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Suffolk Recycling and Waste Management visit Ringshall School for an afternoon of activities and learning
Thank you to @SuffolkEfW and @Suffolkrc for visiting Green Class and Blue Class today (6.5.22). We had a fantastic time learning all about waste management and the things we can do to help the environment!
Ringshall to celebrate mental health week - 9th to 13th May
Next week is mental health week. Supporting good mental health for all is something that is very close to our hearts here at Ringshall. This year we have expanded our nurture provision, continued to develop our Wellbeing Wednesday focus days, surveyed the children's wellbeing with our ImpactED surveys, prioritised pupil voice and backed initiatives that support wellbeing, such as reintroducing singing assemblies, the building of the ninja warrior course, expansion of our lunch time clubs etc… I believe we all have mental health and we need to look after it and nurture it, just like we need to look after our physical health.
4 years of weekly Ukulele lessons for all at Ringshall
From June 2022 we are extending our music tuition from 3 year of learning a musical instrument to 4 years. Now every child in Keystage 2 will have weekly Ukulele lessons. We believe that this is the best way for children to learn about music, enjoy music and hopefully develop a lifelong musical mindset.
Singing assemblies relaunch - backed by a live piano
Ringshall School would like to announce that singing assemblies are back! This Friday, backed by a live piano, the children of Ringshall will raise their voices again in song. Singing has such fantastic wellbeing, therapeutic and community benefits that we need it back in our schools. Singing can also boost self esteem and self confidence and lets not forget - it's fun!
You have now all received the sponsor forms and more information about the Olympian Visit on Tuesday 24th May. We have a fundraising page for the event which is now live. The link provided will take you to the page https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/ringshall
Year 6 hoodies ordered
Our fantastic year 6 children will be getting their special Ringshall Hoodies straight after SATs week - 16th May. They have worked so hard to prepare for the SATs so it's great that they will have their hoodies as soon as they have finished. Keep working hard year 6 you are nearly there.
Road Worker Heroes visit - 3.5.22
We are really excited to announce that we will be visited by the company Keir to talk to the children about road safety and the heroes that work to keep us safe on the roads. The children will take part in a special assembly and have an opportunity to ask questions.
Pupil Voice Survey - lunchtimes 26.4.22
Key Findings - New lunch time club offering popular with pupils
94% of children access the activities/clubs provided at lunch time
71% of children feel happy or excited at break times
They enjoy getting to play with friends/family
They love having a big space to run around- playground and field
Summer Clubs with Premier Sport
A day for Ukraine at Ringshall School - 16.3.22
Staff and pupils at Ringshall School will be showing their support for the plight of the people of Ukraine by taking part in 'A Day For Ukraine' on Wednesday 16th March. Whilst we won't be dressing up (our blue and yellow school uniform already matches the Ukraine flag), we will be learning more about how aid agencies are supporting the people of Ukraine. The day has been organised by 'First News' and the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). Any parents wishing to donate to support the relief effort can do so at Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Ringshall visit from Stowmarket Library 6.4.22
Ringshall is working with the Literacy Trust to promote reading
We are excited to be involved in 'The Little Big Book Club', part of the National Literacy Trust's national programme in the summer term. 5 pupils from year 3 have been selected and have just chosen their books for their 'mini library'
Science week launches at Ringshall School - 14.3.22
A week of exciting science investigations, experiments and activities has launched at Ringshall School. Staff have had additional science training through the Enthuse project and bought resources with our Enthuse grant. We are working hard to inspire the scientist of the future. See our newsletter for more details.
Therapy Dog visits Ringshall School - 10.3.22
Buster the 'Therapy Dog' came to visit us at Ringshall School and tell us about is fantastic work helping people in hospital or in care homes.
Support pack sent to parents about how to talk to your child about the events happening in Ukraine
We know that stressful events such as those happening in Ukraine can make emotions run high, and that can lead us all to say or do hurtful things or to become anxious. To help this we have spoken to our children about the situation, promoted and discussed our school values among the children and we have reset these expectations with the children. We have also sent out a pack with some guidance around how to talk to your children about this situation to all our parents.
Weekly Lyfta assemblies start at Ringshall School 7.3.22
Children at Ringshall learn about the life of the Buddha and how to meditate 17.2.22
A huge thank you to Harshaprabha from the Ipswich Buddhist Centre for visiting the school this afternoon to talk to all our children about Buddhism and teaching us how to meditate.
Ninja Warrior Fitness Course coming to Ringshall
We are delighted to announce that funding has now been secured for our very own 'Ninja Warrior' assault course.
Coming Spring 2022
Parliament workshop and discussion with MP
Violet Class enjoyed a workshop with UK Parliament and a chat with our MP, Jo Churchill. 14.2.22
Love yourself week launched at Ringshall - 14.2.2022
Ringshall Primary School is launching 'Love yourself week' today on Valentines day! This week will be bursting full of fun activities aimed at boosting wellbeing and self esteem.
Ringshall celebrates Safer Internet Day
Celebrated globally in February each year, Safer Internet Day promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. The theme for this years Safer Internet Day was ‘All Fun and Game’. In school, the children explored respect and relationships online, reflecting on their own experiences as well as scenarios faced by others of a similar age. From gaming to video sharing, the children have learnt about the vital role they play in keeping their online world safe.
Any parents wishing to access a free online safety course aimed at parents and carers, presented by Myleene Klass, should visit; https://info.nationalonlinesafety.com/safer-internet-day
Maz Evan virtual author visit for KS2 - 7.2.22
The whole of Keystage 2 were lucky enough to take part in a virtual author visit from Maz Evans. Evans is the author of the bestselling WHO LET THE GODS OUT? series, which has sold to 19 countries worldwide and has received over 20 award nominations. Her acclaimed live events have featured at countless literary festivals and primary schools around the UK.
NSPCC Number Day
Children's Mental Health week
It's Children's mental health week this week. The theme is 'growing together' which fits beautifully with our focus on Wellbeing and Growth Mindset here at Ringshall Primary School. We will be taking part in the Children's Mental Health week assembly today (7.2.22) and doing a range of activities to nurture positive mental health.
Harry Potter Book night - 3.2.22
On Thursday it will be 25 years since the fabulous 'Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone' was published. Thursday night is the official Harry Potter Book night, with the theme of magical journeys. At Ringshall school we will spend the afternoon celebrating all things magical. Children are welcome to wear magic or Harry Potter themed clothing and bring a copy of the book to read. In school, we will be rebranding as Hogwarts and doing lots of reading based magical activities.
Storytelling workshop at Ringshall School with KS2 - 29.1.22
Monday 29th January 2022 there will be a virtual storytelling workshop with Richard O'Neill. Richard writes stories based on his (Irish) culture, he will be talking to the children about heritage and telling stories connected with your own heritage.
Ipswich Town Football Club are coming to Ringshall School
Virtual Author Visits
Ringshall signs up to 'Suffolk Youth Ambassadors' programme
Pupil voice is really important at Ringshall School. We have a weekly pupil voice assembly, we garner pupil views regularly with pupil surveys, we have a school council and we regularly consult our children on many important decisions. For this reason we are really excited to announce that we have signed up to the ‘Suffolk Youth Ambassadors’ social action programme. Its a 12 week programme for year 5’s that empowers children to develop their thinking and their voice. It will culminate in a pupil lead action project.
Chinese New Year at Ringshall
Ringshall School will be celebrating Chinese new year on the 1st February with a fantastic Chinese inspired menu and a range of fun and active Chinese cultural activities and games throughout the day. Lets welcome the year of the tiger in with a roar!
SEN ‘drop-in’ meetings
On Wednesday 26th January in the afternoon, Mrs Finch will be running SEN parent ‘drop-in’ sessions. If you have any questions or concerns around how your child is being supported in school or want to find out more about the support which we can offer, please email Mrs Finch on firstname.lastname@example.org to book a slot. These sessions will have to be held virtually due to Covid-19 regulations.
Play Leaders and lunch time activity clubs launched
Following feedback from our School Council and pupil voice assemblies the New Year will see the launch of our new Play Leader initiative and a large range of free lunch time activity clubs. Key Stage 2 'Play Leaders' will be recruited and trained in January 2022 and will be on duty every lunch time. Their role will be to organise games and activities to help make lunch times a more active, fun and harmonious experience. We will also have two members of staff leading playground games every lunch time, 3 clubs lead by teaching staff across the week (Starting with Yoga, Lego and Craft clubs), a PE club twice a week run by our sports coaches and a reading club run by our reading advocate once a week. All lunch time clubs a free!
Daily in class fitness calendar to help launch the New Year
Every class at Ringshall Primary School will be doing a daily fitness countdown challenge during the month January 2022 to help promote an active lifestyle and good wellbeing for the New Year. Each day will see a new exercise, such a 2 minutes jumping Jacks or 7 reverse lunges.
Premier Sports after school clubs - Spring 2022.
Christmas Fair/Outdoor Christmas market
Today at 2.30 (8.12.21)
We can't wait to welcome all our parents and member of the local community to our Christmas Fair. Due to COVID restrictions we will be having it outside. The theme is a traditional Christmas Market. Santa will be making a surprise appearance if he can find somewhere to park his sleigh!
Father Christmas live read for Ringshall pupils
This Thursday (16th December at 11am) we have secured a online Santa Live Read session with the one and only Father Christmas. The broadcast on the Learn Live channel will last 30 minutes and include an interactive live quiz.
Ringshall Eco-council to plant 150 tree micro forest
The eco-committee are delighted to announce that we have finalised plans with Sicon Foundation to plant a micro forest on the school grounds. The micro forest will help to attract a greater variety of minibeasts to the school, supporting the children's learning and wellbeing. The 250 trees will be planted on February 2nd with each child able to plant their own tree. A big thank you to Sicon Foundation for making this all possible!
Ringshall School is committed to help tackle climate change. More initiatives to follow.
Year 6 have been working with a mental health charity to support high school transition
Violet Class had the second meeting today (2.12.21) with our charity partner Student Life, working on a project to support children's mental health as they transition from Primary School to High School. It was an interesting and supportive conversation around anxieties and ideas to overcome them.
Parent Carer survey November 2021 - click on the link to the left for full results
A huge thank you for all parents who responded to our parents survey. It was very reassuring to hear that children are happy in school, feel safe and that you feel they are having their views listened too. I am also delighted to hear you feel we are communicating with you well and you feel your child's learning needs are being met. As a school we will continue to strive to support all our children and families to the best of our abilities.
Ringshall School is taking part in exciting new educational research project
The 'Stop and Think' study is a collaboration between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the Centre for Educational Neuroscience at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a software programme developed by neuroscientists at Birkbeck University which uses quizzes and games to help pupils learn counterintuitive concepts in science and maths. For example, making the mistake of thinking that -5 is larger than -1. Ringshall can't wait to get involved.
Virtual Parents Evening Success
This week saw our first ever virtual parents evening. Feedback from teachers and parents so far points to it being a huge success. Using video conferencing software allows for a much better conversation than a phone call, where to can’t see who you are talking to. It is convenient and accessible for parents who can attend from home, work or wherever they are in country or even the world. I hope all parents feel it was a positive experience and they feel fully informed as to how your child is getting on at school. Your teacher will have discussed how your child is getting on in regard to age expectations and how reading is the the schools number one priority.
Ringshall kicks off its support for anti-bullying week with odd socks Monday 15.11.2021
Children will be asked to come into school on Monday with odd socks to support the start of anti-bullying week. This year's theme is 'one kind word.' At Ringshall we will be celebrating what makes us unique, looking at the impact of bullying and how 'one kind word' can make a big difference.
Children in Need at Ringshall school will be Pyjama day! 19.11.2021
Our school council has decided that we will be dressing up in Pyjamas for children in need this year. Please bring a £1 donation to children in need. I think the children will have a wonderful day with lots of bedtime stories and reading planned.
Remembrance day at Ringshall
Our parents and carers survey has gone out today - 11.11.2021
Ringshall School is committed to supporting our children and families in the best possible way. We see ourselves as having a major role in the communities we serve and want to do everything we can to support our children and families. With that in mind please complete the survey we have sent out to you all today and tell us how we are doing and how we can improve. Thank you.
Suffolk Family Carers visit Ringshall 9.11.2021
On Wednesday this week we were visited by Suffolk Family Carers to talk about the work they do with local families. They did 3 sessions speaking to all our children during the afternoon. Each session included a short video for the pupils to watch, they then spoke about Suffolk Family Carers and the support they are able to provide families along with the Military families project. The children enjoyed the sessions and learned a lot.
The Junior Road Safety Officers at Ringshall have decided to run a photo competition.
Ringshall Eco-Warriors assemble
Today our eco-committee held its first meeting 2.11.2021. We are so excited to have have begun our Eco-Schools journey. Thank you to all of the children who applied for a position on the committee, your passion and great ideas will help us build an eco community to be proud of!
The Great Violet and Blue Class Science Exhibition - 22.20.2021
Violet and Blue class, years 4, 5 and 6, hosted the rest of the school for a showcase of their amazing science work this half term. The exhibition included examples of scientific writing, drawings, quizzes, facts and even real life living exhibits. The highlight of the exhibition for most of the children was the exploding tube demonstration.
A day of Diwali celebrations in key stage 1
All things Diwali! KS1 have had a fabulous day celebrating Diwali 22.10.2021. They made coconut barfi, decorated diya lamps, created rangoli patterns with coloured rice and enjoyed some indian food.
Air pollution poetry competition at Ringshall school - 22nd October 2021
Well done to everyone in KS2 who entered the poetry competition. They had to create an acrostic poem based on air pollution. See the image for some of the winning entries. This competition was to support Suffolk councils road safety and clean air campaigns. Looking after the local and global environment is very close to the heart of everyone within the Ringshall School Community.
Next week is Diversity week at Ringshall. W/C 18th October
During the week we will be focusing on our ‘celebrating diversity’ curriculum driver and getting the children to think about the wonderful ways we are different at Ringshall. This is a time to celebrate where our children are from such as Fiji, Nepal, Poland, The Caribbean, India etc! We will be asking the children to think and talk about how life may be different in these different countries and cultures and make comparisons.
World Mental Health Day in School
We are 'celebrating' World Mental Health Day on Monday 11th October 2021 (the official date is the 10th October).
We will be having class discussions about what 'mental health' means and link it to Wednesday wellbeing tips.
We are taking part in the Anti-bullying big assembly on Monday 4th October
Last year, The Diana Award, Nationwide Building Society and thousands of schools joined together to welcome one another back and remind everyone of the need for mutual respect in our schools and communities.
This year, Ringshall School will be joining thousands of other schools for the second Big Anti-Bullying Assembly Live!
Together, we will pledge to put an end to bullying behaviour, to celebrate diversity and create communities of kindness. It’s going to be BIG.
European Languages Day at Ringshall 27.9.2021
The whole school had a wonderful day celebrating European Languages day. We learned words and phrases in a number of different European languages, we learned about different cultures and we even got to try food from around Europe - Yummy.
Ringshall Cross County Team wins big!
Well done Ringshall Cross Country team who competed in the yesterdays 22.9.2021 multi-school event. We won the boys and the girls event. Caleb won the boys event, Oscar came second. Robyn won the girls event. All those daily miles must be paying off.
Staff Library opens
The Ringshall staff Library opens its doors today 22.9.2021! The idea is to introduce the staff to the latest children’s authors so they can promote their works and reading in general to the children. The will be staff are writing book reviews and advising the children on their next read.
Our fantastic reading advocate is working with our English and library team to create a plan for redeveloping the children's library. The plans include a reading cafe and a new 'advanced reader' section. We will be investing in new books, decor and shelving as well, with the aim to create the ultimate reading environment. Developing a love of reading is a vital life skill that all our children need to help them become successful in their lives. Creating an inspiring library and reading space is a big part of our reading strategy and all of us at Ringshall Primary School can't wait to see it completed.
Author webinar for KS2
We are taking part in an exciting webinar tomorrow afternoon 17.9.2021 with authors Chris Smith and Greg James. To launch their fantastic new title The Great Dream Robbery, the Kid Normal authors will be sharing top tips on creating stories and their best secrets for encouraging pupils to unlock their limitless imaginations to come up with the best stories possible. Their adventure story features a hospital heist, some banana-loving llamas and a talking cat called Bin Bag.
A Planetarium experience for the children at Ringshall
On Tuesday the 14th September 2021 to children at Ringshall Primary school were treated to a awe inspiring experience. A mobile planetarium visited the school and showed the children the solar system and star constellations. It was breathtaking! Whats more the year 6's were able to demonstrate their already considerable knowledge gained from learning about the solar system in their new topic.
Blurt it out arrives at Ringshall
Our 'blurt it out' handbook arrive today! This fantastic resource will support our wellbeing and mental health teaching this year. Its full of amazing lessons to help improve mental health and resilience. We will be devoting one lesson a half term to teaching and learning explicitly about good mental health.
Carnival day at Ringshall school - complete with a live 'Samba Band.' 14.7.21
The children and been making carnival masks, listening and dancing to the the Samba band and even having a go at playing the drums with the band. The beat and spirit of carnival are alive at Ringshall Primary School.
Exhibition time! 13.7.21
As you are no doubt aware, Sunday is a big day for this country. England are playing in the European Cup final. Now I know not everyone will be watching it but many of our children are desperate to support the team on Sunday night and we would like to encourage you to let them stay up and watch the match and then let them sleep in the next morning (Monday).
Sports Day at Ringshall 8.7.21
This years sports day at Ringshall may have lacked parent supporters but it made up for it with the enthusiasm of the children. The weather was kind and the activities were enjoyed by all the children. A range of round robin events in the morning, from hurdles to basketball throws, and running races in the afternoon, including a teachers race. Well done everyone one at Ringshall School for making the day so memorable.
The Ringshall staff reading challenge launches today
The Ringshall Staff Reading Challenge starts today, 8.7.21. Every member of staff received a book from our library and a reading diary for the summer break. They can then recommend the wonderful books they have read to the children in September. Well done Mrs Cape and Erin our reading advocate for organising this. Mr Gough can’t wait to recommend his book ‘The Pear Affair’ by Judith Eagle to the children in September.
Ancient Greek Day
We asked the Ringshall Staff 'what 3 words represented Ringshall School best.'
This is what they said.
Ringshall Owl Experience
What an amazing experience! A huge thank you to the Owl Sanctuary for visiting and bring some of your wonderful owls. They are such amazing creatures and have helped to create lots of learning and memorable moments.
Orwell Challenge raising money for books and our Ninja Warrior Fitness Trail
Well done to the six members of staff who completed the Orwell Challenge (26.6.21). It was a tough 22km but the company and the views certainly made up for it. Money was raised for the school's Ninja Warrior style fitness course and books for the Library. A huge thank you to all those who sponsored us.
Owl Sanctuary Visit
The Owl Sanctuary is visiting us next Monday morning (28.6.21), the itinerary is below.
Author visit for year 1 and 2
This week it was Yellow and Orange Class’ turn to have a virtual author visit! The children were completely inspired by hearing Susanna Lloyd share her story ‘This Book Can Read Your Mind’ with them and we now have some extra keen budding authors in class. Well done to the children who asked such thoughtful questions!
Author visit to Early Years
Work has started on the Ninja Warrior course.
We are in the paper!
Read about our exciting plans to build a Ninja Warrior Style Fitness Course at Ringshall Primary School.
Pyjamrama Day at Ringshall School
We are celebrating Pyjamrama day this Friday (14.5.21) to promote reading and a love of books with the help of the Book Trust. Don't forget to Not Get Dressed and come to school in your PJ's!!!!!
The Great Ringshall Welly Walk
Well done to all the children who did the welly walk today (12.5.21). It was amazing to see all the children connecting with nature as part of mental health awareness week. We are so blessed to have so much nature on our school grounds!
Mental Health Awareness week at Ringshall
It is the start of 'Mental Health Awareness Week!' The theme is connecting with nature. In school we will be doing lots of connecting with nature and talking about how best to strengthen our mental wellbeing. We are particularly looking forward to the welly race on Wednesday and Pyjamarama day on Friday!