Elliston (Year 4)

Class teacher: Miss Potter
Supported by: Mrs Nash

Elliston Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkSpellings and Maths tests
Nature Explorers
2.30-3:00Hymn PracticeCollective 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: Recounts
  • Fiction: Myths
  • Poetry: Images (Free Verse)



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:

  • Place value: Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000; Find 1000 more or less than a given number; Recognise the place value of each digit in a four digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones); Order and compare numbers beyond 1000; Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations; Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000; Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers; Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.
  • Addition and subtraction: Add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate; Estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation; Solve addition and subtraction two step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.


Our Science topic for Term 1 is Animals, including Humans. The children will develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Identifying the different teeth in the human body and describing their functions
  • Describing the different functions of the organs in the digestive system
  • Using and producing food chains to identify producers, prey and predator
  • Using observations and knowledge to answer scientific questions
  • Recording findings using simple scientific language and labelled diagrams
  • Reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations.


Topic (History and Geography)

Our Topic for Terms 1 and 2 is The Romans. The children will develop their skills as a historian by:

  • Using phrases such as century, decade, before Christ, before, after and during to describe the passing of time
  • Describing similarities and differences between people, events and objects from the period being studied
  • Explaining some times when Britain has been invaded
  • Explaining how different historic items and artefacts can be used to build up a picture of life in the past
  • Plotting dates on a time line using centuries
  • Researching two versions of an event and explaining how they differ.



This term Elliston Class will be taking part in Swimming and Multi-Skills. Swimming will take place on Tuesday afternoons at Warminster Sports Centre and Multi-Skills will take place on Friday mornings. 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 swimming/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 ‘Our Happy School’. The PSHE sessions give the children a chance to develop their communication skills, learn about themselves and others, as well as learning about the wider community.



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 allows them to experiment with ideas before creating a final piece.


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 developing further their understanding of the traditions followed in this religion.


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.



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 are developing their understanding of different styles of music and a variety of musicians through their lessons during Voice Tuition and Enrichment time.