Year 4AK: Blog items

LKS2 Easter Celebrations

Date: 27th Mar 2024 @ 1:41pm

What fantastic entries we had as part of our Easter competition. Year 3 and 4 made some fantastic entries, and everybody's efforts deserve recognition. As a prize for entering the competition, every entry will recieve a chocolate lolly. Other prizes have been given for the most independent, and best use of every day materials.

Have a look at the entries on the attached document - you'll be amazed!

Electrical Circuits!

Date: 22nd Mar 2024 @ 3:30pm

In Science this week, we had lots of fun trying different electrical components, see attached pictures! 

Our main Scientific question was does it matter where we place the switch in a simple electrical circuit? 

We learnt that it doesn't matter where in the circuit you put the switch - the effect is the same. The bulb glows because electricity flows through the thin wire inside the bulb called a filament and makes it hot! 

Homework has been sent home, please complete and return by the 28th March. 

Have a lovely weekend. 




Science week & Red nose day!

Date: 15th Mar 2024 @ 3:50pm

We have had a brilliant science week, 4AK's favourite part was making slime, have a look at the attached pictures. 

For red nose day, we created our own unique red noses for the school councillors to judge on Monday, have a look at a few fantastic entries. 

Have a good weekend! 


4AK World Book day!

Date: 8th Mar 2024 @ 1:02pm

We have had a fantastic morning making puppet characters, reading our favourite stories with parents and reading with Reception. 

Have a look at the attached pictures and have a wondeful weekend! 




Sketchbook Splendor!

Date: 1st Mar 2024 @ 1:22pm

4AK have had a wonderful first week back in school full of learning!

We are so proud of our Sketchbooks so far, have a look at the attached pictures. 

Homework has been sent home, please make sure it is completed and returned by Friday 8th March. Continue to read at home and practice your times tables. 

Have a lovely Weekend! 



'The great wave'-Paolo Terdich

Date: 16th Feb 2024 @ 1:16pm


4AK have had a fantastic learning journey in Spring 1, they are all so proud of their work and achievements. We've been working with Miss Mcaffer this week on some water inspired artwork. We took inspiration last week from 'The Great Wave'. This week, we were inspired by an artist named Paolo Terdich to create some oil pastel artwork and some sketching. Have a look at a few of the amazing pieces that we created. 

Holiday homework and the spring 2 overview have been sent out today. Please continue to read and practice your times tables. 

Have a great holiday! 

Spring- week 4 4AK

Date: 26th Jan 2024 @ 1:27pm

Hello, we have had another busy week in 4AK! 

We started off the week with trip to see the River Medlock to carry out our local river study. We then located the features of a river on a map and created a field sketch of the river. See the attached pictures!

In maths we continued to plot co-ordinates on a grid and create our own ploygons and oblong shapes on a grid. In English we have been looking at Kenning poems ready to write our own on Monday and continue to enjoy our class text ' The waterhorse'. In Science,we investigated how temperature affects evaporation and set up an experiment that we will observe for 14 days. We will then show our observations using a line graph. We continued with our sketchbooks practicing our new skill of 'see three shapes'. The children first drew an outline of their object, then added shadow and form for the final sketch. See attatched pictures. 

Homework has been sent out- please complete and return by the 2nd February. 

Have a lovely weekend! 


Spring- Week 3 4AK

Date: 19th Jan 2024 @ 8:28am

Hello, we have had a busy snowy week this week!

In Geography,  we continued to observe and measure rainful using our rain gauges. The highest measurement was 9.5cm of rain so far! we will contine to observe next week. Some children also shared their brilliant school council manifestos to the class before we went to the polling station in school and voted for our new class/school councillor. Have a look at the attached pictures! 

Homework is being sent out today, please complete and return by Friday 26th January. 

Please make sure your child is practicing their times tables and reading every day. 

Have a great weekend! 





Week 2 in 4AK!

Date: 12th Jan 2024 @ 8:25am

Hello, we have been super busy in 4AK this week!

We created our art sketchbooks and sharpened our continuous line drawing and backwards/forwards drawing skills. See the attached pictures, we are so proud!

In maths, we have been multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. In science we have been learning about the particles in a solid, liquid and gas. We also made a rain gauge in Geography and we can't wait to observe and see the results over the next 2 weeks. Have a look at the attached picture of our rain gauge in the school garden. 

Homework has been sent out today, so please return it by next Friday. 

Have a great weekend! 




Y4 visit to St Cross Church

Date: 24th Nov 2023 @ 2:02pm

What a busy week! We have visited St Cross today (Friday 24th November 2023), where we met Father Chris who taught us a lot about Christianity. This is a part of our RE learning about What it means to be a Christian in Britain today. 

Mrs Hughes received an email from Father Chris saying how utterly utterly delightful Y4 were. Mrs Hughes was very proud. Please see some of the pictures below. Because of this lovely comment, we have managed to earn some extra golden time...

Autumn 2 Week 1

Date: 3rd Nov 2023 @ 1:46pm

This week, we have begun our new CC geography unit about California. As part of this unit, we will learn lots about our planet. This week we discovered that there are four main layers to the Earth. The crust, which is the layer we live on, is the thinnest layer, then we have the mantle, then the outer core and finally the inner core. The inner core is around 5000-6000 degrees celsius hot. 

As part of our CC learning, we have begun to read a new core text called I survived the San Francisco earthquake 1906 which contains fictional characters, but it is based around real events.  This week have written similes and methaphors as well as using a range of sentence starters. 

In in our science lesson, we have begun to learn about the digestive system, which is how food travel in, around and out of the body. 

Next week we will be visiting a Hindu Temple on Thursday. Please return your letter if you have not brought it yet. 

Our assembly today was presented by two firefighters who told us all about their work and how we can keep safe around bonfires.

Homework has been sent home today, and spellings/timestables will be tested next Friday. 


4AK freestyle football

Date: 13th Oct 2023 @ 12:47pm

What a fantastic time year 4 have had with Rabaz. Rabaz taught the children some fantastic football skills and tricks! Have a look at some of the pictures!   

Week 5 in 4AK

Date: 6th Oct 2023 @ 4:06pm

We have had a brilliant week in 4AK! 

We have been super scientists this week, exploring the effects of tooth decay. We are conducting an observation over time to look at the effects of different liquids on eggshells. The reason we are doing this is because egg shells are similar to the enemael of our teeth. So far, we have observed the shells for two days. In those two days, we have seen that the orange juice seems to have had the greatest effect on the egg shells, the surface of the shells see, to have began to bubble, and the colour has changed a lot. We will continue to observe this next week and we will share our results next week. In swimming, we have all grown in confidence and learnt to float on our back and stomachs this week! 

We finished off our week with making frienship bracelets in golden time! 

Homowork has been sent out and next week we will be focussing on 5x and 10x tables, remember to practice! 

Have a great weekend!


Week 4 in 4AK

Date: 29th Sep 2023 @ 4:18pm

What another exciting week in year 4! 

In maths, we used our knowledge of place value to help us partition and represent numbers to 1000 using gattegno charts, place value columns and lots of other representations, next week we will be focusing on numbers to 10,000. In Science, we continued to explore teeth and how we can avoid tooth decay! We have also learnt about the features of a non chronological report in English  and planned our own on the Acient Maya. We can also name classroom objects in Spanish and can talk about how Diwali is celebrated!

'Can we go swimming every day?'- The children are really enjoying swimmimg and are growing more and more confident each week!

Homework is being sent home today (Friday 29th), there will be spellings, times-tables and maths work to practise. Please return your homework by Friday 6th of October. Spellings and timestables will be tested then. Also, please make sure you read every night and sign the reading record so we can be the best readers!

Week 3 in 4AK!

Date: 21st Sep 2023 @ 1:09pm

What an exciting week this has been! 


In P.E in our gymnastics lesson we practiced our forward roll, it was challenging! We had a fantastic swimming lesson where we were taught how to get into the pool safely and some of us even went into the 2m pool!

We continued our science unit on teeth, learning all about the structure of teeth. We used our key vocabulary root, crown, enamel, dentine and pulp to label a diagram of a tooth. We also learnt about what type of teeth a carnivore, herbivore and omnivore have. We know that carnivores have long sharp canines to tear their prey! 

This week, we also delved deeper into the world of Ancient Maya, describing their society and their jobs. We learnt that priests were the most important part of society and they were bought gifts and other maya would work for them for free!

In maths, we have mastered using column subtraction and addition with more than one exchange and can solve worded problems.  In English, we practised our retrieval and inference skills, and showed off our skills using speech, fronted adverbials and  expanded noun phrases to write our own Maya myth!

In Music we played lots of singing games and learnt how to control the tempo of a musical instrument in our new maya song. After our spanish lesson we now know our numbers 0-10 in Spanish!

Next week, we have PE on Monday so we'll need to wear the correct kit, and we continue swimming on Wednesday.

Check back next week for more information!



School linking project visit

Date: 30th Jun 2023 @ 12:21pm

On Thursday, we visited a different school in Wythenshawe called SS John Fisher and Thomas Moore primary school. We spent time making friends with different children which was a lot of fun. We were all in a group with children who we'd never met before, and at first it was a little scary and played some games whereby we learnt more about our new friends. We even had a competition to see which group knew the most about climate change and team 4 won. We saw Chris and Izzy again who are from the charity HOME who ran workshops for us on the day. We explored the school and got to see different classrooms - the school was very different to ours. As well, we found out that the person who drew the Minions was a pupil at their school. In the afternoon, we made posters of how we would change the world with our new friends. We had a great time at break and lunch, even though their break and lunch times are shorter than ours. Luckily, we had a third breaktime in the afternoon which made up for it. 

Viking Day

Date: 9th Jun 2023 @ 2:27pm

On Tuesday, Year 4 celebrated our Viking day where we came dressed as Vikings, and participated in  a range of Viking activities. 

At the beginning of the day, we decorated our shields and took them outside to play some team games. One was called fishing. Later, we raided an Anglo-Saxon village and found lots of artefacts! After breaktime, we raided a British village and Miss Bryce and Mrs Caine were not very happy...they came back to class to find that their furniture had been plundered! oops! We celebrated our victory with mead.

We explored Thor's hammer next, and created it using marshmallows or flapjacks. We're not sure Thor's real hammer was that tasty...

In the afternoon, we began our CC unit and explored the similarities and difference between the Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions!


Date: 21st May 2023 @ 2:59pm

On Monday, year 4 ventured to Castleton! Whilst we were there, we visited Speedwell Cavern - a mine where you travel underground on a boat! Although it was spooky at first, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

We also completed a traffic survey and field sketch which we will now compare with Clayton.



Wicked Wednesday with the school linking project

Date: 19th Apr 2023 @ 2:30pm

What a wicked Wednesday morning Year 4 have had. We had two visitors from HOME who worked with us on some drama. We explored friendships, and how to work together as a team. We had such a great morning, and the visitors, Izzy and Kris, spoke to Mrs Hughes on their way out of school, and said how they were impressed they were by the fantastic behaviour and attitudes shown this morning. 

We will continue with our school linking project throughout the rest of our time in year 4.


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Children's Mental Health Week

Date: 16th Feb 2023 @ 1:00pm

Last week was Children's Mental Health week in school. During the week we did lots of activities such as discussing what makes us calm, midfulness colouring activities, yoga and tried out some breathing exercises. 

We also buddied up with Year 4 and 5 and went on a walk and chat around the daily mile track on the playground. It was lovely to see all the children having a walk and talk! 

Here are the links to some of the exercises we tried in class should you wish to have a go at home:

Rainbow breathing


Mindful looking - Bubble bounce 

An exciting week in 4CB!

Date: 20th Jan 2023 @ 4:10pm

This week has been very exciting in 4CB.


On Monday, we explored rainfall and the uses of water. We then worked in table groups to create rain gauges - we will be using these throughout next week to measure just how rainy Manchester is. A common prediction was that it will rain that much, that the gauges will break!

On Thursday, we went on a school trip to visit the River Medlock. Although it was icy and snowy, we really enjoyed observing the river and identifying the different features we had already studied in class. 

On Friday, we had a special visit from Mrs Hughes. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been working extremely hard at creating a persuasive letter. Some of us wish to keep the egg that we found a couple of weeks ago, in hopes of a mythical creature hatching - whilst others want to get rid of the egg. When Mrs Hughes visited us today, we shared some of our letters with her - she took the rest away to read. The final decision on whether we can see if it hatches or not, will be Mrs Hughes' and we are all eager to hear thoughts.

In golden time, Tyrese and Aghana worked very hard at making a tower out of pencil crayons. They hope to one day make a tower as tall as Mr Leverton! And asked to share their progress on our class blog.


I wonder if next week will be just as exciting?

Welcome Back

Date: 7th Jan 2023 @ 1:03pm

What an exciting first week back in school!


When year 4 arrived to school on Wednesday, we discovered a mysterious egg on the playground. We have no idea what the egg contains, but we have decided to try and convince Mrs Hughes to let us keep it - in hope that it hatches.


This week we have researched reasons for and against keeping pets. We then argued our points in a debate - Miss Gee and Miss Brookes decided that the against argument was stronger (but that Miss Brookes still wanted to keep the egg).


On Thursday, we launched our geography topic "How would we survive without water?" by performing a rain dance. We were very successful as it rained for the entire day!


We can't wait to find out what next week holds for us.

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. 

Children in Need

Date: 18th Nov 2022 @ 12:59pm

As part of our Children in Need celebrations today, Year 4 joined in with BBC's 'Mood Booster.'


We joined a live video, where we were able to watch and participate in some different excerises and dance moves. This definitely helped boost our moods, and ready our brains for some more learning! 

‘We create, We explore,

We care, We soar’


Ravensbury Community School

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Maureen Hughes | Headteacher

Jo Wendt | SENCO

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