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 Del Grazia - Teaching Assistant                                                            

During Autumn term, PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. Children should come to school in their PE kit. Please ensure they have plenty of layers as the weather is so unpredictable.

Our Curriculum:                                                                       

This half term we will be learning:


In English, we will be using Talk for Writing to help us learn the pattern and writing structure for warning stories. Our model text will be ‘The Canal’, which we will story map and learn off by heart to help us write our own warning story. We will focus on the setting element of the story and practise using expanded noun phrases, prepositions and the weather to create a good setting description.

Our non-fiction unit will focus on information texts and we will be using ‘The Kingston Frost Dragon’ as our model to help us learn the key features needed to write a good information text.


In maths this half term, we will be looking at 4-digit numbers in place value. In our first unit, we will be exploring how to round to the nearest 10 and 100, counting in 1,000s, representing 4-digit numbers and looking at numbers up to 10,000 on a number line. Moving into the second unit, we will be exploring finding 1,000 more and less of a number, comparing and ordering 4-digit numbers, counting in 25s and begin to look at negative numbers.


Our science this half term is based around the Human Body. We will be looking into the building blocks of the human body, our teeth and their functions, how our food is digested, what a healthy diet consists of and the importance of vitamins and minerals.


Our history this half term is about the rise of Ancient Rome. We will be learning about the origins of Rome and the influence Ancient Rome has had on our lives today. We will also learn about the Roman Republic and the reign of Julius Caesar.


In geography this half term, our focus is Spatial Sense with an emphasis on Latitude. We begin our unit by learning how to use an atlas. Then we will be looking at the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, how to use a scale on a map, what a grid reference is used for, our local area now and how it has changed over time.


In PE, we will be exploring a range of different balls skills in one of our lessons and then learning skills based around Tag Rugby in our second. These will be on Tuesdays and Fridays.


Our focus in RE this half term is on Christianity and how churches differ. During this unit, we will be looking at the Christian year, how and what Christians celebrate in church, the use of a dating system for Christians and how churches are different by comparing two.


This half term in Spanish, we will be learning greetings, how to introduce ourselves and to describe how we are feeling. We will also learn our numbers to 10 and colours.


In PSHE, we will be finding out about rights, rules and responsibilities. We will be exploring the difference between wants and needs, what the rights of a child are and how these rights come with responsibilities.


In art, we will be exploring the different elements of art, which are colour, line and texture. We will be expanding our knowledge of tertiary colours, practising creating tone by using stippling, understanding what contour and descriptive lines are and using our knowledge to create a detailed image of an animal.

Design Technology

In DT, we will be looking at adapting a recipe by making different flavoured biscuits. During the unit, we will be looking at following a recipe, testing and tasting ingredients, looking at designs and budgets and ending with a biscuit bake-off to see which one is the nicest. 


In music we will be exploring body and tuned percussion in the rainforests. Throughout the unit, we will be looking at different elements of music by using different tracks. For example we start with pitter patter raindrops.


Our unit in Computing this half term is on collaborative learning. We will be learning how to use software online to work as team on a shared document.


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: Charlotte's Web by E. B. White 


Weekly Newsflash w/c 18.10.21

This week, we have written our own information texts using the tools we have been learning about: rhetorical questions, generalisers, adverbials and signposts. The children were great at using structures from our model text, The Kingston Frost Dragon, and are starting to be able to edit their own writing. In maths, we learnt about negative numbers and how to use a number line to work out the difference between these. We tasted different types of biscuits in DT and rated them based on appearance, taste and texture. We then made our own biscuits based on these and designed our own packaging to put them in. We considered the budget we had and worked out our costings and total profit.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 11.10.21

In English, we have continued learning our text map, The Kingston Frost Dragon. Within our lessons, we have been focusing on generalisers, adverb starters and signposts and identifying what their purposes are within the text. The children have had plenty of opportunity to use these features when writing their own facts about a 'Thunderdrum' dragon. In maths, we have been looking at counting in 25s. The children have noticed a pattern, which is that all numbers end with either 25, 50, 75 or 00. Can they count to in 25s to you? In science, we have completed our first end of unit assessment, where the children show what knowledge they have learnt over the first half term. We will be completing the rest of these next week in as well as starting our DT project of baking biscuits. 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 4.10.21

In English, we have started our non-fiction unit on information texts. The children have been text mapping our model text, The Kingston Frost Dragon, and have been practising re-telling this using actions. We have been looking at how information texts are structured into paragraphs. In maths, we have been comparing and ordering 4-digit numbers. We have been able to explain how to do this and understand the value of each place value column. We have learnt what ‘ascending’ and ‘descending’ order means. In science, we have been learning about vitamins and minerals and foods that provide these. Finally, in computing, we learned about the use of digital surveys and we have started to plan our own surveys about exercise.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 27.9.21

In English, we have boxed up our own innovation of The Canal. Following on from this, the children have had time thinking about our toolkit and then taken the opportunity to apply these things by writing their own version. We have continued to learn about number lines in maths as well as introducing Roman numerals up to 100. See if you child can tell you which letters represent 1,5,10, 50 and 100. Our geography lesson this week was really fun and practical: the children had to use an OS map of Ely and locate different places using the grid references on the map. In our science lesson, we explored the different food groups and had the opportunity to create our own 'Eatwell plate' adding different foods to their relevant group.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 20.9.21

In English, we have been innovating our story: The Canal and learning how to use the structure of this model text to help us write our own warning stories. We changed our setting to a beach and have been utilising all our knowledge of expanded noun phrases, prepositional phrases and the power of three to write an effective setting description. We have been learning about number lines in maths and how to work out each interval. This has meant counting in 10s, 50s, 100s and 1,000s to help us check. In science, we have been finding out about the digestive system and how the organs all work together to digest our food. Our art lesson was exploring different types of lines: we learnt what horizontal and vertical means, and looked at contour lines. In history, we learnt about the Roman Republic and the social order of classes. We found out about how Rome was led by the Consul and the Senate. Our P.E. lessons focussed on how to throw the ball using chest passes, shoulder passes and bounce passes.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 13.9.21

Year 4 have worked hard this week developing their understanding of how to describe settings and have been retelling our model text, The Canal, with great enthusiasm. They have been learning about expanded noun phrases, power of threes and using the weather to create atmosphere. In maths, we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, as well as counting in 1,000s. We have been practising how to represent numbers over a thousand and write these in words. This week, we started our Spanish lessons and learnt how to greet each other. Our science lesson was about the different types of teeth we have and their functions. In history, we explored how the Romans have influenced modern day life and looked at their architecture, roads and calendar. Art focussed on creating tones using stippling and in computing, we learnt how to collaborate on a document.

Weekly Newsflash w/c 06.09.21

This week in English we completed our first cold task, where we had to write a setting description of a canal. From this, we have been story mapping our model text to learn the story through actions. In maths we have started our first unit on place value. We have been looking at numbers to 1000s and learning how to round to the nearest 10s. Continue to practice these at home if you can. Our afternoons have been very busy starting all our new units of work. In geography, we looked at using an atlas and how to use the index to find different places on the map. Art was also lots of fun; we expanded our knowledge on tertiary colours and thinking about skills from particular artist's work. Have a lovely weekend.

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