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
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:

  • Fiction: Stories with a historical setting
  • Poetry: Haikus



Maths is taught daily from Monday to Thursday, and units are usually two-three weeks 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:

  • Decimals: 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.
  • Time: read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12hr and 24hr clocks; solve problems converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days.


Our Science topic for Term 5 is Sound. The children will develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Exploring how sound travels in waves through our ears.
  • Finding patterns between the volume of the sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
  • Finding patterns between the pitch of a sound and the size of the object that produced it.
  • Exploring how sounds get fainter as the distance from the source increases.


Topic (History and Geography)

Our Topic for Terms 5 and 6 is Changes During Victorian Times. The children will develop their skills as a historian  by:

  • Plotting dates on a time line using centuries.
  • Naming the date of significant events from the period and place it, approximately, in the right place on a time line.
  • Using evidence to describe key features of the period studied.
  • Describing how some things from the past affect life today.
  • Describing similarities and differences between people, events and objects from the period studied.
  • Researching what is was like for children in the period studied.
  • Suggesting sources of evidence to help me answer questions.
  • Explaining how different historic items and artefacts can be used to build up a picture of life in the past.



This term Elliston Class will be taking part in Rounders and Yoga. Rounders will take place on Tuesday afternoons and Yoga will take place on Wednesday afternoons. These sessions will build on the children’s previous experience and allow the children to enhance their co-ordination, balance and teamwork skills. Please ensure that 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 ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’. Children will be exploring different ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe and healthy.



Through our ‘Artist Study’ this term, the children in Elliston class will be taught a range of techniques and styles to help them to develop as artists. We shall look at examples of art work from two key Victorian artists (JMW Turner and William Morris) and we will discuss the ideas and the techniques that they have utilised. The children will use their sketch books to trial their own new designs. This will allow them to experiment with their own ideas before creating their own final pieces in the style of Turner and Morris.


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 exploring Christianity in more depth by focusing on the key question ‘Do people need to go to church to show they are Christians?’


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’s focus will be ‘Problem Solving’.



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 in class, the children’s unit of work is ‘Instruments’.