The pupils in S9 have settled into their new class remarkably well. Miss Wood, Miss Addinall and Mrs Millar are exhausted as a result of their efforts supporting the enthusiastic newcomers who are now on the road to establishing themselves in the art studio. The students have voted for their class representatives to sit on the school council as Ambassadors. Congratulations to Leoni -May and Dominic who are the successful candidates. S9 are all looking forward to the opportunities on offer to them through the Key Stage 4 pathways and they have now begun work on the accredited courses available through their personal timetables.
Hello from P1!
We have had a brilliant first week back in P1. We have been busy settling in exploring our new classroom. We are all happy to be back at school!
This term our topic is ‘The magic carpet’ and we are going to be flying off on our magic carpet and exploring under the sea. We have been busy designing our own magic carpets ready for our class adventures…
Wow what another busy week in S2. In our topic ‘Around the World’ we have been visiting different countries, this week we have visited India. We have been able to taste Bombay potatoes and onion bhajis. We focussed on using our senses, what could we smell and taste. One of us was able to tell us that the Bombay potatoes were spicy hot, but he liked them. Another one of us enjoyed the onion bhajis so much he wanted more and more.
In cooking S2 worked extremely well we have made apple pie scrolls. We all independently used our cooking skills that we have developed this year including grating and chopping. We all thoroughly enjoyed them and even asked for more!
In assembly, on Tuesday we were the attendance winners for Key Stage three!
Here’s to another super week here in S2!
This week in S3 we have been celebrating birthdays, looking at how we need to look after our growing bodies to keep ourselves clean and healthy and investigating how we have changed since we were babies. This leads us on to preparing our three year 11 classmates for their transition into their post 16 education.
We have prepared them well –they have all been involved in making some amazing food (pakoras this week with a healthy twist!), we worked them hard at the play gym to build up their strength and stamina, and we have been focusing on our communication skills so that we can make our voices heard.
Although we may be feeling a little bit sad that we are waving goodbye we are excited for them to meet new friends, face new challenges and opportunities –and we have some amazing selfies to add to our wall of fame!
S4 Class Blog
Hello from S4!
We are having a fantastic time studying outdoors this term.
We have been reading ‘The Tin Forest’, talking about how happy we all are when we are around nature, and also how we can look after the natural world so everyone can enjoy it.
We have been improving our understanding of maths concepts in the forest too! We visited Oakwell Hall recently and had the chance to learn about mass, distance, quantity, time, distance, movement, position, size as well as counting, matching and sorting! Our activities included den building, walking and running through the forest, climbing, swinging, sliding and playing football.
We learn best when we are active and outside!
Thanks for reading!
Mrs Tunningley and the S4 team.
S5 have had a brilliant first week back. We have started work on our new topic 'Save our Planet', looking at recycling and what happens to materials when we don't recycle them properly. We have set up our own investigation into what will happen to a variety of materials if they are not disposed of properly, will they 'rot or not'?
Here are some pictures of us burying the materials, we will dig them up near the end of the half term to see if our predictions were right!
We are looking forward to another busy half term of learning and having fun!
This week in S6 we have been learning about pirates. We designed treasure maps and Jolly Roger flags for our own pirate crews.
We worked in pirate crew teams to complete an obstacle course. We communicated to help each other tackle the sections of the course and gave each other lots of encouragement.
We have been looking at position and direction this week in maths. We used Bee Bots to navigate around an island to find treasure. We used key vocabulary to help each other through a course whilst blindfolded.
This week have been sequencing, writing and creating comic book styled storyboards. Our stories were based on our maps and involved a pirate’s journey to find the hidden treasure.
S7 have been busy welcoming our new recruits- four caterpillars have joined us to share their journey in becoming beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. This has helped us explore life cycles and investigate the miracle of pollination. Butterflies play an important role, along with bees, in helping us produce food to eat and to replenish the beauty of Spring. Spring has been very exciting: S7 have enjoyed observing tadpoles from our pond and have examined flowers under the microscope to observe the parts of a flower that help to keep the butterflies and bees gorged on nectar and pollen.
During CSI we have been looking at our achievements over the last year. Everyone in the class has achieved something this year and we have celebrated it by putting all our certificates on display.
Everyone in the class has been a Dojo Champion at some point and has received at least one 5 P’s card. 5 P’s card s are given to pupils by staff for being positive, polite, proud, prepared and showing perseverance at some point during the week, either in class or around school.
We have also gained certificates for outstanding work in subjects across the curriculum and for making progress in Lexia.
This week we were also the winners of the attendance award and received a trophy for having the best attendance last week in Key Stage 3.
CSI Puzzle Time
We all love CSI time in S9 as we get to spend quality time together as a class. Recently we have been developing our teamwork skills by using them to solve puzzles. In this game, the ‘builder’ is given the name of an object that they have to make using the shapes and designs on the cards. The other students need to work together to guess what image the builder is making. It was very tricky at first, but after lots of tries where we were resilient and helped each other, we got lots better! We realized very quickly that we needed to be good listeners and also ask good questions in order to succeed.
Well, what a week it has been for S10! We have been very busy whilst also gearing up for the Easter Holiday.
On Thursday, we all had a fantastic day at Lightwater Valley which was the Key Stage 4 Celebration Day treat as a reward for helping the school gain yet another 'Outstanding' rating from OFSTED.
On Friday, we also celebrated each other's achievements throughout the term at the 'Role Models Assembly' where parents and carers were invited to see their young people be presented with awards they had gained through the term. This included two students in S10, well done!
We are very much looking forward to the Easter Holiday and returning again for the Summer Term, we can't believe it's come around so quick.
From all the Staff and Students in S10, Happy Easter!
We have been extremely busy over the past few weeks.
Our amazingly talented pupils have been very busy being brilliant role models for the school.
Two of our group, Haseeb and Joseph, were chosen to represent the school at the Commonwealth Day celebrations in London. They had a wonderful day and ‘did us proud!’
Two of our pupils have also been recognised as outstanding role models by achieving the Ravenshall Role Model Award this term. Well done both of you, what a fantastic achievement.
Megan has just completed a two week very successful work experience placement for which she received a glowing report. Well done Megan!
Our Sports Leaders, Peer Mentors and School Ambassadors have done a great job helping other students by sharing their skills and experience with the rest of the class being recognised both individually, receiving subject awards during assemblies and as a class, winning the attendance trophy – again!
What a class!
Class S12 have been very busy this half term.
Some members of the form have taken part in work experience (working in a shop, a café, helping in school and supporting primary children).
We have all been designing and creating Carnival masks for an AQA Unit Award “Exploring Mask Making”.
Hi, it’s P5’s turn again to do the class blog; it's gone so quick since we last wrote on here. This week we have been really getting to grips with our topic of Keen to be Green. We have been outside sorting out the planters ready for the summer. We really enjoyed getting our hands dirty cleaning out all the winter mess. So now they are ready for us next week, where we will be planting some colourful flowers ready to bloom. In science we have been monitoring our seeds and how they grow in different conditions, so far the seed with light and water has grown the most. Also, our caterpillars in the class have finally cocooned so we are waiting for them to turn into beautiful butterflies, we are all so excited and we are checking in on them every day. All in all, another really productive and fun week for P5.
Thanks from all of P5 x
Drop Down Day was a major success as all the school did lots of fantastic activities linked to the theme of the day ‘A Day with a Difference.’
P4 found the day very informative and had the opportunity to experience activities that they have not done in the past. We started the day with a silent disco and all the children took it in turns to wear the headphones, dance, listen to music and try to get other children to guess what song they were listening to. This was a fun activity and helped children understand what it was like to not be able to hear what others are listening to.
We then did an activity with blindfolds and children were given a partner, who had to guide them around the school using verbal instructions. We managed to get all the way to the can-do room and back without taking the blindfolds off.
Throughout the day the children were given a range of activities to help them understand why we are all different and how people adapt in everyday life. It was a fantastic day and all the children had lots of questions to help them further their understanding.
Hello from P3!
This term our topic is 'Keen to be Green'. In class, we have been planting some seeds such as sunflowers, beanstalks and fruits and vegetables. We are enjoying reading The Hungry Caterpillar story and this week we had our own caterpillars arrive! We will be watching the process of our caterpillars changing into butterflies! As part of our topic each Wednesday we have been going to Dewsbury park with our friends from P2. At the park, we have been taking part in different activities such as nature trails, mini-beast hunts and of course, playing in the sandpit and on the climbing frame!
Here are some pictures.
We have been watching BBC Newsround during CSI and then discussed the topical World, local, National, Sporting and Celebrity news items. We have been answering ‘Who, What, When Where, Why and How’ style questions. We are increasing in confidence in expressing our own personal views on issues raised and at times have had some very heated debates!
Selected Key stage 4 pupils and PFA represented Ravenshall school football team for a match against Southfields from Bradford. Pupils worked as a strong team; they played fiercely and were delighted with the win 5-2. Owais was the man of the match scoring all of Ravenhall’s goals. Pupils from S13 played a huge role and were led well by the team captain from S13.
We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and watching the film ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ in preparation for decorating our classroom door for World Book Day. Our favourite part is the ‘Cheese touch’. We have enjoyed it so much we have now started reading the sequel ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2’ Roderick Rules.
A few of us in S13 have celebrated turning 16 over the past few weeks. We have had chocolate cake, buns, doughnuts watermelon, pineapple and oranges to celebrate the occasion.
We are excited and also a little bit nervous to be starting our 2-week work experience placements from 18th -29th March. We are looking forward to returning to school and finding out how everyone has got on. Keep your eyes peeled for our next class blog where we will report back our experiences.
This term our topic has been 'Extreme Environments' and we have been learning all about Antarctica. The children have really enjoyed learning about the animals that live in Antartica. Our favourite animal has been the penguin and we have loved learning to walk and move like penguins! This week we went on a trip with our friends from P3 to 'The Deep' to see some real-life penguins living in their frozen kingdom. We had lots of fun exploring the aquarium and looking at all the other fish and creatures who lived there too. Here are some pictures from our trip.
Hello from P1!
This half term we are learning about Extreme Environments. We have been reading the story ‘Say Hello to the snowy animals’ and doing lots of fun activities whilst learning about Arctic animals and the environment. We have investigated the sensory tray, been matching the objects and symbols whilst learning the names of the animals, exploring ice and creating artwork. Have a look at some of the photos and video of our exciting learning. We have all loved reading and learning the signs for the story.
Exciting times for PFA as we launch a new range of tasty treats as part of our work-related learning and life skills lesson; yes, American pancakes with fruit compote and Greek yoghurt flew out the door during our breakfast café, and not because of some overzealous flipping!
We have also just completed the first products for our summer garden centre ‘inside out’ by creating some beautiful bird feeders and bug hotels. Watch this space for the next line of quality products!
The cold weather doesn’t dampen this groups spirits as was quite apparent in YR12’s Arts Award lesson when they demonstrated real creative flair learning how to produce sound effects for film as each and every individual became imaginative Foley Artists. We are all looking forward to recording their final pieces in a weeks time.
This week S5 and S6 have been lucky enough to experience a fun packed day at ‘Yorkshire Wildlife Park’. Our topic this half term is ‘Fire and Ice’ and we thought what better way to find out about animals that live in hot and cold climates, than visiting the zoo!
We braved the freezing cold January temperatures, wrapped up warm and explored what the amazingly vast park. We loved seeing all of the animals; particularly the lions, tigers and polar bears.
Here are some pictures of what we got up to...
Hello from S4!
We are having a fantastic time studying Polar Regions this half term.
We are learning about the environment including climate change, polar animals and their habits, as well as Eskimos and Igloos. We are doing a lot of arts and crafts, reading non-fiction texts to learn animal facts and reading stories about polar animals that we’ve chosen from the library. We have even been learning how to dance and walk like a penguin!
Thanks for reading!
This week in S6, we have been introducing our new topic of Ice and Fire. As part of this, we have been exploring extreme environments in Geography. Week 1’s focus has been the scorching desert. Using Google Earth we have found desert environments around the globe by finding the yellow landmasses. We have also been comparing the features of desert landscapes to our own environments in the UK.
As part of PSHCE this half term, we are aiming to complete the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders Award. This involves learning about and putting into practice key skills to becoming outstanding leaders and members of the community. On Tuesday we worked in teams to build cup towers without being allowed to touch the cups or the tables. We used our speaking and listening skills to share ideas and to problem solve.
In Maths, we have been looking at numbers this week. S6 have been using dienes to show numbers. Furthermore, we have been playing numeral games and breaking numbers into their different parts to develop a deeper understanding of them.
In English this week, have been making predictions for what might happen in our fiery new class story, George and the Dragon. As well as starting this exciting new text, we have been writing sentences independently using our Colourful Semantic Widgit card resources. These fun weekly activities allow us to structure sentences to develop confidence.
It may be the last week before Christmas (and we definitely enjoyed our Christmas dinner!) but we have still been working hard.
We have made some indoor snow and some piping hot soup (curried parsnip and carrot soup which was delicious). We’ve also made some special treats for the reindeers using our maths skills of measuring, comparing weight and emptying and filling containers. We found out that birds like the same food as reindeers which was a nice surprise!
Merry Christmas everyone!
We have all worked hard to rehearse the song which we performed at the Ravenshall Palladium Christmas Performance. Based on our learning, we decided to deliver this song as ‘Force’ was part of this term’s curriculum. S7 showed resilience, teamwork, co-operation and perseverance in order to perform this routine and they displayed lots of courage to overcome their nerves. A special mention to Amina and Jamie who really stepped up to help us on the day- well done to all!
S7 and some other KS3 groups have been exploring pollination this term. We have looked at life cycles of the bee, the butterfly and the plant and how these wonderful insects help us to grow the food that we need. We investigated the symmetry of butterflies and how bees dance to show each other where the flowers are to make their lovely honey. We learned about different bees that live in the hive and how we can help pollinating insects by planting flowers in our garden. S7 enjoyed this learning and were fascinated to watch a video made by a beekeeper showing her extracting the honey from the combs in pockets of perfect hexagons!
Wow! What a week we have all had in S2. We are now fully in Christmas mode with the Christmas Craft Fair this afternoon, busy decorating our Christmas tree and decorating the classroom.
We have been busy preparing some amazing tea light snowman decorations during Drop Down Day.
A weekly visit to Play Gym, developing our gross motor control… who’s having more fun?
However, our daily timetable has not changed. Our individual targets for Maths and English are in full flow alongside addressing our holistic targets working in and around the school.
We have been busy making Moroccan spiced carrot soup in cooking.
Please see the recipe below.
5 carrots, 1 onion, 1 can of coconut milk, tablespoon of honey, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, garlic powder and add vegetable stock.
Finely chop carrots and onion. Add spices and vegetable stock. Boil and blitz. Or use a soup maker like us!
In Science we made ‘snow’, Kaif said “It’s cold… soft!”
S1 have been making some Amazing Journeys this week. We have been exploring and labelling transport, engaging in light and dark activities, investigating cold, water, ice and snow, whilst also deciding upon appropriate winter clothing.
Throughout this term, we have been reading ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. We have been using an audiobook to enable everyone in the class to follow the story. Mr and Mrs Twit are horrible people who like to play tricks on each other. We have also discovered that they like to play tricks on small boys and animals! We have used the book to help us with our reading and writing skills. It has also helped develop our speaking and listening skills when we have discussed what has been happening in the book and what might happen next.
As always, the students in S9 have been working incredibly hard this week, together with Miss Cocker and Mrs Wakelin. They have been developing their problem-solving strategies by attempting to put a line of masking tape on the floor as close to the length of 1 metre as possible. The first time we tried we had estimates from the length of a finger to the length of the classroom! After lots of hard work investigating the size of a metre with different types of measuring equipment, we had a second attempt. This time, our best estimate was 1 m 17 cm – a big improvement! We love to learn by investigating in maths at Ravenshall.
So it’s P5’s turn again to take control of the blog, so here we go… This week we have been learning all about Remembrance Day, we made individual poppies and wrote words on them that describe what the men did. We then joined them together to make a wreath and went to Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury to place it at the war memorial. We held a 2-minute silence and all remembered what the brave soldiers did for us.
Wow, what a fantastic half term S10 has had! S10 has now settled down into Year 10 and are trying new subjects for the first time. They are very kind to each other and like helping others. They are doing Buddying, Communication, Cooking and life skills as part of their pathway subjects. Some students help out in the Ravens Retreat serving customers drinks and delicious buns and biscuits.
Hello, Yellow Day raised awareness of mental health and well-being issues. S10 took part in recognizing what makes us sad and happy as well as what we can do if we need cheering up. We went for a walk around the school grounds picking up feathers and exploring our environment. S10 enjoyed being outside and telling each other what things make them happy.
We had fun and laughter watching the performance from the M&M production of Snow White. We joined in all the songs especially those songs that we practice at Friday’s CSI lesson.
P4 have been exploring Ancient Egypt this half term and we have learned so much about how the Egyptians have impacted on history. We have explored the pyramids, mummies, pharaohs and what jobs Ancient Egyptian people did.
This week we decided to look at what food the Ancient Egyptians ate and thought we would put our culinary skills to the test and recreate some ourselves. The Ancient Egyptian bread we made is very similar to the pitta bread we eat now, so we decided that we would follow a similar recipe for that.
The recipe is;
250g white flour
1 teaspoon of yeast
Sprinkle of salt
1 tsp olive oil
Using these ingredients P4;
All the children in P4 then enjoyed the Ancient Egyptian pitta bread for snack time!
What a fantastic start to the new school year! S11 have settled well as a group and are already seen as fantastic role models for our younger pupils.
Our attendance record is absolutely amazing, so good in fact, that we have won the attendance trophy for four consecutive weeks!
This week S11 have been thinking about how we interact with each other in a very positive way. For example, the kind of language we use and being aware of each other’s needs.
In assembly we were introduced to our new praise cards, ‘The 5 P’s’. Pupils will be rewarded for Politeness, Perseverance, Positivity, Pride and being Prepared in and out of lessons. I’m sure S11 will have quite a collection by the end of this half term.
Pupils have been working very hard in all their lessons but I am particularly proud of the work they have been doing in Art this week. I’m sure you’ll agree the standard of work is amazing.
Lastly, I would like to mention our Wordsmith of the Week for KS4, Haseeb. He wrote a sensational report about Brexit and was brave enough to present it to the rest of the group. The whole class was very impressed.