EAL: Blog items

Happy holidays !

Date: 15th Dec 2022 @ 9:53am

It has been a busy week here at Ravensbury in the run up to the holidays.

We wish all our families a very happy and restful break and best wishes for 2023!



Advent calendar

Date: 7th Dec 2022 @ 1:37pm

We have been looking at some of the exciting things some people like to do around Christmas time in the UK. We have decorated the school with Christmas trees and tinsel, sung some Christmas songs and we will be eating a special party meal next week. Something we do everyday in December , is take it in turns to open a door on our advent calendar. Look what one of our year 5 children got as a treat from it today!

Positional language

Date: 30th Nov 2022 @ 1:33pm

This week, we have been using using language which tells us where something or somebody is. We have found lots of opportunities to use this language around school: In our line when we are moving around the school to see who is in front or at behind, which month is after November or which day comes before Wednesday. We can use positional language in so many different situations!


Why does the world need great inventions?

Date: 23rd Nov 2022 @ 5:04pm

In Year 5, we have been using our CC language and learning to write our own sentences. We have captured ideas from the pictures in the non-fiction book and added them to our sentence starter to create our very own sentences about great inventions. Which one is your favourite? 

How did the Great Fire of London spread?

Date: 16th Nov 2022 @ 5:09pm

In Year 2 this week, we have been building on our work from last week, by learning the language we need to talk about how the Great Fire of London spread and why.

We have ordered the events and told our friend how it could have happened.

Today, we wrote down the events in order . 

Great writing Year 2 ! Well done.

Ordering events

Date: 9th Nov 2022 @ 3:32pm

This week with Year 2, we have been learning the langugage we need to order events. Here we are ordering the events of The Great Fire of London. Do you think we have put the pictures in the right order?| 

Stanley's Stick

Date: 2nd Nov 2022 @ 1:06pm

This week , Reception have been using Stanley's stick to learn some prepositions . Have a look at where we put our sticks .Can you tell which prepositions we have learnt so far?

Using sentences

Date: 19th Oct 2022 @ 8:29am

As part of our EAL learning this week, Reception have been uisng full sentences to tell us what they can do. Now we are ready to have a go at writing the sentences !

Let's Celebrate Me !

Date: 12th Oct 2022 @ 3:43pm

We have had a fantastic day celebrating us across the school today ! We have worn clothes that represent us and taken time to reflect on what we identify with and what makes us special and unique. Take a look at some of our pictures.

What is a sentence ?

Date: 6th Oct 2022 @ 9:48am

This week , we have been working hard on using sentences in our writing. We  looked at sentences and found we needed a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end. We used our reading to help us decide when to use the full stop in our own writing. 

Gone fishing!

Date: 28th Sep 2022 @ 3:41pm

In Reception, we have practised our new language by going fishing! We had to listen to the word, find the picture , fish for it and then say the word!

Welcome back !

Date: 9th Sep 2022 @ 10:43am

It has been a fabulous first week back at school, and so good to see everyone again after the summer holiday and catch up with your news.

This week and next, we are assessing our EAL children's language levels, in readiness for EAL sessions to start the following week for our international  new arrivals. We are so excited to get started!


What a year !

Date: 20th Jul 2022 @ 9:43am

This week, we have been looking at all the learning we have done over the year and assessing how much we can remember and use independently. We have worked so hard and made so much progress ! Well done to all of our EAL groups !

Here's a look back at just some of the learning we have done this year:


Looking at the structure of our sentences

Date: 30th Jun 2022 @ 1:19pm

This week, we have been looking at how we can structure our sentences so they make sense.

KS1 have been using colour coded sentences to help us put prepositions in the right place in our sentences, and KS2 have been using different past tenses in a sentence to order events.


Using tenses to order events in the past

Date: 20th Jun 2022 @ 10:56am

Our KS2 group is looking at using different tenses at the moment. This week, we are using tenses to order two events in the past.

Tenses can be tricky, so we are playing lots of games to help us remember how each one is formed.

Planting sunflowers

Date: 8th Jun 2022 @ 10:06am

This week, we have been looking at how we can write events in order. We have read a book which showed us what we need to do to plant a sunflower seed and help it grow into a sunflower. So, we had a go ourselves and now we are going to write our own book using the same language structures!


Date: 25th May 2022 @ 3:19pm

In our KS2 group ,we have been finding out the meaning of contractions such as I'm , doesn't and  don't. We played a game to help us, and we found out that two words have been shortened and made into one word. We have found that  many of our reading books use contractions too.

Fruit or vegetable?

Date: 19th May 2022 @ 10:56am

This week in Y1, we have been learning the language of fruit and vegetables . Here we are sorting the photos of each into the right group.

Using words to help us order events

Date: 28th Apr 2022 @ 10:51am

In our KS1 group this week, we have been looking at the words that help us order events: first, next, then, after that and finally. We have used them to order the life cycle of a sunflower, and now we know the words, we can order anything we want to!


Welcome back!

Date: 21st Apr 2022 @ 10:21am

Welcome back to school for our final term of this academic year. We hope all our families have had an enjoyable holiday.

This week, we have been busy practising some of our skills learnt before the holiday.Practice makes progress!

Using plurals

Date: 30th Mar 2022 @ 4:57pm

KS2 have been investgating how to form English plurals . We have used plurals to generalise and have written our own sentences to practise the skill. We visited Nursery's ducklings to get some inspiration for our work !

The language of time

Date: 23rd Mar 2022 @ 4:51pm

Our KS2 group has been using the language of time to compare one time with another. We've used it in our CC to compare two different periods of time and we can use it in sentences to answer questions about time.

Investigating present perfect

Date: 15th Mar 2022 @ 2:11pm

Today, Y4 have been investigating how we form the present perfect tense. We looked for it and found it in our book too.

The language of shape

Date: 9th Mar 2022 @ 12:59pm

Over the past two weeks, our KS2 group has been learning the language of shape. We have enjoyed  using the new words to give each other clues,  and then guessing the name of the 2d or 3d shape.


What can we see in Clayton?

Date: 2nd Mar 2022 @ 1:03pm

With our Y2 group, we are looking at the names of buildings we can see aorund where we live. How many buildings can you see in Clayton and what are they called?

‘We create, We explore,

We care, We soar’


Ravensbury Community School

Tartan StreetClayton M11 4EG

Maureen Hughes | Headteacher

Jo Wendt | SENCO

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