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.

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!

Term 2

We have been very creative, in Ragstone, this week! We created some firework inspired pictures and also created poppy ares as we have been learning about Remembrance Day. Have a look at the photographs, below!

Harvest Art & Cooking

To celebrate Harvest the reception children have been busy producing pieces of Art, using the apples in Ragstone garden. They will show these pieces of art at our Harvest service on Wednesday 17th October.

We also made apple cup cakes using the apples in the garden.

Welly Walk to the Church

Ragstone Class went on a welly walk to Mells Church on Monday 15th October. We went there so the children would get used to the surroundings ready for Harvest festival. After spending some time at the Church we then carried on our welly walk to the duck pond.

Welly Walk

Ragstone class went on their first class welly walk today, Monday 1st October. We went to the park and then it turned into a conker hunt! Which then resulted in some FANTASTIC number counting - well done Ragstone class

Topic Web and Home Learning - Term 1

Roald Dahl Day 2018

To celebrate Roald Dahl 2018, the children came to school dressed as some of the characters from his books, we also did some counting of his characters in maths.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) there are seven ‘Areas of Learning’ and each area has its own ‘Early Learning Goals’. Every child works towards achieving these goals throughout their reception year. The following areas highlight the Early Learning Goals that every reception age child is expected to achieve by June. June is when every child’s 'grade' for each Early Learning Goal has to be recorded as ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ or ‘exceeding’ and the information has to be sent by the school to our Local Authority (Somerset).

The national average grade for each Early Learning Goal is ‘expected'. However, every child progresses differently and has different needs. We work with the children and their parents/carers to ensure that every child achieves their full potential.


1. Communication and Language

·         Listening and attention: children listen carefully to other at all times and reply to their comments and questions. They can listen to stories, accurately anticipate what happens next and respond to what they hear with appropriate comments, questions or actions. 

·         Understanding: children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They can answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

·         Speaking: children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately (such as today, yesterday, before, after) when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They can connect ideas or events and explain them in detail.

2. Physical development

·         Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large (throwing, catching, climbing) and small (using scissors, holding a pencil) movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools safely and use them correctly.

·         Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They can go to the toilet, wash their hands and dress/undress independently.

 3. Personal, social and emotional development

·         Self-confidence and self-awareness: children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They can say when they do or don’t need help from others.

·         Managing feelings and behaviour: children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

·         Making relationships: children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They listen to one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They are sensitive to the needs of others and form good relationships with adults and other children.

4. Literacy

·         Reading: children read and understand simple sentences. They use letter sound knowledge to read words accurately. They also read some common irregular words such as the, said, was and of. They can answer questions about what they have read.

·         Writing: children use their letter sound knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds (eg, bootifl – beautiful). They also write some irregular common words such as the, said, was and of. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others, and some words are spelt correctly.

5. Mathematics

·         Numbers: children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.

·         Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

·         Shape, space and measures: children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore the characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them (eg, flat and solid shape, and using words such as corner, side to describe the shapes correctly).

6. Understanding the world

·         People and communities: children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

·         The world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

·         Technology: children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes (eg, selecting to use a remote control orcertain program on a computer)

7. Expressive arts and design

·         Exploring and using media and materials: children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function (eg, mixing colours to make our own paint and creating a face from pasta or vegetables)

·         Being imaginative: children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories. (eg, creating our own supermarket or garage to role lay in, using different construction kits to build our own castles or using recycled materials to create different aliens.