I have been a teacher at Ravensmead Primary School for 16 years and during that time I have taught in years Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, spending the majority of my time in Key Stage 1. I have responsibility for Computing, Online Safety and Key Stage 1 at the moment and have also been responsible for Health and Safety in the past.
One of my favourite things about working here is the lovely atmosphere of the school, where every member of staff and child is valued. I love creative learning and educational visits.
I have been at Ravensmead Primary School since September, 2014 although I was formerly a pupil here. I really enjoy drama and anything related to the theatre therefore I am looking forward to being more involved in the fantastic productions that the school perform. I enjoy reading to the children, especially Roald Dahl’s books and in particular ‘The Twits.’
All of the children work in mixed ability groups with their class teacher for most of the day. However, when learning Maths and phonics/SPAG the children may move groups according to the stage which they are at in their learning.
English is taught in a cross curricular way with links to the termly topics. The topic webs are uploaded termly on this website. Sometimes subjects may be blocked over a period eg during Art Week we would teach specific art skills in order to have a completed product by the end of the week.
At the end of Year 2, the children are assessed against the national standards (SATs), but this is nothing to worry about as information about expectations and how we gather evidence of the children’s attainment is shared with parents regularly via parents’ evenings and other meetings/workshops.
The priority for homework is for children to read and acquire a love for reading a wide variety of books. The whole school’s aim is for all children to have read at least 4 times a week. Children who achieve this are then entered into the weekly reading raffle when they could win a book to take home.
Topic related activities may be sent home once a term as well as maths activities which will support their learning in class.
Help your child at home
Information for parents with children in Year 2
Elwood’s account of our wonderful day out at the Wildlife Park
Peak Wildlife Park
On Friday 27th September, Year 2 visited Peak Wildlife Park as the Wow start to their topic ‘Australia’. The children saw a range of animals including wallabies, meerkats, warty pigs, deer, penguins, giant rabbits, lemurs, zebra and otters.
A great day was had by all and we certainly did not let the rain dampen our spirits!
Trip to Crich Tramway Village
On Monday 18th June, all of Year 2 visited Crich to learn more about transport in the past and how it had changed. The children were able to look around the museum and sit in an old tram and they also had a tour guide to explain things. Each child was given a half penny to buy a ticket for a tram ride too- which was the highlight of the day! We all had a very busy and tiring day.
Easter Celebrations 2018
This Easter the children have been celebrating with Rev. Helen Hoe at Audley Methodist Church and they also invited a guest to the Easter Tea Party, where they shared a handmade egg and cress sandwich! The children tried to grow the cress themselves but they had to cheat and use some from the shop after the children’s cress didn’t grew very successfully…oh dear!
On Tuesday 13th March ‘Mad Science’ came into school to show the children different explosions! After a whole school assembly, Year 2 got to create their own explosions by completing some of their own experiments. They were challenged to push a skewer through a balloon without it popping, make a mini explosion using vinegar and baking powder and they also watched how Mentos mints reacted with a bottle of lemonade! It was great fun!
The children read the story ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes’ and made African pancakes. We then decided to choose sweet and savoury toppings for a pancake and voted on the ones we liked best. The winning toppings were then brought (after a lot of research by the children to find the cheapest supermarket to buy them from) and the children ate their creations!
Maths workshop January 2018
A huge thank you to all those who were able to attend the maths workshop on Tuesday 16th January. Parents and children played games and learnt more about how to teach the key skills for place value, addition and subtraction. If you missed the fun, or want to do the activities again, you can check the power point (below in red) and play at home! The handouts that were used can also be viewed below.
London’s Burning Topic
On Thursday 14th December, the Year 2 children retold the story of ‘The Great Fire of London’ to their families, on the stage! All gave a super performance, sang every song (remembering all of the words!) and looked amazing in their costumes.
On Friday 1st December, Samuel Pepys, Thomas Farriner’s maid and King Charles II’s brother all came to visit during our theatre workshop. The children were able to recall lots of facts from the topic but also learnt some new facts too. The children acted out events from the Great Fire of London and some got to dress up a little too.
Call for the Fire Engines…
This week, the children have been following their designs and beginning to create their own model of a fire engine with moving wheels on an axle: just take a look!
To start our new topic this half term, we have been learning about ‘The Gunpowder Plot’. Ask your child to tell you the story as we have been learning it so that we can retell it from memory, using actions to help us remember.
Look at the first stages of our model making for our design and technology work…