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 Bass - Teaching Assistant                                     Miss Reitinger - Teaching Assistant


In Grasshopper class this half term we will be learning:


Our next Talk4Writing unit will be learning the about writing information texts.  We will read about the Kingston Frost Dragon and then write about our own invented dragons. In their writing, pupils will be focussing on using adverbs to engage the reader, generalisers, adding on and making comparisons.

In guided reading we will be continuing the book Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson.


In maths this half term we are learning how to carry out additions and subtractions of numbers up to 4 digits.  Pupils are encouraged to use base ten or counters in their calculations. Then we will learn about Perimeter. Pupils can practise at home using Times Table Rockstars and Maths Whizz.


Our science unit is studying living things and their habitats. We will learn how to classify organisms and how to use branching diagrams.  We will explore different habitats and how animals are adapted to them.


In history we will learn about the fall of Ancient Rome. Pupils will learn how the Roman Empire suffered from attacks and invasions, and eventually fell.


In geography we will think about how weather and climate and related. Then we will learn about some key ecosystems in Europe.


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, the children will be taught dance and take part in cross-country and team sports.


This half term we will learn about different holy books.


This half term we will learn about money and how to buy things.


We will be finding out more about our emotions and taking part in the national anti-bullying week.


In art we will review the Elements of Art, focussing on shape, form and symmetry

Design Technology

This half term we will learn how to make and adapt biscuit recipes.


This term we will be learning to play the glockenspiels.


In ICT we will be learning about coding.

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 using BBC Bitesize and the National Oak Academy.


Knowledge Organisers

At the Isle of Ely Primary school we use knowledge organisers as a tool to enhance our students learning and to allow parents and carers to support their child's learning. In our knowledge organisers, you will find essential knowledge, key dates, vocabulary and key figures where relevant. These can be used as a fun assessment tool which will ensure that students remember more and learn more in the upcoming unit of work. 

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Religious Education





Design Technology

Our Class book this term is Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson.

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

Weekly Newsflash 20.11.20

We have planned and written our own information texts about our own mythical creatures in English this week. We have used generalisers, adding on phrases and interesting adverbs to make our writing engaging.  We also had an inspiring author visit from Humza Arshad, author of the Little Badman series – Hear him read from one of his books here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxefwaN_14I .  In Maths, we have been learning how to draw bar models to represent word problems and help us decide which operation is needed. In Geography, we looked at the main ecosystems found in Europe.  In RE, we have learnt about the Qur’an and what it means to Muslims.  In Art, we continued to think about geometric and organic shapes, drawing a still life of some fruit.  Our History this week was learning about the Roman Forum. In Computing, we have begun learning how to uses timers to create repeating actions.

Weekly Newsflash 13.11.20

This week, we have been applying our knowledge of addition and subtraction to estimating and finding the difference.  We also completed some termly assessments and showed how much we have learnt already this year. We also enjoyed using Maths Whizz which we can now use to practice our maths at home. In English, we have been using some of the key features of information texts to innovate our own text about a Thunderdrum. We have begun our new topics in the Foundation subjects. Have a look at the knowledge organisers above to see what we will be learning this term.  In Art, we started learning about shape and looked at Kandinsky’s work. In RE, we are learning about holy texts: starting with the Bible.  In Geography, we learnt about weather and ecosystems and in History, we learnt about why the Romans built aqueducts.

Weekly Newsflash 6.11.20

This week, we have started learning how to use the column method for subtraction. We have used counters and base ten to support our understanding of this, especially when we need to exchange across barriers e.g. 1 ten for 10 ones. I’m extremely proud of how much progress the children have made with this and they have all now become much more confident in using this method. Please remind them to keep practising at home as well. In English, we have been learning about information texts and have started to identify some of their key features. We have read a text about The Kingston Frost Dragon, and have found out about its appearance, diet and habitat. We text mapped the text to help us remember it and have been orally retelling it using actions as well. We have also practised using adverbs openers such as unbelievably, disturbingly and interestingly to engage the reader when sharing facts. The children have enjoyed doing quizzes in our foundation subjects this week and have been able to recall what they learnt last half term. In RE, they were able to apply their knowledge of churches to write a detailed setting description.

Weekly Newsflash 23.10.20

This week, we have been extremely excited to receive our signed copies of The Hidden Tales: Riddle of the White Sphinx. I hope the children are enjoying reading these at home and are starting to work out the codes. In maths, we have started learning how to use the written method for column addition. We have practised using counters and base ten to support our understanding of exchanging. We progressed onto deepening our understanding by completing missing number problems. In English, we have been looking at persuasive writing and have learnt the key features that are within these such as power of three, modal verbs and emotive language. The children enjoyed writing their own rhetorical questions to make characters in our class story, Journey to the River Sea, think about their behaviour and to persuade them to be kinder. In geography, we have been learning about the Equator and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. The children enjoyed finding out how the climates of countries differ based on where they are located in the world.

Weekly Newsflash 16.10.20

This week, we were extremely lucky to have a virtual lesson with local author Mark Wells. The children enjoyed hearing him read the next chapter of Hidden Tales: Riddle of the White Sphinx and asked him questions about his writing inspiration. We are now excited to see if we can crack the codes and discover the secrets of the Hidden. In maths, we have been learning about negative numbers and counting in multiples of 25, including solving problems related to these. We continued exploring sound in science and have been investigating how the pitch is changed on instruments. As part of our German lessons, children have been learning how to greet each other and ask each other how they are. See if your child can teach you some of these phrases!

Weekly Newsflash 9.10.20


This week, we have been planning and writing our own warning stories. I am extremely proud of how hard the children have worked on these. The children have written fantastic stories and have included lots of detail to describe their settings using expanded noun phrases and prepositional phrases. We have really focussed on how to proof-read our writing: including checking our spellings, punctuation and if it makes sense.  In maths, we have continued our place value work on 4-digit numbers: comparing them using more than, less than and equal to, as well as putting them in ascending and descending order. In science, we have been investigating which materials are best for muffling sounds. We learnt that volume is measured in decibels and had fun measuring the volume of sounds created by clapping, tapping and talking.


Weekly Newsflash 02.10.20


This week, it has been fantastic speaking to parents about how well their children have settled back at school in our Teams parent’s meetings.  In class, the children have continued to retell ‘The Canal’ and have learnt how to use prepositional phrases to add details to their setting descriptions. In maths, they have been locating numbers on number lines and building their understanding of place value in 3 and 4 digit numbers. The children have also enjoyed learning about Roman Numerals. In history, we learnt about some of the things Roman’s brought to Britain, including straight roman roads. In geography, we learnt how the local area has changed through time looking at maps of Ely 1000 years ago, 400 years ago and 40 years ago as well as modern maps.  In science, we saw how bigger sounds mean bigger vibrations using string, drum and lots of rice – get your child to tell you all about it! In art, the children learnt how to create tone using stippling, and in RE they learnt about things that happen in churches during Christian festivals.




Weekly Newsflash 25.9.20

This week we have been revising our understanding of place value and have used base ten, part-whole models and place value counters to represent 4-digit numbers. In English, we have started learning our model text 'The Canal' and have created our own story maps to help us internalise the story. The children have enjoyed coming up with actions to help them retell the story and have been using great expression. As part of our Science lessons, we have been exploring sound and finding out what makes the sound. We learnt about how instruments can make sounds through being hit, plucked or blown into, and that the vibrations travel through the air for us to hear the sound. In music, we have enjoyed exploring pulse and rhythm. We were able to express this differently using a range of movements.

Weekly Newsflash 18.9.20

This week, we have done some fantastic story writing based around the story of The Iron Man. I have been really impressed with the children's enthusiam for story writing and their use of imaginative language. We have continued reading 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers and have explored how fascinating and diverse our planet is. We have also enjoyed lots of team building activities such as making towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows and forming letter shapes with our bodies.



Weekly News Flash 11.9.20

We have had a fantastic first week back at school. It has been so lovely to see everyone's smiling faces! This week, we have had lots of discussions around changes in our lives and our feelings about them. The children have focussed on the positives to come out of lockdown such as reduced pollution and increased time with our families. They wrote their own poems about what they did during lockdown and enjoyed reading them to the class. We have also focussed on our school rules and the children have discussed how we can show that we are ready to learn, respectful to others and our property and how we are being safe. Our class book is 'The Iron Man' at the moment and we have enjoyed creating beautiful artwork with oil pastels. Have a lovely weekend!


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