Year 4 Esio Trot Class

Welcome to the Esio Trot Class.

Who will you find in our class?

Mrs Collins - classroom teacher

Mrs Cliffe - HLTA classroom assistant

Miss Finch: 1:1 classroom assistant

Mrs Collingbourne - PPA cover teacher



Please make sure that a PE kit is in school all week. The scheduled times are Tuesday and Thursday but sometime these change, due to the weather, so PE kit needs to be in school every day.

This term we have Rugby and Dance!

Monday Mornings

We have Thrive Time first thing every Monday morning and we are currently developing our skills of working together and investigating ways to control our emotions using the 'Power for good!'

Autumn 1

The theme for this term is ‘WHERE DO I BELONG?’ At the end of the summer term, the children discussed what they wanted to learn and created some questions to investigate. They wanted to find out more about where they lived and also about our new class names.


Homework is given out every Friday and is due back in on the following Wednesday. Each child will receive one piece of English homework and one piece of Maths. All children have the opportunity to attend Homework club with their class teacher on a Tuesday lunchtime, where they will be given extra support if they need it.

In addition to their homework, children will also receive a list of spellings and times tables every Friday. We will work on these words during the week at school but they will also need to learn them at home in preparation for a test every Friday. There are lots of websites below which could help your child learn their times tables.


Reading is one of life's most important skills and we need to work together to ensure your child develops a love for reading by practicing their skills regularly. Your child is heard to read in guided reading groups by myself and Mrs Cliffe.

Children are also taught to use the skills of inference and deduction and to answer targeted comprehension questions. Children should also be reading at home for at least 10 minutes a night. This could be reading to an adult or to themselves but sharing and discussing your child's book with them will help them to make better progress.

Topic - Autumn 1 Where Do We Belong?

Our topic this half term is entitled ' Where Do We Belong?' and focuses on developing children's sense of belonging.


In English we are writing recounts and autobiographies and learning to speak the text for performance. Our class book is Esio Trot by Roald Dahl and we are exploring 'The Parable of the Sower' in our story telling project. In our writing we are focusing on punctuation and word groups.


In Maths, we are developing our understanding of place value to include numbers up to 10 000. As well as learning about Roman numerals and negative numbers in real life situations. We also be identifying written and mental strategies for addition and subtraction.


In Science, we will be looking at 'How To Keep Healthy' investigating how exercise and food effect our fitness.


Through our topic we will be exploring maps of our local area and finding out the history of Liskeard.

Art and design

To support our work on 'The Parable of the Sower' we investigating how an artist responded to the story, designing our own picture for a new illustration to go into a children's Bible before combining ideas to create a class collage for a display of the story.


We will be carrying out a project on the parable of 'The Parable of the Sower' and exploring the Christian value of trust and hope. Also, we will be investigating the origins of the Harvest Festival linked to our topic on 'Where Do We Belong?'.


This term, the children will be developing their understanding of keeping themselves safe with Mrs Collingbourne.


Mrs Collingbourne will also be teaching french focusing on 'All About Me'


This half term we will are doing tennis and fitness. The children need to remember their St Martin's PE kit which is white t-shirt/royal blue shorts or tracksuit and trainers or plimsolls.

Personal, Health and Social Education

We will be exploring the importance of working together as a team and following rules so we all feel happy and safe ready to learn. We will also be learning about British values such as Democracy by voting for our school council members.

The Parable of the Sower

During the term, the class worked really hard. We started with our RE story telling project on 'The Parable of the Sower.' We learnt the story through Godly Play, read it in the Bible, watched a cartoon version, looked at paintings by other artists, retold the story through music and learnt a poem version. Linking the story to Harvest and our topic 'Where Do We Belong?', we also found out the very first Christian celebration of the Harvest Festival was created by Rev’d Robert Stephen Hawker in 1843, in Morwenstow, near Bude, right here in Cornwall!

We shared all our learning with our family and friends in our class assembly. The children performed brilliantly and shone like the stars they are!

Roald Dahl Drama Workshop

On Thursday 28th September Y4 took part in ‘A Play In A Day’ all about Roald Dahl with the Konflux Theatre Company. During the day, the children explored different drama techniques before rehearsing and putting together the play all about Roald Dahl, his amazing books and characters. It was a fun experience for all the children promoting teamwork and encouraging them to explore different drama skills, body language, facial expression and gesture. Finally, at the end of the day, the children performed it to family and friends! Once again, they were amazing!

Liskeard Museum Trip

To find out more about the history of Liskeard, Y4 visited Liskeard Museum on Thursday 5th October. It was a wonderful oppportunity to look at artefacts, photographs and hear from the volunteers who kindly gave up their time to share their passion for the past with us.

Useful Websites:

Woodlands website - this school website has fantastic online, interactive learning resources to help develop children's understanding of different topics.

Missing co-ordinates - use this website to revise how to find missing co-ordinates on a grid.

Couch to 5K challenge - Maybe you would like to join in with our class challenge too!

Building Blocks Website - this fantastic method of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division will help children's understanding of word problems using the four calculations.

BBC Bitesize Revision - fantastic interactive revision website.

Maths Frame - great maths games for KS2

Education Quizzes - this website tests the children's knowledge on different aspects of their learning.

Nrich Website - excellent website with a variety of mastery questions and games.

Top Marks Websites - Times table activities