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 Literacy 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
Short video for information on SATs
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.
On the 3rd-7th October our Year 6 pupils took part in a residential visit to Standon Bowers. The children enjoyed a range of activities that helped to improve their teamwork skills, balance and coordination, mapwork skills and understanding of the history of the local area.
One day, children spent half of their day on a long walk to the Roaches, learning lots about the history of the Staffordshire Moorlands, while the other half of the day was spent scrambling: walking over the steep terrain and boulders in the Moorlands.
Children also enjoyed BMX bike riding, archery, high rope courses and caving, as well as ‘The flying egg challenge’ where they had to work as a team to build a construction to prevent an egg cracking when dropped from a height.
The Ravensmead Roving Reporters Archie and Sharntae described their week away as ’the best fun we have ever had’.
The activities were,
- Shelter Building
- Scrambling – which is where we rock climbed up a big hill
- Mountain walk
- Low ropes – where we climbed across a vast obstacle course
- High rope – where we jumped off a big building in a harness and did crate stacking
- Ground maps – where we had to find certain things
- A local walk – where we touched an electric fence, ate nettles and damsons
- BMX biking -where we rode a bike across a bumpy, twisty track
- Lots of evening activities including man hunt which is pretty much hide and seek tag and laughing at Mr Greens dancing.