Anti-Bullying Week!

This week in school it is anti-bullying week. We have started the week off by understanding what the word ‘bullying’ means through discussion – Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behaviour  that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

Then we went on to talk about how we are all different as we all have different likes! We then each made our own jigsaw piece, designing it how we wanted, with all our likes and interests. We then brought our jigsaw pieces to the carpet and we put them all together to make a big puzzle! As you can see from the photos all our jigsaw pieces were different but they all fitted together just like we do as a class – we are all different but we come together to make Ruby Class!



Remembrance Day

Ruby Class really enjoyed learning about Remembrance Day. We learnt about why the day was important and how we remember all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for us in World War I and II. We thought about why we are thankful and lots of us brought in money to buy a poppy. We then had the opportunity to make our own poppy using tissue paper and we wrote about what we had learnt about the day and the importance in having a 2 minute silence.

To continue this learning at home ask your child what they know about Remembrance Day and where their money for the poppies has gone. You could even visit to have a read with your child about the Royal British Legion Charity.


Baking for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital

This week KS1 have been busy baking buns and biscuits to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. On Monday Ruby Class were very busy making  some buns to sell and they smelt so delicious we found it very hard not to eat one! Take a look at all the fun we had making them. Along with Y2 Pearl, Y1 and FS we managed to make a whopping £88! Thank you to everyone who helped us raise this amount!


Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Last week we were lucky enough to go to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the day and we had lovely weather all day! The reason for this trip was to see some of the artist Henry Moore’s Sculptures. In class we learned about Henry Moore and how he made sculptures of human like figures using simple shapes and we were then able to see some of these sculptures in real life at the Sculpture Park. We had a go at sketching some different ones using simple shapes and curved lines. Just before we got back on the coach to go back to school we had fun collecting leaves, acorns, pine cones as it is now Autumn! We looked at the different colours and discussed why the leaves were changing colours using our knowledge of the 4 seasons. Have a look at our pictures to see what we got up to:


Forest Schools

We have had an amazing time working with the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust taking part in some Forest schools activities. We got to spend all afternoon on a Monday for 3 weeks outside in our schools “Secret Garden” and we had so much fun! Even when it rained it didn’t stop us! We had the chance to play games, build our own dens, complete a bug hunt, build and design our own obstacle courses and toast marshmallows on a real fire! Take a look at the pictures below to see:


Time flies when you’re having fun!

Where has this half term gone? Our Summer 1 half term has absolutely flown by!! We have been very busy this half term, that busy we have barely had any time at all to share all our fun, exciting new!  First of all we were revising for our SATs, next we were sitting our KS1 SATs test and finally we were having a lovely time celebrating our successes and how amazing we all did!  We even all made our own special, keep sake out of clay to remind us all in years to come how hard we tried in our first ever school tests.

We wanted to share with you some of the fun and exciting things we have been doing over the past few weeks.

This half term we have been learning all about Florence Nightingale. We learnt why she is famous, how she became famous, where and when she was alive and what she did. We were extra lucky because we had a visit from Flo herself. Florence came and told us all about her life story. She brought with her lots of exciting artefacts, she shared lots of interesting facts we didn’t know and let us dress up as soldiers from the Crimean War and nurses and chefs who helped the injured. We then got to make our very own lavender bags because Florence told us that when she was in the hospitals it smelt that bad that they had to help the soldiers with lavender bags under their noses to avoid the smell of rotting flesh! How disgusting! We had lots of fun learning all about Florence and Miss Duddle took lots of photographs to show you!

Learning about the lady with the lamp has been one of favourite topics so far!

We also took part in a whole school environment week this half term where we learnt all about our environment; what the environment is, what makes our environment beautiful, what spoils our environment and what we can do to help our environment.

We got to swap around classes and visit all the different KS1 teachers to learn about different things in our environment. We love going back and visiting our old classrooms and teachers!

With Miss Varley we thought about our school environment. What is safe and what isn’t. We got to visit the secret garden and look at how we could improve our environment in order to attract more birds and insects.

With Miss Breeze we got to make our very own bird feeders. We are going to put them into our school environment to attract more beautiful birds.

With Miss Mason we discussed the recycling bins in school and what they are used for. We then designed and created our own, exciting recycling bin in order to encourage more children around school to recycle. We made ours into a recycling monster!

With Miss Duddle we discussed which materials can be recycled and which materials can not. We then had a race, in our groups to sort out the different objects on our tables into the appropriate recycling bins! Finally we got to go outside in the glorious sunshine and our task was to be recycling heroes- we had to sort all the equipment in the play pod into appropriate piles ready for the recycling bins.

We are now all environment experts!


Finally here are our superstars of the week!

This week our Superstar Writer pencil goes to Remina for her fantastic independent write on How to Make a Paper Aeroplane. Remind tried so hard will her spellings and used lots of features of instruction writing including time order connectives, conjunctions and imperative verbs. Well done you superstar!


Our mathematician of the week this week goes to Rhylee for his huge amount of effort and determination when learning how to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes this week in maths. Learning to tell the time is so tricky but even when Rhylee found it hard he persevered and kept going until he cracked it! Rhylee is now our time monitor and reminds us when it is break time and lunch time! Well done Rhylee!


Just a quick reminder for our Y2 parents. When we return to school after the half term break it is our Whilow Hall Farm retreat week. Ruby Class children will be attending Whilow on either Wednesday 7th June or Thursday 8th June. I hope the children are as excited as I am to complete farm jobs and go pony riding! 🙂

Finally, I hope you all have a lovely half term holiday and I look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday 5th June, rested and ready for our final half term before you become big, grown up KS2 pupils!

Miss Duddle x

100% Attendance

Huge congratulations to all the children below who achieved 100% attendance in Spring 2 term. You did not miss out on any of your learning and was in school every day! Well done you superstars!

Emmy Abdulwahid

Mustafa Al-Lahbi

Ashton Anson

Kourtney Brown

Morgan Green

Conner Harrison

Bethany Jackson

Asharnti Messiah

Ryan Middleston

Khadija Mohamed

Ethan Ncube

Tiarna Patterson

Tamara Peach

Arran Penney

Eva-Lee Petch

Amelia Scott-Caven

Mylie Taylor

Mahyar Vasseghi

Rhylee Walsham

Kira-Li Woodward

I wonder who will get 100% attendance in Summer 1 term?

Global Citizenship Week

This week, the whole school has been busy learning about Global Citizenship.

KS1 decided that they looked at the theme of Poverty and Hunger. These are just 2 of the 17 global goals.


In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.

In Ruby class, we didn’t really know what poverty was so we explored this a little bit further. We looked at what might cause people to live in poverty and then thought about some solutions that we could use to prevent people from being in poverty. This happens in the UK as well as around the world.

We had some really thoughtful ideas and tried hard to think of sustainable solutions!


We also had a day where we moved around the different classes in KS1.

With Miss Duddle, we learnt about our basic needs.

With Miss Mason, we learnt about the uneven distribution of food around the world.

With Miss Breeze, we learnt about where food comes from.

And with Miss Varley and Miss Deighton, we learnt about how poverty affects people’s lives and how to prevent it.