A photo of our Wildlife Garden
The school is extremely pleased to announce we have been awarded the International Eco-Schools Award for continued excellence in improving environmental performance and learning.
The assessor commented that:
The children and staff are amazing and have the Eco-Schools Ethos woven into everything they do. The school grounds where extremely tidy with great use of all available wall space to display the children’s work.
The wind turbine has a meter attached and I was shown how much energy it had produced over the weekend. A great tool to get the children thinking about renewable energy and sustainability.
On top of this take a look at some of the wonderful things we do at Richard Avenue regarding environmental learning and see some photos of our amazing school grounds.
The Children at Penshaw Monument.
Year 5 visited Herrington Country Park to look for physical and human features as part of our Geography topic. Filling in work sheets as they went, the children spotted such features as different types of trees, hill formations, and man made features, such as the skate park. They made map drawings from different vantage points, such as the viewing deck at the park.
Later that day they visited Penshaw Tea Rooms and had a hot chocolate to warm up, followed by a climb to the top of Penshaw Monument to see the amazing view.
The Children at Herrington Country Park.
The finished pot in position in Sunderland.
RAPS Gardening club representative showing their skills of design and planting to the Northumbria In Bloom judges. Raising awareness of the importance of reducing plastic waste clogging up our oceans. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
The finished pots.
Gardening and Art club working together in partnership with Sunderland City council to design two large plant pots to be displayed in Sunderland City centre. The children designed a Sustainable theme to highlight the importance of reducing plastic waste entering our oceans to help save our seas and marine life. #RAPSplastic
The children planting up the pots.
This Morning, Year 4 pupils, visited Barnes Park for the press release to promote the upcoming Family Fun Day on Saturday 29th June 2019. Gentoo’s website provides more information:
“this year’s theme is the environment and how we can all do our bit to keep Sunderland clean and green.
Expect lots of free activities including crafts, trampolining, climbing wall, sports activities, story-telling, live music on the bandstand, Police and Fire demonstrations, puppet shows, stilt walkers and aerial artists.
There is also a fun fair on site which is chargeable.”
The children collected rubbish and plastic from beaches.
Having previously achieved three Eco-Schools Green Flag awards and covered 9 of the Eco-Schools topics, the Eco-Committee at Richard Avenue Primary School decided to work on Eco-Schools England’s newest topic, Marine, for their Green Flag renewal.
Working with Sunderland City Council for the second year running, the children were asked to design and create large planters to be used in the cities busy shopping areas. The Eco-Committee worked with their school’s Art Club to produce eco-friendly planters that raised awareness of the problems plastic waste causes to our oceans and marine life.
The children then decided that as well as displaying art work, they also wanted to actively prevent further pollution: the upcoming school holidays were the perfect opportunity to do this. The Eco-Committee and Coordinator found a video clip from (the legendary) David Attenborough that highlighted plastic pollution in the oceans. This clip was shown in an assembly to the whole school and kicked off the holiday homework project.
Despite being lucky enough to live near very well maintained beaches, the children in Richard Avenue Primary School understand that every little helps!
It is concerning the amount of plastic found on our beaches and in the ocean . Help us to clean up our beaches and raise awareness of how dangerous plastic is to our marine life:
- Go to the beach – with a grown-up
- Take photographs of plastic you find
- If safe to do so pick up the plastic waste and put it in the nearest bin– this will stop that plastic finding its way into our oceans.
- Up-load your photographs of you and your plastic on your parents Twitter account using the hashtag…#RAPSplastic
Hope to see lots of tweets and recycled plastic waste!
Here are some resources to help with your learning:
The children being given their digging instructions.
As part of the Lost Landscapes and Learning initiative, a wildflower meadow is being created within the school grounds.
Today the children with volunteers began to dig out the turf and shape what will become our new wildflower meadow. Everyone worked really hard to create what will be both a educational space and a wildlife area for both flowers and the creatures they attract.
The next step will be the sowing of the seeds which should take place after we return from our Easter break.
The children preparing the ground.
The children asking questions about the process.