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
Springboard Gymnastics
Music (Recorders)PSHE
2.30-3:00Collective 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:

  • Poetry: Narrative (List Poems)
  • Fiction: Stories from Other Countries
  • Non-Fiction: Debate and Discussion



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:

  • Multiplication and division: recall and use multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12; count in multiples of 6, 7, 9. 25 and 1000; use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including multiplying by 0 and 1 and dividing by 1; multiply together three numbers; recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations; multiply two digit and three digit numbers by a one digit number using formal written layout.
  • Area: understand what is meant by the area of an object; find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares; comparing shapes by area.
  • Fractions: recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions; count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten.


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 Indoor Gym and Tennis. Gym will take place on Monday afternoons at Springboard and Tennis will be during Enrichment. 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 ‘Looking Forward’. The children will be setting their own personal goals and exploring the importance of resilience in relation to achieving their goals.  The children will go on to investigate the importance of economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen, as well as the importance of showing mutual respect for and tolerance of those from different cultures and backgrounds.



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 sketching techniques and using clay to create a 3D model.


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 learning about Buddhism and Buddhist teachings.


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 electrical systems, with a particular focus on designing their very own alarm system.



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 developing their ability to perform a variety of music, combining both rhythm and pitch, during focussed recorder sessions.