Archives for the month of June 2015

Year 3 Tennis Champions | June 23, 2015

Year 3 Tennis Champs
Our Year 3 tennis champs.

Congratulations to the Year 3 tennis team who won the Year 3 sunderland mini tennis finals. We are officially the tennis champions of Sunderland.

They will now play in the Tyne and Wear final against the best schools from the whole of the Tyne and Wear. Good Luck.

Aspirations Day 2015 | June 17, 2015

Aspirations Day 2015
Key Stage 2 pupils watch a sculptor demonstrate his craft.

On Friday 5th June, 2015 we had an Aspirations Day in school. The day was to show our pupils a range of careers they could choose in the future and what skills each career requires. We were visited by a range of people who have chosen different careers paths including archaeologists, business owners, artists, emergency services and a Newcastle Eagles Basketball player to name but a few.

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A photographer explains his profession to the pupils.

Key Stage 2 spent time speaking to the visitors to gather information about their jobs and ambitions. Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage focused on ‘People Who Help Us’ and had a great afternoon speaking to our guests.

A huge thank you to all of the visitors who gave up their time to help the children think about their futures.

You can view a selection of photos from the event, below:

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A pupil tries on a fireman’s jacket.
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The sculptor laughs with the pupils.
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Pupils at Aspirations Day 2015.
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A solicitor listens to the pupils questions.
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Pupils talking to ex-pupils from Thornhill School.
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A Historian talks about his work.
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Pupils quiz a Speech Therapist.
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The equipment a hairdresser uses in her job.

The pupils also made some video interviews with our guests about their professions. You can view some of the videos below, or watch them all on an Aspiratons Day 2015 playlist we’ve made on our YouTube channel .

The pupils interview an archaeologist.
The pupils interview a Speech Therapist.

Into the Tennis Finals | June 16, 2015

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The tennis squad.

Some of our pupils have had a few weeks of tennis success.

First the Year 3 team and Year 4 team won their cluster group round of tennis games and skills and made it to the Sunderland Finals, which will take place on Wednesday 17th June (Y3) and Thursday 18th June (Y4).

Then the Year 5/6 Team came second in their Sunderland Finals, just being pipped to the post in the last few rounds. A massive well done to Tashmit and Zakiya who won every single match that they played.

Good luck to for the finals Year 3 and 4.

I know how to be bright on the roads | June 11, 2015

1L in their bright outfits
Class 1L wearing their bright outfits.

Year 1 have been learning about road safety. Lorraine from Walkwise came to the school to talk to the children about crossing the roads safely. They also learned about being bright on the roads and investigated different types of dull and bright materials. As examples, they wore uniforms worn by the fire fighters, police and ambulance drivers, which are bright by design and then they designed and decorated their own t-shirts so they were bright enough to be seen on the roads.

1L with their designs
1L pupils with their designs.

Richard Avenue Primary School YouTube Channel | June 9, 2015

Richard Avenue Primary have recently opened a YouTube channel to publish videos from events and activities that take place in and around school.

Usually videos will be linked from this news section of our website, but occasionally more content that isn’t featured here will be available directly on YouTube.

Year 2 visit Barnes Park | June 3, 2015

Year 2 pupils at Barnes Park
Year 2 pupils at Barnes Park.

Year 2 recently went to Barnes Park to explore and ​do some pond dipping, as part of their animals and habitats topic. They had a great time using all the special equipment and caught lots of pond creatures including some tadpoles! But don’t worry, all tadpoles where returned to the water at the end of the day.

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A tadpole from the Barnes Park pond.

Richard Avenue awarded Artsmark Gold | June 2, 2015

We’re pleased to announce that the school has been awarded an Artmarks Gold award for demonstrating how our key art forms are defined, delivered, managed and developed across both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

Inside of the Artsmark Gold Validation Report, which you can read in full here , the inspectors said:

Richard Avenue Primary School has evidenced strength in leadership at all levels demonstrating their commitment to art and culture as an essential entitlement for all. They offer Arts rich creative teaching and learning both within and beyond the curriculum.

Artsmark 2015

The inspectors went on to praise how they saw arts being implemented throughout the school on a recent trip:

The application form and school visit combined to highlight: the breadth and depth of creative, meaningful learning through a range of experiences; a wide range and depth of art form expertise readily shared across the staff team, complimented by a good use of professional artists for added value and sustainability

Artsmark 2015

Well done to all involved.

Skipping Competition 2015 at Thornhill School | June 1, 2015

Richard Avenue Primary School participated in their area skipping festival which was held at Thornhill School.

The Year 4 pupils took part in both class and year competitions and demonstrated fantastic footwork and good fitness levels in their displays. We came away with Overall Silver Winners. Well done to everyone who took part.

You can watch video highlights of the event below.

Video highlights of the Skipping Competition.