Archives filed under environment

Northumbria in Bloom Planters | July 17, 2019

Northumbria in Bloom pots
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!

Sunderland in Bloom 2019 | July 16, 2019

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.

Barnes Park Family Fun Day | June 20, 2019

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.”

Green Flag Renewal Marine Homework Topic | April 29, 2019

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!

#RAPSplastic – Richard Avenue Primary School Homework Project | April 4, 2019

How Plastic Enters the Ocean

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:

Remember #RAPSplastic

The Children begin the Wildflower Meadow Dig | March 27, 2018

The children preparing the new Wildflower meadow
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 new Wildflower meadow
The children preparing the ground.
The children preparing the new Wildflower meadow
The children asking questions about the process.

Volunteers Needed – Lost Landscapes and Learning | March 15, 2018

wildflowers
Some flowers at the school.

As part of the Lost Landscapes and Learning initiative, a wildflower meadow is being created within the school grounds.

The Meadow will make a fantastic addition to the grounds for all the pupils and will be a valuable learning tool teaching the children about the wildlife that is dependent upon it and the importance of flowers and nature.

Children will be involved in designing the layout of the meadow and helping to sow the seeds. But we need lots of hands to help us first remove some grass.

No experience is necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm. If you cannot manage the whole session you’re still welcome for however long you can dig for and for moral support.

Please come to Richard Avenue Primary School on Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm.

Here is the leaflet with more information.

Thanks.

Derwent Hill Trip, 5th – 9th February 2018 | March 12, 2018

Derwent Hill 2018
Derwent Hill 2018.

30 pupils from RAPS attended Derwent Hill and had a great learning experience amidst a significant Lakeland snowfall.

Derwent Hill 2018
The children learning the fundamentals of the paddle.

The pupils took part in the John Muir Discovery Award, and engaged in the 4 areas of Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share. John Muir was great environmentalist who had a love of wild places and introducing them to young people.

As part of their work some 800 trees were planted by pupils, under the direction of the Environment Agency.

Derwent Hill 2018
The children after planting some trees.

The whole residential week proved to be a tremendous Outdoor Education learning experience in which pupils not only undertook adventurous activities, developed a deeper understanding of the environment, but also learnt a lot about themselves.

Derwent Hill 2018
The children carrying a sled together.
Derwent Hill 2018
Wooohoooo.