Ravenswood Primary School

Ravenswood Primary School

Week beginning 8th July 2019

This week has been our second week with visitors from Wuhan in China. This time it was Optical Valley School Number 15. They arrived on Monday, sharing a lovely assembly where the choir sang “Who I’m Meant to be”, Iliana sang “Waters of Tyne” and Dance Club performed their Pirates of the Caribbean dance. The Chinese children then performed some traditional Chinese song and dance. They were very well prepared and did a great job. The children then buddied up and spent the rest of the day in class. They visited West Jesmond Primary on Tuesday and then all three schools went to the beach on Wednesday. We have had the Chinese children with us in classrooms on Thursday and Friday and the whole visit ended with a closing ceremony on Friday afternoon which included the exchange of gifts.

The buddies have again been amazing and have made our guests feel incredibly welcome. They have also made some lovely friends. Thanks to all of them.

It has been really interesting to host these schools at Ravenswood. The children have been fantastic and have shown us adults how easy it is to make friends and communicate, despite the language and cultural differences between us. One thing that has stood out across the two weeks has been the relationships between Chinese teachers and their pupils compared to those seen at Ravenswood. The Chinese staff have had very little to do with their children during the school visits and there is a noticeable distance between them. The tour guides, who have accompanied the schools, have been the ones looking after the children and joining in with the activities. During our visit to Longsands all of the Ravenswood and West Jesmond teachers were playing in the sand, paddling in the sea, organising games etc. The staff from Wuhan spent their time in Crusoe’s having coffee and watching from afar! I am sure that if our staff went to Wuhan they would constantly be in classrooms, checking the children were having a good time.

Here are some photos of the week.

                    

                            

Squashed in amongst entertaining our visitors, school life has continued at quite a pace.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the school fair on Saturday. The Friends of Ravenswood were delighted by the turnout and made a profit of £2500, which will all go towards enriching the experience of our pupils.

On Monday and Tuesday, Year 6 ran the House Athletics Challenge, where every child competed in athletics events, gaining points for their House. The winning house this year was Yellow Lions! Well done to them and thanks to Year 6.

On Tuesday, all children got to spend some time with next year’s teacher. These transition meetings went well and have hopefully helped the children to feel very confident about September.

Also on Tuesday, we received our Year 6 SAT results. Wow! The children have done a fabulous job again this year and have achieved a remarkable set of results. Below is the summary of this year’s data. At present, we have not been given the national averages for children achieving a “greater depth” score. The key government figure here is RWM, which is the percentage of pupils who achieved the grade in all three subjects – Reading, Writing and Maths. As you can see, this year’s results are again miles above the national average. Well done to all of the Year 6 children and to all of the teachers who have helped them to make such amazing progress across the years.

Reached Expected Grade

Reached Greater Depth

Read

Write

Maths

GPS

RWM

Read

Write

Maths

GPS

RWM

National

75%

78%

76%

78%

64%

 

 

 

 

 

Ravenswood

90%

94%

94%

91%

86%

42%

26%

52%

49%

18%

 

And finally, we thought it would be a nice idea to take a photo of all of the children who have taken part in an extra-curricular club this year. Have a look at the photo below. This is an amazing commitment from our pupils and from our staff who provide such a huge variety of clubs. Thanks to everyone.

 

On Monday it is Sports Day – weather permitting! The Reception and KS1 Sports Day will be from 9:15 – 10:30 am and the KS2 event will be from 1- 3pm. Parents are welcome to attend. If you arrive a little late, don’t worry, but please come in through the main entrance, as we will be shutting the gates once the events are under way.