Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 1st April 2019

What a fantastic finish to the term. I think everybody is ready for an Easter break after a week packed full of exciting activities.

It has been Science Week this week, with all classes trying to help our friendly alien. As I am sure you heard, an alien spacecraft had a rather bad crash landing in the school garden last weekend. Thankfully, they were able to repair the damage, but before they set off home, they left us a note asking us to help them to save their planet. Our task was to explain to them how we are looking after our planet. This has involved all the classes taking part in experiments and investigations and has included lots of trips and visitors in school. The year teams are putting together photos and videos of their work this week, which will soon be appearing on the Pupil Pages. Reception’s vlog is already there. Here is a list looking at the focus for each year group.

  • Nursery – Looking at mini beasts in the environment.
  • Reception – Visit to Iris Brickfield to help tidy our local park and to think about keeping our environment clean.
  • Year 1 – Planting the garden outside the classroom to make our environment nicer.
  • Year 2 – Visit to Heaton Park to feed the birds and find ways to look after our wildlife.
  • Lower school assembly from Suez recycling
  • Year 3 – Visit to Washington Wetlands to look at how humans create safe environments for wildlife.
  • Year 4 – Reusing plastics instead of adding them to the waste system.
  • Year 5 – Visit to Nafferton Farm to compare intensive and organic farming techniques.
  • Year 6 – Working with Newcastle University on a Save our Seas project, which included a visit to their Dove Marine Laboratory in Cullercoats

On Monday, the Choir and Music Club performed with all of the Ouseburn Learning Trust schools at the City Hall. They gave fantastic performances of True Colours and Who I’m Meant To Be and then joined the massed choir of all schools to sing through a group of songs that the children had learnt at school. A huge amount of work has gone into this performance from all of the staff and children involved, but special thanks need to go to Mrs Maddison, Mrs Bates and Mr Kitchen for leading the Choir and Music Club. There was a great audience for this concert, which really makes it an memorable experience for the children, so thanks to everyone who came.

The Choir were out again on Friday afternoon singing at Brunswick Methodist Church in the city centre with Gospel Choir Voices of Virtue from Byker. It was a lovely concert involving four of the OLT schools. Thanks to everyone who gave up precious time on a Friday afternoon to come and watch.

Ravenswood were back at the City Hall on Wednesday afternoon with Miss Jackson’s Dance Club, taking part in this year’s Newcastle Dance Festival. The Dance Team did a fantastic job, performing with great accuracy and enthusiasm. Thanks again to everyone who went to support them.

The week finished with Year 1’s Caribbean performance for parents. This brings to a close their topic contrasting Newcastle and the north east with the Caribbean islands. The hall was packed for the performance and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Thanks yet again!

Our cross country runners were out on Tuesday running in the city competition, which keeps growing year on year. This year saw over 200 runners in each age event and the team did really well with three top 20 finishers. Have a look on the Sports, Competitions and Festivals section for more details.

The pitch is almost complete. The rain (and sleet!) did slow us down a little and there are a couple of jobs still to be done, but we should be up and running after Easter.

Thanks to the Friends of Ravenswood for organising two very successful Easter discos on Tuesday evening. All of the children had a great time. We really appreciate everything that the FOR do for us as a school.

Shortly after the Easter holidays, we will be welcoming our mini Elmer as part of the fund raising for St Oswald's Hospice. To make him feel at home, we have asked the children to have a go at making their own milk carton elephant, so that Elmer can join Ravenswood's herd. If you have lost the instructions, they are under the letters section of the website. We are looking forward to seeing everyone's creations.

Finally, can I wish everyone a Happy Easter Holiday? We return to school on Tuesday 23rd April. This is because Monday 22nd is Easter Monday.