Year 4LJ: Blog items

Spring 1 Week 3

Date: 20th Jan 2023 @ 10:29am

What a chilly end to to the week!

Today, year 4 visited the River Medlock which flows through Phillips Park. This is a part of our CC learning, and we had a look to see if we could spot any meanders or pollution. We heard the water swaying and flowing, squirrels and birds in the trees, saw lots of rocks and trees!  The river was surrounded by trees and near many public spaces. It was quite icy too, so we were extra careful! 

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Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 13th Jan 2023 @ 2:04pm

We did an experiment on solids, liquids and gases.

In writing we've been writing a persuasive letter to Mrs Hughes

In maths, we've been working on fractions.

We have been reading 'The Water Horse' in our class reading lessons.

In P.E. we have been developing our underarm throw.

In swimming we had races to improve our swimming speed.

In English we were writing about the mysterious egge we found.

In CC we are learning how to survive without water.

In CC we are learning to save water

In writing we are working on a final draft of a letter.

In music we composed a soundscape to represent different bodies of water.

We completed a problem solving workshop with the 'Happy Puzzle Company'. 

We went for a swimming lesson and some of our confident swimmers used fewer swimming aids.

In CC we looked at river banks and a flood plain.

In CC we learnt how a lake gets to the sea.

We've learnt about improper fractions.

In our assembly we learnt to never give up.

We had a spelling test and improved on my last scoreIn science we we grouped different materials.

In maths we learnt to convert improper and mixed numbers.

We have read 3 chapters of 'The Water Horse'.

We developed our knowlede of what fractions are.

We learnt Spanish names for colours.

In science we compared different states of matter.

Spring blog 1

Date: 6th Jan 2023 @ 2:28pm

Happy new year!

What a busy week. Read and outline of our week below.

On January the 4th, when we arrived at school, we found a mysterious egg in the playground. We brought it upstairs to our classroom and decided what we should do about it. We decided that we would write a persuasive letter to Mrs Hughes to try and persuade her to either get rid of it, or let us keep it and see what might happen. We then explored the features of a persuasive letter, and focussed on the reason, audience and features. We then generated points for and against, before debating as a class. The jury decided that they would side with the points against keeping the egg, but we will see what Mrs Hughes says. You'll see a picture of the egg below.


In maths, we have been learning about fractions. We have looked at what a whole unit is, used a fraction wall to find equivalent unit and non-unit fractions. This is something we will continue next week. 

Connected curriuculum

In our CC this week, we launched our unit by creating a rain dance, which is why it has rained so much this week - sorry! We have explored what a river is and the different features of it. 

Check back next week for more fun-filled learning! Mysterious egg.jpg

R.E Visit

Date: 25th Nov 2022 @ 8:35pm

On Thursday, Year 4 visited the St Cross Church.

This linked to our R.E topic 'What is it like to be a Christian in Britain today?'

During our visit, we were able to explore many different areas of the Church. These included the Vestry, Ladies Chapel, Font and Sunday School area. Father Chris was able to teach us about the importance of the Church to Christians, whilst answering the hundreds of questions that we had. 


Each child followed our school rules of being respectful, responsible and safe. They were brilliant ambassadors for our school!


Attached are some pictures of our morning there. 

Super science

Date: 18th Nov 2022 @ 11:28am

For this week's science, we have been creating food chains. We looked at producers, consumers, prey and predators. We learnt that most food chains begin with a plant, which takes it energy from the Sun in a process called photosynthesis. We also learnt the animal which is at the end of the food chain (and is not eaten by anything else) is the predator. We learnt that prey can sometimes be a primary consumer, but a predator is the secondary consumer. This links with what we will be learning next week, which is all about food webs. 

This has all been a part of our science unit on animals including humans and focussing on the digestive system.

Take a look at a some of the food chains that we made below...4LJ science.PNG

Week 2

Date: 11th Nov 2022 @ 3:26pm

What a week!

We have made so much progress in our swimming this week and even learned how to use back stroke and how to use 'frogs legs' to move in the water! 

We have been using arrays to multiply and divide in maths this week, and applying our knowledge to answer depth 3 challenges - some have been tricky!

Because we will be visiting a church in the next few weeks we explored what happens in a church and also looked at the wesbite of St Cross church. 

We did a lesson with Will from CCO this week and explored the playground using our orienteering and map skills.   

We have been reading our class text this week and have reached chapter 9 in the text and are excited to see what happens to the characters next now that the earthquake has happened!


Check back next week for some pictures!

Freestyle Tricks

Date: 4th Nov 2022 @ 3:20pm

What a fun first week! 

This week, we had a visitor called Rebaz Mohammed visit Ravensbury. He showed off some his his fantastic skills and tricks and eve taught us some too! Have a look at the pictures to see our skills. A booklet has been sent home this week which shows how to complete the different tricks. Why not have a go at home?

Check back next week for more Year 4 fun! 


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Happy half term!

Date: 21st Oct 2022 @ 11:46am

This has been a busy start to year 4.

Here are just some of the things we've achieved this half term:

  • Making a Maya tortilla and designed recipe
  • Swimming
  • Read a story about a set of Hero Twins
  • Use part-whole models in maths
  • Celebrate me day
  • Orienteering in PE
  • Harvest celebrations
  • Singing and music with Miss Kent
  • Teeth in science
  • Looked at the effect of tooth decay on some eggs.
  • Compared civilisations in CC
  • Wrote a non-chronological report and a myth
  • Spoke about Diwali
  • Learned why the Maya civilisation almost ended
  • Learned how to exchange in maths (addition and subtraction)
  • Learned how to compensate in maths (to make things easier)
  • Visited the library
  • Wrote manifestos and voted for our school councillor
  • Voted for house captains
  • Looked at mental health and what that means
  • Created a class charter of our rights and responsibilites.


And so much more! Thank you parents for coming in and visiting us to share our celebrations for celebrate me day and to make our tortilla! 

Have a great half term!


Homework 14.10.22

Date: 14th Oct 2022 @ 8:18am

Please find attached this week's homework.

You should return your homework to school by next Friday (21st) as we will be testing spellings.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Jones and Miss Brookes

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Celebrate me day!

Date: 14th Oct 2022 @ 8:10am

What a fantastic day we had celebrating us!

The children came in wearing clothes which celebrated their culture, religion, heritage as well as things which represented them (favourite colour, their aspiration). Rumour has it there was a Manchester Bee floating around in 4CB...

We visited an assembly where we had visitors who used to attend our school, celebrating all that they have achieved since moving on from Ravensbury. It was fantastic to see so many members of our schoool community.

In the afternoon, Year 4 spent time reflecting on what makes them who they are today. This was reflected in some fantastic artwork that they created. This artwork will be displayed outside of our classrooms and will remind us every day how important it is to be individuals, and to celebrate who we are! 

It was fantastic to see so many parents come and join us and celebrate our school community. Thank you parents.

We'll show the finished product soon!

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Homework 7.10.22

Date: 7th Oct 2022 @ 7:58am

Please see below for a copy of this week's homework.

All homework must be returned to school by Friday 14th October. If your child has misplaced their homework, you can collect a new copy from their class teacher. Alternatively, you can complete the attached homework on scrap paper.

Miss Brookes & Mr Jones

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Egg-cellent Experiments!

Date: 5th Oct 2022 @ 11:59am

Over the past week, year 4 have carried out a very interesting science experiment - all about tooth decay. As the surface of an egg shell is very similiar to the enamel on teeth, they chose four different liquids to submerge the eggs into.

We then observed the egg shells over a week, and studied what happened to the surface of each of them.


By Wednesday, the jugs were very smelly! 

Homework 30.09.22

Date: 1st Oct 2022 @ 2:45pm

Please see below for a copy of this week's homework.


All homework must be returned to school by Friday 7th October. If your child has misplaced their homework, you can collect a new copy from their class teacher. Alternatively, you can complete the attached homework on scrap paper.


Miss Brookes & Mr Jones 

4LJ Blog 4

Date: 30th Sep 2022 @ 2:06pm

What another exciting week in year 4. The weather today is not fantastic, so we must remember our coats!

During our swimming lesson, lots of us no longer needed the noodles to support us, and at first this was quite scary, but we succeeded - we even jumped in to the pool! We've spent time this week sharing who we believes which members of the class deserve to be on outstanding at the end of each and every day, this is so that we all have an opinion that we know what outstanding behaviour looks like in year 4. Our CC focussed on the different Maya gods, of which there were hundreds! Writing this week focussed on using coordinating conjunctions to extend our sentences in our non-chronological reports, as we have finished writing our Maya myths!

We also explored when and how to use apostrophes to mark possession.  We have begun and observation over time to see the effects of sugar on teeth by using egg shells in a range of liquids. Next week, we start addition and subtraction in maths and will be writing our non-chronological reports!


4LJ eggs.jpgHave a look at our science experiment so far!

4LJ Blog 3

Date: 26th Sep 2022 @ 3:02pm

What a week for sport! Considering there was only 4 school days, we squeezed lots in.

In our swimming lesson, some children went in to the big pool, also known as the deep end. We were so excited to achieve this, and we're sure that we will all do it at some point this year.

Sports day was great fun. We earned lots of point for our houses. So far, Earth house is in the lead, but there's still time to change that!

Reading this week focussed on sequencing the events of the Hero twins text and our writing focussed on writing our versions of the myth.

Spanish this week focussed on actions for sitting down, standing up and listening as well as some numbers! 

This week we also visited the library with Mrs Thewlis, and discussed the different rules of how to act and behave in the library.

We focussed more on how to keep our teeth clean in Science, and how we should look after them!

Maths focussed on Roman Numerals to 100 and we learned that I = 1, V = 5, X = 10, L = 50 and C = 100.

Remember to wear your PE kits on Monday and only wear jewellery that you can take off.  Clubs start next week too!

Homework 23.09.22

Date: 23rd Sep 2022 @ 5:09pm

Please see below for a copy of this week's homework.


All homework must be returned to school by Friday 30th September. If your child has misplaced their homework, you can collect a new copy from their class teacher. Alternatively, you can complete the attached homework on scrap paper.


Miss Brookes & Mr Jones 

4LJ Blog 2

Date: 16th Sep 2022 @ 1:55pm

Here we are already! The end of week 2.

What a fantastic we had during our swimming lesson, the children were all so brave! We learned how to float like a star in the pool. The water was cold at first but we soon got used to it. We learned to kick our legs in the pool whilst holding on to the wall. 

In our Spanish lessons, we played a Spanish version of Simon say, where we had to listen to and follow instructions. Sentaos means sit down.

As part of our CC, we looked at important dates in Maya history and created a timeline. 

We began writing our own version of the Maya myth (Hero Twins). 

In science, we explored what a herbivore, carnivore and omnivore is and why their teeth can be different. 

Maths this week focussed on larger numbers up to 10,000, comparing and partitioning them. 

We learned how to use a search engine carefully and what a search engine is!

Next week, there is no school on Monday because of the Queen's funeral. Next Wednesday we have our second swimming lesson , (please arrived at 9am sharp). Next Friday is our sports day (Friday at 9.10am). Please come and watch us between 9.10am and 10.10am.

Have a great long weekend!


Homework 09.09.22

Date: 10th Sep 2022 @ 12:33pm

Please see below for a copy of this week's homework.


All homework must be returned to school by Friday 16th September. If your child has misplaced their homework, you can collect a new copy from their class teacher. Alternatively, you can complete the attached homework on scrap paper.


Miss Brookes & Mr Jones 

4LJ Blog 1

Date: 9th Sep 2022 @ 1:53pm

What a fantastic week we have had to start Year 4! We have been learning about lots of different things.

In maths, we have been using lots of mathematical words such as intervals, increase, digit, number and numeral. We have represented and created numbers to 1000 as well as partitioned numbers to 1000. Later on in the week, we began to use numberlines to plot missing intervals.

We began our connected curriculum this week and have started learning about the Maya! We played an ancient Maya game called Pok-Ta-Pok where we weren't allowed to use our hands or feet to try and get a ball in to a hoop. It was really hard! 

We started our computing learning this week, which is all about how to keep ourselves safe online. We created pposters explaining how and what you should do if you get an unkind message.

In our reading and writing lessons, we started reading the text 'Hero Twins' which is a story of two ancient Maya twins called Hunahpu (Hoo-Na-Poo) and Xbalanque (Sh-ba-larn-kay). We described the lords of death and the twins using expande noun phrases. We had to remember to include a comma!

Music was a focus this week. On Thursday we started our music lessons with Miss Kent and had our singing assembly too!

We talked all about teeth in science this week and discovered that children usually have 20 teeth and adults usually have 32 teeth. Incisors are the teeth at the front of your mouth and are used for cutting. Canines are for ripping and molars are for chewing and grinding food.

Next week, we are looking forward to start out swimming lessons and we must be at school by 9am on Wednesday morning because we will be leaving at 9am!

This week we have been given words to practise spelling at home, as well as some maths homework. These need to be brought in next Friday (16th).

Don't forget about the meet the teacher session next Tuesday (13th)

Check back next week for another blog update!

4LJ :) 


Victorious Vikings!

Date: 8th Jun 2022 @ 4:46pm

Were the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings successful invaders?


Year 4 arrived to school today dressed in their amazing viking gear. We completed many outdoor activities, such as invasion and team games. We then went inside, where we raided an Anglo-Saxon village (year 5 classrooms) to find hidden artefacts. 

When we returned to class, we used icing and marshallows to create a replica of Thor's hammer, before exploring how Vikings travel and why they invaded.


It was an exciting day, that all children and staff enjoyed! Children behaved really well, and enthusiastically tried each activity. 

Miss Brookes & Miss Kenwell

Times Table Champions!

Date: 18th May 2022 @ 12:02pm

Year 4 had a wonderful afternoon showing our adults all of the fantastic times table learning we have been doing in class this year.  We played games, made fortune tellers and raced on TT Rockstars and the children did an amazing job of demonstrating the techniques we have practiced.

Thank you so much to everyone who came in and helped us to make it a success!

We hope you found it as useful as we did - please let us know if you didn't manage to get hold of one of the practice packs we handed out and we will send it home ASAP!


Our School Trip to Castleton!

Date: 6th May 2022 @ 3:08pm

This week, Year 4 were luck enough to go on a school trip to Castleton and had an exciting expedition down into the Blue John mine!

On the way to Castleton, we looked around to see how the environment around use was changing, we could see less houses and more trees and fields and even managed to spot some cows and sheep with tiny new-born lambs!

When we arrived at the mine, we were taken down to explore by Brian, a guide from the village. He told us that the mine was created around 300 million years ago! It was made by fast-running water which eroded the rock and millions of tiny fossils made of shell and bone. We walked down 245 steps to get to the bottom of the mine where we saw the amazing Blue John crystals that give the mine its name.

After we finished our tour, we got back on the coach and headed into Castleton town centre for lunch. After lunch, we took part in a traffic survey - monitoring how many cars, vans, buses, motorbikes and bicycles went past. We will also complete a traffic survey in Clayton, so we can compare our results with those of Castleton.

We were so incredibly impressed with the way that Year 4 conducted themselves during this trip. They were respectful, responsible and safe throuhgout the whole day and were so polite to the adults both from school and in the mine and village. 

We are so proud of you all!

Well done Year 4 :) 

Amazing Artists!

Date: 3rd May 2022 @ 2:41pm

Today we have been using our incredible sketching skills to draw rural areas in the Peak District before our trip there tomorrow!
we thought about what kind of marks we could make to show light and shadow, how we could use this to make our pictures appear 3D and we learned about foreground and background and how we could use these to help us when sketching.

We used watercolour paints to add some colour to our drawings. Have a look at the images we created - do you think you would like to visit any of these locations?

Spooky Stories

Date: 27th Apr 2022 @ 3:17pm

Today we started our new text, Room 13. We have been looking at spooky stories that create tension and suspense. 
Using our knowledge from previous scary texts and by looking at the front cover and blurb, we made predictions about this text and hid them inside our own Room 13.

We will check back and see who made a correct prediction once we have finished the book!


Our CC Launch!

Date: 27th Apr 2022 @ 3:01pm

This half-term, we are exploring the question 'How is Castleton different from Clayton?' 

To launch our geography learning, we completed an orienteering activity. Using clues and the entire playground, children had to mark locations on their map.

They were given challenging clues that included using points on a compass. (For example: take 10 steps south-west from the stage).

Take a look at how we did!

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