Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 28th January 2019

It has been a quiet week at school with staff and pupils getting back to normal after several bugs.

I have finished talking to all of the Teaching Assistants who do such a fabulous job at school and have now started to do my classroom observations. This is one of my favourite parts of the job of headteacher. I love getting into classes and sharing teaching and learning with our great staff and wonderful pupils. So far, I have seen Class 2 doing some early writing, Class 10 finding out all about magnetic materials in science, Class 17 learning about skills and tactics in basketball and Class 20 doing an experiment on bird beaks, to help them understand Charles Darwin’s initial findings about evolution. All of these lessons were fantastic and there was great learning going on. More lessons are booked in for the rest of this term, so I am going to be a happy headteacher.

Year 2 went off to Newcastle’s China Town on a freezing Wednesday. They had a lovely time finding out about this part of our city and also had the treat of going to The Palace Garden restaurant for lunch. This is all part of their topic this term on China. I am delighted to say that the children were beautifully behaved and that they brought back some Chinese food for the staff to try!

Speaking of China, I am sad to say that we have cancelled the proposed trip to Wuhan with pupils next October. We are still hoping that the Wuhan schools that I visited will come to join us in Newcastle this summer and that we may be able to introduce this trip in the future when we have a little more information about how it all works.

Father Jonathan was in both KS1 and KS2 assemblies on Tuesday telling the children about Candlemas. We also welcomed two students from Newcastle University’s PGCE course this week. Miss Sparke-Rogstad will be working with Class 9 and Miss Cornwell will be working with Class 4. They are observing this week and next week and will start their teaching practice after half term.

Next week, the Friends of Ravenswood are holding their Movie Night on Wednesday after school. There are a few tickets still left, which can be bought at the main office. This is always a great event. Thanks to all of the volunteers who will be running it.