create a sequence focussing on travel and balances to earn points for their houses.


This half term, we will be learning about Sikhism and Christianity. We will be learning about their key beliefs and identifying some similarities and differences between the two religions.


Year 4 will be continuing with their recorder lessons on Friday afternoons. Please ensure that these are in school on Fridays.


Year 4 are continuing to learn German with Felix and Franzi. We are learning how to describe clothes as well ordering food and drinks.

Home Learning

Homework books will be coming home every Thursday and will be due back in on Wednesdays. The children will have a list of ten spellings to practise using activities from the spelling menu at the front of the books. Year 4 should also be using Times Table Rockstars to practise their times tables on, including using the soundcheck to assess their speed. Please continue to read regularly with your child and encourage them to read independently too. The children all have bookmarks with questions that you can ask them to support their comprehension skills.



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