Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 27th September 2021

I am writing today’s blog after a very quiet day at school with no children. Staff have been trained on our new phonics program today. Some of you may have heard of Read, Write Inc. which many schools are now using. We are switching to this program, as it seems to make many more links between phonics in Key Stage 1 and spelling in Key Stage 2. Following the training, families will see a difference in both home readers for the younger children and spelling homework for the older ones. We will also be able to share some web based activities for children who might need additional practice at home. The biggest change will be that children will receive two types of books for home as they learn to read. One type will be a book to support their decoding. These will be reasonably dry, but really helpful for children to see themselves as readers. The other type will be reading for pleasure books, which will be to read alongside other family members. The theory is that all children will quickly become confident readers and then the books coming home will all be their choice. Please bear with us while we adopt this new scheme. Mr Laurie will be holding parent meetings to give you more information and to answer your questions.

This week Year 3 went out to Rising Sun Country Park to look at what skills Stone Age people would have needed to survive. The children were brilliant, especially given the change in the weather. Monday morning felt like we would need to be building an ark, let alone a Stone Age shelter! Thanks to the staff at Rising Sun for making these trips so enjoyable.

Year 2 were also out and about on their travels with a walk down Chillingham Road and round to Iris Brickfield Park. This is the beginning of some work on local geography and will be followed next week with a trip to The Angel of the North and Newcastle quayside.


Thanks to everyone who came along to the Hawkhirst meeting for Year 4 on Monday and Tuesday. We already have 60 pupils signed up for this trip, which is great news. If you are still unsure about sending your child and want to speak to me, drop me a phone call or catch me on the yard.

We are planning a meeting for the Robinwood visit for Year 5 pupils, but already have 42 children signed up for this residential. We will be in touch with details of the meeting very soon.

Thanks also to everyone who turned up for the Great Ravenswood Boat Race (I mean Run) on Thursday after school. Sadly, due to the weather, we had to cancel the event and will do it all again on Tuesday 5th October – whatever the weather!!

Next week’s Book Look has been cancelled and replaced with a chance for children to take some of their books home on Wednesday evening. This will allow you to have a look at their work so far this year, before Parent Consultations in the following week. Most families have booked a slot for the Parent Consultation. If you haven’t, please do so on the Gateway. If you are struggling, then give the ladies in the office a ring and they will get you a time.

Finally, as you may have seen in my email, next week we will be celebrating the harvest. This is a chance for us to be thankful for what nature provides on our amazing planet and to think about how we can protect it. It will also be a chance to think of others less fortunate than ourselves by collecting tinned and dried foods along with household products for The People’s Kitchen in Newcastle. Thanks in advance for any donations.