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
To support their Australia topic, the children in Year 2 welcomed didgeridoo player Chris Holland for a very special workshop. Chris told Aboriginal stories and showed and played a range of digeridoos. They even had a go at playing one themselves.
The children have also enjoyed making and decorating their own digeridoos using cardboard tubes.
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!