Welcome to Ragstone class. I am the class Teacher, Mr Shipway and every morning we are helped by Mrs Wenlock.

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

Forest School with Mrs Payne

As you can see from the many pictures below the children have really enjoyed forest school with Mrs Payne. Whether it was creating nests for birds, making animals out of clay, making dream catchers or journey sticks the children were always engaged and enjoyed their learning about the world around them. We must thank Mrs Payne for teaching us and helping us make things.


Thursday 22nd June, we created dens and raised money for Save the Children. s Den Day you’ll help make life better for children around the world. The money we raised can help give more children a safe place to shelter and the things they need to grow up healthy and happy.

With the smiles on the faces of the children it looks like they really enjoyed Den Day!


Term 5 - 999

Here are a selection of pictures of the children having fun playing with their imaginative play in and outside the classroom imagining that there are fires and robbers!


We had a fantastic and most enjoyable day at Beckington First School on Thursday 30th March. The children had opportunties to play and work with the children at Beckington and as you can see from their fantastic pieces of art and the huge smiles on their faces they had a fantastic time.


National Science Week

Monday 13th March marked the beginning of 'National Science Week'. In this week the children learnt more about their bodies, took part in some workshops at @Bristol and learnt how to look after our teeth and the importance of cleaning our teeth correctly. 



Monday 13th March the whole school went to @Bristol. We were fortunate to participate in two workshops. One was exploring the night sky in spring time and the other was exploring materials and discussing which ones would be best for building a house. Below are a selection of photos from the day.


World Book Day 2017:

Thursday 2nd March

We celebrated World Book Day in our class and across the whole school. The children told me about who they had come to school as and below are pictures of everyone in their AMAZING outfits.


Pancake Day

Today, Tuesday 28th February the children made their own chocolate pancake! With the thanks to Mrs Wenlock the children flipped their own pancake and there was just enough mix left for me to have one too! Children even washed and tidied away the plates / cutlery they had used - WHAT A FANTASTIC morning Ragstone

Term 4 - Chocolate

Here is our topic map for this term. This has been created by children's views and ideas from the end of term 3.


Aboriginal art

The children created Aboriginal pieces of art. The pieces of art were based around Australian animals that we had covered earlier in the term. The children used cotton buds to create a similar affect to Aboriginal pieces of art that they saw on computers. The finished art pieces are on display in our classroom please come and see them!


Today we got very messy creating pine cone bird feeders to go in our small garden. As you can the see the children concentrated really well and we focussed on their fine motor skills when filling the pine cones. We will now keep eye out on what birds visit our garden.




This week (W/E 20th Jan) the children have been learning all about shape. They learnt the difference between flat and solid shapes and have begun to talk about them using the correct vocabulary. As you can see in the pictures below the children found shapes all around the school and made shapes using the playdough and created shape pictures independently. The children also did some printing using 3D shapes.

The children have been busy adding the final parts to our role play area. We sponge painted paper so it looked like trees and did some very careful painting of koalas. The children concentrated ever so well to stay inside the lines...just look at them concentrating!

Below is our topic map for this term


Term 2 - In the Dark

At the end of last term I collected the children's ideas of what they already know about...'In the Dark'...and created a spider diagram, from this I created the termly plan. Below is the spider web containing all their ideas. I hope to cover all these ideas this term.

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Visiting Longleat - Monday 5th December

We had a fantastic afternoon learning about the bats at Longleat. We saw the bats being fed different types of fruit and learnt all about how bats hear and communicate. 

We even had a chance to explore other animals around the park, but I think the children also enjoyed looking at and exploring the 'Festival of Light'. It was a fantastic sight as, Europe's Largest Chinese Lantern Festival was a celebration of all creatures great and small. It was their 50th anniversary, and there were some fantastic figures there. Beatrix Potter and animals took centre stage around the park. 

Children in Need 2016

We had a 'Spotacular' Day celebration Children in Need, we followed instructions to make cakes in school.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We have been learning all about the Bear Hunt. The children in groups have produced a story map to help them remember the story, they have also done some fantastic sequencing of the story using pictures. In Maths the children have sorted bears in different ways and have also begun to use positional language to describe where a bear is...behind, next to, on top, in front, in are just some words they have used while hiding their bears. See if you can work out below where the bears are.

We have been busy starting our new topic of, 'In the Dark'. The children have created some very bright and colourful firework pictures. The pictures have been put on display in the hall for everyone to see, please look below to see how we created these pieces of art.

Halloween Art

We have had very busy week using are imagination to help create pieces of art based around Halloween. The children have designed their very own pumpkin design and Mrs Wenlock has been busy making the winning designs. The children outside got very messy and had a lot of fun creating potions, it was really interesting listening to what the children had put into their potions, we had:

  • frogs legs
  • green grass
  • pieces of clouds
  • water from the sea

and pieces of blue from the sky.

We also managed to squeeze in time to make some ghosts and pumpkin lanterns


Welly walk

This week (week commencing 10th October), the reception children went on their first welly walk around Mells. We explored Mells, looked at the Church and thoroughly enjoyed our time at the park. Someone even said they saw a hippo in the river!

On Friday 30th September the reception children had a PE lesson in the hall. The children had a great time and I was really impressed at how independent they were with changing - well done reception children. 


Over the last few weeks we have been working hard on our number work. The children have created numbered crowns, ordered numbers, found numbers in the garden, wrote numbers in glitter trays and played games relating to the order of numbers.


To celebrate Roald Dahl turning 100 (Tuesday 13th September) we made our own 'Marvellous Medicine' and sorted and ordered our medicine bottles!

EYFS Areas of Learning and Early Learning Goals

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.

The seven Areas of Learning and the Early Learning Goals.

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.