Elliston (Year 4)

Class teacher: Miss Gee
Supported by: Mrs Nash

Elliston Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkSpellings and Maths tests
10:50-12:15LiteracyLiteracyLiteracyLiteracyVoice Tuition/PSHE
2.30-3:00Hymn PracticeCollective WorshipCollective WorshipCollective Worship2:15 Celebration Assembly


Our Topics for This Term:

Early Morning Work

For the first half-an-hour of the day, Year Four focus on developing key skills in Literacy and Numeracy. The children work through a daily maths task to improve their mental agility. They will then complete a handwriting task based on spellings, grammar or presentation, or a reading comprehension task. Children will also be heard read once every other week during this time.



Literacy is taught daily from Monday to Thursday and develops reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Literacy units are usually taught over a two week period. The children have the opportunity to learn about different texts and are encouraged to develop their own creativity and style. In Literacy the children are taught key spellings, punctuation and grammar to help support their accuracy in reading and writing.

This term, Elliston Class will cover the following:

  • Non-Fiction: Persuasive Writing (2 weeks)
  • Fiction: Stories with Imaginary Settings (3 weeks)



Maths is taught daily from Monday to Thursday and the units covered are usually one week in length. The children build on their previous knowledge to extend their understanding in different aspects of mathematics and apply their knowledge when solving mathematical problems and puzzles. Elliston class will cover the following units this term:

  • Fractions: add fractions with the same denominator; subtract fractions with the same denominator; recognise that hundredths are ten times smaller than tenths; recognise and write decimal equivalents for any number of tenths or hundredths; recognise and write decimal equivalents to quarters and halves, including numbers greater than one; solve increasingly harder fraction problems to calculate quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number.
  • Decimals: explore the effect of dividing a one or two-digit numbers by 10 and 100; round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number; compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places; solve simple money and measure problems involving decimals to two decimal places.


Our Science topic for Term 3 and 4 is Living Things and their Habitats. The children will develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Grouping living things in a variety of ways
  • Classifying living things according to their individual characteristics
  • Using and creating classification keys to group, identify and name living things
  • Recognising that environments may change and that this may pose dangers to living things.


Topic (History and Geography)

Our Topic for Terms 3 and 4 is Rainforests. The children will develop their skills as a geographer by:

  • Identifying the position and significance of the Equator and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
  • Describing and explaining why key aspects of a place exist: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts
  • Identifying human and physical characteristics of a location
  • Using maps, atlases and globes to locate and describe features studied
  • Describing and explaining types of settlement and land use, economic activity, including trade links and the distribution of natural resources (energy, food, minerals and water)
  • Using the eight points of a compass, symbols and key to build knowledge of the wider world.



This term Elliston Class will be taking part in Netball and Dance. Netball will take place on Monday afternoons and Dance will take place on Thursday afternoons. These sessions will build on their previous experience and allow the children to enhance their co-ordination and teamwork skills. Please ensure they have their PE kit in school on these days to allow them to make the most of these lessons.



PSHE is taught weekly through both taught sessions and also supported during circle time. Our PSHE topic this term is ‘My Friends and Family’. Children will be exploring how to maintain healthy relationships within a range of social and cultural contexts, as well as equality and diversity in relationships. They will also explore how to respond to risky or negative relationships.



The children will be taught a range of techniques and styles to help them develop as an artist. We shall look at examples from key artists and discuss the ideas they have used.The children will use their sketch book to build their skills and trial new designs. This will allow them to experiment with ideas before creating a final piece. This term they will look at printing techniques.


Religious Education

RE is taught in a focused block week at the end of the term where the children learn about different religions and themes. RE is also supported during themed collective worship each day. This term the children will be focusing on Easter through the theme ‘Salvation’.


Design Technology

The children are taught Design and Technology in a block week at the end of term. This allows the children to research, design, build, evaluate and reflect on their project to create an exciting final piece. The children develop techniques and skills through this process, as well as building their critical thinking skills. This term the children will be exploring Cooking and Nutrition.



The children are taught computing skills throughout the week during different lessons as a way to help develop and support their learning. This will include using a variety of programs on both iPads and laptops. The children follow the school SMART rules to ensure that they use the internet and ICT equipment sensibly.



Music is taught throughout the year covering a variety of techniques and styles. The children will experience voice tuition, recorder and percussion sessions, as well as enjoying singing practice each week. This term, the children will be having a Voice Tuition lesson every Friday.