Welcome to Year 4


Grasshopper and Moth classes are our Year 4 classes here at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page, you will be able to read all about our engaging curriculum for the half term and see all of our fantastic learning activities.

PE -  Monday and Friday for both classes 

Library - Thursday for Moth Class and Friday for Grasshopper. 

Who works in Year 4?

Miss Louise Crawley       Mrs Cheryl Westley


Mrs Katie Bartolozzi        Mrs Beth Wilshin


Miss Helen Pham

Our Curriculum                                                                      

This half term we will be learning:


In English, we will be writing out hot writes for our journey story, Nail Soup. The children have been working extremely hard ensuring that they have used commas after their fronted adverbials and have tried to include expanded noun phrases in their stories. For the next three weeks the children will be learning an explanation text, Why you should not go into the forest. During this unit of work, the children will be looking at writing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person as well as ensuring they know when and why paragraphs are used.


In maths, we will start to look at fractions. Children will be looking at comparing and ordering mixed numbers, converting mixed numbers to improper fractions, looking at equivalent fractions and how to simply them. Towards the end of the half term we will also start to look at decimals. Thinking about tenths and hundredths and recognising the link between decimals and fractions. 


This half term in science we will be exploring sound. We will be looking at what sound is, the speed of sound, the qualities of sound, pitch and volume. Then we will explore the human voice and how we hear.


In history this half term we will be exploring the Elizabethan Era. Therefore we will look at who Queen Elizabeth I is and some of the famous Elizabethan, William Shakespeare, Drake and Diego. We will then delve into the lost British Colony of Roanoke and The Nine Years War.


Our geography unit this half term is neighbouring counties and regions. We will start by looking out our neighbouring counties. We will then explore the East of England, London and the South East, the East Midlands and ending the unit with the West Midlands.


In PE this half term we are going to be learning the skills and techniques behind hockey on Monday afternoons and on Fridays we have the opportunity to learn a range of dance skills.


Our unit in RE this half term is Christians who put their faith into action.

We will be exploring some of Jesus’ stories and how they teach what a good Christian is. We will also learn about the lives of Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Dr Thomas Barnardo, and how their religion played an important part of their lives.


This half term the children will extend their learning of facial features from Spring 1 to include body parts including arms, legs, feet in a yoga-themed unit of work. The children will also learn how to describe body part nouns using adjectives and will complete the unit with their own alien creation with a written description. There will be an opportunity to check for learning with an assessment at the end of the unit.


In PSHE we will be looking at relationships through our new scheme Jigsaw. We will be looking at jealousy, love and loss, memories, getting on and falling out and girlfriend and boyfriends.


In art, we will be looking at space and design. The children will start by understanding placement as a technique to create an illusion of depth. They will have the opportunity to discuss the design of a piece of art work and then will use Matisse to inspire the design and will create a piece of independent artwork. We will end the unit by comparing the designs of different pieces of artwork.


Children will learn about the markup language behind a webpage; becoming familiar with HTML tags, changing HTML and CSS code to alter images and ‘remixing’ a website’s text and images to create a fake news story in computing.


Knowledge Organisers 

At the Isle of Ely Primary School, we use knowledge organisers as a tool to help our children learn more and remember more and to allow parents and carers to support their children's learning. In our knowledge organisers, you will find essential knowledge, key dates, important vocabulary and key figures. The knowledge organisers can also be used as a fun assessment tool which will help children to see the progress they have made.




Religious Education




Newsflash w/c 25th March

Thank you for all of your support over this shorter yet incredibly busy half term. We are so proud of the children's performances in this past week's play: Henry VIII. As well as enjoying that, the children have worked hard to complete end of topic assessments. We hope you all enjoy a safe and restful break.

Weekly Newsflash 18.03.24

It's been assessment week for us here in Year 4; this is a week where we can reflect on how well the children are learning. We then spend time looking at the gaps the children have so we can plan our learning accordingly going forward. We have also been very busy learning our production in preparation for next week. This is a reminder that on Monday we will be performing our dress rehearsal to the children's siblings at 1415 and then on Tuesday it will be to the parents at 1415 and 1700. Have a lovely weekend. 

Weekly Newsflash 11.03.24

This week in English, we have been working as a class planning our innovation. From this, the children have had plenty of shared writing opportunities to embed the writing tools we have practised into our writing. In maths, we have been continuing to explore fractions. The children have been learning to add and subtract fractions using both mixed numbers and improper fractions. On Wednesday, we were very fortunate to have a kindness workshop in the morning; all the children were engaged. As usual, our afternoons have been busy with lots of new learning. Please can we remind you all that costumes should be in by now for the production which is not far away. Thank you.

Weekly Newsflash 04.03.24

This week in English, we have started to learn our new model text: The Teacher-Pleaser Machine. This is an explanation text therefore, we are going to be exploring rhetorical questions, topic-based openings and closings and technical vocabulary this week so they can be added to our toolkit. In maths, we are continuing with fractions; we have been looking at equivalent fractions and equivalent fraction families. In science, we have been continuing to explore sound. This week, we have learnt that sound does not travel as fast as light. However, sound does travel four times faster in water than air due to water being denser. Hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Weekly Newsflash 27.02.24

This week in Year 4, we have completed our 'hot' writes which were based on a journey story, Nail Soup. The children have worked hard ensuring that they can use the model text and their innovation to help them independently write their own. On Friday, they then published them in their 'best' books. In maths, we have been looking at fractions. We have spent time looking at mixed numbers on a number line, compared and ordered mixed numbers and then began to convert mixed numbers to improper fractions. Please can we remind you that we still have a big focus on times tables and that the children should be continuing to practice on TTRS. Finally, as you may be aware, we have begun to learn the lyrics to three songs which are going to be in our production, The Tudors. Can we ask that the children learn their lines for next week as this is when we are going to start to put the play together. Thank you.