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 learning:

English

Our next Talk4Writing unit will be learning the about writing beginnings and endings to stories.  We will read the story Elf Road, and look at how the author uses adverbials and power of three. In Guided reading we will be reading Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St. John.

Maths

In Maths this half term we are learning how to calculate the difference in times, using statistics and exploring shapes in Geometry. Pupils can practise at home using Times Table Rockstars and Maths Whizz.

Science

Our Science unit is electricity.  We will learn how to make a circuit and what materials are insulators and conductors.

History

In history we will learn about the restoration.

Geography

In geography we be exploring Asia.

PE

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, the children will be taught rounders and athletics

R.E

This half term we will learn about spiritual journeys.

German

This half term we will learn about weather.

PSHE

We will be learning about relationships and sex education. Pupils will learn about human lifecycles and the responsibilities that come with growing up.

Art

In art we will be studying history of art, looking at Roman monuments and making a model Pantheon.

Design Technology

This half term we will learn about pneumatic toys.

Music

Our unit this term is ‘Reflect, Rewind and Replay’. We will consolidate our learning from the year and begin to learn how write music notation.

Computing

We will be learning about writing for different audiences.

Home Learning

Pupils that are self-isolating but able to study can log on to TTRockstars to practise times tables, 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.

Geography

History

Science

Religious Education

Music

Art

German

Computing

Design Technology

PSHCE

 

Our class text is: Dead Man's Cove by Lauren St. John

 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 12.7.21

Unfortunately, our bubble burst this week so we have had to move to online learning. The children have been amazingly resilient and have engaged well with all lessons. I am so proud of how well they have adapted to this. In English, we have started our unit on instructions and have text mapped our model text ‘How to cook a rainbow’. We identified the imperative verbs and practised finding information in the text to answer comprehension questions. In maths, we have been learning about regular and irregular shapes, as well as acute and obtuse angles. The children are able to identify equilateral, isosceles and scalene triangles and can explain the differences between these. Our art was building pantheons, where the children showed their resourcefulness to create amazing pieces of artwork. In geography, we learnt about Japan and used a range of maps and charts to find out about its climate and physical geography. We also learnt about tectonic plates and where earthquakes are likely to happen.

 

Moth Pantheons

 

 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 5.7.21

It has been a very exciting week for all of Year 4.  Those children on the Bushcraft residential had a fantastic time.  They learnt how to make fire using a flint and steel, cooked s'mores, learnt some emergency first aid, enjoyed tent time and den building as well as axe throwing and archery!  Some children were even brave enough to eat fish eyes! Those children that stayed at school made a start on our Arts Week activities: making clay hats, painting and making collages and monoprints.  When all the pupils returned to school on Thursday, they learnt about Mary Cassatt and did some fantastic teacup art and portraits. They have also written a recount of their adventure and spent Friday morning getting to know their next teacher even better.

   

 

 

 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 28.6.21

This week in English, we planned and wrote our own warning stories using our model text ‘Elf Road’ for inspiration. The children were able to apply all of the tools they have learnt over the past few weeks and used a range of sentence structures too. In maths, we have been learning about line graphs. We have learnt how to read and interpret information from these, as well as problem solving using the information. Our geography focussed on the physical geography of China. We developed our understanding of using keys to interpret information from maps such as the amount of precipitation and percentage of land used for farming. In history, we learnt about the Great Fire of London and how it spread so quickly. In DT, we designed and made our own pneumatic toys using a balloon and pipe as the opening mechanism. The children spent Friday morning getting to know their new teachers ready for September and will have two more sessions with them before the Summer holidays.

 

  

 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 21.6.21

We have had an exciting week with Sports Day and the Year 4 multiplication tests.  As well as preparing for the multiplication tests, in maths, we have begun a new unit on statistics, looking at charts and tables. Can you find some examples of tables or graphs in books or magazines at home?  In English pupils have continued learning to use the features from the story, ‘Elf Road’.  After looking at how expanded noun phrases have been used in the story, they have been writing their own, choosing their adjectives for maximum effect.  In science, pupils drew circuit diagrams using standard symbols. In history pupils learnt about the Great Plague and in geography they studied the importance of rivers in India. In R.E, pupils learnt about the Ten Commandments and in PSHCE they explored what makes someone a 'grown up'.  Finally, in D&T, they began to design a pneumatic monster.

 

Moth Sportsday

 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 14.6.21

 

This week, we have continued retelling our model text ‘Elf Road’ and using this to practise the tools needed to write our own portal stories. We have been thinking about what the door to our portal will look like and how we can describe it. We used structures from our model text to consider where we would find the door, what it was made from and what the handle could be shaped like. In maths, we have been revising telling the time on analogue and digital clocks. We have learnt about 24 hour clocks and how to convert between these and 12 hour clocks. We have also been using our understanding of time to convert between seconds, hours and minutes. The children then did some problem solving to make comparisons between times. We have also been preparing for our multiplication assessments next week. The children have all worked extremely hard all year, learning and practising their times tables and have become quick at recalling these. In science, we have been learning about circuits and the components needed to create one. We made our own circuits and learnt about why there needs to be a complete circuit for the bulb to light up. Our history was about Isaac Newton and the importance of his discoveries. In RE, we have been learning about the pilgrimages that Buddhists make.

 

Moth Electricity

 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 7.6.21

 

Welcome back! It has been great hearing about the children’s half term holiday adventures.  This week the pupils have dazzled us with their attitude and effort in our English and Maths assessments.  Pupils have also begun to learn our new model text, ‘Elf Road’.  Can they tell you the story?  In the afternoons, we have embarked on our final unit in each of the subjects.  In geography children have labelled maps with countries and capital cities in Asia.  In computing they have learnt how and why we change the font when writing on a computer.  Our art this half term is learning about Roman monuments and making a Pantheon so the children wrote instruction for what they are going to do.  In science we have learnt about the importance of electrical safety. In history we looked at how the monarchy was restored when Charles II became king. Ask your child to tell you what the Indemnity and Oblivion Act was! Pupils thought about human lifecycles in PSHCE this week. Talk to them about how you have changed as you grew up.

 

 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 24.5.21

 

This week, we have written our own discussion texts to decide whether children under the age of 10 should be allowed tablets. The children enjoyed thinking about reasons for each side of the argument and were able to use the tools needed (reasons, signposts, rhetorical questions & facts) to write a great discussion text. We finished our class book ‘Skyhawk’ and wrote a book review about this. The children have really loved this story and have been able to summarise it in less than 25 words. In maths, we have been revising the four operations and consolidating our knowledge of the methods needed to solve larger calculations. We have completed our end of unit assessments for history, geography, German and art this week. We are very impressed with the knowledge that the children have remembered this half term. In DT, we have been learning about different types of fastenings and considering which would be best to attach to our monsters so that we can hang these up. The children were all able to sew buttons onto a piece of felt and attached this to their monsters. Don’t they look amazing? Have a lovely half term break and enjoy the sunshine.

 

   

 

 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 17.5.21

This week in English, we have continued practising some of the tools we will need to write a good discussion text. We have learnt about signposts and how they are used to give further reasons to an argument, as well as to introduce another point of view. We considered arguments for and against school uniform and text mapped our own discussion texts about this topic. We were able to magpie some of the fantastic emotive language and structures we have learnt from our model text, and had fun retelling these. Our maths this week has been solving problems involving money. We have worked hard to develop our understanding of what the problem is asking, breaking it down into steps and used bar models to support us in deciding which calculations are needed to solve it. In computing, we have been learning about how line graphs are used to present data over a period of time and how we can read the information on them. We created our own line graphs on Purple Mash to show the temperature changes over a day. Our geography lesson was about Spain: we learnt about its history, food and traditions. The children were able to write their own fact files to present this information.

    

   

 

Weekly Newsflash w/c 10.5.21

This week, the children have been learning about discussion texts.  They have learnt the text ‘Should the Pharaoh continue the practice of executing servants to accompany him into the afterlife?’ and thought about the vocabulary used and the difference between facts and opinions. In maths, we have learnt how to represent money using base ten, and how to round to the nearest 10p or nearest £1.  Our geography explored the similarities and differences between Athens and Venice. In science, we linked all our prior learning on changes of state to how the water cycle works.  In art this week, we have been sewing up our monsters, and stuffing them with wadding and lavender and in German we have learnt how to describe animal habitats.

 

 

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

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