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
Music and Culture
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:

  • Recounts (Newspapers)
  • Explanation texts
  • Creative Writing



Maths is taught daily from Monday to Thursday. 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:

  • Money: estimate, calculate and compare different measures, including money in pounds and pence; solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places.
  • Statistics: interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs; solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.
  • Properties of Shape: identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size; compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes; identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations; complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry.
  • Position and direction: describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant. Plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon; describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/ right and up/ down.


Our Science topic for Term 6 is Electricity. The children will develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Identifying  and naming appliances that run on electricity.
  • Identifying and naming the components of a series circuit (cell, wire, bulb, switch and buzzer).
  • Exploring the function of a switch in a circuit.
  • Constructing a series circuit.
  • Predicting and testing whether a bulb will light within a circuit.
  • Exploring examples of conductors and insulators.
  • Drawing a circuit diagram.


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 Gym and Athletics. Gym will take place on Monday afternoons and Athletics will take place on Friday mornings. 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 ‘Health and wellbeing’. Children will be exploring different ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe and healthy. Elliston Class will also be exploring how to look after themselves and keep themselves clean as they are growing up, as well as discussing the difference between male and females.



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 will be comparing the styles of George Seurat and Georgia O’Keeffe and producing pieces inspired by the style of both of these artists.


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 the Gospel in greater depth through the question: ‘What type of world did Jesus want?’


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 ‘Cooking and Nutrition’, where we will be baking some Victorian-inspired recipes.



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. Elliston Class’s Enrichment activity this term will be ‘Music and Culture’.