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Stone Age... or the Ice Age?

Date: 19th Jan 2023 @ 10:27am

On Tuesday we took a trip ack in time to the Stone Age! We went on a coach to Tatton Park and learned all about how people from th estone age lived. However, it was SO cold that we could have been back in the Ice Age! 

 

The children had a wonderful time learning all about the Stone Age and how people lived. They used tools to plant seeds to grow a harvest, make a fire and cut down apple trees. They also used their team building skills to build shelters. The children put all of their knowledge toegther to learn how eventually people stopped moving around to hunt animals and began to build stuctures to keep animals in, becoming farmers. 

 

Thank you again to our parent helpers! We loved having you come along with us. 

 

Please enjoy these photos of the children getting involved with their learning! 

 

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Biscuit-henge!

Date: 7th Jan 2023 @ 12:59pm

This week we kicked off our new topic with a launch. We will be learning all about the Stone Age in History and looking at different rocks and minerals in Science. To launch our topic I challenged the children to work in groups to make a model of the iconic Stonehenge... out of biscuits! 

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We also had the opportunity to look at a veriety of rocks in our science lesson. The children carefully investigated the differences in the rocks and made comments about how the looked and felt. 

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I am really looking forward to exploring the past this term and teaching the children all about how the people of the stone age impacted today's society. 

 

We have our trip coming up on the 17th January! Please ensure all letters are returned next week so that arrangements can be confirmed with school and Tatton Park. 

 

Have a great weekend and I will see you all on Monday! 

 

Miss Higgins :) 

 

6JT Investigate Bulb Brightness in Science

Date: 6th Jan 2023 @ 2:58pm

Today we had a great afternoon investigating how to alter the brightness of a bulb. We conducted three investigations, adding more bulbs, adding more cells and adding more wires. We made predictions and wrote down our results. 

Year 6 Drama Club

Date: 16th Dec 2022 @ 1:51pm

What a show! Well done to all of the drama performers today putting on their show. You were all amazing and you got great reviews!

Week 4 - 3JH

Date: 25th Nov 2022 @ 1:06pm

Hi All! 

 

As some of you may know, this week we have been doing some Year 3 assessments. I am SO proud of the dedication the children have shown me. They have worked extremely hard and I look forward to sharing their results with you at parents evening next week. 

 

If you need any help booking an appointment for parents evening please see me after school. I still have about 10 slots available and would love to see you all over the Wednesday and Thursday evenings! 

 

This afternoon the children have asked for a biscuit decorating Golden Time - and who am I to say no after such a fantastic week of work?! Hopefully they manage to bring some home to share with you... 

 

As always if there is anything you need please come and see me at the end of the day. I am always happy to make time to chat or help with anything you or the children need. 

 

Have a great weekend and see you all on Monday! 

 

Miss Higgins :) 

Amazon Taste Test!

Date: 2nd Nov 2022 @ 8:29pm

This week the children took part in an exciting launch for our new topic: The Amazon Rainforest. Everyone got stuck into food tasting foods that would be available in the Amazon Rainforest. This meant lots of children tried new fruits or drink for the first time! I am really proud of them all for getting out of their comfort zone and trying new things. The coconunt milk did not go down very well, but the children loved the mango, pineapple and persimmon. The hihghlight of the tasting for most of them was of course the chocolate (can you blame them?). Here are some photos from our exciting Tuesday afternoon... 

 

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Year 6JT Perform a Short Piece about World War Two and Ghyll Head

Date: 2nd Nov 2022 @ 12:07pm

6JT have been working on movements, actions and words to show aspects of life during the Second World War. They used their ideas to explore what it was like to live in the countryside and created short pieces to show the activities they did while they were at Ghyll Head. 

Our Harvest Song

Date: 21st Oct 2022 @ 3:13pm

Year 6 sang their song really well today in our KS2 assembly.  It was lovely to hear them all sing the Harvest Samba.

What can we put in Canopic Jars?

Date: 20th Oct 2022 @ 10:37am

This term we have been learning all about Ancient Egypt. As part of this the children have been learning how to mummify a dead body. This week they have written a set of instructions to help people mummify a body successfully. In DT the children learned all about Canopic Jars and what Egyptians put inside them during the mummification process. They then designed their own canopic jar and have used water bottles and modrock to make their own designs. The children then painted their jars once the modrock set and have used their colour mixing skills to add details. On Friday we will be showcasing our creations to the Year 4 students! 

 

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3JH meet Sid the Skeleton!

Date: 7th Oct 2022 @ 3:59pm

Hello Grown Ups! 

 

On Thursday Year 3 had an exciting visitor. His name was Louis and he was training to be a physiotherapist. He brought his friends Sid in to visit us, then we asked Louis scientific questions all about our bodies! 

 

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After Louis left we followed up with some creative activities all about our bones and muscles! We had a great time and enjoyed finding out new information based on the questions we asked. 

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Another fantastic week 3JH! I am so proud of how hard you are working... two more weeks and we can all have a well earned rest!

 

Miss Higgins :)

What have we been up to?

Date: 29th Sep 2022 @ 10:31am

Hi all! 

 

I hope you have all been enjoying the first few days of Autumn! The days are feeling much crisper now and big coat season will soon be upon us... 

 

The children have been really busy in class developing their writing and maths skills. 

 

This week we have been writing drafts of our story: "The Egyptian Cinderella". I am hugely impressed with the quality of the children's work so far and can't wait to read the stories once they have been finished next week! We have been working on using speech in our text and they have been fantastic at using the steps to success to show off this skill. 

 

In Maths, we have continued to work with our place value skills, this time counting in 4s and 8s. The children have done this by working together on a variety of activities together - team work makes the dream work! Next week we will be starting to work on our addition skills. 

 

In Science we are continuing to look at our bodies and how they work. This week our focus has been muscules. The children have even had a go at making their own muscles to demonstrate how they work. 

 

We have lots of exciting things coming up, if you have any questions please speak to me at the end of the day when you collect the children. 

 

Have a lovely weekend! 

 

Miss Higgins :)

3JH Weekly Roundup!

Date: 18th Sep 2022 @ 4:13pm

Two weeks down, five to go...

And what a week it has been! Not only have we celebrated our first class birthday of the year, we have well and truly got stuck into our learning. 

 

This week the children have been working on verbs, adverbs and adverbials in writing lessons. They have been writing 2a sentences and worked on describing the ways in which different characters move in the story. They even used their innovation skills to add new character and animals to the story too! I have been really impressed with the level of writing so jfar and look forward to seeing even more creative ideas from the children soon. 

 

In Maths, we have continued to look at the value of three digit numbers. This week we ordered and compared three digit numbers. Children continued to use concrete or pictorial resources that they have found useful to decide which numbers had a greater or lesser value. They are all becomming confident helping themselves to resources that work best for them! 

 

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In Science, we have continued to explore skeletons - in particular our own! Children have had a go at building a skeleton and then naming the bones. The next day they labelled one another's skeletons with the names of the bones. The children really enjoyed this activity and especially enjoyed the extra house point they all recieved from Mrs Thewlis for their hard work! 

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In CC children explored the timeline of Ancient Egypt. They worked together to order key events in the Egyptian timeline. The children are working hard on the team work skills which is fantatsic to see! 

 

Next week we have some special visitors coming in to do a workshop with the children all about Ancient Egypt (Tuesday). Then we will be having our first sports day since Covid to end the week (Friday morning). Lots of exciting things to look forward to! 

 

Have a great weekend and see you all on Tuesday morning! 

 

Miss Higgins :)

Welcome to 3JH!

Date: 9th Sep 2022 @ 4:46pm

Hi all, 

 

My name is Miss Higgins and I will be your child's teacher this year. I am really excited as this will be my first year teaching Year 3, so I will be learning lots along with the children! 

 

This week has been so much fun! I have loved getting to know the class and their interests - it seems we have lots of keen sports people! 

 

This week we have introduced the book: The Egyptian Cinderella to the class. They have really enjoyed reading the story and making comparisons to the Cinderella they know already. We have drawn a story map of the beginning of the story and will be using this as we continue to establish our Year 3 writing skills throughout this term. 

 

In Maths, we have begun to look at the value of three-digit numbers. The children have enjoyed using the concrete Maths resources to represent different three digit numbers. They have also begun to compare three digit numbers, based on what they know about their value. Next week we will be continuing with this skill as we order and compare three digit numbers. 

 

In CC we went on a hieroglyph hunt! The children searched for the scattered hieroglyphs in the playground and unjumbled the word...MUMMIFICATION! They had loads of fun being Ancient Egyptian Explorers! 

 

I am looking forward to another week of adventures and exploring with 3JH! 

 

See you all on Monday morning for our Meet and Greet session 9-9.30. 

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

Miss Higgins :) 

Platinum Jubilee 2022!

Date: 26th May 2022 @ 1:45pm

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This week the children have been preparing for the Queen's Platium Jubilee. We have sang and danced our way through the week and loved every second! The children did a fantastic performance of Dancing Queen and got a huge applause from the Year 2 and 3 audience. They asked lots of great questions about the Queen and we looked together for answers and discussed what we found. Everyone was particularly interested in the Queen's friend on the back of money. We discovered Sir Winston Churchill, Jane Austen, JMW Turner and Alan Turing! 

Fruit Kebabs!

Date: 19th May 2022 @ 1:38pm

This week we designed and made fruit kebabs in DT. 

 

The children spent time looking at differnet types of fruit and thinking about what their favourites were. They then designed their kebabs while considering patterns and colours. 

 

Once designs were finalised the children very carefully constructed their kebabs. They took about 15 minutes to make and 15 seconds to be eaten! The children really enojyed this activity and trying the different types of fruit. It was especially refreshing as we did this activity on a really warm afternoon!

 

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Still life sketches!

Date: 16th May 2022 @ 6:13pm

As our topic this term is plants, last week we decided to practice our drawing skills and sketch some of the plants in our investigation area. The children had to use their sharp eyes to look at the plants in their area and sketch its shape in detail. They then used pastels to add colour and detail to their drawings. 

 

The children found this a really relaxing exercise and are often seen in the investigation area with a clip board, magnifying glass and pencils! 

 

I think we have some artists in the making! 

 

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Food tasting!

Date: 10th May 2022 @ 6:31pm

This week we have been reading a book called Oliver's Vegetables. Its all about a little boy who only eats chips! But when he visits his Grandpa's house for a week he discovers a new love of all the vegetables he finds... 

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The children had the opportunity to try all the different veg on Friday afternoon and share their thoughts. The carrots went down a storm! Along with the peas, onion, potato and spinnach! Rhubarb was deemed to be too "spicy" by all but one person who loved it.

 

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I hope the children enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to trying lots of new fruits and vegetables just like Oliver! 

 

Miss Higgins :)  

Happy 10th Birthday Daily Mile!

Date: 28th Apr 2022 @ 8:28pm

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Happy birthday to youuuuu! Happy birthday to youuuuu! Happy birthday to the Daily Miiiiilllleeeeeee! Happy birthday to you!!!! 

 

We had a great start to the day by getting our trainers on and doing a few laps of our daily mile track! We had lots of rosy red cheeks by the time we got back into the classroom. After a BIG drink of water the children then engaged with a Zoom lesson in association with Manchester Libraries. We were read a story by Rachel Morrisroe called The Drama Llama, then we followed a tutorial for drawing llamas all by ourselves! The children asked some great questions which I sent to Rachel via the zoom chat - Avaya's question was even read out and answered!! 

 

We have had a great start to the term. The children are getting really interested in plants and have been really caring towards the ones we have in our investigation area. They planted some seeds of their own and we are now watching and waiting patiently for them to start to grow. Hopefully by next week we will start to see some stems poking through the soil! 

 

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break and I am really looking forward to our FINAL term in Year 1. This year has gone so fast and the children have made so much progress. As always if you would like to pop in for a chat about your child and the work they have been doing please arrange a time with me at the gate. 

 

Have a great weekend and see you all next Tuesday! 

 

Miss Higgins :) 

 

 

Week 2

Date: 13th Mar 2022 @ 12:53pm

After a very busy first week back (World Book Day and the excitement of the holidays) we have completed week 2! 

 

The children have been working hard to demonstrate their understanding of two digit numbers. They have looked at the numbers up to 100 and represented them using base 10 , numicon, number sentences and part whole models. 

 

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In English, we have looked at the story, Naughty Bus and retold the story using the Time Connectives: First, Next, Then, After that and Finally. The children are really confident when it comes to using these words now and I can seem them applying this skill in their independent writing too! Ask them if they can retell you the story...

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Next week is our first ever trip! We are all so excited to go to the airport and see the aeroplanes. I wonder what other veichles we will see while we are there? 

 

As always, please come and see me if you want to discuss anything we have been doing in class. We will have the opportunity to meet again in Week 5 for Parents Evening too, this will be a wonderful opportunity for you to look at your child's work in their books too.

 

I am looking forward to another busy week with the children! See you on Monday, 

 

Miss Higgins :) 

Spring 1 Round Up!

Date: 17th Feb 2022 @ 4:06pm

Hello again! 

We made it to the end of term - pats on the backs all around! 

 

Our children have been working incredibly hard this term. This week we had some visitors come to watch a writing lesson and each of the adults were incredibly impressed with how independent the children were with their writing. We had some amazing adjectives and the sentences the children produced were incredible. I am super proud! Please do come and see me if you would like to take a look at everything we have been up to this term. 

 

Yesterday we looked at a music video and the children generated some adjectives together - see if you can test them on their adjectives! 

 

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This week we have finished making our DT projects: Puppets! They turned out great and the children had a wonderful time making them. It was difficult to sew with the materials we chose but everyone was really resilient and did a great job! I just hope all the googly eyes stayed on...

 

Tomorrow we will be having our final independent write of the term. After seeing the progress made in the last few weeks I have no doubt that it will be amazing. In the afternoon as a well-deserved reward for their effort this term we will be enjoying a movie afternoon and a disco! 

 

I can't wait to see the children tomorrow and celebrate another successful term of Year 1! 

 

Miss Higgins :)

 

 

Lost in the Toy Museum!

Date: 12th Feb 2022 @ 10:56am

Hello again everyone! 

 

I hope you have all had a great week. It has been wonderful to meet with some of you and show off some of the brilliant writing the children have been producing! If anyone else would like to meet with me after school please come and see me. I am always keen to share the amazing things the children have been doing in class. 

 

This week we started off with a drama workshop! The children took part in a range of activities while they explored a Toy Museum. They acted out what it would be like to be different toys from different points in history. The children also explored how toys have changed throughout history with a focus on everyone's favourite: the Teddy Bear! Ask the children if they can remember a fact about the first ever teddy. I wonder if they can remmeber which US President it was named after... At the end of the workshop the children had to invent a brand new toy that has never been seen before. We then drew our designs up in class and wrote about what made our toy so special. 

 

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Have a great weekend - just one more week to go before a well deserved break! 

 

Miss Higgins :)

 

 

Happy New Year!

Date: 8th Jan 2022 @ 12:01pm

Welcome back 1JH! 

 

What a great first few days we have had...

 

We started the week talking about New Year Resoloutions. The children were very thoughtful and considered the things they would like to achieve in 2022 at school and at home... expect your houses to be cleaned from top to bottom and all dishes washed by the wonderful girls and boys in our class! The children wrote their resoloutions in their books and spent some time in the provision doing other New Year activities. 

 

At the end of the week we had our launch for the new Topic. This term we will be learning all about toys in the past and present. The children had a great afternoon playing with a variety of different toys and even rated some! Some of the toys are now in the investigation area for the children to enjoy. 

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I am so looking forward to the work this term - it is a really exciting topic! 

 

As always, if you have any questions or would like to speak to me about your child and their learning please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

 

Heres to a great 2022!! 

 

Miss Higgins 

Nativity!

Date: 10th Dec 2021 @ 1:14pm

Wow! 

 

What a week to come back to 1JH! Our little superstars did FOUR amazing performances of our Nativity story: "It's a baby!". I was blown away on Monday watching it for the first time and I am sure you were just as impressed when you came to see it on Tuesday. The children were so excited getting to perform to you, so thank you for coming!

 

Yesterday I got to show off the great progress the children have been making this year at Parent's Evening. If any of you who had a phone conversation and would like to meet face to face I would be happy to do this in the new year on a day that suits you after school. :) 

 

On Monday, we have our Christmas Party! Thank you to those of you who have offered to bring in snacks for the children - your kindness and generosity is greatly recieved and I am sure the children will be very excited to share with their friends. 

 

One more week to go and I'm sure it will be a great one! Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday. 

 

Miss Higgins :) 

Children in Need 2021

Date: 21st Nov 2021 @ 8:24pm

On Friday the children came to school in their Pudsey Bear outfits to raise money for Children in Need 2021! We had a great time jooining in with Joe Wicks' P.E lesson and general knowledge quiz! We were able to answer many of his questions correctly and complete his exercise challenges!. We also made pudsey bear masks and pudsey bear wordsearch challenges/games! Well done to all the children at Ravensbury for taking part and raising money for Children in Need!

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CAUTION: Children at Work

Date: 12th Nov 2021 @ 5:36pm

What a week! 

 

We kicked off this week with our launch day. The children worked in teams to build their own houses from junk. They talked about how they could make their houses better than the three little pigs and use some collage materials to decorate their houses. Some of the children even added some security systems to keep any big bad wolves away! 

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In english the children have done some amazing writing and (as always) I am so proud of the way they are working. I am looking forward to seeing them make even more progress. 

Next week in maths we will be looking at subtraction even further. This was introduced to the children this week but we will be going into more depth next week as we learn to use the concrete resources in class and count back on our numberlines. 

 

Thank you as always for your continued support, if you ever have any questions or want to have a chat then please email y1homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk I am always happy to help with anything you may need. 

 

Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday! 

 

Miss Higgins :) 

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