Week beginning 25th April 2022
I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. It was great that the sun made an appearance for us and I am delighted to say that everyone has returned looking refreshed and ready for the summer term.
The holidays come thick and fast around Easter, so can I remind you that school is closed on Monday 2nd May for May Day Bank Holiday.
Ramadan finishes on Monday with most sources telling me that Eid will be on Tuesday. I hope that all of our Muslim families have a great Eid celebration and we will see you all back on Wednesday. There is no need to contact school or complete absence forms for Eid.
This is a short half term with the return of the lovely SATs papers that we have all missed so much through lockdown! Year 6 are working really hard with a week to go before test week and are all looking forward to getting the papers out of the way. Year 2, hopefully, are completely oblivious to the fact that they will be doing some “quizzes” over the next few weeks. Their national tests are completed as guidance for Year 2 teachers, who then make teacher assessments of how well the children are doing. Argument continues as to whether national testing is a necessary evil or a waste of teaching time, but I don’t see anything changing any time soon, so we will continue to prepare the children with as little stress as possible.
This week saw the start of the cricket season at Ravenswood. We are lucky to be able to take part in the “Chance to Shine” initiative from the ECB again this year and welcomed back James Morgan from Northumberland County Cricket Club. He is teaching cricket with Year 2 and Year 3 and then stays to support our cricket club on Tuesdays after school. The rest of Key Stage 2 will be doing cricket in their Games lessons as well.
On Tuesday, our Under 11 and Under 9 cross country teams went with Mr Chapman to the city cross country competition. They had a great afternoon with both the boys’ and girls’ Under 9 teams coming third in the city. Well done to all of the runners.
This week also saw the start of a new Key Stage 1 Drama Club which Miss Williams and Mrs Short are running on a Thursday after school. It all looked very exciting! The Key Stage 2 Drama Club are in to the final rehearsal stage for their production of Twelfth Night. Tickets for this show will be available soon.
Year 1 had a visit to Iris Brickfield Park this week to support a piece of writing that they will be doing next week. It’s a busy half term for them with a visit to Beamish in Week 3 as well.