Ripon Cathedral School Update
Week ending Friday 18th March
gymnasts win silver medal
Making maths real
We are very grateful to both of them for giving up their time to come and work with us.
Sport Relief Day
Our chosen charity
As part of the Young Leaders award, the children in year 4 have been researching charities. Earlier this week, they gave some impressive presentations about the charities that they felt most worthy of receiving money raised from the sponsored charity mile which all the children took part in today.
All of the children put their cases forward very well and did an amazing job of raising awareness of their chosen charities. When it came to voting for the charity that we would sponsor, we were delighted that the children chose SCOPE. Grace Robertson, who has Cerebral Palsy presented her case very persuasively.
Here's what she had to say:
Why is SCOPE important to me?
I have Cerebral Palsy which meant the muscles in my legs didn’t develop properly when I was born.
Scope is a charity that helps people like me. With your money, the people who make frames and other equipment will have more money to make them. The money also goes to making splints which cost up to £150 pounds each. Your money makes this happen.
So give money and things you do not need any more to Scope in Ripon and someone like me can get the help we need.
Grace Robertson – Year 4
Festival de español
experienced vegetable growers required
governing body monitoring
Over the last several real months Governors have been monitoring 'a number of core subjects,' one of which was the teaching of English in School. We listened to a really interesting presentation from Ms McCormick and have studied policies and also exercise books. The final part of our study during the last two weeks was to spend time in school listening to individual children across the whole ability and age range as they read from their chosen reading book.
Our findings included:-
It was a real pleasure to spend time with these very polite and articulate children.
Overall their reading was superb, here are some of our comments…. “a beautiful reader”, lovely expression in his/her voice” ….. “ a confident reader who handled some quite complex words” ……. Lots of pauses for dramatic effect.”
The children were able to explain how they manage words with which they are not familiar – breaking it down into sounds/syllables, (a Year 1 child explained how a split-digraph worked!!).
If they need words to be explained they knew how to access dictionaries and Ipads.
The children make good use of the book resources in school – classroom and library – and choose a wide variety and level of text ranging from fiction to non-fiction.
Most children said that they had access to a wide variety of books at home and they were able to discuss book preferences and give reasons for their choices.
The vast majority of children read regularly to adults – teachers, teaching assistants parents and siblings
The themed reading corners are very popular and all children had used them and knew the text that they were based on.
This was a super experience and very reassuring to have monitored reading from Lead Teacher, through Policies and then to see the very positive impact on the children.
It was also significant to hear the progress that the children make in their reading between Years 1 and 6.
Governors will be in the playground at the end of school on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st April to discuss reading in school with parents.
Friends of Ripon Cathedral Update
Other Events coming up..
PTA Meeting - Date TBC
Mayflower Summer Event - Saturday 14th May - more details to follow. We need people to help organise this event, so if you are interested please speak to Tina, Liz or the school office who will give you more information.
Ripon Cathedral Revealed: A Festival of Flowers, Music, Spirituality, Food and Drink
Ripon Cathedral ‘Revealed’ will run from Thursday 28th April to Monday 2nd May 2016.
This weekend of events starts with a Jazz evening with wine and canapés, offering an opportunity to view the spectacular flower displays before the general public.
The whole festival offers a variety of activities including the spectacular Flower festival, Food festival, Children’s creative activities, Musical events, rounding off with our well known, annual Beer Festival within the Cathedral grounds on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday.
When: Thursday 28th of April to Monday 2nd of May 2016 , 10am – 4.30pm
Where: Ripon Cathedral and grounds
Tickets start from just £8, children are free.
For more information and to buy tickets, please visit http://riponcathedral.info/revealed/
Dates for your diary......
21st March - Friends Easter Egg Competition
23rd March - Class Photos
24th March - Friends Easter Event
24th March - School closes 2pm
11th April - School reopens for Summer Term
19th April - Police Internet Safety talk for parents - details to follow.
19th April - 22nd April - Friends Book Fair
14th May - Mayflower Summer Event