Welcome to our class page!

Moths are one of the Year 4 classes at the Isle of Ely Primary School. From this page, you will be able to read about our curriculum and learning activities.



Mrs Berrill - Class Teacher (Weds-Fri)                                               Mr Lloyd - (Mon-Tues)        


Miss Reitinger - Teaching Assistant                                                     Mrs Parker - Pastoral Support Assistant


This half term we will be studying at home and in school. We will be learning:


Our next Talk4Writing unit will be learning the writing action.  The children will learn the story, “Time-slip Scarab” and practise varying sentence length and precise verbs and adverbs to write our own historical portal story.

In Guided Reading we will read Sky Hawk and use examine non-fiction texts using VIPERS.


In Maths this half term 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 learn about solids, liquids and gases and how matter changes state.


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


In Geography we will learn about Mediterranean 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 we will learn about Humanism and how Humanists put their world view into action.


This half term we will learn about animals.


We will be studying Financial Capability and how to manage rrisks.


In art we will be studying Needlework and Embroidery.

Design Technology

This half term we will learn how to make fastenings with fabric.


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


In ICT we will be learning about spreadsheets.

Home Learning

Pupils that have to isolate this term can join all our lessons via Teams. Work to complete for each lesson will be set in assignments, and marked by the teacher.

All pupils can log on to TTRockstars to practise times tables, Maths Whizz for personalised tutoring, 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 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 we are 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.  Maybe you can try growing olives or oranges at home..?  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.



Weekly Newsflash w/c 19.4.21

We have had an exciting week in Moth 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.  In maths, they have learnt about tenths and how to write decimal fractions.  In art, we have been learning how to thread a needle, and in German we have begun to learn names for animals. In geography, the children labelled maps of Mediterranean Europe and in Science the children have learnt the three states of matter: Solids, liquids and gases. In computing, the children explored 2Calculate on PurpleMash.  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. We're 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 DT, 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, the children have completed a unit on fractions, learning how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and how to find a fraction of an amount.  The have practised using fraction strips, bar models and number lines to help them solve problems with fractions.  In English, we have been learning about explanation texts, retelling the model text, ‘Why you should not go into the forest’ and practising starting sentences with a range of conjunctions.  In D&T, the children learnt about frame structures and built model pavilions using cocktail sticks and plasticine.  In science, the children have continued their work on the different classes of animals by learning about invertebrates.  In geography the children learnt about the counties in the South East of England and thought about how the airports, Channel Tunnel and ports connect the UK to the rest of the world.

We also enjoyed a wacky Comic Relief day. Here is the class' joke competition winner: Why did the teacher put on sunglasses? Because her students were so bright!




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 we're 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. We are 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.  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.  This week we 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.

Moth London



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 uses –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 plan journeys to visit some famous landmarks. In Science we discovered how food is digested.  We really enjoyed a day focussing on Music.  We explored different types of music, wrote our own lyrics, and then used Chrome Music Lab to compose 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. We were 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.


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