News from the School

An Art Project To Remember at RAPS | May 22, 2020


Hi today we are starting a new school-wide arts project.

This is an art project for all the family to take part in. It will be a record of the unusual times that all families are living through at this time. We hope that it will be enjoyable for everyone And Lots of Families will take part.

Memory Vessels

Memory Vessels have been made throughout history. They can be made out of all sorts of bits and bobs around your home and you can cover any vessel.


What to do?

We are inviting each family to make one.

  • Each family will make a very different vessel depending on the objects in their home.
  • You can use all sorts of everything to make your memory vessel.
  • You can use any vessel to attach your decorations to.

What you need

  • You need a vessel to decorate – anything will do – an old cup ,teapot. jar, bottle or anything else.
  • You will need all sorts of small items to decorate – absolutely anything!
  • You will need something to attach them with – glue ,filler, tile adhesive, putty etc.
  • Everyone can attach something.
  • You can then store memories inside – on paper or in other ways that you wish.

What Next?

  • Keep your vessel for our return to school
  • Photograph your vessel
  • Photograph your family making the vessels.
  • Email the photograph to school at
  • We will then send these photographs to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens As a record of our history at this time.

We really look forward to seeing your creations. We would like as many families as possible to take part In creating a truly memorable art collection.

There is a slideshow with all this information and photos in your Google Classroom, here is a PDF version

A Message from Mrs. Todd to Year 6 | May 18, 2020

Good morning year 6,

I don’t know if you are all aware that last week was supposed to be your opportunity to showcase your learning by completing your SATs papers. A time that many of you were counting down to.

I know that you and your teachers were all working so hard to ensure that you did your very best. SATs have never demonstrated how lovely, caring, hardworking or kind a person is and is not something that measures your happiness or your ambition. Despite this, SATs are part of school life and I know that many of you were set to achieve greatness.

I want to assure you, no matter what, that you will leave Richard Avenue standing tall and proud. Whatever the government’s plans may be for schools and for your transition to your new school, we will support you. We will celebrate everything you can do, have achieved, and will go on to achieve. This is something a SAT paper could never do so please don’t worry about what will happen next.

We will do whatever we can to make your next step as smooth and as worry free as possible. Hopefully, we will be able to give you the send off that you deserve. Until then, we cannot wait to see you all again.

Best wishes,
Mrs Todd

A Message of Thanks | May 13, 2020

holly cross nursing home
Manager (Julie Thompson) & Duty Manager (Emma Parkin) showing off the display.

We received the following message from Holly Cross Nursing Home to whom we had sent some rainbow ribbon rings. We would like to say it was our pleasure and we are very appreciative for all the work your staff are doing.

holly cross nursing home message

RAPS School Closure Update #3 | May 12, 2020

Hi everyone we have had lots of going ons from our amazing children and staff both in school and from home since our last update.

Firstly our amazing and sustainable school grounds don’t water and prune themselves! the children have been keeping things looking the way they should with a bit gardening. Always good for the soul and of course nature.

Of course the advantages of having such a setting is that natures gives us back and in ways for us to be creative.

The children at school have been working through various themes and creating some brilliants things for us to marvel at.

We have been bringing joy to the children, by making chocolate treats, and joy to the local community by delivering letters to our school neighbours.

We’ve also been making messages to pass onto neighbours and to talk about our feelings during lockdown. They can be found hanging around our school fence. As well as this we have been delivering rainbow ribbons to our local neighbours and to our fantastic NHS and care workers. You’re all doing a great job.

The children also made birthday cards for Captain Tom Moore, who I’m sure you have seen raised more than Β£32m for the NHS by completing 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by the time he reached his 100th birthday in April , and has since been awarded the Freedom of the City of London. Well done Tom and well done children.

#rapsathome carries on . Please keep sending us videos, pictures and stories of what the children are doing at home during this time by using the hashtag #rapsathome on your twitter posts. Some great examples of this are below, we appreicate all that we get.

We also had a new arrival! Congratulations Jessica and her family.

Our staff have been keeping up to date with our children and parents at home through telephone calls to make sure everyone is well, coping and generally have a good old natter. Its been great to hear from all the friendly voices we dearly miss.

Both online learning contines on Google Classroom, Bugclub, and Rockstar Maths. The staff have also been making and delivering packs to those familes and children who don’t have access to online learning. It’s also worth keeping an eye on the BBC Bitesize website who are doing brilliant online learning lessons and videos for children of all ages . We’ll also post these links up on our Twitter page .

We have also placed instuctions for those who may be struggling with Google classroom on tablets or smartphones in each years classroom. Here is a pdf of those instructions . Please talk to your teachers if you are having difficulties using it.

A message from Mrs Todd.

Mr Williams continues to read the younger children a story on a daily basis. Often dressed up, so far we think we’ve seen him as…well just check out the picture below. Again its nice to see a friendly, if sometimes unrecognisable face.

mr williams in disguise
Mr Williams in various guises.

And finally, in case you missed it, and to make you all a little bit happier, the staff and children took some time to make this video for you all. Stay safe… and stay happy!

RAPS presents Happy! | May 6, 2020

A special video message from all the staff at Richard Avenue. Stay safe… and stay happy!

The RAPS Toilet Roll Challenge | April 29, 2020

In case anyone missed this earlier as part of storytime… The RAPS Toilet Roll Challenge! A bit of lockdown silliness…