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Musical Showcase

The music department at The Ryleys School has a consistent track record of supporting children achieve great things in music.  

Every child from age 1 to 11, enjoy a weekly music lesson.  In addition to this, the school creates and hosts frequent musical performances and many pupils enjoy private instrumental lessons leading the grade exams.

At the end of term, the school enjoyed a showcase of some fantastic instrumental skills.  From Year 1 to Year 6, claranet, guitar, piano and percussion.  The standard was really fabulous and each performed with confidence to an audience of over 100.

It's not all serious though, as the popular 'School of Rock' club proved with a memorable rendition of 'All Night Long'.

Maths Success

The Primary Maths Challenge is a national mathematics competition for children in year 5 and 6, with over 57,000 participants.  Each year Ryleys pupils take part with typically very good results. This year was no exception with an extremely high number of Silver and Gold awards achieved.

From this first competition, the top 3% of scores nationally are invited to participate in a 'Bonus Round' to further test their maths skills.

We are proud this year that two of our pupils, Joey B and James C, both qualified for the 'Bonus Round' and brilliantly both received a gold certificate. 

This means they finished in the top 400 of the entire competition, and can proudly say they are amongst the top 0.7% of mathematicians of their age.  Congratulations! 

Well done to all that took part.  We love maths at The Ryleys and look forward to taking part again next year.

World Book Day 2022

The Big Bad Wolf having a piano lesson - why not?

This World Book Day, the children demonstrated their love of reading by dressing up as a character from their favourite book.  As always, we were impressed with the creativity and considerable effort put in to each and every outfit.

The objective of World Book Day is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income.

Reading forms the foundation of so many of the lessons at The Ryleys.  Children are always encouraged to read and we are impressed with their enthusiasm to learn and try new books.

First page of the PDF file: StatesofMatter


At The Ryleys School, children experience subject lessons taught by specialist teachers. Naya, one of our All Rounder Scholars, is an enthusiastic scientist and has recently been learning about ‘States of Matter’ with our Science Teacher, Mr Anthony.

She wrote a fantastic full page article for our weekly newsletter explaining what 'States of Matter' are and what she has been doing in her lessons to enhance her understanding of the topic. 

Her detailed illustration above, clearly demonstrates her knowledge and helps to make what is a very complex theory, clear for all.

Well done, Naya. We feel sure you are on the right path to achieve your ambitions and look forward to reading more from you and your fellow Scholars in future editions of the newsletter.


En Guarde!

The Olympic sport of fencing developed from a form of military training to a sport in either the 14th of 15th century. 

Fencers develop good hand-eye coordination, balance, and quick reflexes. It boosts not just physical but also mental agility by forcing you to observe and counter your opponent's skills and personality. For this reason, fencing is good for your mind, as well as your body. Most of all it’s great fun!

Our pupils have the chance to learn all about Fencing at one of our post popular weekly clubs. 

Merit Badges

At The Ryleys School, we have a number of ways to celebrate success.  Everything from 'Work of the Week' to invitations to a 'Tea Party' with the Headteacher.

Merit badges recognise a child's personal growth, development and achievements outside of the academic arena. For example, good manners, consideration, acts of kindness or maturity etc. 

Each time pupils do something positive, they complete a stage of the pathway to each Merit - bronze, silver and gold.

We love seeing the children wear the badges with such pride.

Well done to every child achieving a Merit badge this term. 

Reception Nativity 2021

The spirit of Christmas was alive and well at our Reception Nativity on Thursday.  What a talented group our Reception pupils are. 

Well done to each and everyone of you for singing so clearly, remembering your lines and acting out the story of Christmas with confidence and humour. 

We really think it was a very special performance. 


Eco Club Bulb Planting

This week our enthusiastic Eco Club have been busy preparing for winter.

They planted daffodil and tulip bulbs ready for brighter days in the New Year.  Mrs Yates laught them how to plant the bulbs correctly - deep enough so the squirrels won't find them, in small groups to make them look nice and most importantly the right way up.

They also started work on some cosy bug hotels to help the insects stay warm over winter.

Looking back

Founded in 1877 we have quite an impressive collection of old photographs and newspaper articles. 

This week we created a small display of some of the most fascinating images and documents.  Our current pupils have been interested to look and imagine what life was like at The Ryleys School in days gone by. 

We also have a popular Alumni Group on Facebook where other past pupils - Ryleysians - can share memories.  

Year 2 pupils trip to Outer Space

Our Year 2 pupils continued their learning on the topic of 'Outer Space' with a trip!  

We were not able to take them on a real cosmic adventure, instead the children explored various planets, stars and even the International Space Station through an impressive VR headset session.

It was a fantastic experience which helped to demonstrate the scale of space and how much there is yet to discover. 

We may well be looking at a class full of astronauts of the future!