News from the School

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

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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.

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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…

RAPS School Closure Update #2 | April 16, 2020

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The children have been making easter eggs in school.

Hello everyone, we hope you’re all still saying safe during this pandemic lockdown and everyone is well and happy.

Even though we’re officially in the Easter holidays, we still have staff and children of key workers going into school for childcare. To make the most of it the staff put out a weekly schedule of activities for the children in school to try and keep things as varied and exciting as possible.

To give you an idea, the day starts at around 8.30 when the children will perform some daily exercise, this could be Joe Wicks Live , different activities in the hall or if the weather is as glorious as it has been, outdoor activies such as run a mile. After this the children are brought back in at about 9.15 and split into groups to do some educational activities such as maths, english or a reading topic. From 11 the children will go around school and perform various tasks such as gardening and allotment tasks, litter picking, go on the fitness trail, or continue the fabulous chalk drawings on the yard. They’ll break for lunch at 12.15.

The children watering plants and gardening around the school grounds
The children watering plants and gardening around the school grounds.

After lunch the children work on various fun projects. Next week for example we have in place, making sculptures, flower arranging into vases, making bird feeders and kites, and making delicious chocolate biscuit balls.

With this in mind lets take a look at some of the things that have been going on within school:

To spread some much needed Easter Springtime cheer in the local community the children have been picking our beautiful daffodils from the school grounds and them leaving them on peoples doorsteps. They have already been met with many thanks.

The children picking some beautiful daffodils from the school grounds to leave on peoples doorsteps.

One of the highlights of the week must have been the things the chidren performed around the Olympic games. This included flag making and thinking about the values and ethos of the games. This was followed up by an actual Olympic Games between the children. There was even a podium!

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Bronze, silver and gold on the RAPS Olympics podium.

#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’ve been reading many stories about how wildlife has become more emboldened during our current lockdown and we’re pleased to announce at RAPS that we have our very own wood pigeon nesting in the juniors yard where normally there would be footballs flying all over the place. Bless her.

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Our wood pigeon on his/hers nest.

You may also have noticed on our twitter feed or the school website that Mr Williams is taking the time to read the younger children a story on a daily basis. Its nice to see a friendly face.

Staff have also carried on adding things for the children on Google Classrooms and Mr Bolton has even done a Class Hangouts Meet where he teachers a lesson over a video conference. We’ll be looking to roll this out more.

Thats all from us now, please be sure to send us any links of fun activities you may find and please check both Twitter and Google Classroom on a daily basis.

Stay safe!