Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 8th November 2021

It has been lovely to have parents in school this week, some of whom were coming into the building for the very first time. Mr Hood and Mrs Easton held an information meeting about the Year 5 visit to Robinwood in March and Mr Laurie welcomed families from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to find out about our new phonics programme and to discuss the changes to home reading books. Thanks to everyone who came along. If you were unable to make the phonics meeting, we will be putting all of the key information on the website under Parents/Helping at Home.

On Wednesday (17th November), we will be holding this term’s “In the Loop” meeting. We haven’t had one of these for a long time, due to COVID, so please feel free to join us. The meeting starts as soon as you have dropped your child off. Just come around to reception and we will invite you into the KS1 hall for a cup of tea or coffee. I will then go through a short presentation about what has happened this term and what is planned for the near future. It’s a good chance to ask us questions and suggest topics for future discussion. Depending on numbers, we would also like to offer a short tour of the building at the end of the meeting, for anyone who hasn’t had the chance to look around.

We all took part in a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day on Thursday, following assemblies on the subject earlier in the week. Thank you to everyone who sent money in for the Poppy Appeal. We sold out of poppies and I will let you know how much we made as soon as we are told.

There has been lots of exciting learning going on in school again this week. On Tuesday, Year 1 had a visit from The Owl Centre as part of their topic on nocturnal animals. The children loved seeing the animals and found out lots of interesting facts.

Also on Tuesday, Year 4 visited Jesmond Dene to find out about Lord Armstrong and his impact on Heaton as part of their Victorian topic.

Well done to all of the children who have started their Reading Challenge. We are getting some lovely pictures and feedback to teachers. Next week is the Book Fair. As you will have seen from the recent email, it is quite different to normal, with only two copies of each book being sent. The theory is that you can order and pay for the books that you want and they will be delivered in the week following the book fair. Not ideal, as one of the exciting things is buying the book and taking it away, but I am afraid that this is another COVID related change.