Welcome to Ragstone class. I am the class Teacher, Mr Shipway and we are helped by Mrs GREGory, our Teaching assistant.

I am to update this page regularly with pictures of the children's learning and information about what we are learning IN Ragstone class.

Sports Event

Today (Tuesday 2nd July) Reception children participated in a Sports Event at Nunney First School ran by IG Sports. The children learnt how to throw a javelin, completed a high jump activity, collected pieces of treasure and threw a bean bag. After these activites the children took part in various running races. All children behaved well and listened well when taking part in the activities and they all challneged themselves.

Rosie’s walk

This term Ragstone class have been busy learning about Rosie’s Walk and all the different directions that she goes during her walk. To finish our learning of this topic we created our own walk in the garden.

We went under the crates and chairs, around the climbing frame, through the bamboo, past the water wall and whiteboards and under the crates, sheets and chairs. There was some fantastic determination by the children and some fantastic learning as always by Ragstone class - WELL DONE!

Life Bus Visit - Wednesday 8th May

Today the children meet Harold the Giraffe who was very excited about going to his grandparents’ house. They helped him check he had everything in his bag including the items in his wash-bag. Reception children learnt about the functions of some major internal organs. Exercised with Harold and cheered him up when he was feeling a little sad. The children really enjoy this day especailly meeting Harold!

Term 5

Please see below the topic pages for this term

Police Visit

This week (W/E 5th April) Ragstone class were lucky to have a visit from the police. They talked about what their job entailed and what things they do. We were so lucky to go in a police van and try some of their equipment on.

Superhero Science!

What a day today was, we watched explosions and created zooming Superheros. The children predicted what might happen when Mr Shipway dropped Mentos in coke and then had lots of fun watching balloons whizz around the classroom like superheros. From this the children got really engrossed in their learning for the week - creating and writing a superhero story.

Paramedic Visit

Today (Thursday 21st March) we were looking to have Emma come and visit the reception children. Emma is a lead paramedic. We found out all the different things that Emma does and how she looks after people. The children were so excited when she told us she had bought an ambulance in with her and we couldn’t wait to go and see it. We went up and down the ramp, sat in the chair and heard the noise that ambulances make. Emma told us about the number we must ring if we need an ambulance and what we need to say on the phone to the operator.


Over the last few weeks Ragstone class have been busy learning all about instructions. We have learnt about bossy words - verbs, ordered instructions correctly - so things don’t go wrong and even attempted to write our own instructions. Today (14th March) we put our instrictins skills to the test as we followed instructions to make pancakes.

As you can see by the smiles on the children’s faces they were all very tasty and we didn’t drop any pancakes while we flipped!

Book Week 2019 4th - 8th March

During this week the reception children have been busy looking at the work of Eric Carle. The children made fact pages about themselves after finding out information about Eric. The children listened and watched the Hungry Caterpillar, from this the children made their own butterflies using paint and as a year group we created our very own hungry caterpillar! Year 1 children have been busy learning about Julia Donaldson with Mrs P - B and Mr Reynolds.

On World Book Day there were some amazing costumes, well done everyone for taking part. In the afternoon Reception children were lucky enough to spend some time down at Mells Nursery sharing books.


The children today (Wednesday 27th February) got green fingered as planted sunflowers, spring onions and flowers in our growing beds and planters. Before we started we talked about what plants need to grow and what might we find in the soil and on top, relating to fruit and vegetables.

Term 4

Below are the topic pages for this term, the reception topic page came from the children’s ideas about their own learning which we discussed at the end of term 3.

Bear Hunt Welly Walk

To finish our topic on ‘Were Going on a Bear Hunt’, reception children went on a walk around Mells. We walked through the swishy swashy grass, the thick oozey mud but most of all the children enjoyed jumping in the mud and splashing through the deep cold water down at Mells duck pond!

STEAM Week Activities in Ragstone W/C 28th January

Ragstone class had a very exciting week where they explored the new ‘Tinker Table’ hammering nails, twisting and using nuts and bolts and using pliers and hammers to smash and take apart keyboards. They also made bird feeders using toilet rolls, pine cones, lard and bird seed. Had a very informative chat and visit from Rachel Tweedle, Jamie’s mum who is a local vet. She told us all about her job and what it entails. During this week the children also explored materials and talked about why we use certain materials. From this the children enjoyed investigating whether items were waterproof or not and which objects float and sink in water.

Making Bear Caves

While Mr Shipway was on a course Ragstone class were lucky to spend the morning with Becky. On this morning the Ragstone children received a letter from some bears who were wanting a cave built for them for shelter. Ragstone children showed good team work and collaboration in making and creating a range of different bear caves so they could stay safe and warm in the cold weather.

Which cave do you think is the best?

Term 3

Below are the topic maps for this term.

Festival of Light

Reception children visited Longleat to view ‘The Festival of Light’. It was a very wet day but the children thoroughly enjoyed the time on the boat viewing the sea lions, exploring the bat cave but most importantly viewing the bright lights. We even spotted a dinosaur or two!


Ragstone class have been really enjoying the topic so far on Dinosaurs. They have been learning the names of the dinosaurs and finding out if they were herbivores or carnivores and how they move. This week (W/C 19th November) they created their own dinosaurs out of clay, painted dinosaurs and washed some of them outside in water - with the thanks of Becky!