Due to ongoing health and safety concerns, the school will be closed to pupils and staff tomorrow (Thursday 1st March 2018). We will aim to re-open on Friday. Please check website and Sun Fm for updates.
Update for Mrs. Todd: Thursday is another day and we must start by saying we are open. However we will monitor the weather and the road conditions and advise you as early as possible via text, the website and Sun FM if the situation changes. Thanks.
Due to adverse weather conditions and effects on public transport, we regret to inform you that school is closed today. Safety of all staff and pupils are our utmost responsibility. We will update as the day goes on. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Gabriel Coates Little Inventors winner.
William and Kate met Richard Avenue Primary Schools, Gabriel Coates and found out about his winning entry in the ‘Little Inventors’ workshop , during their visit to the new Arts and Cultural Centre, located in the newly regenerated Old Fire Station, Sunderland.
Gabriel Coates meets William and Kate.
Gabriel Coates meets William and Kate.
Gabriel designed a ‘Roller Lamp’ as part of a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) project. This was an ingenious remote control lamp on a motorised skateboard which could be directed to move around a room in a house, at the will of the person controlling it.
Kensington Palace asked to meet the three winners of the ‘Little Inventors’ competition, whilst on their visit to Sunderland. The visit was to celebrate culture, art and regeneration in Sunderland, with a strong emphasis on young people having a voice and a role in the future of Sunderland. Naturally, Gabriel gave a good account of himself and his invention to Kate and William.
William and Kate.
Year 3 get tennis coaching.
Year 3 had professional Tennis coaching for a whole half term. Amy Hoburn who is based at David Lloyd came into school to teach the children new tennis skills. She introduced the children to the different shots and also began working with tennis nets to encourage and develop match skills.
The children were very lucky to go to David Lloyd Sunderland to experience the tennis courts and equipment they have. The children showed great enthusiasm on making the most of the bigger space, the extra coaches and the fantastic resources on offer.
The hall was massive and we could run around more and faster. I liked playing on a net with my partner and hitting the ball over. Amy showed me how to do a backhand shot with 2 hands which I can do now.
From these lesson we have decided upon a Year 3 Tennis Team who will represent the school at the Tennis Tournament later in the year.
The children on Internet Safety Day 2018.
Today the school held their annual Safer Internet Day for 2018. Throughout the day the children learned how to respectfully use the internet and to think of others while doing so. The topic this year was ‘create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you’, and our topics were centered around that.
One of the interactive topics included the children making a connective jigsaw. They were asked to consider how as a person they could make the internet a more positive place. We received answers such as “don’t be disrespectful and say hurtful things if you cant say anything kind”. The children when then made to understand that if their own positivity was added to that of others then the internet will become a more positive place as a whole. The way a jigsaw comes together.
The children cut out their jigsaw pieces.
The children bring the jigsaw together.
In other parts of the school the children watched a video where children in the video would send a text message and then our children were asked how they would respond to such a comment. We asked them to be honest and a lot of the children gave both positive responses and some gave negative ones. We then quizzed the children on why they had made the comments and to think how they might escalate or diffuse a situation with positivity.
The children also made posters about things they liked about school. The posters were then given to other children who would write comments about the poster on the back. They then went through the comments with their teacher to teach them how both positive and negative comments would make that person feel and how they could be more positive and constructive when commenting.
The children with their posters.
All in all a great day of learning and understanding that hopefully the children and the teachers can take forward in their online life.
Here are some more photos from the day.
In the first podcast of 2018, we hear from all six nominees for Head Boy and Head Girl, and interviews with the successful candidates. We have a new feature called 60-Minute Social where we ask as many questions as we can to a teacher in a minute. We also hear from Harper in Year 4 who won a local Bake-Off Challenge, and news reports from all the goings on in and out of school. Happy listening!
The children picking out fruit and veg.
Reception visited the Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis & Wellness Centre as a link to their Healthy Living Topic. They learnt new ball skills and began to use a tennis racquet. They also had fun on the soft play.
For lunch they all took Healthy packed lunches and were able to eat them with their friends.
The children then visited Sainsbury’s and took their shopping list to buy fruit. Using the fruit they bought they made a fruit salad in school.
The children playing tennis.