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:

  • Stories with dilemmas (3 weeks)
  • Information Texts (3 weeks)

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:

  • Multiplication and Division (4 weeks).
  • Shapes (2 weeks).
Our Science topic for Term 1 is ‘States of Matter’. The children will develop their scientific knowledge, skills and understanding by:

    • Grouping materials based on their state of matter.
    • Explaining how a material changes state as it is heated or cooled.
    • Measure or researching the temperature at which a material changes state
    • Describing the water cycle.
    • Explaining the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.
Pupils will work scientifically by: observing patterns, for example, what will increase the rate at which fabric dries?

Topic (History and Geography)
Our Topic for Terms 1 and 2 is ‘The Romans’:

The children will explore the geography of Europe and Italy. They will learn about the history of Ancient Rome, the Ancient Romans, their society and everyday life, the Roman Empire and its affect on Britain and archaeological discoveries.

They will develop their skills as a historian by:

  • Plotting significant dates in the history of Rome on a timeline
  • Asking questions about Ancient Rome
  • Using evidence to describe the key features of Ancient Rome
  • Describe how some things from the past affect life today
  • Describe similarities and differences between people, events and objects from Ancient Rome
  • Research what life was like for children in Ancient Rome
  • Using Roman artefacts to build up a picture of Ancient Roman life.
The children will develop their skills as a geographer by:
  • Using the eight points of a compass, symbols and key to locate European countries.
  • Identifying the human and physical features of Italy
  • Using maps, atlases and globes to locate and describe features of Italy using geographical vocabulary
  • Describing the types of settlement and land use in Italy.
This term Elliston Class will participate in tennis and tri-golf.

PSHE is taught weekly through both taught sessions and also supported during circle time. Our PSHE topic this term is ‘Relationships’. 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.  We will also be focusing on national anti-bullying week.

The children will be taught to:

  • develop and maintain a variety of healthy relation-ships, within a range of social/cultural contexts.
  • respect equality and diversity in relation-ships
  • under-stand how to respond to risky or negative relation-ships and ask for help.

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.

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 question: What was it like to follow God?

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 equipment for research and writing.


Music is taught throughout the year covering a variety of techniques and styles including singing practice each week. This term, the children will have Voice Tuition every Friday and will be exploring the meaning of words in some of our hymns and songs.


  • We will tell the story of Jacques le Gourmand, using actions to accompany the words.
  • We will practise asking and answering conversational questions and be able to use several phrases to describe the weather.
  • We will learn the vocabulary for different colours and find out how and where to use colour adjectives in simple sentences.
  • We will be writing sentences using a language scaffold and a bilingual dictionary.
  • We will look at French Christmas traditions and use some Christmas vocabulary.