Taking into consideration the new expectations from the National Curriculum (2014), we at Ravenswood are very clear about how this affects each year group. We have therefore, this information to build solid long terms plans for each year group to achieve this. We ensure all staff working with children are aware and have an understanding of the expectation before and preceding their specific year group.
Click here for our long term English plan. This will show you what is taught across the school in year groups
Summer term Literacy update ...
One of my responsibilities as part of the leadership team is to ensure that your children are making progress in all aspects of literacy and that the opportunities they deserve are available at school.
The class teachers and I were impressed that the majority of children had continued to read at home over the lockdown and summer holidays. The children have had a long time away from school and it is a sad fact that children who don’t keep up the skills can regress in their learning. So, thank you for all your support!
Reading A huge part of our ‘School Development Plan’ is progress in early reading. We are very excited to be rolling out GRRR - GREAT RAVENSWOOD READERS - to our new Reception Pupils. I have met with all of these parents and explained how the initiative works. I have been really impressed that most children are reading daily. Year 1 continue to put a huge effort into their home reading. In Key Stage 1 we have an ‘Author of the Term’. On Thursday afternoons the children will enjoy story time in the library. This term we will be sharing traditional tales, these are always a favourite with our children, who love joining in with repeated phrases. Excitingly, we welcomed a new librarian in October. Mrs Joyce will be in school Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. We are planning to re-establish groups when the restrictions are lifted.
Phonics - Year 2 missed out on their opportunity to be screened in June due to lockdown. This has been postponed to this term and we plan to complete it during the week beginning 7th December. I am confident that they will do well, but keep practising at home. Initial assessment of Year 1 shows that the children are behind where I would like them to be (presumably due to the school they missed at the end of Reception). We are working extremely hard in school to close the gap. We will be updating Class DoJos with phonics games and activities you can do with your children at home.
Spelling - It’s all about spelling this year (and every year)! Pupils from Year 1 through to Year 6 are coming home each week with new spellings and activities. We appreciate your support in helping them become more fluent spellers.
Handwriting - I have updated the handwriting policy and all pupils are learning how to write in cursive joins.
Rainbow Readers (Our Friday club for pre -school children) is every Friday at 130pm. We are excited to re-launch this when the restrictions are relaxed.
Volunteers Many of you have enquired about volunteering, at the moment we are not having any outside agencies or parents in school, but I will let you know when that changes. If you would like to volunteer please ring the school office.
Have you visited our school library recently?
If so, you will have met our new librarian - Mrs. Joyce - who started with us during October. She has been busy beavering away with tidying and reorganizing our books, putting up some interesting questions for us to find out about and making sure that we all enjoy our time spent in the library.
Click here to read the library newsletter no.1