Taught by Mrs McDaid and Mrs Ferguson assisted by Miss Mansfield and Miss Noble

Tuesday 4th February 2020

What a busy term we're having in Seahorse Class!

The children are enjoying the topic of Space and engaging really well with our focus text, Moon Man. They have done lots of imaginative work, including diary entries written as Moon Man and a script for a news report about his crash. Jacob GR was even brave enough to read his script out on video!

In maths, some children are working with money and others learning about area and perimeter. Everyone is working hard and improving their skills. In science the children are exploring the effects of different forces and will be looking closely at magnetism.

Last week we learned all about Chinese New Year. We found out that this is the Year of the Rat. The children had lots of fun making tangram pictures and paper dragons.

Friday 29th November 2019

Seahorse Class started a unit of work on persuasive texts this week. We enjoyed the book, 'Eliot, Midnight Superhero' and thought about how we could persuade Eliot to help us if we had a problem. The photo shows Jacob using a text map to learn our focus text. Children will use this as a basis for their own writing later in the unit.

In maths, the class is working on generalising arithmetic - using what they know to solve problems in different contexts. At the same time, they are practicing written methods, such as column addition and subtraction.

Because school was not open for children on Tuesday, the class missed their Forest School afternoon. Thank you to Miss Ravell for reorganising her schedule so they were able to go on Thursday. Children and adults enjoy these sessions. It is lovely to be able to learn outside the classroom from time to time.

It's hard to believe that it will be December next week! The term is whizzing by and there is still so much to achieve! We hope to share lots more photos next week.

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Friday 15th November 2019

As promised las week, here are some pictures of the classroom.

This week the children have done some lovely, thoughtful work for anti-bullying week and Remembrance Day.

In maths they have worked hard on solving calculation problems, including column addition and subtraction.

In English, children are learning the Ballad of Robin Hood. They will use the features that they identify to write their own ballad about a hero or villain.

We’re all looking for the children’s first Spanish lesson next week.

Wednesday 6th November 2019

Term 2 already! Where did the time go?

This term our topic is Heroes and Villains. So far in a busy Immersion Week, the children have written about a personal hero, created some scary villains and started work on giant comic strips.

In maths, the class is working on addition and subtraction problems, each at their own level.

We had a very interesting trip to the animal shelter, where children read to the rabbits and met the dogs who are waiting to be rehomed.

We are pleased that the children are settling into classroom routines much better this term. Lots of them are working hard on all the things they need to do to become mentors. Our second mentor received his sweatshirt in assembly this morning Our challenge this week is to look after our classroom. Watch out next week for a picture of how lovely it is looking.

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Children completed some very imaginative stories with a surprise ending for their hot challenge on Friday. The new focus for English is instruction and explanation texts and they have started by writing instructions for making a den to show what they already know.

In maths, the class is working on investigating number systems, which means knowing what each digit represents in a number, being able to put larger numbers in order and so on.

Today was our whole day trip to Cranham for Forest School. As you can see from the photos, we had a fabulous time. Thank you to Miss Ravell for organising all the activities. Everyone enjoyed the trust game, where you had to lead a blindfolded partner around a field safely.

Friday 7th June 2019

Great aboriginal art in Seahorses using dotting.

Shout out to Rhys and Ryan for creating the amazing Jungle.

Friday 22nd March 2019

We have had an amazing day junk modelling in Seahorse Class, the behaviour has been fantastic and the dedication from most children has shown off their true artistic talents. This is the farm Harvey has been constructing all day! Well done Harvey!

Friday 8th March 2019

Great day with World Book Day today!

Most children in Seahorse Class dressed up as a character which was lovely to see. All children looked fantastic and had made a real effort but Jalon was our fancy dress winner! Well done Jalon!

Miss Jones shared Robin Hood as her favourite book in assembly and we also made some Wanted posters in class.

Enjoy the photos

Friday 21st September 2018

This week Seahorse class had their first trip to Prestbury Library. The librarians have been really good in setting up a link with Cheltenham Animal Shelter. This week the ladies from the shelter brought in a small French Bulldog called Frankie who was absolutely gorgeous! The children discussed how best to approach and stroke a dog and how you must always ask the owner before approaching a dog you don't know. The children enjoyed readin to Frankie and Frankie enjoyed listening to them.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Cat Reading at the Cheltenham Animal Shelter

Today some of The Ridge children visited the Cheltenham Animal Shelter with some ladies from the library as part of our work to encourage reading. 5 children read to the cats there. Conrad absolutely loved it and couldn't stop reading at the end. They also had a tour of the shelter and saw some of the other animals there too.

Monday 26th February 2018

Greggs Breakfast Competition Winners!

Congratulations to Seahorse class, as we had two class members were runners up of the Greggs Foundation Christmas card competition for 2017.

Well done both of you!

Tuesday 30th January 2018

Friday was a good day for Seahorses, we visited Gloucester Cathedral and walked around where some of Harry Potter was filmed (the troll scene in the first film).We saw where the Troll walked out of the toilet doors and lavatorium where Harry and Ron hid from the Troll. We also learned that the stained glass windows had to be altered so there were no halos showing and that Adam and Eve were fully dresses (they even put a little Harry Potter scar on their heads. Afterwards we walked around the rest of the Cathedral and lit a candle so we could remember some of the people we have lost. The children were very respectful and a pleasure to have representing The Ridge Academy.

Monday 8th January

The children in Seahorses are really enjoying their new Harry Potter topic. Last week we made some wands! They look amazing and all have different cores to give them that magical power. Some have unicorn hair and mermaids scale, others have dragon heart string and dragons scale. We also practiced our throwing, catching and aiming skills and started to learn how to play Quidditch today!

Quidditch Practise in the school hall above

Monday 4th December

Summary of our term in Seahorses

Seahorses have been having a good time this term with their woodlands topic. We have been looking at the legend of Robin Hood and retelling the story using lots of adjectives to make it more interesting.

In maths we have been looking at patterns in numbers and learning our times tables as well as solving problems with days of the week and months of the year.

We have also looked at the artist Andy Goldsworthy who uses lots of natural materials to create his art sculptures. We also noticed he uses a lot of circles and spirals in his work so we tried to recreate some of our own designs and they look fab!

Andy Goldsworthy's Art:

Seahorses Artwork :

Monday 27th November

Operation Christmas Child

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the children that got involved with operation Christmas Child this year. Especially Gabrielle, Taylor, Liam and Mark who spent their own pocket money on some fantastic items for the shoe boxes including toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, toy cars, dolls, pencils, colouring books and teddies! These were very generous donations! Also a big thank you to all of Seahorses who decided they wanted to club together 100 points each to buy a bigger present from the school shop. They decided on a toy troll and a Disney doll. We managed to put together 5 boxes for, two for girls and three for boys. What a big difference we will make to their Christmas. Also thank you to all those who made donations on the non-school uniform day. The contributions went towards the costs for sending these gifts abroad to children less fortunate than ourselves!

Thank you!

Miss Jones

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Our trip to Prestbury Library

Seahorse class were really lucky to get the opportunity to visit the library again last week and meet a therapy dog called Joey! The children were shown how to be respectful around dogs and how to listen to owners advice when asking to stroke their dog. The children had a go at giving some commands, such as sit, paw, lie down, and then giving Joey a treat as a reward. It was a fantastic trip and something we are hoping to do again soon.

Tuesday 10th October 2017

A busy week in Seahorses

This term has been busy for Seahorses, we are really enjoying our topic ‘Superheroes’ and the boys have been creating some fantastic Pop Art creating work in the style of Julian Opie, Roy Lichtenstein and now Andy Warhol. The class is looking fantastic with all their hard work.

We have also been lucky to have a couple of trips. We went to Slimbridge Wetlands centre where we were given some bird food and fed some of the geese from our hands! Miss Mills was a bit worried but bravely tried to feed some geese. We also saw three otters who were out lounging on their favourite log. We then did some pond dipping and found pond skaters, water boatmen and lots of female (silver) fish. We struggled to catch the male (red) ones, we think they were hiding. We finished the trip by stepping over some stepping stones. Luckily no one fell in!

We also went to the local library where the boys met the librarian and learnt how to find books by different authors. We searched for some letters too which made up the name of a character from a book - Timmy! The non-fiction section had some weird and wonderful facts. All the boys that visited were able to take a book out which they are keeping safe in their drawers at school. A really lovely term so far.

Wednesday 18th October 2017

Cineworld Trip

Today Seahorses and Starfish had their reward trip for those boys who had earned enough points throughout the term. We went to Cineworld in Cheltenham to watch the new Lego Nijago film. It was fantastic. The special effects were amazing. The boys were all given some popcorn and sweets to enjoy throughout the film, although I think these had been devoured in the first 5 minutes. All boys had a fantastic time and were extremely well--behaved. Well done to all.

Wednesday 27th September 2017

Superhero Seahorses

Seahorses have started their new class topic of Superheroes this term. The boys started the term with doing lots of creative things to make our classroom look more interesting. We have made some cityscapes, superhero masks and superheroes out of pegs. We also had a superhero fancy dress party!

In English we have been looking at onomatopoeia which are words that sound like the sound it makes e.g. BOOM! BANG! CRASH! SPLASH! We have made some really interesting posters on PowerPoint and also some onomatopoeia poems. Some boys also made their poems with alliteration too where words start with the same letter. Here are some examples:

Boom bomb

Crash car

Pop pickle

Crunch cat food by Luke

Zoom goes the zebra

Pop goes the panda

Crash goes the car

Pow goes the penguin by Matthew

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Pirate adventures in Seahorses

As part of our pirate topic Seahorses have been learning how to write descriptive sentences using adjectives and positional language to describe their settings. They then created a pirate character and a wanted poster. They have done a fantastic job and we are looking forward to writing our pirate adventure stories soon.