Chester Zoo

Thursday 12th November 2015

Year 8 and 9 had a wonderful day at Chester Zoo. This term in Geography we have been studying Eco-systems and Global Warming. The visit to the zoo gave the pupils first-hand experience of how animals are adapting to the changes to the earth.
The visit included a fascinating talk on adaptations from the education officer and a visit to the zoo’s new ‘island’ section. This involved going into a purpose-built ‘rainforest’ structure which not only houses animals but also plants and birds found in that environment.
It was an enjoyable and valuable day. The talk from the education officer was excellent and all the pupils got a great deal out of the day. I would thoroughly recommend a trip to Chester Zoo.

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Farm to Fork

The Junior School spent their latest afternoon trip at Tesco. Why? Farm to Fork is the answer. Farm to Fork is a nationwide initiative dedicated to getting children interested in where their food comes from. 966, 885 children have been on a Farm to Fork Trail!
The children arrived at the store and started their tour at the fruit and vegetable aisle where they split into coloured groups to locate a fruit and vegetable that they hadn’t seen before, they arrived back with aubergines, grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes and sapphire grapes and were amazed to hear that the variety of grapes extends to candy floss grapes! Unfortunately the store did not have any in stock that day! They had the opportunity to try pomegranate seeds, pineapple and mango and discuss the texture and taste. Sydney particularly liked the cold sweet pineapple.
We then moved to the cheese counter where we tried three cheeses: cheddar, five counties and Wensleydale with cranberries. These were received with a mixed response; a screwed up face from Joel but a ‘cheesy’ agreeable grin from Sabrina. We talked about the different animals that provide us with cheese and children recalled goats, cows, sheep and buffalo. Some of them were puzzled by the buffalo and had not yet sampled the delights of mozzarella cheese.
Emily took us on to the fish counter and again a mixed reaction from the group, a distinct smell that some enjoyed and others not so much. No tasting here. Daniel identified the mackerel and they learnt that a lot of the fish were caught in the British Isles, something they didn’t know. Harvey knew his prawns and scallops and Ibrahim spotted the squid. The one that did stump them was the tuna (not being in a tin which is how they know it best).
We had a look behind the scenes too. We went out into the back and got to put our heads in the fridge and freezers, they were huge! Jake was curious about this and spotted three different temperatures for different foods to be kept at. The Tesco workers who went into the freezers had to wear special shoes to go into the freezer so they didn’t slip (health and safety). Sam spotted the ice on the bottom of the floor.
Before we came home we split into groups and took advantage of the fact that we could walk around the Tesco store and look at the cost of items. In maths we are doing money and it was great to be able to see real life offers and talk about prices of items. We made a few good decisions about some purchases and tried not to be drawn into buying buy one get one free just because it was on offer!
It was a fantastic afternoon out and Emily our guide commented on how well-mannered and enthusiastic she found our pupils. We came away with some recipes and some information we were keen to hear. Harvey asked the question about imperfect produce, what do they do with it? Tesco are now in discussions about donating the produce that doesn’t make it onto the shelves in Tesco. If you have watched the program Waste Not Want Not this will be happy news. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has a blog where he encourages us to help force supermarkets to reduce the waste. Ramillies Hall School support this campaign and had great fun learning about different foods. Thank you, Tesco.

Ramillies visits the War Memorial in Cheadle Hulme

The staff and pupils of Ramillies Hall School in Cheadle Hulme remembered the fallen servicemen and women with their own special ceremony at the War Memorial in Cheadle Hulme this afternoon.

For the past two weeks pupils have been using their Art & Design lessons with Ms Ryder to make their own giant poppies. Each pupil laid their own poppy at the memorial before hearing recitals of famous war poems as well as some poetry written by the young people themselves in their English lessons with Mrs Grant. At the sound of ‘The Last Post’, superbly played by music teacher Miss Rathburn, the whole school fell silent assembled around the memorial until ‘The Reveille’ brought them out of their reflective thoughts.

The trip out of school to the memorial followed the traditional two minute silence at 11am and an extended assembly in the afternoon in which Mr Richards explained the significance and reasons behind all the associated traditions of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, Poppies, The Last Post and the work of The Royal British Legion with the aid of videos provided by the Royal British Legion.

“Since September we have been running an initiative called ‘Community’ with the whole school timetabled together on a Wednesday afternoon. We cover the topics and matters usually taught in Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship and Religious Studies lessons, but in a far more interactive and dynamic way. Most weeks involve visiting speakers and presenters who can speak from first hand experience of the topic in question. To date we have had visits from the Fire & Rescue Service, Wellspring, Barclays Bank, RespectME, Christians in Schools Trust, Mosaic and Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church with many more visitors planned for the rest of the year, as well as trips out for the pupils,”explained Mr Richards, Director of Studies.

“Many of our pupils do not have experience of being involved in Remembrance Day parades or other community events so we feel it is vital that we include this within our curriculum. As soon as we started planning Community and we noted that 11th November fell on a Wednesday, we knew we had to maximise the opportunity to ensure our pupils are fully aware of Remembrance and the British Values it represents. This was one of the first events planned into the schedule.

“Even the walk down to the memorial and back is an opportunity to teach younger pupils about road safety as pedestrians and gives them experience of participating in a community event,” he added.

Miss Patterson, Principal of Ramillies Hall School commented, “As we stood by the War Memorial and we all fell silent, I felt very proud of our pupils and the respect they showed to the ‘fallen’. It is so important that young people today are given the time to remember the brave actions of our service men and women, past and present.”

Ramillies is Creating a new Sensory Garden

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During the course of this year we are hoping to develop part of the school grounds into a ‘Sensory Garden’. We feel that this will be a great benefit to all the pupils, both participating in the preparation of it, and by having a tranquil area in which to relax.

We hope to plant a range of flowers, grasses and herbs to stimulate the senses, for example, Lavender, sweet peas, Philadelphia and lilac to name but a few.  Herbs to encourage the taste buds. Wind chimes and grasses for sound and possibly a water feature. We want the garden to be a place where the pupils can enjoy their time

We hope that the children will learn some gardening skills and grow to appreciate their environment both at home and at school.

We would love you to feel part of this project, if you have any ideas or would like to contribute by donating some plants or garden equipment, please contact Mrs Hall via the school email address.

study@ramillieshall.co.uk