Year 3/4

Y3/4 Class teacher – Mrs Vicky BondMiss V Colclough - Class Teacher, Numeracy Co-ordinator

I have been at Ravensmead Primary School since September, 2013. Prior to this I taught for 5 years in key stage 2 in a school in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. I enjoy teaching maths and helping the children to develop their confidence and skills in a subject that many children find tricky. This enjoyment for the subject has led to me completing my Maths Specialist teacher qualification and taking on the responsibility of the subject across the school. Aside from this I really enjoy art and any kinds of drawing and love to work with the children helping them to develop their creativity.



Y3/4 Class teacher – Mrs Lauren StanyerMiss L Horne - Class Teacher

I have been at Ravensmead Primary School since September, 2014 although I was formerly a pupil here. This is my first teaching position and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead. I really enjoy drama and anything related to the theatre therefore I am looking forward to being more involved in the fantastic productions that the school perform. I enjoy reading to the children, especially Roald Dahl’s books and in particular ‘The Twits.’



Mrs Charlene Lockett  TeacherY3/4 Class teacher – Mrs Charlene Lockett

I began my teaching career at Ravensmead in 2002 and have taught in the Foundation Stage for the last 13 years. This year I have taken on a new role as a Year 3/4 class teacher, teaching for the first time in Key Stage 2.

My responsibilities at Ravensmead have included being the Foundation Stage Manager for 5 years, with my current role as P.E co-coordinator, where I work alongside Mr Heppell. I enjoy leading after school sports clubs and particularly enjoy giving the children the opportunities to compete in leagues and competitions.



Y3/4 Class teacher – Mrs Grocott
Miss K Tomkinson - Teacher

I have been teaching at Ravensmead Primary school since September 2010. Since joining Ravensmead I have taught in Key stage 1, Nursery and Reception. I am really looking forward to my new role teaching in year 3/4.

My other responsibility in school is leading the School Council. Our School Council meet on a regular basis to discuss different matters and fundraising ideas, its a great opportunity for children of different year groups to come together and make important decisions about our school. It is lovely to see the children ‘be the best that they can be’ in class and in our School Council.


Homework in Y3/4

Homework is given out on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned by the following Tuesday.

Each week the children will have:

  • 1 piece of literacy
  • 1 piece of maths
  • Spellings to learn (Test days decided by individual staff)
  • Reading (every night if possible)
  • Research and follow up work when appropriate


Information for parents with children in Year 3/4

Brazil Topic Web

Where in the world are we topic map - September 2017

Egypt topic web

Rivers and mountains topic web

Greek topic web


Stone Age workshop

On Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th January, the children in year 3/4 took part in a Stone Age workshop. Across the two days the children took part in a number of activities and learnt lots about the lives of the people who were alive during the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.

During the archaeology session the children learnt how to be an archaeologist, how to safely dig for artefacts and then clean and categorise them. They studied the artefacts to find out which time period they were from and then from this created their own group museums to show changes through time.

In the technologies session the children learnt how to do a number of jobs that the people would have needed to do during this time period. They made their own arrows using sticks and flint, lashing them together with leather; it was rather tricky! Using a quern stone the children learnt how to grind grain into flour; it was hard work and 35 of them made just enough flour in 45 minutes to make 2 bread rolls!

The children also learnt how to weave and spin wool and created their own bracelets using bronze beads and teeth.  When they weren’t taking part in the workshop the children were completing their art projects, looking at the various cave paintings that have been discovered and also turned one of the Y3/4 cloakrooms into their very own cave, complete with cave drawings! Everyone had a fabulous time and it was a great way to launch our topic.


Y3/4 become miners for the day!

On 8th and 9th November the children in year 3/4 visited Apedale Heritage Museum as part of their current topic on ‘Where in the World are we?’ The children have been learning all about the local coal mining history and this trip enabled them to experience life underground. During the day they took part in 3 activities;

The coal mine! Equipped with helmets and head torches the children ventured underground into a drift mine. They learnt about how the coal has been mined since Victorian times and how tools and equipment have changed. They found out about the different jobs that the miners had to do, how they stayed safe and experienced how dark being in a coal mine would have been.

Apedale Heritage Museum. The children were taken around the museum by the extremely knowledgeable centre volunteers who taught the children more about the mines, the local area, the life of a miner and how coal is formed.

Nature Walk. Walking around Apedale country park, the children learnt about the different animals and insects that can be found there and also where important places in the area are and how they have changed over time.

A fabulous day was had by all involved and the children thoroughly enjoyed their visit, especially their time underground!

Apedale Heritage Centre is a fabulous local attraction. If you would like more information about the centre and the events that take place throughout the year please visit their website.

Or take a look at these leaflets advertising upcoming events there.

Apedale heritage centre leaflet

Apedale valley light railway leaflet

Apedale valley light railway- tracks to the trenches

See Santa by steam at Apedale


Ancient Egyptian day

On Thursday 19th July, to bring their topic of Ancient Egypt to an end, the children of Year 3/4 had an Ancient Egyptian day. They were all asked to come dressed as somebody from the time period, costumes included Pharaohs, slaves and even mummies. We also had a very impressive Anubis costume.

Throughout the day, children took part in a number of activities to bring their topic to an end including making papyrus paper and neck collars, and learning how to read Ancient Egyptian numbers. They also showed off their impressive costumes to the rest of the school during a parade in the morning.

A huge thank you to all of the parents for taking the time and making the effort to produce some amazing costumes, adding to the super day had by all!


Bread Making

This week the children have been learning to bake bread in year 3/4. The week started with them taste testing different bread types and also possible ingredients to add to their bread such as cranberries, walnuts and poppy seeds. They then designed their bread before making it in class. The children then tasted and evaluated their bread with lots of positive responses. A fun and messy time was had by all!



Once again children in year 3/4 have taken part in the Artscool exhibition at MMU Crewe.  The theme of the project this year was ‘The Link between India and the UK,’. Using this title year 3/4 focused on combining the cultures of the countries.

Over the past few weeks all of the children have worked really hard to complete their art project, which has encompassed sketching scenes of the Potteries and using spices to paint them, designing their own rangoli patterns and transferring their designs on to black paper, adding colour with lentils, coloured sand and pulses. Using the idea of the national animal being projected on to famous landmarks, the children created their own design. They had an outline image of famous British and Indian buildings and created a design for a projected image. Each picture was in the shape of the opposite country’s national animal and the children used symbols that they thought represented the country to complete them. The children then transferred their design on to acetate and coloured them using acetate pens.

The project culminated in a visit to MMU Crewe on Tuesday 27th June where 50 children represented Ravensmead. The children took part in a range of different workshops including Street dance, Junk art, drumming and visiting their work display professionally in an art exhibition.

For more photos go to Artscool 2017.


Year 4 Residential to Stanley Head

On Wednesday 5th April, the Year 4’s headed off for their residential stay at Stanley Head. The children have faced many challenges over their three days away, the first being to make their own beds! A great time has been had by all, the weather was kind to us and all the children managed to survive outside and complete their activities with huge smiles on their faces. Activities from their stay included crate stacking, climbing, archery, pond dipping, night time orienteering, camp fire, nature walks and team building challenges.

A huge well done to every single one of the children in Year 4, they ALL gave their best, worked hard as a team and made many happy memories. Here are just a few photographs from the stay, there are many more to follow and of course the year 4 Stanley Head assembly which will be on the afternoon of Thursday 18th May.


Greek food tasting

As part of their topic Ancient Greece, Year 3/4 tasted a range of Greek foods in topic this week.
The foods they tasted included feta cheese, olives, pitta bread, grapes, sultanas and greek yoghurt. The children described the food’s appearance, texture and taste as well as scoring each food out of 5.
Children then learnt about foods eaten during Ancient Greek times and used this information to design a meal for an Ancient Greek person to try.


Dementia Workshop

On Monday 21st November, the three Year 3/4 classes took part in a Dementia workshop lead by Will Boyce, the chairman of the charity Ravensmead is supporting this year called Approach which is a local charity that supports people with dementia in this area.

Will spoke to the children about dementia, explaining how the brain is affected and answering questions the children had. The children played a memory game to demonstrate just how important it is to remember things and they discussed how it might feel for someone who has dementia and is finding it hard to remember.

Both children and staff found the workshops extremely informative and we are all looking forward to working with Will again in the future.


Greek God Rap

Greek God rap lyrics


Ancient Greek clay pot workshop

On Thursday 3rd November, Year 3/4 children took part in an Ancient Greek clay pot workshop. Through the day children took part in three activities:

  • Using clay just like the Ancient Greeks would to make a coil pot and a slip pot.
  • Using a computer programme to design their own Ancient Greek clay pot.
  • Sketching design ideas and designing a final design for how they are going to decorate their clay pot once it has been fired.

The children had a very enjoyable day and worked really hard in every activity, learning lots about Ancient Greek pottery throughout the day.


Ancient Greek workshop

On Thursday 22nd September, the children took part in an Ancient Greek workshop to enhance their learning of their current topic. Rob from Arty-Fact Theatre Company brought Greek myths and legends to life through his humorous and engaging performance. During the workshop, children heard the myth of Pandora’s Box, learnt about the Olympic games and visited the Oracle on Mount Olympus. Both children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the performance, with lots of laughter and a wealth of information gained to support learning.


Carnival Day

On Tuesday 19th July, Year 3/4 brought their current topic ‘Brazil’ to an end with a Carnival Day. On the day, children wore brightly coloured clothes and took part in a parade around school, showing the carnival headdresses they made for ‘Artscool’ and throughout the morning they participated in three Brazil related activities including hula hooping, limbo, garland making and Brazilian dance. The children also worked with Mrs Webb in the afternoon to compose their own piece of Brazilian style music.

Well done to Frank and Holly for winning ‘Limbo King and Queen’ as well as Chris and Abigail for winning ‘King and Queen of hula hooping’.



The children worked hard in the classroom and at home in preparation for their visit to Artscool, a festival celebrating aspirations, achievement and creativity through the Arts.


Making Lobby

In Y3/4 to bring our Spring topic ‘Where in the world are we?’ the children learnt about local dishes and in particular lobby. We found out about the history of the dish and why it was popular amongst poorly paid pottery workers. After finding out about the different food groups and how to make sure that we are eating healthily we then designed and made out own lobby before eating it of course!

“The lobby was delicious and the best bit was that we made it ourselves!” Rubi.

“I liked making the lobby because we got to eat it afterwards,” Harrison.

“Top lobby!” Mr Bell