Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 27th January 2020

I just wanted to start by saying how proud I am of the brilliant staff here at Ravenswood. Our school vision states,

“All of our staff and pupils work hard to develop positive relationships, to share a love of learning and to enjoy being part of the school community. Our relationships will help us to learn together and to achieve success.”

We all work incredibly hard to follow this vision and it is with your support that we can meet it for all pupils. Sometimes primary age pupils fall out with their friends and this feels like the end of the world to them. Sometimes a child behaves badly and has to be told off in order to understand the impact of their actions. Sometimes a child doesn’t put enough effort into their school work and needs to spend extra time completing it. Our staff deal with issues like these in a caring way in order to educate the children and to help them to grow up into brilliant, tolerant adults with a clear sense of right and wrong. I love the fact that we have excellent relationships between staff and parents that allow us to share how the children in our care are feeling, but please be confident that everything that we do is done to support our pupils.

A couple of parents said that they had enjoyed finding out about the History we teach across the school from last week’s blog. This week, Mrs Clougher, Miss Skillen and I spoke to children about their learning in Geography. It was harder for the children to talk about this subject, which was interesting to hear. I think the stories that we tell children in History really help them to remember the historical facts. We are now considering how best to embed learning in Geography. One of the biggest things that I have found is that geography makes much more sense when you have visited a place and had first-hand experience. We intend to build more local geography into the curriculum so that when we learn about places far away, we have a good understanding of what it is like near us and can draw comparisons. Here are the Geography topics covered in this year’s curriculum.

  • Reception – Using plans of the classroom, our immediate environment within the school and in Heaton
  • Year 1 – Mapwork based on Heaton, the countries of the UK, comparing Heaton with Whitley Bay
  • Year 2 – Treasure Island maps, mapping the school garden, knowing the continents and oceans of the world, comparing Newcastle with Wuhan in China, comparing polar and equatorial regions
  • Year 3 – Egypt and the River Nile, the countries of the Mediterranean, understanding rivers
  • Year 4 – Victorian maps of Heaton compared with today, France study, rainforests - focusing on the Amazon
  • Year 5 – Ordnance survey mapwork, understanding the globe, Spain study, volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics
  • Year 6 – Ordnance survey mapwork, oceans, Greece and the Mediterranean, Europe

The Governor’s Finance and Premises Committee met on Friday afternoon to start to look at closing this year’s budget and to discuss the outside area. The budget is looking healthy thanks to the fantastic work that Mrs West and her team in the school office do. We hope to be able to replace some of the outside equipment and perhaps some of the older play surfaces around the playground. If you or your child have any thoughts about this, please feel free to let me or a member of the School Council know.

While we are on premises, I have to tell you that we currently have a water leak that is taking some tracking down. Depending on the position and severity of the leak, we may have to do some disruptive work on the Key Stage 1 corridor. If you hear stories of floors with big holes in and strange routes to get to the toilets, then you know why! We will ensure that the children’s safety is the number one priority at all times and I will keep you up to date with what is happening.

We will be holding a Parent Governor election in the near future, so if this is something that you feel you could see yourself doing, then please watch out for further information. If you would like to catch me to discuss what is expected of a governor, then please let me know.