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What do Reception think about Ravensmere?

We asked the children in Reception to tell us what they thought about Ravensmere Infant School. This is what they had to say:

Marsh Pony Trail - March 2023

The children had a brilliant morning working with Grace Adams, a local artist, to create their own marsh ponies ready for the Beccles Art Fair on the 8th April. How many of our ponies will you be able to find on the Marsh Pony Trail? 

Ladies Afternoon Tea - March 2023

A huge thank you to the Friends of Ravensmere for organising such a lovely Ladies Tea event yesterday. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and the cakes were certainly delicious!

Waveney Gym - March 2023

The children had a brilliant morning at the Waveney Gym. They took part in activities aimed at improving their co-ordination, balance, flexibility and general fitness. 

Inclusion Week - March 2023

As part of our Inclusion Week, the children in Reception joined in with an online British Sign Language lesson this morning and learnt how to sign different greetings and letters of the alphabet. They have also participated in an inclusive PE session which they thoroughly enjoyed. 

Jungle Creations - March 2023

This week the children have been learning how to use a paint programme on the laptops to produce their own jungle pictures. They learnt how to change the size of the brush and how to choose different colour paints. 

Wonderful Watercolours - March 2023

As part of our learning on jungles, the children in Reception learnt how to use watercolour paints. They explored how to change the shade of a colour and how to mix colours together before creating their amazing finished pieces of artwork. 

Super sowing! March 2023

The children in Reception have been busy this week sowing a range of seeds from tomatoes to sunflowers. We can't wait to watch our plants grow and to see what happens. 

World Book Day - March 2023

The children at Ravensmere had a brilliant day celebrating World Book Day. We especially enjoyed our Parent Share event in which we made bunting, bookmarks and enjoyed time outside in the reading garden. 

Mini Monsters - February 2023

To launch our Jungles topic, the children in Reception enjoyed a visit from Ed from Mini Monsters. Ed brought in some of his friends to meet the children and taught them lots of interesting facts about the different animals.

Shrove Tuesday - February 2023

The children in Reception have been learning all about why people celebrate Shrove Tuesday. They had a brilliant time learning how to make pancakes and then enjoyed eating them with toppings of their choice. 

Wonderful woodwork! - February 2023

The children enjoyed a workshop with Jason, who is a local musician, sculptor and poet. They watched Jason skilfully carve a spoon whilst learning all about the different types of wood and the skills needed to be a sculptor. The children were all very eager to ask questions and were clearly inspired by what they had seen and heard. 

Chinese New Year - January 2023

The children having been learning all about Chinese New Year and why it is the year of the rabbit. They created their own beautiful blossom trees, had a go at writing their names in Chinese, produced their own rabbit prints and even enjoyed some yummy Chinese cuisine.

Wassily Kandinsky - January 2023

As a school we have been learning all about the artist Wassily Kandinsky. The children in Reception explored what happens when you mix different colours together. They then used these skills to create their own circles in the style of Kandinsky. 

Winter Wonderland - January 2023

The children in Reception have been having a brilliant time exploring and investigating the ice as part of our learning on winter. They discovered how water freezes to create ice and that over time the ice will melt back down to water. 

Christmas at Ravensmere - December 2022

Santa Claus visits Reception - December 2022

Christmas Cafe - December 2022

The children in reception have been busy making and decorating gingerbread biscuits. They had to use their measuring skills to work out the right quantity of ingredients and worked well as a team to follow the recipe. We had lots of guests who visited the cafe and they all seemed to thoroughly enjoy their delicious cakes. 

A Little Bird Told Me - December 2022

The children at Ravensmere have been working hard on their production of 'A Little Bird Told Me'. We invited families and friends to school to watch our two performances. Everyone was so proud of how well the children sung, presented their lines and acted. They are all stars!

Hungate Christmas Tree Festival - November 2022

The whole school visited the Hungate Christmas Tree Festival to have a look at our school Christmas tree and all of the other trees that had been decorated. We met Deacon Linda who told us all about the Christmas story and also set us a treasure hunt which was lots of fun!

The Salvation Army - November 2022

We enjoyed a visit today from Harry who came into school to tell us all about the Salvation Army and what they do to help and support people. 

Super Me! - November 2022

The children in Reception have been learning all about how to look after themselves. They have learnt that it is important to get a good amount of sleep, eat healthy food, drink plenty of water and do lots of exercise. As part of this, they went on a walk to Lidl with a shopping list of items that they needed to buy. For each item they had to decide whether to place it in the healthy basket or the unhealthy basket. When they returned to school they tried the different foods and came up with words to describe the tastes and textures. 

Hedgehog Cookies - November 2022

The children in Reception have been very busy baking lots of hedgehog cookies. We then sold the cookies to raise money to buy a UNICEF advent calendar. 

Autumn Parent Share - November 2022

As part of our autumn themed week, we were delighted to be able to invite our parents and carers into school to work alongside their children. Everybody had a fantastic afternoon enjoying a range of autumn crafts and activities. 

Autumn Walk - October 2022

The children in Reception enjoyed a walk in our local area looking for signs of autumn. They collected lots of autumn themed objects which they're going to use to make repeating pattern autumn crowns.

Our visit to St Michael's Church - October 2022

Reception visited St Michael's Church and met Reverend Rich who taught them all about what it means to be christened. They helped Reverend Rich act out what happens during a christening service and were able to ask any questions that they had.  


Clinks Care Farm - October 2022

The children in Reception had a brilliant afternoon at the farm. They got to feed the animals, they learnt about the crops and experienced what life is like on a farm. 

Harvest - October 2022

As part of our learning on Harvest, the children in Reception had great fun following a recipe to make bread. We used lots of different skills when making our bread such as measuring, stirring and kneading.

Our First Week in Reception - September 2022

Look how much fun we have had in our first week at school, making lots of new friends and enjoying learning together. 

Enterprise Week - July 2022

As part of Enterprise Week, the children designed and made their own games and crafts to sell at our Summer Fete. They did a brilliant job of taking it in turns to run the different stalls. 

Anyone for ice-cream? July 2022

Ravensmere had a brilliant time on our trip to Great Yarmouth. We visited the Sea Life Centre, enjoyed fish and chips and ice-cream and then enjoyed some time on the beach and a paddle in the sea!


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Paddling in the sea

National RSE Day - June 2022

The children in Reception had a brilliant day celebrating National RSE Day. As part of the day they took time to consider what makes them special and unique. 

Sports Day - June 2022

Well done to all of our children for a brilliant Sports Day and a big thank you to Mr McKenzie for all of his hard work in organising and running it!

Flag Ceremony

Under The Sea Performance - May 2022

As part of our 'Under the Sea' topic, the children worked with a local performing arts specialist to put together a short performance based on their ideas. As part of Arts Week they made the fish and creatures for the performance out of cardboard and painted these with special ultraviolet paint so that they would glow in the dark during our performance. We hope you enjoy the performance!


Click here to watch our performance

Planting seeds May 2022

After enjoying planting our beans and taking them home to continue looking after them, we have decided to plant something different. This time we have planted sunflower seeds. We are having a race to see which sunflower will grow the quickest and tallest!

Castles April 2022


We have been castle mad in Reception. We have enjoyed painting our own castles and collaboratively creating our own castles using boxes and sponges to print the pattern on. 


Easter Celebrations - April 2022

The children in Reception learnt all about the Easter story and why we celebrate Easter. They had great fun making their own Easter gardens.

Our Community Garden - March 2022

A group of children from Ravensmere visited a local garden centre to buy the fruit and vegetable plants for our school garden. We can't wait to get busy with planting these and watching them grow!

Wear A Hat Day - March 2022

The children in Reception took part in 'Wear a Hat Day' to help raise awareness and support for the Brain Tumour Awareness Charity. As a school we raised a fantastic £48! Well done everyone! 

Waveney Gymnastics Club - March 2022

Reception had a brilliant time at Waveney Gymnastics Club. They worked hard on their jumping, balancing, rolling, climbing and bouncing skills. 

World Book Day - March 2022

Reception had a brilliant time celebrating World Book Day. They all looked amazing in their costumes and enjoyed sharing their favourite books with a friend.

Chinese New Year - February 2022

The children at Ravensmere thoroughly enjoyed learning all about Chinese New Year. They learnt about the origins of the celebration and how it is celebrated around the world. They tasted a range of Chinese food, learnt to write their names in Mandarin and enjoyed making several tiger themed crafts. 

Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night - January 2022

As a school we have been learning all about Vincent van Gogh and have been looking at many of his well-known works, in particular his Starry Night paintings. Reception created their own Starry Night pictures by mixing paint to create the background and then using combs to create the swirls in the sky. They then used pastels for the stars before finally cutting out black paper to create the silhouettes of chosen buildings in Beccles. 

Whoops-a-Daisy Angel - December 2021

This year's Christmas production was Whoops-a-Daisy Angel. The children did a fantastic job of learning their lines and all of the songs and actions. Well done to all of our amazing children! 

Whoops-a-Daisy Angel

Beccles Christmas Tree Festival - November 2021

As part of this year's Christmas Tree Festival in Beccles, the children at Ravensmere read the story 'The Christmas Pine' by Julia Donaldson. They then reflected on the importance of family, friends and community at not only Christmas time, but all year round. They used lots of skills to make their Christmas tree shaped decorations and the little felt people to wrap around the tree. 



The children then enjoyed a trip to Hungate Church to visit the Christmas Tree Festival and to see all of the other beautifully decorated trees. 

Spot Bakes a Cake

The children have been reading 'Spot Bakes a Cake'. We made a bar chart to find out our favourite toppings, wrote shopping lists using our Phonic skills so we knew what to buy and then finally baked some cakes. 


We've been thinking about animals that hibernate. We found out that hedgehogs hibernate and decided to have a go at making a home for them to do this!

Autumn - October 2021

We have been exploring all things autumnal this week. We have cut open a pumpkin to investigate what is inside, been on an autumn walk to collect treasures for our crowns and even had a go at some conker rolling art! When on our autumn walk we found a funny creature outside. We were so intrigued we googled it to find out more. It was a ladybird larvae!


We have also explored mark making with carrots and paint which has helped us with gripping small objects, explored using puffy paint and even delved into learning all about space. What a busy week it has been. 

We hope you enjoy your half term holiday!

The Queen's Hat - October 2021

This week the Reception children have read 'The Queen's Hat'. They have also been learning about repeating patterns. They have combined the two and made their own hat!

Fun in the rain - October 2021

It has been a rainy day at Ravensmere and we have been exploring colour mixing with chalk, the rain and brooms. 

Let's get building... September 2021

The children have been enjoying spending time outside exploring what we can make with the crates. We have made 'hot wheels city', bridges and boats! 


Spring Flowers - March 2021


The Reception children at Ravensmere really enjoyed painting spring flowers in the sunshine yesterday. #wellschools




Flowers - March 2021


Ravensmere Reception have been busy making spring flowers. Can you guess what flowers they are? #wellbeing #backtoschool



We're All Special

We worked really hard together as a school to produce this lovely display as part of our learning on everyone being different, but equally special. All children in the school then wrote down what made one of their friends special.