News from the School

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – William and Kate visit Sunderland | February 22, 2018

Gabriel Coates meets Willam and Kate
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 Willam and Kate
Gabriel Coates meets William and Kate.
Gabriel Coates meets Willam 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.

Gabriel Coates meets Willam and Kate
William and Kate.

Safer Internet Day 2018 | February 6, 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018
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.

Safer Internet Day 2018
The children cut out their jigsaw pieces.
Safer Internet Day 2018
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.

Safer Internet Day 2018
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.

Safer Internet Day 2018
Safer Internet Day 2018
Safer Internet Day 2018
Safer Internet Day 2018
Safer Internet Day 2018

Richard Avenue Radio January 2018 | February 5, 2018

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!

Reception develop their Well-being | February 4, 2018

Reception Well-being
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.

Reception Well-being
The children playing tennis.

Year 2 learn about Dinosaurs | February 2, 2018

Year 2 learning about dinosaurs
Year 2 learning about dinosaurs.

Year 2 went on a visit to the Centre for Life in Newcastle to learn more about dinosaurs. The Dino Jaws exhibition was fascinating and the children loved seeing the dinosaur models up close! Later they enjoyed exploring the Centre for Life, watching a Science Theatre Show and even trying ice-skating! A brilliant trip thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Safer Internet Day 2018 | January 22, 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018

On Tuesday 6th February 2018, Richard Avenue Primary school will be celebrating Safer Internet Day 2018. The slogan this year is “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you” and throughout the Day we will be holding a number of activities, including a whole school assembly and individual lessons to both talk and demonstrate to the children about how to stay safe online. The Day is part of a nationwide event to make children aware.

The following information comes from the UK Safer Internet Centre:

What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!

As a parent here are two videos you can watch. One for foundation and KS1 children, and one for KS2 children:

Year 5 Visit the Northern Spire Bridge | January 11, 2018

New Bridge
Miss Wallis’s class at the new bridge.

Year 5 visited the new Sunderland bridge, The Northern Spire. The children learnt a range of information about the jobs that the building of the bridge created and will create in the future. The children got to see how the bridge has been constructed over the past 3 years and discussed the positive impact the bridge will have on Sunderland as a city.

New Bridge
Mr Old’s class at the new bridge.