Ripon Cathedral School Update
Week ending Friday 23rd June 2023
Access All Arts - Arts Week
Arts Week - Monday 19th June - Friday 23rd June
The theme for the week has been identity and pupils have been encouraged to use the arts to explore their own individuality and what makes each one of us unique.
Over the next week we will be preparing some of the work that the children have produced to share with you in our end of term gallery. We are sure you will be impressed with the wonderful work that the children have created.
Arts Week in Year 3
In Year 3, the children created their own characters and developed identities for them, they imagined narratives around their character, wrote the stories and acted them out using homemade props and sound effects.
Using inspiration from Henry Moore and the sculptures we saw at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park trip last week, the children created their own abstract sculpture to represent something about their own identity. Their sculptures all tell a story about their lives, whether it is their family, hobby or even favourite food!
Also, the children created some images of the school using silk paint. They chose a place around school which means something to them, took a photo and recreated the image on silk stretched on an embroidery frame, using special silk paint . As the ink was absorbed into the material, it created a blend of bright colours and patterns.
Year 6 Learn about landscapes with local artist Brad Bingham
Arts week in Year 2
We took the theme of identity and thought about applying this to colours as well as ourselves and gave some colours an emotion. We then created a colour key for these emotions and colours and were able to express how we were feeling with a colourful handprint. We have created two self-portraits based on two different artists: Picasso and Van Gogh and explored their different styles in order to make two completely opposite portraits! We learned a dance about the children’s morning routine including stretching, brushing hair, driving to school and even sharing the peace. Finally we have also written some acrostic poems about what makes us…us! All the poems are different showing how everyone in Year 2 is special and unique.
Year 5 Landscapes
Arts week in Year 5
We began our week talking about our identity and the places we felt our families and people were connected to: our heritage. This was our starting point and for ‘Moves’ we created a dance built upon our heritage and our common unity. We see leave spaces and others will take that place.
Our ‘Images’ day gave us the opportunity to make ’Stop Animation’ film. We aimed to create a short film based on a journey our ancestors could have undertaken. Our ‘Marks’ day, gave us the chance to meet and work with an abstract artist -SHolmes. He showed us how we could develop abstract landscape images and we made six incredible images using acrylic paints on canvas. Thursday, this was our chance to learn about the Opera – our ‘Sounds’ day. We followed a school trip and their challenge to bring the operas of Puccini, Rossini and Wagner to their school. We developed our ‘Words’ performance skills through storytelling and rap.
Artistic Achievements in reception
What a fantastic week of arts we have had in Reception. We have thoroughly enjoyed developing our artistic skills whilst also exploring the theme of this year's Arts Week: Identity. The children created superb self-portraits, and showed great pride when comparing their paintings with the self-portrait created at the start of the school year. What super progress has been made! The children have each thought about what makes them special and identified some of their unique qualities. The words that they generated were then used to write lovely poems of self-appreciation. Following on from this, the children created triptychs by taking photos of each other in three different poses that highlight their personality. Of all the activities, a definite favourite was thinking about their hobbies, interests and personality and representing this through playdough characters. Great fun was had using the Chatterpix app to make the models appear to 'talk'! Another highlight of the week was Martha's mummy visiting us to play her cello. It was lovely to see the Reception children so in awe of the instrument and the beautiful sounds it can make.
What a super week of hard-work, perseverance and creativity!
Arts Week in Nursery
The children in Nursery have had such a busy week being imaginative and expressive with all different kinds of art. We have created our own 2D images of ourselves using photo images and a selection of mark making resources, as well as a 3D model where the children were able to be expressive and graffiti their own personal picture and patterns.
We used Chatterpix to enable the children to explore animation as well as writing our own poem called 'I like...' (see film below)
Everyone has been involved and created such lovely things, what a super busy week we have had.
Year 1 Art
Arts Week in Year 1
Using their Courageous Advocacy work as inspiration, the children looked at sculptures and shapes and thought about how 2D designs and sketches can help with 3D art. After choosing an animal and drawing some designs, the class began carving a bar of soap into their chosen animal. Children also revisited the skills they learnt when working with wire. This time they had to think about twisting the wire to secure an extra piece as a hanger. Once they completed their soap and wire sculptures, they logged onto Procreate to write, and then decorate, their poems. Can you guess which animals they describe? The fun did not stop there. They thought about the habitat where their animal lives, how their animal moves and what may make them endangered. Using dance and drama, they acted out their desert, jungle and ocean scenes.
Our second theme focussed on the questions – Who are they? and What are they like? The children worked with different styles of writing to create a ‘shadow word’. Using a shadow sculpture made for Trans-Atlantic slaves as their inspiration, the children took photos of themselves with their shadows around the school grounds. They experimented with different effects and ways to show who they are. Their photography skills were fantastic and their finish photographs look amazing. After this, they took photos of their descriptions and created a stop motion animation. It took a little practice but their animations are also fabulous. Well done, Year 4. You have shown a positive, can do attitude and produced some wonderful art.
Year 2 visit Whitby
Summer Fair 2023
Amazing Animal Summer Fair
The Friends have also sent an update on the escaping owl!
'Eva the Canadian Great Horned Owl finally came down from the tree at 9pm on Saturday night! She has beaten her 7 hour tree sitting record which is now 8 and a half hours! Eva was fed straight away and taken home safely and put into her aviary with her friend Henrietta. Thank you to all of those who have asked about Eva!'
Staffing 2022 - 2023
We are able to let you know teaching arrangements for the new academic year. On our internal transition days in July children will have the opportunity to meet their new teacher and staff who will be working with their class,.
Teaching Staff September 2023
Nursery - Mrs Powell
Reception - Mrs Roberts
Year 1 - Mrs Pitt
Year 2 - Mrs Dallaston
Year 3 - Mrs Spencer and Mrs McIlmurray
Year 4 - Miss Brown
Year 5 - Mrs Beckett and Mrs Babington
Year 6 - Mrs Shawcross
- We are delighted that Mrs Pitt will be teaching full time in Year 1 from September.
- Mrs Dallaston will be joining the school to cover Mrs Linkins’ maternity leave in Year 2.
- In September, Mrs Spencer will be continuing in her SENDCO and Wellbeing role but has kindly increased her working days to share teaching Year 3 with Mrs McIllmurray.
- Mrs Beckett and Mrs Babington will both be returning from maternity leave on 10th July. Mrs Babington will be teaching Year 2 on her return for the last two weeks of term and Mrs Beckett will be working in Year 3. From September, when Mrs Babington reduces her working days, they will be sharing teaching our Year 5 class.
- We are sad to see Miss Mackenzie leave Cathedral School when Mrs Babington returns, however we are sure that she will be great in her new teaching post at Kirkby Malzeard.
- We were incredibly fortunate that Mr Easby was able to join us after Mrs Clarkson’s sudden illness diagnosis last summer, and to stay for the full school year. We wish him well in his new post in Brompton school.
Oscar's Summer Holiday Club
Week 1: Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th July
Week 2: Wednesday 30th to Thursday 31st August
Please note that the club runs from 9am to 4pm and booking is essential. If you have not used Oscar's before, please find further details on the school website by clicking below. Booking is for all three days in the first week (£50) and for both days in the final week (£35). Therefore, you only need to book the first day to reserve a place for both/all three days.
Parents will probably be aware that staffing costs have risen. In order to avoid an increase in the charge to parents and to secure staffing more easily, we have shortened the day by an hour but will provide a few more snacks. Details will follow to those who book.
Dates for Diaries
Monday 26th June - Year 1 Visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Wednesday 28th June - 30th June - Year 5 Residential to Lindisfarne
Thursday 29th June and Friday 30th June - Year 6 Bikeability
Tuesday 4th July - Early Years and Key Stage 1 Production (Afternoon and Evening)
Wednesday 5th July - Early Years and Key Stage 1 Production (Afternoon)
Thursday 6th July - Year 4 Ripon Workhouse Visit
Friday 7th July - Year 6 Leavers' Service at the Cathedral
Tuesday 11th July and Wednesday 12th July - In School Transition Days Year R - Year 5
Wednesday 12th July - Year 6 Leavers Event
Wednesday 12th July - Annual Reports
Thursday 13th July - Reception York Castle Museum Visit
Tuesday 18th July - Key Stage 2 Production (Afternoon and Evening)
Wednesday 19th July - Key Stage 2 Production (Evening)
Wednesday 19th July - Early Years and Key Stage 1 Celebration Worship (9am)
Thursday 20th July - Key Stage 2 Celebration Worship (9am)
Friday 21st July - School Closes for the Summer
Oscar's Summer Holiday Club - booking essential
Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th July, 9am to 4pm
Wednesday 30th to Thursday 31st August, 9am to 4pm
We endeavour to provide dates with suitable notice, however there may be changes to timings etc, as the term progresses.