Date: 22nd Oct 2021 @ 5:12pm
5JB had a great afternoon investigating the effect of water resistance on floating objects! The children competed to design and make a boat that would hold the most cubes. The children found that the boats with the biggest surface area were the winners!
Date: 22nd Oct 2021 @ 4:02pm
Firstly we have had such an amazing first half term with you all and we are so proud of how well you have all settled.
This week in Nursery we have had so much fun learning all about hallowen. The children have enjoyed painting pumpiks and learning about spiders. We have been reading the story 'Room on the Broom' and the children have loved the witches hats and wands in the classroom.
We have been focusing on remembering to 'choose it, use it, and put it away' and giving children 'Oustanding' stickers everyday for this!
The whole nursery team is looking forward to having you all back in on the 2nd of November when we will be learning all about Autumn.
Have a lovely week,
Miss Walker and Miss Wilkinson
Date: 22nd Oct 2021 @ 3:19pm
We have been designing and making periscopes this afternoon. We have explored a range of designs and worked together in teams to achieve a great product. We cannot wait until after half term so we can use them to spy on others around the school.
Date: 22nd Oct 2021 @ 11:38am
I can't believe we have finished the first term of the year. It seems like only 5 minutes ago I was meeting the children for the first time on the playground... now they know their way around the classroom like the back of their hand and and showing some amazing independence.
I am so proud of all the children and I can't thank you parents and carers at home for all of your support. It is great to see them progressing and I am looking forward to meeting with you next term to show off the fantatsic work they have done so far.
Today we have had a special visit from the local fire officers who spoke to the children about what they should do to keep safe around bonfire night. One member of our class even got to give a demonstration to the whole of Key Stage 1 - well done Lilly Ann!
Over the holidays we will be setting some special homework for the children to do based on what they have learnt so far. I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with!
On that note, please enjoy your holiday with the children. As I keep saying, they have worked so hard this term so really do deserve a big rest. I can't wait to hear what they get up to!
See you soon,
Date: 21st Oct 2021 @ 3:21pm
As part of our Connected Curriculum topic 'The Maya: What can they teach us?' we have been learning about Mayan foods.
The children tested different Mayan foods last week and chose which ones they wanted to include in their recipe. They then designed their tortilla and wrote out the recipe using lots of imperative verbs.
Take a look at our final creations - which ones would you like to try?
Date: 21st Oct 2021 @ 11:25am
This half-term, year 4 have been learning all about the Maya. Over the last couple of weeks, they have learned about seasonality, and different types of food.
4CB have written their own Maya recipes, and yesterday, created their own Maya tortillas! They worked very hard, and the final product was delicious.
Date: 20th Oct 2021 @ 4:48pm
The children in Earth enjoyed participating in their house treat today. Well done Earth!
Date: 20th Oct 2021 @ 1:18pm
We have been looking at the order of words in English sentences this week. It can be so tricky, so we colour coded the subject, verb and object in each sentence to help us.
Great work everyone !
Date: 20th Oct 2021 @ 11:40am
Last week, we completed two very exciting science experiments!
In the first experiment, we were investigating the effect that friciton had on shoes. We measured the amount of force was required to move a shoe across grass, concrete, wood, lino and carpet. Then the children identified the surface which created the most friction with the shoe - most children found that it was the carpet because it was a rougher surface.
In the second experiment, we made paper helicopters and dropped them several times from the same height. Then, we added paperclips one at a time to see if the increased weight made a difference to the speed it fell to the floor. The children found that more weight meant greater speed because it caused the helicopter to spin more which increased the air resistance.
Everybody worked really scientifically, recording their results very well!
Date: 18th Oct 2021 @ 4:50pm
Talking Top Tips!
Hello wonderful Ravensbury families. This is the first in a series of blog posts designed to help you support your child at home in developing their speaking and listening skills. Lots of the curriculum in Nursery and Reception relies on children being able to express their thoughts clearly. There are many ways you can support this at home, but this week’s TOP TIP is about getting your child’s attention.
When you want to talk to your child, try getting down to their level before speaking. This will make it easier for the child to hear what you are saying when you begin, as well as giving them the opportunity to see the shapes your mouth makes as you talk. This will help them develop some of the trickier speech sounds that they are not yet able to make on their own. This is especially important for sounds such as th as in think, sh as in shower or ch as in choice.
Before starting to talk to your child, say their name. Children find it difficult to listen whilst engaged in another activity. Wait for them to stop the activity or give you eye contact before speaking to give them the best chance of listening and responding.
Think carefully about the background noise when you are speaking to your child. Young children are unable to distinguish passively between noises they hear and do not ‘pick out’ the speech in noise the way adults do. If you are talking to your child near a busy road, with the TV on in the background or with the radio on in the car, they have to first decode which parts of what they have heard are speech before they are able to understand the words that have been spoken. Where possible try to spend time each day talking to your child in an environment with limited background noise.
Have a go at this over the half term and please come and see me if you have any questions or concerns!
Date: 18th Oct 2021 @ 12:36pm
In art, we have been studying the work of William Morris, who was an artist who lived during the Victorian times. His work is often recogniseable by his use of images found in nature. He wanted to bring nature into people's homes in the cities during the Industrial Revolution and his work could be found in repeated patterns on wallpaper.
We produced our own William Morris inspired tiles. Aren't they eye-catching?!
Date: 17th Oct 2021 @ 10:43pm
Today Year 6 were lucky enough to have a live zoom meet up with Donavan
Christoper, a poet, also known as Rappaman.
Not only did he read us some of his fantastic poetry, he inspired us to dig deeper and find out more about the origins of Black History Month by researching Carter G Woodson. The children really enjoyed finding out about this inspirational figure and were curious to find out more as well as enjoying listening to a fab poem about him.
Donavan also asked us to find out more about other black heroes:
The Scar eyed Queen of Kush
And to research the Ancient World of African Kingdoms such as Nubia and Kush as well as more current heroes like the European Championship footballers who played for England this year!
Here is what the children said after the zoom...
Date: 17th Oct 2021 @ 8:15am
This week Year 2 have been learning about eating a healthy balanced diet. We have learned about the different food groups and what they can do to keep our bodies healthy. We then used that knowledge to create a healthy balanced meal!
Date: 17th Oct 2021 @ 8:05am
Maths is one of our Key Priorities in school this year. In Year 1 we have started a project called 'Mastering Number' which allows children to use lots of concrete resources to help them to understand number bonds, odd, even numbers and concepts such as ordinal numbers and doubling and halving numbers.
We have a maths star this week who has used the ideas in our mastering number lessons and independently went to the maths area to find the number bonds for 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 using the part whole model and cubes. Well done Hussain!!! He even went to show Mrs Thewlis and Miss Wendt the photograph and explained what he did! Great Job!
Date: 16th Oct 2021 @ 9:53am
We love challenge Fridays in reception, in fact it's our favourite day of the week! The children love challenging themselves to complete all of the challenges set.
This week we had 3 challenges linked to this weeks learning.
The children could choose an Autumn challenge, a number challenge or a ready steady Mo maths challenge. The most popular was definitely the Autumn challenge. The children loves using the leaves that they had found to print red, orange and yellow colours onto the paper.
"look it looks like the floor on my way to school this morning!" Kadie
"the leaves feel so so squashy." Zara
"orange red leaves!" Muhammad
Date: 16th Oct 2021 @ 9:05am
Last week Year 2 were learning about writing instructions in English so to get us started we followed instructions on how to make Mucky, messy garden stew!
We had lots of fun outside in the school garden areas collecting ingredients and making our garden stews!
Date: 15th Oct 2021 @ 5:01pm
We have had another very busy week this week. This children have continued to work hard and make me proud... big high fives all around!
We have looked at the addition symbol and began to use concrete resources to solve them. We introduced ourselves to counting on on a numberline and used the big number tiles to make our own numberline on the carpet. Everyone was given a number sentence to solve and hopped their way to the answer! Have a look at some of our brilliant mathematicians...
In Science we have explored our senses and used our noses to conduct a smell test! We had some mystery pots and gave them all a sniff to predict what was inside before the truth was revealed! Some of us loved the scents... others not so much.
In English we created our own speech bubbles for characters in Supertato and used time connectives (First, Then, Next, Finally) to write sentences to order the story.
Another great and productive week in 1JH - I can't wait for another!
Have a great weekend and see you all on Monday for one final week of learning before a well earned week off!
Miss Higgins and Mrs Cooper :)
Date: 15th Oct 2021 @ 11:29am
In science, Year 4 have been learning about teeth.
We have learnt about the different type of teeth, what their functions are and have looked at what teeth are made of.
We carried out an experiment to see the effect that different types of drinks have on our teeth. We couldn't use real teeth so we used egg shells instead as they have a similar reaction.
First, we had to plan out our experiment and make a prediction. Most of us thought that coke or lucozade would have the worst effect on the egg shells.
Then we carried out our experiement - the children were amazing at measuring out the right amounts of liquid using a measuring jug.
We have been checking on the eggs each day and recording our observations.
Check back in to see which drink ended up changing the egg shells the most and what conclusions we drew from this.
Date: 15th Oct 2021 @ 10:44am
Year 4 have had a wonderful time using the library again - the children have really missed it! We spent some time reminding ourselves of how everything is organised and how we can look after the space and the books and then we had some time to relax and unwind with a good book.
Every child has chosen a library book this week and has taken it home with them. These are due back on Wednesday. We hope you enjoy reading them together!
Date: 15th Oct 2021 @ 10:33am
Over the last two weeks, Year 4 have been practising lots of different methods to add and subtract numbers mentally. We have been focussing on perfecting our number bonds to 10, 100 and 1000 so that we can use these so solve problems.
Today we played a game of pairs to try and find number bonds. We could add or subtract numbers but they had to make 100!
Date: 14th Oct 2021 @ 3:58pm
Over the past few weeks, the children have been sharing what makes them special!
We have been learning about all the things that we can do independently! We have been practising washing and drying our hands without a grown up. We have been learning tricks to help us put on our own coat- we have looked at the weatherboard to see what we need to go outdoors. We have been remembering to roll up our sleeves and wear an apron for messy play. We have been practising using a knife and fork to eat our lunch in the dinner hall.
We have read lots of lovely stories about different types of children and familes. We represented our own famililes using puppets in the dolls house. We have thought very carefully about the different sounds we might hear at home. Could you spend some time in your home listening for a moment? Can you tell your grown up what you can hear?
Date: 14th Oct 2021 @ 10:41am
We have been generating our own success criteria for so we know what makes a great piece of writing.
Date: 13th Oct 2021 @ 10:32pm
Today we have been finding out about the life of Carter G Woodson as part of Black History month. We discovered that he is known as the "Father of Black History and lots of fascinating facts about his life. Have a look at the clip below to find out more about his life and why he is so important to why we celebrate Black History month.
Date: 13th Oct 2021 @ 10:25pm
We have been exploring the work of war artist Henry Moore and war photographer Bill Brandt to re-create our own war time images from the Blitz. We have taken photos in role and sketched the images first. Have a look at our brilliant sketches so far and look out for our finished work next week.