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Talking Top Tips!

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!


Miss Wilkinson.

Challenge Fridays!

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 

Ready steady Mo!

Date: 11th Oct 2021 @ 6:27pm

We have been reading the book Ready Steady Mo in class. We love the story and we especially enjoy retelling the story outside with all of the different actions. Our favourite is run with a cheetah and run with a snail.

We have been thinking about different words that we can use instead of the word run to make the story more interesting. 

"Mo can sprint!" Lainey

"Mo can dash !" Tyzae 

This week we will be writing speech bubbles for Mo so that he can tell everyone how he moves. We have been retrieving the tricky word I and have been using our knowledge of beginning sounds to help us retrieve our running words.

Don't forget to check back this week to see all of the amazing writing that we have done! 


Pumpkins 🎃

Date: 11th Oct 2021 @ 2:55pm

Last week we enjoyed exploring all things Autumn. The children loved learning about autumn vegetables, especially pumpkins! The children used their drawing skills to independently draw pumpkins. In the end we had so many pumpkins we had to make our very own class pumpkin patch! 
Once we had finished drawing pumpkins the children wondered what a pumpkin smelt and tasted like. We cut it open and then the real fun began! The children felt the seeds in the middle and had a smell of the fruit. They decided that they wanted to have a taste so we decided make pumpkin cupcakes the next day. We followed the instructions and made lots of delicious cupcakes! 


Date: 10th Sep 2021 @ 10:10am


It really is coming home !

Date: 9th Jul 2021 @ 2:41pm


Home Learning

Date: 6th Jul 2021 @ 1:08pm

Hello Reception,

Here is the link to our home learning for any children who are learning at home. We miss you and we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Have fun and be safe x

Hocus pocus

Date: 2nd Jul 2021 @ 5:09pm

This week the children found a strange note in the classroom. It looked very old and on closer inspection they realised it was a map!

The children used their maths skills and knowledge of more and less to follow the map. Once they had reached the "x marks the spot" they found a box full of bottles, containers and strange liquid. It was a potions kit! 

The children spent the next couple of days becoming witches and wizards and making weird and wonderful potions and spells. They even helped Winnie the witch to make a potion that made her house bright and colourful so that she could find her black cat Wilbur! 

We choose!

Date: 22nd Jun 2021 @ 7:20pm

This half term in our literacy learning we have been  making our own stories. We have chosen our favourite characters to write about. Have a look at the picture, which characters can you spot?

It’s coming home!

Date: 22nd Jun 2021 @ 7:17pm

This week we have been celebrating our class Euros team... England!

The children learnt lots of facts about our country and found out about some of the players that were going to be playing in the England team - Foden was a firm favourite.

The children decided to make football kits and England flags to wave and cheer on our team. 


Science Experiment Day!

Date: 21st May 2021 @ 2:50pm

Today we have had a day full of science!

We put on our lab coats and we were ready to experiment!

We got our equipment ready and we tested if the celery and flowers would turn red in the food colouring.

First we cut the roots off the celery.

Next we put some water in a cup and we mixed in red food colouring.

Then we put the celery and white flowers into the cup and we waited,

and waited

and waited 

and were still waiting...

Do you think they will finally turn red over the weekend? 

Super Snail Friday Challenge

Date: 14th May 2021 @ 2:46pm

Today we had a great day learning all about snails.

Did you know ...?

Snails leave a silvery trail - Priya

Snails like to eat leaves - Ava

Snails also like to live in a bit of rain and damp.

Snails live under rocks - Freya

They live in the leaves - Corey

A snail has one strong leg - Olivia


Today we spent lots of time in our classroom making and creating snails and their habitats. Take a look at the pictures to see what we've been doing. I wonder if you will see any snails this weekend on your rainy walks.


Monday 8th March

Date: 6th Mar 2021 @ 2:30pm

In case you didn't know already, this is how we're feeling about seeing you all back in school on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend. 

From Mrs Ganner, Miss Conway, Miss Rashid, Miss Riley and Miss Cogger


Our Amazing Home Learners

Date: 5th Mar 2021 @ 1:30pm

Well done to our amazing home learners, we have received some fantastic work this week.
You are superstars!!

We can't wait to welcome you all back to school on Monday!

Home Learning Celebration Post

Date: 26th Feb 2021 @ 2:03pm

Well done to our amazing home learners that have produced some fabulous work this week. What a briliant bunch you are!





Our Amazing Arctic Small World

Date: 14th Feb 2021 @ 3:41pm

This week the weather inspired us to create our own arctic world. It's the kind of place that our friend Noi would live in, with arctic hares, beluga whales, arctic foxes, polar bears and snowy owls on the icebergs and in the chilly sea. The children in our class are so creative. They used all of the things that they could find in and around the classroom, to create models. Thankfully it snowed so we could create a setting for the animals to play in too! Watch out for the polar bears - they will eat lots of our characters up



So much to celebrate!

Date: 14th Feb 2021 @ 3:39pm

This week in school we have learned about Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year with the colour red! Red is the colour of love and a lucky colour for Chinese people too. We’ve been reading instructions to make cards, writing Chinese numbers and words, designing and making masks (Did you know there is an animal attached to the year you was born in? We are all monkeys and goats in our class) and today we made the most beautiful lanterns! 

We hope you have a fabulous half term that is full of luck and love. We can’t wait to get back to more learning after the half term break.

Take care everyone


Learning about Captain Sir Tom Moore

Date: 14th Feb 2021 @ 3:26pm

 UPDATE! Look at our display in the picture and video at the bottom of this post.

Over the last few days we have been learning about an amazing person, Captain Sir Tom Moore. Miss Cogger showed us a photograph of him and we could tell by looking at him that he was very old. We discovered that on his last birthday he was 100 years old. We tallied 100 candles on the board in groups of 5 to get an idea of how much 100 is. We were amazed to find out that Captain Sir Tom had walked around his garden 100 times to show how thankful he was to our doctors and nurses. 

In our class we shared our experiences with each other and thought about how we could challenge ourselves and show that we cared for people in the NHS. We think doctors and nurses are so special. 

We decided we would draw and paint pictures and then write about how we could make someone feel special while in hospital. We also thought we would set our own 100 challenge by running around the bike track 100 times! So far we have completed 40 laps, 20 from the children our class and 20 children from Mrs Ganner’s class. Watch this space to see the display we are going to make with our work and how we are counting our laps with tally marks. 

It is important to us to show we care. 



Receptions Super home learning

Date: 10th Feb 2021 @ 8:48am

We have had so many pictures and videos sent in this week of you all doing amazing things! Take a look through the pictures and see if you can spot any of your friends! We are so proud of you all reception, you are doing such an amazing job! 

Home learning from this week

Date: 5th Feb 2021 @ 9:32am

We've had such an amazing week this week with lots of fun and lots of learning! It was been so lovely to see all of your pictures and to see that lots of you have been reading and playing games on active learn! Keep up the great work Reception, we are very proud of you!

Tuesdays amazing home learning

Date: 3rd Feb 2021 @ 8:52am

Here are our amazing home learning photos from Tuesday! We had so much learning sent in, it was lovely to look through all of your hard work! Well done to you all! Can you spot your learning on the photos below? Or can you see a friend from school?

Mondays amazing home learners!

Date: 2nd Feb 2021 @ 9:09am

Wow what a day we had yesterday, full of home learning and challenges to help our brains stay healthy and strong!

We've had some amazing story mountains sent in as well as some children practising their tricky words (I think your becoming experts!). We have loved seeing your jolly snowmen maths learning and the designs for  the waterproof warm coat are just brilliant!

Well done Reception! 

Keep up the good work!

Fridays Superstar home learners!

Date: 1st Feb 2021 @ 10:15am

Well done Reception! We have had a brilliant week of home learning. Lot's of you have sent in some amazing learning! We love seeing you practising your writing and maths and most of all having fun with your learning! We hope you enjoyed making your dens on Friday, We certainly enjoyed seeing them!

Well done Reception, we are very proud of you!

Wednesdays home learning superstars!

Date: 28th Jan 2021 @ 9:30am

Well done to all of the children and grown ups who are sending in their home learning! You have been so busy! Look at the children practicing their writing and completing their maths and phonics challenges! Wow! I especially like all of the questions for the Box Dwellers, I'll be sure to send them to them! Keep up the hard work Reception!


If you are having trouble sending it in through school spider, don't worry just send it to our email address,


Tuesdays amazing home learning

Date: 27th Jan 2021 @ 8:45am

Wow! Look at all the amazing learning that we have been doing at home! Take a look and see if you can spot any of your friends learning,

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