News from the School

The Great Fire of London Drama Workshop | October 9, 2018

The Great Fire of London Drama Workshop
The children take part in the drama workshop.

Year 2 have been learning about London and The Great Fire of London. Today the children took part in a drama workshop around The Great Fire of London. Children re-enacted the different methods used to try and put the fire out, such as using water squirts and leather buckets. They made still photographs in groups to show how people help or hindered London during and after the fire. Children also worked in teams using their bodies to create the shape of houses in 1666.

Year 4 Visit to Cragside | October 5, 2018

Year 4 at Cragside
Year 4 at Cragside.

Year 4 visited Lord Armstrong’s mansion in Cragside. The mansion was the first house in history to be powered by hydroelectricity. The children learnt about water wheels, dynamos and electrical turbines.

SMSC Quality Mark | October 1, 2018


At Richard Avenue we pride ourselves on providing an education that promotes Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development which is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum. Strong evidence shows that promoting SMSC in schools can contribute to raising academic standards and improves children’s life chances and prepares pupils for life in a modern world. Here at Richard Avenue, we are happy to say we have achieved the National GOLD SMSC quality mark . Well done everyone!

Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk | September 19, 2018


Each year we choose a home charity to raise money for in school. We are happy to announce that this year the children have chosen to support Alzheimer’s Society .

We will be fundraising throughout the year to support this excellent charity but wanted to let you know about the first fundraising event RAPS will be participating in.

As you may already be aware, Alzheimer’s Society organise a sponsored walk called ‘Memory Walk’. As a team of staff, we have decided to participate in the Memory Walk this year. Our head girl, Leana and head boy, Vishal will be participating in the walk with us too!

Our Head Boy and Girl giving information about the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk.

We will be completing this walk on Saturday 6th October at Bents Exhibition Park in South Shields. We have a Memory Walk team set up for RAPS and if anyone would like to join our team and complete the walk with us, the details are below.


Visit the Memory Walk Website to find out about the walk we are participating in . Register with your details and when you are prompted enter the team code – MW74582. Please let either Miss Cherrett or Mr Old know if you are joining our walk. At RAPS we are looking forward to the walk already and would love any extra additions to our team! We will be completing the 7km however there is a shorter walk of 1.5km. Children can participate in the walk if accompanied by an adult (please bare the distance in mind for smaller children).

We have set up a Just Giving page to fundraise as a group and we would appreciate any sponsors that you would like to make on our page! Leave us a little message of encouragement and support if you do! You can also text RAPS60 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to come and ask! We hope you agree we are supporting a fantastic cause and can help us in raising as much as we can for our Memory Walk!

Many thanks for your support

RAPs Memory Walk walkers
Team RAPs.

Team RAPS!

Richard Avenue is a Stonewall Bronze School Champion | September 19, 2018

Stonewall Logo

Richard Avenue is a Stonewall Bronze School Champion . The Stonewall School Awards give greater recognition to schools tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating diversity. They also enable schools to effectively benchmark their progress and give direction to their ongoing work in this area. Bronze School Champions have highly inclusive school policies, actively tackle homophobic bullying, embed LGBT issues in their curriculum and staff training and support diversity in the wider school community.

Visit to Diggerland | September 19, 2018

Year One trip to Diggerland
Year One trip to Diggerland.

On Tuesday 18th September Year 1 went on a visit to Diggerland in Durham to help support the learning of their current topic of ‘Construction’. All of the children (and staff) had an amazing time. They got to go on lots of rides and use real life diggers! At lunchtime they got back on the coach and went to Wharton Park where they had a picnic in the sunshine. It was a fantastic day!

Year One trip to Diggerland
The children and teachers having fun at Diggerland