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Swallows class bake bread and cake


Falcons class work on their times tables outdoors




Residential 2018

World Book Day 2018

Maths Challenge - Class 4 have been investigating measures this week. Mr Sadler challenged us to use our knowledge of length, mass, capacity, area, perimeter, surface area and averages all in one lesson! We all worked really hard to solve some really complex problems.

As part of learning about people who help us, Isla's mum came to class 1 to talk to the children about her work in the police.  They had a great time as you can see from the pictures and were even allowed to sit in the police car.

Class 3 had a brilliant time at Ripon Workhouse.  We all dressed as Victorians and had fun in the Victorian classroom and doing the laundry! We also carried out some tradtitional workhouse chores and had a go at rag-rugging. Finally, we played some Victorian games and played with some traditional toys.


The infant children of Ripley performed their Nativity beautifully at All Saints Church Ripley

The children had a great day raising money for Children in Need. They dressed in spots, decorated buns throughout the day and held a book stall at the end of the day."

Welly Walk - Our children raised over £300 to help send children in Africa to school by walking 2.5 miles around the back of Ripley Castle in their wellies.

Our new ICT equipment has finally arrived! The new laptops are great and Class 4 have really enjoyed investigating the new iPads!

We had a very special visitor come into school on 22nd September. Imran came all the way over from Manchester to teach us about the Islam faith, and what it is like to be a Muslim in 2016. He shared lots of artifacts with us and explained what they all meant, and also took workshops with each class where he explained some of the traditions and routines that all Muslims must follow. We had a great time learning from him, and we now have a much better understanding of Islam.

Class 4 had a very exciting visit from Warburtons, who came to make sandwiches with us on Friday afternoon! We learned all about food hygiene (including wearing hair nets!) and then got the chance to choose from loads of ingredients to make our sandwiches. We even got some bread to take home with us!

Key Stage 2 took over the Town Hallwith their production of "Robin Hood and the Sherwood Hoodies", andit brought the house down. From the character parts to the chorus, eachand every child gave the show everything they had, and the response from theaudiences was fantastic!

Class 4 Trip to Harlow Carr

Class 4 took a trip to Harlow Carr to participate in an "Incredible Edibles" workshop.  As part of this, they learned about how plants are named, searched the gardens for various fruit and vegetables and located where they came from.  They also had to participate in a taste test (some of them were even brave enough to taste the chocolate!)  In the afternoon, they explored the grounds, looking at the plants, sculptures and birds that are found on the site.  The staff at the centre, and many others around Harlow Carr commented on how polite the children were; as always they were a credit to the school.

Countryside Day

A group of children from KS2 travelled to the Yorkshire Showground last week to take part in the annual Countryside Day.  As part of the day, they participated in a number of workshops in Biology, bread making and dry stone walling, as well as watching two animal shows (dogs herding ducks, and dancing sheep!)  Everyone had a fantastic day, and got to take home some delicious bread they had made!

Woodland Explorers

Class 3 attended a Woodland Explorers workshop at Harlow Carr on 9th June 2016. The children were shown different types of tree in their explorations and were shown how to calculate the age of a tree by using a secret method!

We also explored the bird hide where the children had to be completely silent!

The class looked for woodland creatures by exploring leaf litter, observing the tree canopy and by tree bashing - gently of course!

All the children wrote a fantastic acrostic poem linked to living things and habitats and completed a scavenger hunt. 

The sun shone and we had a fantastic day.

Ecology Day - Ripley and Burnt Yates schools attended an Ecology Day at BurntYates school on 26th May. Each group explored aspects of natural habitats and investigated various types of plants and mini-beasts. The bug hunt was definitely the most popular activity!

Our Year 3 and 4 Tri Golf Team did an excellent job at the local finals. They now go on to the Regional Youth Games in July

On our recent trip to a traditional Saxon village , Class 3 found how Saxon peasants used to live years ago. We ground corn using a grinding stone, made oil lamps from clay from the ground, collected wood on an old wooden cart and defended the Saxon village from a Viking invader. As the day came to an end, we listened to a Beowulf story in the Mead Hall.It was a fabulous day

Our Year 6 children celebrated the end of their SATs exams with an ice cream and picnic and games in the grounds of Ripley Castle

Residential Photos

Queens 90th Birthday

The children at Ripley Primary School celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday in style by dressing as Kings and Queens and holding a coffee afternoon in Ripley Town Hall.  The children had helped the school cook, Mrs Atkinson, bake cakes for the event the day before and all proceeds went to Age Concern.

STEM ICT Conference

A group of children from Years 4, 5 and 6 attended a STEM ICT Conference at Kettlesing Fellescliffe Primary School.  They had a fantastic afternoon exploring a range of new technologies!  There was a carousel of activities ranging from stop-motion filming of bridge building, to programming lego robots, to inputting codes and even trying to solve a murder!  The people running the session were especially impressed with the children's responses to their questions and challenges.  Maybe we have some future engineers at Ripley?

Enthuse Award

Last term, Ripley school won the Enthuse Award for science. This award has meant that £5000 has been made available for the development of science across the school. 

This development of science has allowed staff to attend training resulting in increased awareness of the new science curriculum. In addition, we have also made use of a local science specialist who has supported us in our practical science lessons and events.

The children have benefited from this increase in focus through recent science days such as the dissection and digestive system activities and a key stage two Rocks Event. An Ecology Day has been scheduled for May where the children will be exploring the natural environment around us through practical activities and investigations. In addition, a Planetarium Day, in conjunction with Burnt Yates school, has been planned for June.

This is only the start of what we hope will be an enjoyable, practical and active science curriculum at Ripley. Watch this space for more photographs and updates regarding our developing science curriculum.

Red Nose Day 2016

The children wore their own sports kit for a small donation to raise money for Sports Relief.  The whole school took part in "Wake Up Shake Up" on the astroturf.

Bewerley Park 2016

Pi Day

To celebrate International Pi Day (14/03/16), Class 4 investigated circles.  We learned what the radius and diameter were, how to calculate the area and circumference and then tried to construct our own circles using what we had learned on the playground.  Even though it was really challenging, we all had a lot of fun!

Class 4 Courtroom Drama!

After some work on Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, Class 4 decided to put one of the characters on trial, using some of the persuasive speeches we had written in English lessons.  Our jury had to decide if the Witch Doctor was innocent or guilty, and listened to evidence from witnesses and lawyers for both the prosecution and defence.

Class Three had a tremendous time at Cliffe Castle Museum. 

We sorted rocks into groups and looked at which types of rock, different everyday objects were made from. We found out that there are three different types of rock: sedimentary; metamorphic and igneous.

As trainee paleontologists, we dug for fossils and described them according to their characteristics.

We also explored animals and their skeletons and even saw a hippo's skull!

Year 6 Boosters

Year 6 have been working really hard in their booster clubs this half term.  This week, Mr Sadler set them a maths treasure hunt outside.  The children had to work in pairs to solve some difficult maths problems, because if they got the answer wrong, they wouldn't be able to find the next question!  You can see from their faces just how much concentration and determination it took!

Class 4 Drama

Class 4 put all their dramatic skills to use to create short drama pieces based on different scenarios concerning people who left to go to war in 1914.  As you can see, the pieces captured the whole spectrum of human emotion, and the children (and Mr Sadler) were really impressed with what they produced!


November 2015


"During our whole school Science Day we watched Mrs Towse dissect a cow and lambs heart. Mrs Towse explained what each part of the heart was called and we all had a close up! With gloves on of course! 

Later that day, we found out about the human digestive system and made a digestive system model out of junk modelling items. We had a great time!"



Ripley Endowed Primary School Tag Rugby Team had a fantastic day at Harrogate Rugby Club where they entered the 2015 World Cup Tag Rugby Festival.  The team’s hard work and determination won them first place out of the 29 schools who took part in the competition run by Harrogate Schools Sport Partnership.  Prizes were present by Harrogate Rugby Club Secretary, Bill Barracks.








Pupils at Ripley Primary School enjoyed a visit from three times Olympian Long Jumper Athlete, Chris Tomlinson.  Chris spent the afternoon taking circuit-style, fitness sessions with pupils before giving a motivational assembly about his career and his path into athletics, from an early age.The event was put on as part of the Sports for Schools programme and money raised during the event will be used to buy sports equipment for the school.





Nidderdale Prehistoric Archaeology  Group Visit Ripley Primary School

Pupils of Ripley Primary School got very muddy going back to the past with an Archaeology Day run by Nidderdale Prehistoric Archaeology Group, which involved digging up the history of their school garden.   Some sheep front incisors were found, together with sheep bones, which hinted at a previous occupation of the garden. The children were then able to look at artefacts which had been dug up locally by the Group and participate in a question and answer session regarding archaeology.

Chloe from Class 1 won the prize for the bestdecorated harvest box


Our Year 5 and 6 children had a fantastic day at Headingley Cricket Ground where they enjoyed a morning of Cricket in the Classroom before having a tour of the Ground.

Countryside Day

Children in Class 4 had a super day at Countryside Day

Class 3 Trip to Harlow Carr

Class 3 had a great day at Harlow Carr and participated in an Environmental Workshop

East Barnby 2015

World Book Day 2015 - Our children and staff celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite book characters

Sports at Ripley - We are very lucky to have great sporting facilities and great teams!

Eco-Committee - We have a fantastic Eco-Committee who made a beautiful display from bottle tops which is displayed in our Resources Room

Drumming Workshop - Our children had lots of fun learning to play the drums for the day

Lets Get Cooking Club - the children have lots of fun at Let's Get Cooking making fruit kebabs

Christening - Our Reception children re-inacted a Christening with the help of Revd P Halford at All Saints Church, Ripley as part of their RE topic

The children in Years 5 and 6 had a fantastic trip to Bewerley Park in March 2014 where they did lots of activities such as canoeing and gorge walking

Our School

Please have a look at the photographs of our wonderful school – inside and out.

Kite Flying

Our children made kites at school and we had a small service for Pentecost after which we flew our wonderful kites!

Countryside Day

All our Year 6 children attended Countryside Day in June.

Sponsored Walk

We had a Sponsored Walk around Ripley Castle to raise money for our Kenyan Link Project. Have a look at our pictures to see the beautiful environment our school is surrounded by. If you would like to learn more about our Link Project please look under Link Schools.

Gardening Club

Our garden looks so good thanks to Mrs Hallworth and Mrs Patton who run our Gardening Club on a Tuesday afterschool.  These photos will give you some idea of the hard work which goes on.

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