Week beginning 1st November 2021
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great half term. Dark nights and fireworks are reminders that winter is around the corner and the busy Christmas term has begun.
It has been a quiet first week back as the different year groups start their new topics. There are some great topics this half term which focus a lot on history. Year 1 find out about the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes, Year 2 look at heroes from the past and present, Year 3 really get stuck into the pyramids and mummies of the Egyptian period, Year 4 bring their Victorian study closer to home by looking at local people like Lord Armstrong, Year 5 study the everyday life of an Anglo-Saxon and Year 6 move on with World War 2. This term we work extra hard for the first few weeks, because we know that lessons will be interrupted as we crash into Christmas activities.
Speaking of which, rehearsals are getting going already for Christmas and we have everything firmly crossed that we will be able to welcome families in to school to see some festive shows. We are also hoping to hold our Christmas Celebration at St Gabriel’s, normal Christmas parties and the Christmas dinner for pupils is already booked in for 15th December. This sounds ridiculously early and that isn’t because of any turkey shortage, it’s simply because we break up on Friday 17th December. Exciting times!
Mrs Maddison has set up a Reading Challenge for the first four weeks of this half term. You have been sent an email about the challenge and your child will bring home the details and the challenge sheet with this week’s homework. This is all about promoting the love of reading. Please let us know about how it works and feel free to send us information or photos of the challenge in action.
Mr Laurie will be holding some parent meetings next week to introduce our new phonics programme, Read Write Inc. The meetings for Year 1 and 2 parents will be on Tuesday 9th November at 9:10am and 5pm, where he will be joined by Miss Skillen who will explain the new approach to home reading books. For the Reception meetings Mr Laurie will be joined by Miss Williams and these will be on Thursday 11th November again at 9:10am and 5pm, There are 50 places available for each meeting, so please reply to your email message if you would like a place.
We are selling poppies again this year after a year off due to COVID. We will be holding assemblies which look at the history behind the Royal British Legion’s poppy and think about all of the women, men and animals who have served in the armed forces of their countries, both in the past and today. This isn’t a celebration of war, but a remembrance of the sacrifices made and a reminder that we should do everything in our power to establish and maintain peace across the world.
On Friday we had our second open day for families looking for a place at Ravenswood in September. It was another large turn out and was lovely to show off our great school and children. We have two more visit dates planned for 6pm on 16th November and 1:30pm on 29th of November. If you know of anyone who would like to come along, please ask them to contact the school office to book a place.
Finally, an early reminder of our “In the Loop” meeting on Wednesday 17th November. This has been moved from the Tuesday, as I have to be at a Heatdteachers’ meeting, so apologies for anyone who has put that date in their diary. These meetings haven’t happened since 2019, due to COVID and are chance to come into school, after dropping your child off, and find out about what has been happening and what is planned for the future. We have a coffee or a tea and then I present a short PowerPoint. There is the chance to ask questions and to suggest areas that we may cover in future meetings. The focus of the first meeting will be reading. I hope you can join us.