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 Talk4Writing unit this half term will focus on learning to describe action. The children will learn the story, “Time-slip Scarab” and practise varying sentence length, precise verbs and adverbs to write our own historical portal story.

In our whole class reading lessons, we will be reading the story Sky Hawk and developing our reading skills using extracts from this. We will also be examining non-fiction texts using VIPERS.


In Maths, we are learning about decimals, starting by multiplying and dividing 1 and 2 digit numbers by 10. Pupils can practise key skills at home using Times Table Rockstars and Maths Whizz.


Our Science unit is States of Matter. We will be learning about solids, liquids and gases and the process that occur for matter to change state. We will also be learning about the water cycle.


In History, we will learn about the execution of Charles the 1st and the Commonwealth.


In Geography we will learn about Mediterranean Europe. This will involve developing our atlas reading skills to find out key information such as capital cities.


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. We will be doing fitness and cricket this half term.


We will learn about the non-religious beliefs of Humanism and how Humanists put their world view into action.


We will be learning how to say different animals In German and how to discuss our favourite animals, as well as where they live.


We will be studying Financial Capability and how to Manage Risks.


In Art, we will be studying Needlework and Embroidery. We will be looking at how to threat a needle, tie knots and do a running stitch.

Design Technology

We will learn how to make fastenings with fabric, building on the knowledge we will gain in our art lessons.


This term, we will be listening and appraising music by the Beatles.


In ICT we will be learning how to use spreadsheets.


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






Our class text is: Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis


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 and molluscs) and the differences between these. On Friday, we enjoyed wearing wacky clothes and hairstyles to raise money for Comic Relief. We also shared our favourite jokes. Alessandro’s joke was voted the funniest in our class. You can read it below.

Knock, knock

Who’s there?


Europe who?

No, you’re a poo!


Weekly Newsflash w/c 8.3.21

This week, it has been fantastic to welcome all of the children back to school and seeing all their smiling faces. Everyone has worked so hard this week and I'm extremely proud of how well the children have adjusted to being back. In maths, we have continued learning about fractions: adding and subtracting mixed numbers and converting these to improper fractions to help us. The children have written their own warning stories in English using the suspense toolkit we have learnt over the past few weeks. I am so impressed with the high-level vocabulary they have used as well as the range of sentence structures. In history, we learnt about some of the major battles that were fought during the English Civil War. We continued learning about vertebrates in science - focusing on birds, reptiles and mammals. In geography, we learnt more about the counties within East Anglia. Our computing lesson focussed on computer hardware and we practised using coding language to draw a shape on Logo.



Weekly Newsflash w/c 1.3.21


This week has been our last week of online lessons and we are excited to welcome the children back to school next week. Everyone has worked so hard and we are extremely proud of how well they adapted to learning from home. In English this week, we have continued learning how to build suspense in our writing through the use of dramatic conjunctions and rhetorical questions. We enjoyed celebrating World Book Day on Thursday. We discussed our favourite books and characters, then made these out of potatoes and toilet roll tubes. We also had fun completing a quiz about books. In maths, we have been using our knowledge of times tables to find equivalent fractions as well as to simplify them. We learnt how to convert between mixed fractions and improper fractions too. We found out about the causes of the English Civil War in history and discussed which factors played the biggest role. In art, we used the elements of art to consider the choices Matisse made in his painting 'Fall of Icarus'.


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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