Elliston (Year 4)

Ms Lawrence

Class Teacher

Mrs Jones

Teaching Partner

Early Morning Work

For the first half-an-hour of the day, Year Four focus on developing key skills in English and Maths. 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.


English is taught daily, which develops reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. English 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 English 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 (2 weeks)
  • Explanation Texts (3 weeks)
  • Authors and texts – book discovery (3weeks)

Maths is taught daily from Monday to Friday and the units covered are usually two 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:

  • Shape (2 weeks)
  • Statistics (2 weeks)
  • Position and direction (3 week)


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 ‘Ancient Egyptians’; the children will be exploring the question ‘What should we treasure the most in life?’ We will be exploring the location of Egypt, the Egyptian beliefs and rituals, the significance of the River Nile and the impact on life in Egypt today.


This term, PE will take place on a Monday and Friday afternoon. On Mondays lessons, they will be taking part in rounders, developing their key skills, which will take place outside.  On Fridays, the children will be taking part in athletics on the front playground.


PSHE is taught weekly. Our PSHE topic this term is ‘Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing’. 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 to:

  • Understand ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe and healthy
  • Understand that mental wellbeing is a normal part of daily life in the same way as physical health
  • Develop techniques to calm themselves and manage difficult feelings.

Religious Education

RE is taught weekly, 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 ‘Kingdom of God’, by enquiring the question ‘When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?’

Design Technology

The children are taught Design and Technology in a block. 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 electrical systems.


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.  This term they will be using ICT equipment to research our topic, present information and create some digital art.