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

Mrs Silveira - Class Teacher



                                                    Mrs Del Grazia - Teaching Assistant                                                            

The children will have PE on Mondays and Fridays in the summer term. Therefore please can you ensure that they come to school in suitable clothes on these days.

Our Curriculum – Summer 1:

This half term we will be learning:


In English, we will be looking at discussion texts. We will learn our model text ‘Do we still need zoos?’ and use this to help us learn the key features needed to write a good discussion text. Our focus will be on giving reasons for our arguments and including facts to support these, as well as using signposts to structure our writing.

We will also be learning the portal story The Time Slip Scarab by story-mapping the text and retelling this with actions. Our focus will be on creating action within stories and we will be learning the tools needed to do this. We will be creating atmosphere through similes and personification; showing how a character is feeling through their actions and advancing the action through dramatic fronted adverbials.


In maths this half term, we are going to be continuing our learning of fractions. We will be ensuring we know how to add and subtract fractions, thinking about improper and mixed fractions. After our fractions unit, we will be moving onto decimals. Within this unit we will be exploring tenths and hundredths in more depth and we will look at dividing by 10 and 100. We will also explore how we can write, compare, order and round decimals and use this knowledge to be able to solve problems.


In science this half term, we will be learning about the different states of matters and the water cycle. The children will be able to share the differences between the three different states and provide examples. In regards to the water cycle, we will explore what evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection are.


In history this half term, we will be learning about the execution of Charles I and how England became a Commonwealth country. We will find out how England changed during this period and the impact it had on the people. We will also be learning about Oliver Cromwell and his role as Lord Protector.


Our focus this half term is Mediterranean Europe. We will be looking at the different countries and identifying their capital cities, their languages and their flags. During this unit we will also use our prior knowledge to explore the different ecosystems within these countries.

Physical Education

This half term we will be participating in a fitness unit and will be learning the skills behind cricket. The children will have the opportunity to put their skills into practice in a game situation by the end of the half term.

Religious Education

This half term in R.E, we are exploring Humanism. The children will be looking at the beliefs, the moral values and the different experiences as well as studying the different influences on humanist beliefs.


This half term in Spanish, we will be learning the names of fruits and breakfast items, as well as how to ask politely for these. We will be practising these with actions and games to help embed them into our memory. We will also be looking at the story of El Gigante Hambriento (The Hungry Giant).

Personal, Social and Health Education

This half terms focus in PSHE is managing safety and risks. This unit focuses on introducing concepts of risk management in real life situations. The children will develop their understanding of ways in which risks might be assessed and reduced.


In art, we will be learning about embroidery and needlework. We will be practising tying quilters knots and using a running stitch. We will then use these to create our own small toys.


In music, our theme this half term is South America. We will be getting a feel for the music and culture there, as well as learning about samba music and the sights and sounds of the carnival. The children will be familiarising themselves with traditional sounds and instruments, as well as learning about syncopated rhythms. They will also be composing their own samba breaks in groups.


Our unit in computing this half term is to investigate the changes in weather. The children will have the opportunity to use the computers and iPads to record their own forecast ensuring they use a green screen when recording. In this unit they will also have the chance to predict and record the weather.  


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: The Firework-Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman 


Week commencing 16.5.22

This week, the children have been building their toolkits for using action in their stories. We have been practising how to show a character’s feelings through their actions. In maths, we have been ordering and comparing decimals as well as learning how to round them to whole numbers. Our science has been about the water cycle. See if your child can explain the processes involved. In history, we have been learning about Oliver Cromwell’s son Richard Cromwell and his role as Lord Protector.

Finally, this is the last week for your ideas for our Ely20 – we’ve had some amazing ideas so far including going sailing and watching a West End show! Click on the survey link to suggest your ideas.

Week commencing 09.05.22

This week, we have introduced our new model text: an action story which is called The Time Slip Scarab. The children have had the opportunity to write their own ‘cold write’ and we then began to learn the model text by story-mapping before introducing two tools to our writing toolkits which will help us create lots of action. In maths, we have finished our second unit of decimals. The children have done really well in their end of unit assessment. Please continue to support your child with dividing by 10 and 100. As usual, our afternoons have been really busy. In history, we have continued to learn about Oliver Cromwell. The children had to consider whether they thought he was a good or a bad person by using key knowledge that they have learnt.

And finally, we are collecting suggestions for the 'Ely20' - a list of experiences that our children should have before they leave at the end of Year 6. We would like to collect your suggestions and then the school council will take the ideas to the children who will vote for the top twenty. Once we have the completed #Ely20, the school will then work to create opportunities for all of our children to enjoy these community experiences.

So, we need your help! This survey will be open until Thursday 26th May. Then the children can decide our list and we can share it after the half term break. Thank you.

Week commencing 02.05.22

This week, we have been writing discussion texts about whether children should have tablets. We discussed arguments for and against and the children were able to use the tools we have been learning to explain these. In maths, we have started learning about decimals and how to divide numbers by 10. Our history focused on the commonwealth period where England was without a monarch. We learnt about the changes that were introduced at this time and discussed which people benefit from these. And in science, we have been learning about condensation and where we might see this process occur.

Week commencing 25.04.22

Well done to all children for working extremely hard this week within all of their learning. In maths, we finished our fractions unit. At times we found this unit hard, but all the children showed what they have learnt and then excelled in their end of unit check. English this week has been interesting: we have been sharing our facts and opinions on if we should have wear school uniform or not. Next week, the children will have the chance to write their own discussion text using their own ideas. Science has been lots of fun this week, thinking about what evaporation is. The children explained what evaporation is by using the examples of the process for washing drying on a washing line. Have a lovely long weekend and we will see you on Tuesday.

Week commencing: 18.04.22

Welcome back after the Easter holidays. I hope that you all had a wonderful time at home spending quality time with your friends and family. We have had a lovely few days back and the children have all came back ready and eager to learn. We are continuing our learning in maths, where we are looking at fractions: this week, we have been looking at adding and subtracting fractions and showing the answers as improper fractions and as mixed numbers. In English, the children started the week by completing their ‘cold’ write, which was a discussion text. As usual, the children were very engaged in history as we looked at the execution of Charles I. Have a lovely weekend and we shall see you next week.

Please remember P.E. remains on Mondays and Fridays.

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