Welcome to Grasshopper class page

Grasshoppers is one of the Year 4 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. Due to school closure, please keep an eye on this page for updates on home learning. 

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

Update - 2.4.20

I hope you are all well and are enjoying lots of family time. I have been very impressed with all the hard work I have seen but tomorrow is the start of the Easter holidays so please make sure you have a rest and enjoy the sunshine. There are still a few tasks open on purple mash if you would like to continuing doing some work though. Other logins such as ttrockstars and PIXL unlock will also remain active. Perhaps this is a good time to get stuck into a good book!

After the holidays, we will resume uploading work on purple mash for English, Maths and Theme. These will include weekly guided reading, grammar and spelling tasks. I will also post a weekly writing activity on here, which you can email to me via the admin team or add onto the class blog on purple mash. I look forward to reading all your wonderful work!

Below are a few activities if you would like to keep busy whilst at home over the holidays. I would love to see photos of these so please upload to our class blog on purple mash or email them to me via the admin team. Have a wonderful Easter holiday!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries.

















The Pied Piper Play

Year 3 and 4 have worked extremely hard this term learning their lines and dances for our play. They have done an amazing job at performing and we have had so much fun! I am incredibly proud of every single one of them! Unfortunately, we were unable to perform our play to parents/carers and relatives so here are a few photos from our dress rehearsals. We hope to put on a performance of this when we are back in school.


Maths and English home learning packs

Hamilton trust are uploading home packs each week which include 5 lessons for Maths and English. The Maths continues with fractions which is where we had got up to with the curriculum, and the English packs include a mixture of reading, writing and grammar activities. These look really good but are not compulsory. If you are looking for extra Maths and English practise, I would recommend having a go at them.

Please see their website if you wish to download these packs: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/

Deutsch lernen! 


If you would like to keep up with your German, go to http://www.duolingo.com or download the Duolingo app. It's free and a fun way to learn a language. I look forward to hearing how much you've learnt!

Key spellings to be practising

Below are the key spelling words for Year 3 and Year 4. Use the spelling menu in your homework book for creative ideas on how to practise these spellings or even create your own ideas! Please upload photos onto the class blog on purplemash so I can see all your amazing efforts.

Update for school closures

Whilst children are not in school, please remember to work through the activities that were sent home last week as well as completing online activities on purple mash, ttrockstars, charanga and the PIXL apps. 

I will continue to set 2Dos on purple mash and challenges on ttrockstars so keep up your hard work.

On purplemash, I have created a class blog, which you can find under computing and 2Blog, so that you can all share the amazing work you have been doing. I can't wait to see what you have been up to! Under computing and 2Email, you can also send your friends and myself emails. I will be monitoring these so make sure they are kind and you are not sharing any personal information.

Here are some other ideas you may find useful:

Make sure you are getting plenty of fresh air and are having lots of fun family time. 

Thank you for your ongoing support during this difficult time.


Weekly update 6.3.20

We have had a fantastic Arts Week and have enjoyed taking part in a whole range of workshops including: drama around 'The Wind in the Willow', designing our own games characters, creating self portraits out of items from nature and junk modelling animals. The children have also been making props for our play.

For World Book Day, the children were excited to dress up and share their favourite books. The costumes were great! We were also very lucky to have a visit from author Bianca D'Agostino who shared her book 'You are not the boss of me', which encourages children to have an 'I am' and 'I can' attitude.

In English, we have continued reading our book 'Stone Age Boy' and explored details of how people lived during the Stone Age period including how they made fire, used tools and cooked their food. The children were then able to revise their instruction writing skills by explaining how to do these.

In Maths, we have started learning about fractions and understanding what each part of a fraction represents. We have explored different ways a fraction can be represented, as well as beginning to look at equivalent fractions.

It was great to see so many parents and relatives at our parent share this week. Thank you!


Weekly update 28.2.20

Welcome back! It has been wonderful to see the optional homework activities that the children completed over the holidays - well done! They enjoyed presenting their work to the rest of the class, as well as sharing some key facts they had learnt.

This week, we have enjoyed getting stuck into our new theme: The Stone Age and have been exploring how long ago this time period was. As a class, we worked together to order other important periods from British history and further developed our understanding of BC and AD. The children then worked in pairs to arrange key events from the Stone Age into chronological order and used these events to make some inferences about what life was like back then.

In Science, we have begun learning about the different types of rocks: Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic. We found out how these rocks were formed and looked at several examples of each. The children were able to use an information chart to identify and name the different rocks they were looking at such as marble, slate, granite, chalk and sandstone.

Linked to our theme, we have started reading the book Stone Age Boy in our English lessons. The children were able to make fantastic inferences based on the front cover and we have been working on developing our evidence for these. We have also written character descriptions about the main character Om.


Weekly update 7.2.20

This week, we were very lucky to have a visit from Fossils Galore. The children enjoyed the experience of excavating for fossils and took home the ones they found. They had a lot of questions for the paleontologists and were able to handle dinosaur egg shells, mammouth bones and fossilises liopleurodon poo!

In English, we have continued exploring alphabet poems and have read several examples of these. The children then planned and wrote their own alphabet poem based around their chosen theme e.g. food or nature. I was really impressed with how well they were able to use alliterations as well as challenging themselves to include extra details and many poems even rhymed! Well done Grasshoppers!

In Maths, we have been using our knowledge of multiplication and division to solve worded problems. We have also started learning about area and how to find the area of rectangles. We then challenged our understanding of area to see if we could work out the area of triangles too!


Weekly update 31.1.20

This week, we have started our poetry unit on 'alphabet poems' and have been exploring the features of these - including alliteration and repetitive phrases. As a class, we came up with actions to an alphabet poem about animals, which the children enjoyed performing.

In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of division and learning how to use a written method for this. The children have been exploring using bar models and the bus stop method to record their working out. We have also been practising the multiplication timed assessment and I am very pleased with the results so far! Keep up the practising!

After learning about how fossils are created and the different types of fossils there are, we have enjoyed making our own fossils out of clay and using items from nature to create imprints.

In DT, the children have been exploring how to make their own moving dinosaurs and have used split pins to create a moving joint.

Today, we made a start with our play rehearsals so the children have all got their lines now. Please help them practise these at home too. We are really looking forward to seeing the play come together over the next few weeks.

Weekly update 24.1.20

This week, the children have been very excited to make a start with our play The Pied Piper. We have started to learn some of the songs as well as learning the dance for the first song - Market Day! The children will find out their roles next week and are very keen to start learning their lines :)

In maths, we have been learning how to use a written method to multiply 3-digit numbers by a 1-digit number.  The children have practised using both the expanded method as well as the compact method, and have been developing their reasoning skills to answer questions based on multiplication.

We have continued learning about instruction texts in English and the key features that are used in these. We worked on how we could improve a basic set of instructions and the children then wrote their own, using all the key features we have learnt.

In Science, we have been exploring the different types of fossils and the children explored ways in which we could classify them.

We have also been learning about cam mechanisms and how they move. The children made their own versions.


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. 





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