Elliston (Year 4)

Mrs Chatwin

Class Teacher (Mon-Thurs)

Mrs Williams

Class Teacher (Fri) & Class Support

Mrs Sheppard

Class Support

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 at least once every other week during this time.

English is taught daily from Monday to Thursday and 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. Elliston Class will cover the following genres this term:
  • Rhyming poetry (2 weeks).
  • Traditional Tales: Fairy tales and Folklore (2 weeks).
  • Debate and discussion (1 week).

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. In addition to revising and learning new times tables Elliston Class will cover the following units this term:

  • Division (1 week).
  • Fractions (3 weeks).
  • Place Value: decimal focus (1 week)

Our Science topic for Term 3 is 'Living Things and their Habitats'. The children will develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Pupils will work scientifically by: making observations, measuring, recording and presenting results.

Topic (History and Geography)
Our Topic for Terms 3 and 4 is 'Rainforests'

The children will develop their skills as a geographer by:

  • Learning what rainforests are and where they are located
  • The different types of rainforest and the life they support
  • Describing and beginning to explain why key aspects of a place exist: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts
  • Identify the human and physical features of a location
  • Use maps and atlases to locate and describe features studied using geographical vocabulary.
This term Elliston Class will participate in multi-skills and yoga.

PSHE is taught weekly through both taught sessions and also supported during circle time. 

Our PSHE topic this term is 'Living in the wider world'. 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:

  • Rights and responsibilities as members of families, other groups and citizens.
  • To appreciate and respect their own and different cultures.
  • To know about and respect public institutions and services in Britain.
  • To know about where money comes from, keeping it safe and the importance of managing it effectively.

The children will be studying textiles this term.  They will be researching a textiles designer, designing and making their own Roman style purse. They will 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.


In art 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 sketching, making and painting a clay model of a rainforest creature. The children will be studying the rainforest artist Robert Dyer.

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 'Buddhism'.

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 revising how to stay safe online during internet safety week.


Music is taught throughout the year covering a variety of techniques and styles including singing practice each week. This term, the children will learn to play the recorder and will be exploring the meaning of words in some of our hymns and songs.