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



                                                    Miss Reitinger - Teaching Assistant                                                            



In Grasshopper class this half term we will be learning:



Our next Talk4Writing unit will be learning the about building suspense. We will learn the story Escape from Pompeii’.  In their writing, pupils will be focussing describing sounds, weather and feelings as well as varying sentence length to build suspense. In Guided reading we will be reading The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman.


In maths this half term, we are learning how to solve problems using fractions. Pupils can practise key skills at home using Times Table Rockstars and Maths Whizz.


Our science unit is Classification of Plants and Animals.


In history, we will learn about Charles I and the Civil War.


In geography, we will learn about our neighbouring regions.


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 warm layers as the weather can be very unpredictable.


This half term, we will learn about Christianity and how Christians put their faith into action.


This half term, we will learn about sports and healthy eating.


We will be studying Sex and Relationship Education and Financial Capability.


In art, we will review the Elements of Art, focussing on space and design.

Design Technology

This half term, we will learn how to design and make a model pavilion.


This term, we will be listening and appraising different styles of music.


In Computing, we will be learning about coding and hardware.

Home Learning

Pupils that are learning from home this term can join all our lessons via Teams. Work to complete for each lesson will be set in assignments, and marked by the teacher.

All pupils can log on to TTRockstars to practise times tables, Maths Whizz for personalised tutoring, 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: The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman


Weekly Newsflash w/c 22.2.21


Weekly Newsflash w/c 22.2.21

It has been a great first week back after the half-term.  We have begun reading our new class novel The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman and learning how to build suspense in English by learning the tale, ‘Escape from Pompeii’.  The children have done some fantastic writing using descriptions of weather and sounds to build atmosphere.  In maths, we have learnt about tenths and hundredths and found equivalent fractions using a fraction wall.  In geography, we began a new unit learning about our nearest regions by locating towns in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk on a map.  In science, we learnt about classification and the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates.  In art, we have continued learning about how to create an illusion of depth. This week, we focussed on using placement to create a foreground, mid-ground and background.


Weekly Newsflash w/c 8.2.21

In English this week, the children planned and wrote a newspaper article about the amazing discovery of Edward Tulane by the now grown-up Abilene. In maths, they have been applying their understanding of shape and area to solve problems. The children all created pieces of art to demonstrate their understanding of how artists create the illusion of depth.  In history, we investigated the mystery of Roanoke. For their science assessment task, the children described the process of digestion from plate to poop!  Whether at home or in school, all of the children have worked exceptionally hard this half-term, despite everything being very different from usual.  We hope everyone has a restful half-term break.



Weekly Newsflash w/c 1.2.21


We have had a very creative week with lots of children expressing themselves for Children’s Mental Health Week. It has been great to see children at home drawing, painting, singing and getting outside in the fresh air. In English, the children have looked at the key features of a newspaper report, and thought about the way we write a recount text. In maths, we have begun a new unit on area - learning how to calculate the area of rectilinear shapes and how to solve problems with shapes. In science, the children learnt about vitamins and minerals and the importance of eating a wide variety of foods. In geography, we explored famous landmarks in London and created leaflets or posters to advertise these to tourists. This week, we also spent one day learning about the importance of prayer to Muslims for RE. The children learnt how Muslims wash before prayer, and face towards Mecca, as well as developing their understanding of what prayer is and why it is important to Muslims.




Weekly Newsflash w/c 25.1.21

This week, the children have written amazing portal stories, focussing on using a different item from our toolkit each day. They have shown how characters feel, written realistic dialogue, described things by using expanded noun phrases, used subordinate clauses and –ing sentence openers. In maths, we have completed a unit on multiplication and division, learning how to use partitioning to solve divisions and applying our understanding to solve problems. In geography, we learnt about the London Underground and planned journeys to visit some famous landmarks. In science, we discovered how food is digested and made our own models of the digestive system. On Monday, we really enjoyed a day off timetable focussing on music.  We explored different types of music, wrote our own lyrics, and then used Chrome Music Lab to compose our own music. 


Weekly Newsflash w/c 18.1.21

Year 4 have been working extremely hard this week. We're so pleased to see everyone logging in promptly for our live online lessons and for engaging so well with them. In English, we have been practising using -ing sentence openers and how to use descriptions that show how our characters are feeling, rather than saying 'they are angry/happy/sad etc'. We have planned our own portal stories following the structure of our model text, Leon, and have started writing these focusing on one paragraph at a time to ensure we're including all of the necessary toolkit we've been learning about. For maths, we have been learning about division and how we can use our partitioning as well as our times tables knowledge to help us divide larger numbers. Our science involved learning about the different types of teeth we have and what their functions are. In art, we learnt how to make our drawings look 3D by using light and shadows. I was very impressed with the effort and concentration that went into these, resulting in fantastic pieces of artwork. In history, we learnt about the gunpower plot and how their plan was discovered through an intercepted letter. Our geography involved using maps to work out the route from Ely to London and considering advantages and disadvantages for travelling by road.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 11.1.21

A huge well done to everybody for their hard work this week. In English, we have been focussing on dialogue: how to punctuate it with inverted commas, using synonyms for ‘said’ and adding stage directions to give more detail about the speaker. In maths, we have learnt how to use a written method to multiply 2-digit and 3-digit numbers by a 1-digit number. We started learning about the human body in Science and why it is important for us to eat nutritious meals. In history, we learnt about James I and used facts about him to decide whether he was a good or bad choice for becoming King of England. We found out about how London has changed over the centuries in geography such as the rapid increase in population, expansion of the transport networks and rise in industry.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 4.1.21


Wow! What a week. We were really looking forward to welcoming the pupils back and hearing all about their holidays, but instead we have all adapted to a massive change of plans. The pupils in school and at home have amazed us all. Thank you to the parents that have supported their pupils to learn at home, and thank you to our fellow critical workers for all you do. The change of plans has not stopped our learning though.  Pupils at home and in school have all been having the same lessons, taught by their class teacher over Teams. In English, we have begun to hear our new class novel, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. We have also been learning our new model text, which is a portal story, Leon.  All the pupils have made a story map to help them retell the story.  In Maths, we have continued to develop our confidence using multiplication and division facts.  We can now represent multiplications and divisions on bar models.  In Art, we learnt about Chiaroscuro, a technique Caravaggio pioneered, where dark and light areas are contrasted.  In Geography, we began our new unit by learning how London came to be.




See the videos below which show case the teaching of Reading in Year 4:



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