I joined Ravensmead in September 2014 as the Music Specialist. I am now thrilled to be given responsibility for a Year 5/6 class alongside my role as Music Leader.
I have previously worked as a class teacher in North Tyneside and in Stafford. I have had experience of teaching children in all year groups.
I play piano, clarinet and recorders and singing is very important to me. I am a firm believer that technique, warm ups and singing games are as just as important as learning songs for performance (and lots of fun too!)
I am passionate about the importance of Music in schools and love the enthusiasm for the subject in the Ravensmead school community.
I have been teaching at Ravensmead School since September 2011, where I began my teaching in Year 3/4. Since then I have taken on the role of PE coordinator, due to my love for PE and sport. This has led me to taking numerous after school clubs such as Football, Cricket, Cross Country and more, all of which require me to take school sports teams to various competitions. I love this part of my job, as it allows me to see the children working together as a team, motivating each other to achieve their best and having a smile on their face throughout. At Ravensmead we encourage every child to attend an after school club and become ‘The Best That They Can Be.’
I have been at Ravensmead Primary School since September, 2013. Prior to this I taught for 5 years in key stage 2 in a school in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. I enjoy teaching maths and helping the children to develop their confidence and skills in a subject that many children find tricky. This enjoyment for the subject has led to me completing my Maths Specialist teacher qualification and taking on the responsibility of the subject across the school. Aside from this I really enjoy art and any kinds of drawing and love to work with the children helping them to develop their creativity.
I began my teaching career at Ravensmead in 2002 and previously taught in the Foundation Stage.
My responsibilities at Ravensmead have included being the Foundation Stage Manager for 5 years. I enjoy leading after school sports clubs and particularly enjoy giving the children the opportunities to compete in leagues and competitions.
Homework is distributed on a Thursday and expected to be returned on a Tuesday unless otherwise stated. Homework will usually comprise of 1 English piece, 1 Maths piece and weekly spellings.
Other homework which could be topic based may be given throughout the week. Failure to hand homework in on the day required will result in the child spending the next break session in the provision room with a clear expectation for the work to be handed in the following day.
Information for parents with children in Year 5/6
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Visit to Tatton Park
The year 5/6 children enjoyed a visit to Tatton Park farm to find out what it was like to be a child who was evacuated in World War 2. They learned about the Blitz, rationing, the home and farming. A fascinating day!
Over the past half term, the children in year 5/6 have been working on a project to design and create their very own gingerbread houses.
Their work has entailed; taste testing various biscuits as well as additional ingredients to add to their gingerbread, before creating a prototype gingerbread house out of cardboard and then creating their final pieces.
A lot of fun has been had by the children (and staff) especially during the construction part of their work. Even though they didn’t all turn out as planned, the children worked brilliantly together and showed a great deal of resilience as they worked hard to overcome any difficulties that they came across.
Check out the photographs below for some of the creations.
Year 5/6 visit the Lego Room at Newcastle College
During October, our Year 5/6 children visited the Lego Room at Newcastle under Lyme College. They built a robot and learned to programme it to travel around an obstacle course! A truly Fab Friday!
Year 5/6 had a wonderful time on their Llandudno trip. The weather stayed fine. They enjoyed a tram ride to the top of the Great Orme and a tour of the Copper Mines. The trip ended with an ice cream and some fun on the beach.
Thinktank Museum trip
Year 5 and 6 had a great day at the Thinktank Museum. They took part in a fascinating forces and friction workshop. They also explored the science garden and visited interactive exhibits about the body, the world around us and engineering through the ages.
Civic Offices Visit
On Tuesday 15th November Year 5 and 6 visited the Civic Offices in Newcastle to learn more about Democracy and what it entails.
The children were greeted by Geoff Durham, a member of the Council who took them into the foyer then into the Chamber where we met our current Mayor and Mayoress: Mr and Mrs Wilkes. Mrs Wilkes is also a governor and teaching assistant at our school.
During the visit, the children spent time in the chamber where they explored what it would have been like during an actual debate. They also went into the Mayor’s Parlour and public gallery. They thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Civic Offices. Further visits will be arranged in order for the children to discover more about this important aspect of our society.