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Chinese New Year

Date: 24th Jan 2020 @ 12:23pm

This week in Reception, children have loved learning about Chinese New Year! We turned our home corner into our very own Chinese resteraunt, where some of us dressed up in Chinese clothes and practiced using chop sticks! Throughout the week, we have danced like dragons, created Chinese laterns, wrote our names in Mandarin and even learnt some new words! We practised counting from 1-10 and sang Happy New Year songs in Chinese! 

Here are links to the songs we have been learning!



We are learning new words...

Date: 23rd Jan 2020 @ 2:39pm

We have started to learn new words during our English lessons each week. We are using 'Word Rap' to help us learn new words and then putting the word on our brand new Word Wall. Each week we are learning new words that we may hear in our focus story or during our language sessions in the afternoons. The children are determined to put over 100 words on our word wall by the end of the year...! Can we do it...? Yes, we will try...!!!

On Friday 31st January come along to our stay and play sessions. We will be doing a session in the morning at 9.00am until 10.00am and repeat it again in the afternoon at 2.15pm until 3.00pm. The session will be based around how we learn new words. We will start the session with our word rap and then split into our groups to complete some word/phonic based activities. At the end of the session you will be given a parent leaflet with some ideas that you can try at home. 

The Storm Whale in Winter

Date: 16th Jan 2020 @ 2:38pm

Our new story this half term is called 'The Storm Whale in Winter.' In this story a boy called Noi lives with his dad on an island and makes friends with a whale. One wintery day Noi's dad goes out fishing and doesn't return. Noi is brave and goes searching for his dad and his friend the whale comes back to help him. 

Please visit the website below to watch a video of the story:


We got a message in a bottle from Noi who left the story and his whale friend for us to look after. We have read the story and made models of the Storm Whale, we wrote some sentences about what Noi imagined would be under the sea and wrote some messages from dad or Noi. 

Spring 1

Date: 16th Jan 2020 @ 2:26pm

Happy New Year!!

Welcome back into 2020!!! The children have come back to school with an enthusiastic attitide towards their learning, and they have grown a little taller aswell!!!

We have started the new half term with an amazing new story called 'The Storm Whale in Winter.' This story will lead the way into answering our question 'How do we get by with a little help from my friends?' In this theme we will be learning about friendship through our stories and we will also learn about animals that live under the sea.

We will also talk about friends that help us around school with a visit from a lunchtime supervisor, caretaker and first aider in school. 

Our experience this half term will be a visit to the Blue Planet Aquarium in February, and we will also be celebrating Chinese New Year and Valentines Day. Watch out for more blogs on our class page for these events and experiences. 

Christmas Lunch!!

Date: 19th Dec 2019 @ 8:12am

We are having our Christmas Lunch!!! It was delicious!!

Christmas Party Day

Date: 17th Dec 2019 @ 8:52pm

We had a fantastic time today at our Christmas Party. We played pass the parcel, musical statues, musical bumps, corners and we even had a go at following some dance moves online! Who knew in reception we had a group of children with great dance moves that included the floss and hype!!

We ended the afternoon tucking into some party food. Yum, Yum!!!


The Gingerbread Man

Date: 17th Dec 2019 @ 8:48pm

In our classroom we discovered a 'crime scene.' In this crime scene we saw some objects that helped us to find out what our next story was going to be about. We saw some recipe books, apron, chef's hat and flour. Our next story was all called 'The Gingerbread Man.' 


Children in Need

Date: 17th Nov 2019 @ 2:28pm

In RAI we raised money for Children in Need and took part in lots of fun activities. We started the day by joining Joe Wicks in the live workout called 'Big Morning Move.' We ran around our brand new 'Daily Mile' track in the playground. In class we did lots of Pudsey activities which included Pudsey bear finger painting, drawing Pudsey Bear and using split pins to make a Pudsey Bear puppet. What a Fun Day!!! 

Thank you so much for your contributions to this worthy charity. 

The Foggy Foggy Forest

Date: 12th Nov 2019 @ 8:50pm

For the last two weeks we have started to think about light and dark through the story 'The Foggy Foggy Forest' by Nick Sharratt. In this story we meet lots of well-known characters in a dark and foggy forest. We have used the story to recognise rhyming words and describe our favourite characters. 

Why not visit the website below to listen to the story online...?


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Date: 12th Nov 2019 @ 8:37pm

In Reception we have begun Phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme. In this phase we are learning how to correctly pronounce and write the following sounds:

  • Set 1: s, a, t, p.
  • Set 2: i, n, m, d.
  • Set 3: g, o, c, k.
  • Set 4: ck, e, u, r.
  • Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss.

Alongside teaching the above sounds we have started to teach children the skills of segmenting and blending. Segmenting is when children are able to identify each sound in the word, they then blend the sounds together to read the word. 

For example, s/a/t as children say the sounds faster they should hear that the word says 'sat.' For further information take a look at the following website which has further information, resources and games that you can use at home. 


Reading Books

Date: 12th Nov 2019 @ 8:27pm

Reading is an important partnership between home and school and one that we value at Ravensbury Primary. Please can you make sure that you spend at least 10 minutes each night with your child sharing their reading book. As the children are becoming more confident in their Phonics and learning the sounds they will soon begin to use the skills of segmenting and blending to support reading words. 

At this early stage talking about the pictures and asking questions linked to the characters, places and experiences in the book is all vital skills in supporting children with their early reading skills. 

When you share the reading book at home please comment or tick that it has been shared in the reading record, and make sure it is in school every day. Reading books will be changed every Friday. 

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Minibeast Song

Date: 8th May 2019 @ 10:15am

We watched a video about minibeasts and we sang about the minibeasts. We learned  about minibeasts by listening to the words.click here to listen to the song


Date: 2nd May 2019 @ 5:03pm

We would just like to say a huge big thank you to all the parents that came in to school this morning to help us create a minibeast. We understand that it's not always possible for you to come if you have to go to work or you have an appointment, but we love it when you can share in our learning. 

Here are lots and lots of photos so you can look at and enjoy the experience we had...

Writing about what I like to play with

Date: 2nd May 2019 @ 4:57pm

"Look I made a model and did the writing for it!"

Phonics Eureka Moment!

Date: 2nd May 2019 @ 4:54pm

"Miss, look these three sounds altogether make the word 'sat' - s a t." 

Singing our Phase 2 phonics song can sometimes produce lightbulb moments in our learning. 

Exploring a Minibeast Garden

Date: 2nd May 2019 @ 4:50pm

It's so much fun reading and exploring and observing in our indoor Minibeast Garden.


Minibeast Science Lab

Date: 2nd May 2019 @ 4:47pm

If you would like to learn more about minibeasts, come in to class to read the information in our science lab, or look at the minibeasts climbing the grass, crawling on the ground and flying about in our Minibeast Garden. 

Can you create a minibeast?

Date: 2nd May 2019 @ 4:41pm

Here are the resources you might want to use to create a minibeast.

Which minibeast will you make? What shape will it be? What colour is it?

This was the challenge that faced our parents and children, this morning in class. Look on our blog to see what we made. 

Creating and Making Morning Job

Date: 30th Apr 2019 @ 8:49pm

Only 2 days to go until our Marvellous Minibeast Morning Job. We'd love it if you could come in to help us create minibeasts! 

Super Scientists Observation Forms

Date: 30th Apr 2019 @ 8:23pm

Today we became real scientists by filling in mini-beast observation forms. We used observation skills by looking carefully at photos of minibeasts, by counting how many legs and wings and then writing about the colour of the minibeasts.

Then, at the end of the day, we shared our knowledge with each other by reading out the questions on the form and the answers we had written. As you can see we are very proud of our work!

What can we do with a box?

Date: 25th Apr 2019 @ 10:43am

Can you guess what we are making today? 

We decided to create a learning area in our classroom because it wasn't how we wanted it to look. We are really interested in minibeasts so we are going to create an area that we can learn about them in. The first step is to create the kind of habitat we think they need to live in. 

What do you think the box will become? 

Who? Where? How?

Date: 24th Apr 2019 @ 1:11pm

This afternoonn we played a game of Who? Where? How? 

First you play a sound and then you close your eyes and imagine who is making the sound, where they are and how they are making the sound. 

Can you guess our sound? 


Weighing and Measuring in the classroom

Date: 23rd Apr 2019 @ 8:51pm

Today our classroom challenges were to use our measuring skills. 

We used the balance scales to find out about lighter and heavier objects, we compared the length of the 'green water snake' with our models and we created towers that were shorter or taller than Ruby Rabbit. 

Lainy Ladybird loves learning

Date: 23rd Apr 2019 @ 8:43pm

Today Lainy brought some fun games in to class to play with. We've been creating maths games using her ladybird resources. 

Easter Eggstravaganza

Date: 5th Apr 2019 @ 11:11am

We had such fun!

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