Welcome to Grasshopper Class Page!

Grasshopper class is one of the Year 4 classes here at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From browsing 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 which have occurred each week. The children in Moth class will have P.E. on Tuesdays and Fridays in the spring term. Therefore, please ensure that they come to school in suitable clothes on these days.

Who works in our classroom?


Teacher: Miss Overson             Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Kiss

 

Our Curriculum – Spring 1 :

This half term we will be learning:

English

In English, we will be using Talk for Writing to help us learn the pattern and writing structure for portal stories. Our model text will be ‘Leon’, which we will story map and learn off by heart to help us write our own portal story. We will focus on dialogue and how it is used to tell us more about characters. We will also be learning how to punctuate and set out dialogue, as well as building a bank of synonyms for said.

Our non-fiction unit will focus on newspaper reports and we will be using ‘Boy, Box, Baffled’ as our model to help us learn the key features needed to write a good newspaper report. We will build on the children’s previous knowledge of recounts, including writing in the past tense and in chronological order, as well learning how to write an introductory paragraph to share the important information such as what, when and where. We will also learn how to use a range of sentences to vary pace and create emphasis.

Maths

This half term, we will be continuing to look at multiplication and division. The children will be learning written methods to help multiply and divide. Within multiplication they will be looking at multiplying more than two numbers. In division they will be looking at dividing a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number, dividing a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number and then looking at remainders. Please ensure that your child is continuously practising their times tables at home.

Science

In science this half term will we be looking at ecology. Within this unit we will be exploring living things and their habitats, the different natural cycles, the web of livings things, air pollution and how it is a threat to the environment and then finally looking at ecology within our local area.

History

In history, we are learning about the Mayan civilisation. We will look at how historians came across this civilisation and compare the similarities and differences between society then, and society today. We will also look at what goods they traded and how they grew so quickly.

Geography

In geography this half term we are going to be exploring London as our capital city. Within this unit we will be starting by finding out the history of London and how it expanded over time. Following on we will be exploring the industrial parts of London and their impacts. The children will think about planning a trip to London and looking at how they would travel their and back. We will also look into depth at the London underground and what its purposes were. Then finally we will be looking at what tourists would explore when visiting London.

Physical Education

In PE this half term the children will be practising the skills behind Hockey on a Friday morning. On Tuesdays afternoons the children will be learning and practising a new dance routine.

Religious Education

In RE this half term we are learning about the 5 Pillars of Islam (Shahadah, Salah, Zakat, Sawn, Hajj) including the duties that Muslims should perform to fulfil these.

Spanish

The children will start this half term with a cultural lesson finding out about Epiphany in Spain and revisiting months of the year in Spanish. The children will then learn the nouns for family members. Using this new knowledge, they will create a family tree before moving on to learning facial features in Spanish and how to use colours as adjectives to describe parts of the face.

Personal, Social and Health Education

In PSHE the children will begin to develop lifelong skills in communication and working with others. It will help them to identify and value their own strengths, gifts and talents and to understand how these, along with others’ skills and strengths can contribute to the success of a group task.

Art

In art this half term we will be looking at light and space. We will be exploring how artists use light and shadow to focus on attention, and how artists they use light and shadow to create mood, They will also be understanding the relationships between 2D and 3D shapes and how artists can use a variety of techniques to create an illusion of depth.

Design and Technology

In DT, we will be exploring pavilion structures; learning about what they are used for and investigating how to create strong and stable structures. The children will then design and create their own pavilions, complete with cladding.

Music

In music, we will be learning about changes in pitch, tempo and dynamics. We will be linking this to the theme of rivers and representing the different stages of the river through vocal and percussive ostinatos, culminating in a final group performance.

Computing

In this unit the children will develop their research, word processing, and collaborative working skills whilst learning how web pages and web sites are created, exploring how to change layouts, embed images and videos and link between pages.

 

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.

Geography

History

Science

Religious Education

Art

Spanish

Computing

Music

D&T

Our class text: Ariki and the Island of Wonders:

Weekly Newsflash W/C 16.01.23

This week in English, we have continued to learn our portal story, Leon, however we have now started to innovate the text as a class in preparation for our 'hot writes' next week. The children have worked really hard ensuring they are using the correct punctuation when using speech. In maths, we have started to learn how to multiply 2-digit numbers by a 1-digit number. Please can we ask the children to continue to practise this to help them with other areas of learning in maths. In geography, we have been looking at how we would get from Ely to London; the children have learnt that using a train might be quicker than using a bus or car. Have a lovely weekend. 

Weekly Newsflash W/C 09.01.23

This week in English, we have been learning our portal story, Leon. We have done a lot of learning about direct speech and how to punctuate it. In maths, we have been learning about factors and multiplying numbers by 10 and 100. We have needed to know our times tables well in order to do this so please continue to practice these at home. In history, we have continued our learning on the Mayan civilisation and have looked closely at the city-states and why they were built there. We have been really enjoying our class book, Ariki and the Island of Wonder and have completed a hot seating activity involving the key characters, so feel free to ask us about Ariki, Ipo and Bad Boy.

Weekly Newsflash W/C 02.01.23

Welcome back to 2023. We all hope that you have had a lovely Christmas holiday. We are looking forward to lots of new learning that is going to occur in Year 4 this half term. Just a gentle reminder that our PE days are on Tuesday and Fridays now, so please ensure that children are in suitable clothing on these two days.

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