Welcome to Grasshopper Class Page!

Grasshoppers is one of the Year 4 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page, you will be able to find out about our curriculum and learning activities. 

Adults in our class

Miss Orakci - Class Teacher



                                                    Mrs Newman - Teaching Assistant                                                            


In Grasshopper class this half term we will be learning:


Our next Talk4Writing unit will be learning the about writing beginnings and endings to stories. We will read the story Elf Road, and look at how the author gives clues about the character and creates suspense. We will also be learning how to write a good instructions text. In whole class reading, we will be reading and discussing Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St. John.


In Maths this half term, we are learning how to calculate the difference in times, using statistics and exploring shapes in Geometry. Pupils can practise at home using Times Table Rockstars and Maths Whizz.


Our science unit is electricity. We will learn how to make a circuit and what materials are insulators and conductors.


In history, we will learn about the restoration. We will also be learning about the great plague and the great fire of London.


In geography, we be exploring the continent of Asia and learning about physical and human features.


We have PE on Fridays and this will be outdoors due to government guidance. Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kits on Fridays and has layers, sun cream and a hat as the weather can be very unpredictable. This half term, the children will be taught rounders and athletics.


This half term, we will learn about spiritual journeys and pilgrimages from a selection of religions.


This half term we will learn how to describe the weather and items of clothing in German.


We will be learning about relationships and sex education. Pupils will learn about human lifecycles and the responsibilities that come with growing up.


In art, we will be studying history of art, looking at Roman monuments and making a model Pantheon.

Design Technology

This half term, we will learn about pneumatic toys and make our own.


Our unit this term is ‘Reflect, Rewind and Replay’. We will consolidate our learning from across the year and begin to write music notation.


In computing, we will be learning about writing for different audiences and how to format a text.

Home Learning

Pupils that are self-isolating but able to study can log on to TTRockstars to practise times tables, and Purple Mash for a range of activities and tools.  They can use the Knowledge Organisers attached below to guide their studies.


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





Design Technology



Our class text is: Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St. John



Weekly Newsflash w/c 12.7.21

Unfortunately, our bubble burst this week so we have had to move to online learning. The children have been amazingly resilient and have engaged well with all lessons. I am so proud of how well they have adapted to this. In English, we have started our unit on instructions and have text mapped our model text ‘How to cook a rainbow’. We identified the imperative verbs and practised finding information in the text to answer comprehension questions. In maths, we have been learning about regular and irregular shapes, as well as acute and obtuse angles. The children are able to identify equilateral, isosceles and scalene triangles and can explain the differences between these. Our art was building pantheons, where the children showed their resourcefulness to create amazing pieces of artwork. In geography, we learnt about Japan and used a range of maps and charts to find out about its climate and physical geography. We also learnt about tectonic plates and where earthquakes are likely to happen.


Weekly Newsflash w/c 5.7.21


It has been a very exciting week for Year 4. Those children on the Bushcraft residential had a fantastic time learning how to make fire using a flint and steel, cooking s'mores and learning some emergency first aid. They enjoyed tent time and den building as well as axe throwing and archery. Some children were even brave enough to eat fish eyes! Those children that stayed at school made a start on our Arts Week activities: making clay hats, painting and making collages and monoprints. When all the pupils returned to school on Thursday, they learnt about Mary Cassatt and did some fantastic teacup art and portraits. They have also written a recount of their adventure and spent Friday morning getting to know their new teachers even better.






Weekly Newsflash w/c 28.6.21

This week in English, we planned and wrote our own warning stories using our model text ‘Elf Road’ for inspiration. The children were able to apply all of the tools they have learnt over the past few weeks and used a range of sentence structures too. In maths, we have been learning about line graphs. We have learnt how to read and interpret information from these, as well as problem solving using the information. Our geography focussed on the physical geography of China. We developed our understanding of using keys to interpret information from maps such as the amount of precipitation and percentage of land used for farming. In history, we learnt about the Great Fire of London and how it spread so quickly. In DT, we designed and made our own pneumatic toys using a balloon and pipe as the opening mechanism. The children spent Friday morning getting to know their new teachers ready for September and will have two more sessions with them before the Summer holidays.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 21.6.21


We have had an exciting week with Sports Day! The children all showed great determination and resilience during the activities, and most importantly, had a great time. We had the Year 4 Multiplication test on Thursday and spent some time preparing for this. We finished our unit on time and begun a new unit on statistics: looking at charts and tables. Can you find some examples of tables or graphs in books or magazines at home?  In English, pupils have continued learning to use the features found in the story ‘Elf Road’. After looking at how expanded noun phrases have been used in the story, they have been writing their own, choosing their adjectives for maximum effect. In science, pupils drew circuit diagrams using standard symbols and learnt about the role of switches. In history, pupils learnt about the Great Plague, and in geography they studied the importance of rivers in India. In RE, pupils learnt about the pilgrimages that Christians go on and the Ten Commandments. In PSHE, they explored what makes someone a 'grown up' and in D&T, they have designed a pneumatic monster by taking into consideration the design criteria.





Weekly Newsflash w/c 14.6.21

This week, we have continued retelling our model text ‘Elf Road’ and using this to practise the tools needed to write our own portal stories. We have been thinking about what the door to our portal will look like and how we can describe it. We used structures from our model text to consider where we would find the door, what it was made from and what the handle could be shaped like. In maths, we have been revising telling the time on analogue and digital clocks. We have learnt about 24 hour clocks and how to convert between these and 12 hour clocks. We have also been using our understanding of time to convert between seconds, hours and minutes. The children then did some problem solving to make comparisons between times. We have also been preparing for our multiplication assessments next week. The children have all worked extremely hard all year, learning and practising their times tables and have become quick at recalling these. In science, we have been learning about circuits and the components needed to create one. We made our own circuits and learnt about why there needs to be a complete circuit for the bulb to light up. Our history was about Isaac Newton and the importance of his discoveries. In RE, we have been learning about the pilgrimages that Buddhists make.


Weekly Newsflash w/c 7.6.21

Welcome back! It has been great hearing about the children’s half term holiday adventures. This week the pupils have dazzled us with their attitude and effort in our English and Maths assessments. Pupils have also begun to learn our new model text, ‘Elf Road’. Can they tell you the story? In the afternoons, we have embarked on our final unit in each of the subjects. In geography, children have labelled maps with countries and capital cities in Asia. In computing, they have learnt how and why we change the font when writing on a computer. Our art this half term is learning about Roman monuments and making a Pantheon so the children wrote instructions for what they are going to do. In science, we have learnt about the importance of electrical safety. In history, we looked at how the monarchy was restored when Charles II became king. Ask your child to tell you what the Indemnity and Oblivion Act was! Pupils thought about human lifecycles in PSHE this week. Talk to them about how you have changed as you grew up.



Weekly Newsflash w/c 24.5.21

This week, we have written our own discussion texts to decide whether children under the age of 10 should be allowed tablets. The children enjoyed thinking about reasons for each side of the argument and were able to use the tools needed (reasons, signposts, rhetorical questions & facts) to write a great discussion text. We finished our class book ‘Skyhawk’ and wrote a book review about this. The children have really loved this story and have been able to summarise it in less than 25 words. In maths, we have been revising the four operations and consolidating our knowledge of the methods needed to solve larger calculations. We have completed our end of unit assessments for history, geography, German and art this week. I am very impressed with the knowledge that the children have remembered this half term. In DT, we have been learning about different types of fastenings and considering which would be best to attach to our monsters so that we can hang these up. The children were all able to sew buttons onto a piece of felt and attached this to their monsters. Don’t they look amazing? Have a lovely half term break and enjoy the sunshine.



Weekly Newsflash w/c 17.5.21

This week in English, we have continued practising some of the tools we will need to write a good discussion text. We have learnt about signposts and how they are used to give further reasons to an argument, as well as to introduce another point of view. We considered arguments for and against school uniform and text mapped our own discussion texts about this topic. We were able to magpie some of the fantastic emotive language and structures we have learnt from our model text, and had fun retelling these. Our maths this week has been solving problems involving money. We have worked hard to develop our understanding of what the problem is asking, breaking it down into steps and used bar models to support us in deciding which calculations are needed to solve it. In computing, we have been learning about how line graphs are used to present data over a period of time and how we can read the information on them. We created our own line graphs on Purple Mash to show the temperature changes over a day. Our geography lesson was about Spain: we learnt about its history, food and traditions. The children were able to write their own fact files to present this information.


Weekly Newsflash w/c 10.5.21

This week, the children have been learning about discussion texts. They have learnt the text ‘Should the Pharaoh continue the practice of executing servants to accompany him into the afterlife?’ They thought about the vocabulary used and the difference between facts and opinions. In maths, we have learnt how to represent money using base ten, and how to round to the nearest 10p or nearest £1. Our geography explored the similarities and differences between Athens and Venice. In science, we linked all our prior learning on changes of state to how the water cycle works. In art this week, we have been sewing up our monsters, and stuffing them with wadding and lavender. In German, we have learnt how to describe animal habitats.



Weekly Newsflash w/c 3.5.21

Despite the bank holiday, we’ve still had a busy week with lots of learning over the past four days. We wrote our own portal stories in English, making sure to include the toolkit we’ve been practising over the last few weeks. The children’s stories were brilliant and I’m so proud of how hard they have worked. In maths, we’ve been rounding decimals to whole numbers. We also learnt how to convert between kilograms and grams; litres and millilitres; and kilometres and metres. Our science looked at precipitation and how clouds are formed. In geography, we continued looking at the Mediterranean and its climate. The children have been able to use maps to locate mountain ranges, rivers and volcanoes. We designed our own monsters in art and considered which features to give them. We made our own templates to help us cut these pieces out of felt and are excited to sew these next week!



Weekly Newsflash w/c 26.4.21

This week, the children have been writing descriptions using similes and personification. They have planned how they will use figurative language and carefully chosen verbs in their own portal story next week.  In maths, we have been learning how to compare and order decimal numbers by looking at the tens, then the ones, then the tenths and then the hundredths. Our geography this week was learning about food and farming in the Mediterranean and how the climate affects the plants that grow there. In science, the children learnt about condensation, and in history they learnt about the Commonwealth formed after the English Civil War. In computing lessons, we have continued to learn about spreadsheets - this week using them to find percentages. In art, we have learnt how to do a running stitch. The children needed lots of perseverance to thread a needle, tie a knot and stitch a line. We're excited to design and make our own little creatures!




Weekly Newsflash w/c 19.4.21

We have had an exciting week in Grasshopper Class and have made the most of the glorious sunshine. In our PE lessons, we have been learning cricket skills as well as developing our fitness. We understand the difference between sprinting and long distance running and can adapt our pace to suit each. In science, we have been learning about evaporation and poured water on the playground to help us better understand this process. Ask the children to explain to you how wet clothes become dry on the washing line! Our geography focused on the climate in Mediterranean countries and interpreting information from weather charts. The children enjoyed writing their own weather reports and performed these to the class. In maths, we have continued our learning on decimals and have learnt how to divide 1 and 2-digit numbers by 10 and 100. Our English has been based on choosing verbs that tell us more information about how the action is being done or how the character is feeling. We’ve also learnt how we can use the power of three to describe three actions that have happened in succession or simultaneously. In art, we have continued developing our skills for sewing and have learnt how to make quilters knots.


Weekly Newsflash w/c 12.4.21

Welcome back! This week we have hit the ground running. The children have story mapped our new model text, ‘Time-slip Scarab’ and begun to learn the story with actions. We have also enjoyed finding synonyms for verbs such as walk, laugh and eat, so that we can use these in our writing. In maths, the children have learnt about tenths and how to write these as decimals. We have started dividing 1 and 2 digit numbers by 10 too. In art, we have been learning how to thread a needle safely, and in German we have begun to learn names for animals. In geography, we started our topic on Mediterranean Europe and used atlases to locate countries there, as well as finding out their capital cities. In science, we have recapped our knowledge of the three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases, and have been finding out about how the processes freezing and melting occur. In computing, the children explored 2Calculate on PurpleMash to create spreadsheets and have been learning the vocabulary we use when talking about them. Get them to show you how it works!



Weekly Newsflash w/c 22.3.21

We have had a busy week of assessments and the children have all worked so hard. I’m so pleased with how focussed they have been and how they have been able to show their knowledge. We have had a lot of fun too. In D&T, the children enjoyed making the pavilions they designed last week. They were able to amend their designs to make their structures stronger and included cladding. We continued to practise our coding using Logo, including using repeat codes. In English, we continued learning about explanation texts and practised using the toolkit to write about vertebrates. We worked on developing our use of rhetorical questions and topic sentences to start our paragraphs. We then combined this learning with our science knowledge to write an explanation text explaining the differences between two vertebrate groups such as mammals and birds.


Weekly Newsflash w/c 15.3.21

This week, we have started learning about explanation texts and have been internalising our model ‘Why you should not go into the forest’. We have been practising how to use causal conjunctions to explain the reason or outcome of an event and to add detail to our paragraphs with this. We have also begun to analyse the structure of explanation texts in preparation for writing our own next week. In maths, we have continued practising how to find fractions of a quantity, for example 3/5 of 40, and have been able to apply these to worded problems. Our design and technology lesson looked at different types of pavilions and the children designed their own. We practised making a range of structures using cocktail sticks and plasticine so that we could find out which ones were stronger. In science, we learnt about the invertebrate groups (insects, arachnids

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