Year 5 visited the Oriental Museum in Durham as part of this term’s history topic; the Ancient Egyptians. They looked at and were able to handle a range of real Egyptian artifacts and also dressed as Egyptians and learned all about how to mummify a body and why this was important to the Egyptians. Finally, the children saw (and smelled) a real Ancient Egyptian Mummy.
We recently held a Recycling Week here at school. Our aim was to ensure that the children know:
What is pollution and what link does it have to recycling?
What is recycling and why is it important?
What impact can you have to help our environment?
We did this by carrying out a number of discussions and activities with all the year groups.
Key Stage 1 did such things as looking at the story of the Messy Magpie and how collecting litter ruined her habitat. From this the children had a discussion about the impact of pollution and wrote a poem about 5 ways we can help the Earth. This culminated in an activity to sort through rubbish left in different terrains to see what needed to be recycled and what thrown into the rubbish.
The children separating normal waste from recycling.
Key Stage 2 watched the BBC documentary The Blue Planet, and followed it with a discussion about how waste, including plastic waste is having an extreme negative effect on our planets oceans. They made a poster showing 5 ways to help the Earth and carried out an Environmental Review where they answered check boxes and left comments about how our school meets up to the expectations of the Eco Schools Ten Sustainable Topics.
An example from our Environmental Reviews carried out by the children.
On Friday 21st June we had an Aspirations Day in school.
Key Stage 2 spent the morning learning more about their future life when they leave our school. We had lots of visitors from a wide range of careers in to speak to us about their jobs. The visitors were engaging and interesting and the children learned lots! They also gave us excellent top tips to help us think about the behaviours and attitudes needed for success. The children also spoke to past pupils from Thornill School and a representative from the University of Sunderland about the next stages in their education. They also spoke to Connexions about preparing for their future.
Aspirations Day 2019.
Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage were visited by ‘People Who Help Us’ and had a great afternoon speaking to our visitors! A huge thank you to all of the visitors, that gave up their time, to come and help us think about our futures!
During the 13th-14th of June the whole school had a focus upon Well-being. As a school we looked at the areas of Physical, Health and Mental Well-being.
A wide range of activities were planned for the children to teach them about these areas. We had many physical activities including: Trampolining, Basketball, Bench Ball, MMA and an assault course challenge for Early Years and KS1.
A cooking session.
Health Well-being was focused around cookery and how we eat delicious healthy food every day. Mental Well-being sessions were provided by the school nurse. Our art during the week focused upon how the children look after their own mental well-being.
An art session.
Overall, the children had a fun filled days from which they have gained a better understanding of how important their Well-being is and how they can be responsible for ensuring their own levels of Well-being.
After winning the Sunderland Tennis Finals, the Year 4 team represented the school at the Tyne & Wear finals. They played in Group A against 84 other schools from Newcastle, South Tyneside and North Tyneside. Richard Avenue came top of this group and so advanced to the final to play the other teams that also had made it. During this competition we finished with a record of 5 wins to 3 losses. This was enough to crown us champions of the whole of Tyne & Wear, the first time we have achieved this!
An amazing achievement and well done to all involved.