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Reading Workshop 2017

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:26am

Thank you so much to all the parents who came to our reading workshop and learnt about the best way to support their child in the essential life skill of reading.

The children showed the adults the sort of genres and books we like reading and how we do “active reading”

…the sorts of books we have in our library….

…the programmes that we use at school and home to support our reading…

…the kinds of questions we need to practice, the kind of resources we use and how to ask those questions, and finally, the children got to choose a book from the book buffet and a goodie bag to take home!

If your grown up was unable to come, don’t worry, there will be another chance later in the year!

And the grand total is...

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:24am

£398. 84!!! Well done!

Children in Need fundraising!

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:24am

Well done to Year 6 who organised fun games and activities for the rest of the school to have a go on to raise money for Children in Need…the final total is still being counted! Watch this space!

Dear Manchester Museum…

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:24am

Te gusta...

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:22am

Today we practised asking and giving opinions on school subjects in Spanish…what brilliant accents and confidence we are developing.

What did you learn at Ghyll Head?

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:20am

Josh: First I t thought all the activities would be scary but once I did one activity I just kept pushing myself to do more. My favourite thing was jumping in the lake because it was something totally different – in fact I have only ever been in water in the bath or at the swimming pool!

Adam: It was definitely worth it because the instructors were really helpful and kind and encouraged us to do all the activities. I felt really proud that I did the zip-wire, I was very nervous before…but it was the best feeling ever when you take a step off the platform and fly through the air!

Olivia: The canoeing was definitely the best because we got to jump in the lake – when Wanessa went in first she screamed her head off! I felt really proud of myself during canoeing because I was very determined and tried my hardest to be a good leader. I think the food was amazing too,especially the desserts!

Taylor-Louise: I thought Ghyll Head was a great experience because there were so many activities to do. if you didn’t want to do one or you were scared, everyone supported you to have a go. I got to know some other children well that I didn’t know before in my group, like Emmanuel.

Check those fingernails!

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:19am

Last week Year 6 met two terrifying teachers from the time of WW2: Mrs Gilbertson and Mrs Robertson. First there was a fingernail inspection…

Then the boys were separated from the girls and they had completely different activities….the girls had to do  all the task that girls in WW2 would have had to do, like cooking, folding clothes and ironing…

…while the boys got to play with jacks, cars, aeroplanes and toy soldiers…That’s hardly fair!!!

Then it was time to collect names on dance cards for partner at the upcoming WW2 Ravensbury Annual Ball…

What will you wear for the dance?

An interesting letter….

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:15am

Look what Year 2 received in the post today! Keep a close eye our over the week to see our videos for the museum!

An interesting letter….

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:15am

Look what Year 2 received in the post today! Keep a close eye our over the week to see our videos for the museum!

Rich or poor, what would you prefer?

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:15am

The Year 2 teachers are a sneaky bunch! Today they decided to split Year 2 in half – half of the children becoming workers in a Victorian mansion, and the other half becoming well-off Victorians enjoying their leisure time. As you can see, not all the children were happy about this! Don’t worry though, every had a chance to experience both life as a poor servant, and as an affluent business owner!

*Update* – following our previous post, we asked what skills you thought girls learned during the Victorian era. Did you guess? Embroidery, painting, handwriting and reading!


Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:15am

We have been enjoying reading the novel “Holes” by Louis Sachar this term as part of our Survival topic. Click the picture below to complete a reading quiz after you have finished reading chapter 7. GOOD LUCK!

Why did Victorian girls not learn maths?

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:14am

Today our children had the chance to experience life as a girl and a boy in the Victorian era. You might be surprised to find out that school was very different for boys and girls. Boys were able to learn maths, science, history and geography, where as some girls didn’t even go to school! They were often taught at home by governess’!

What kind of skills do you think girls were taught? Have a look at the images below and see if you can decide. We’ll tell you in the next blog!

Ghyll Head Residential

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:14am

Wow! What an experience for everyone! So many people impressed their friends, teachers and instructors by overcoming challenges, being brave and believing in themselves… Well done everyone!

Ice cream treat!

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:13am

Year 2 have recently been doing some assessments, they have worked so hard and everyone at Ravensbury are so proud of them! As a special surprise Miss Wendt and Ms Foord arranged for an ice cream van to come to school!

Do you think we enjoyed it? Of course we did!

Andy Goldsworthy-inspired art part 2…

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:12am

Using the natural resources that we collected last time, we explored  some of the key elements of art to create our own work. This session we sketched the leaves paying attention to FORM….

…made a foam template and used them for some two-tone lino printing, paying attention to COLOUR…

…and finally made some natural sculptures using the laminator, paying attention to PATTERN.

Transition Meeting follow up

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:11am

Thank you to all the parents who came to the meeting on Wednesday. We really appreciate your support in helping us ready your child for moving into Year 3.

Some parents have requested the 5 key well-being skills and 5 key academic skills that we discussed on Wednesday to be readily available. They will be going out in a booklet, but for your reference we’ve included them here too.

  • Be able to get dressed/changed for PE quickly
  • Be responsible for own book bag and coat/jumper
  • Be able to enter/exit the building without adult supervision
  • Be able to tie shoelaces
  • Be responsible for handing in homework weekly


  • Be able to read, write and say the 2x 5x 10x tables
  • Be able to read for a sustained 10 minutes – and talk about what they have read
  • Be able to write a date and title, and use a ruler to underline
  • Be able to write simple sentences with a full stop and a capital letter
  • Neat, joined handwriting

Important News! Transition meeting for Year 2 parents

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:10am

On Wednesday morning at 9.15am Miss Wendt and Mrs Roberts will be holding a meeting for allYear 2 parents.

As you already know, your children will be moving into Year 3 in September. In order to prepare your children for some changes in daily routine, we would like to meet with you to talk about the transition between Year 2 and 3, and what school will be doing to help your child.

We want to make the move to Year 3 as straightforward as possible; therefore we will be starting some of the transition processes after the half term holiday whilst your child is in Year 2.


What can I make with…?

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:09am

Year2 are creating different items with recycled materials. They have been collecting ‘junk’ from home and are now going to design their own creation – will it be a new toy, a useful object, a place to store things?

A fashionable timeline!

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:09am

We were looking at recycling different materials and it made us think about the clothes we wear. Can clothes be recycled? What do you think?

We decided they could – we looked at popular fashion from decades ago and saw some things that we would wear today! Have a look at our timeline and see if there are any items of clothing that look familiar!

How is paper recycled?

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:08am

Making Andy Goldsworthy-inspired natural sculptures

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:08am

Autumn is the perfect time of year for some art, and Andy Goldsworthy is the perfect source of inspiration…. first we explored his natural, temporary sculptures and then went outside to find materials for our own. More to follow!

How is paper recycled?

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:08am

We have been using this video clip in class to look at how paper is recycled. We started by making notes, which we are going to turn into an explanation text.

Can you work out what our next topic is?

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:07am

When we come back from Easter holidays, we have a lot of hard work to do! As you all know Year 2 will be sitting their KS1 SAT’s – we’ve been working hard all year for our chance to shine!

Our topic is something that is very relevant to our planet today (oooh…a big clue!). Have a look at the image below and see if you know what we will be studying!

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8…and smile!

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:07am

Working hard to practise our performance… keep counting and smiling!

Happy Easter everyone!

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:07am

On Tuesday we held our Easter celebration! Have a look at our beautiful bonnets!

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Contact:  Maureen Hughes - Headteacher

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