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An Art Project To Remember at RAPS | May 22, 2020

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Hi today we are starting a new school-wide arts project.

This is an art project for all the family to take part in. It will be a record of the unusual times that all families are living through at this time. We hope that it will be enjoyable for everyone And Lots of Families will take part.

Memory Vessels

Memory Vessels have been made throughout history. They can be made out of all sorts of bits and bobs around your home and you can cover any vessel.

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What to do?

We are inviting each family to make one.

  • Each family will make a very different vessel depending on the objects in their home.
  • You can use all sorts of everything to make your memory vessel.
  • You can use any vessel to attach your decorations to.

What you need

  • You need a vessel to decorate – anything will do – an old cup ,teapot. jar, bottle or anything else.
  • You will need all sorts of small items to decorate – absolutely anything!
  • You will need something to attach them with – glue ,filler, tile adhesive, putty etc.
  • Everyone can attach something.
  • You can then store memories inside – on paper or in other ways that you wish.
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What Next?

  • Keep your vessel for our return to school
  • Photograph your vessel
  • Photograph your family making the vessels.
  • Email the photograph to school at raps@schools.sunderland.gov.uk
  • We will then send these photographs to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens As a record of our history at this time.

We really look forward to seeing your creations. We would like as many families as possible to take part In creating a truly memorable art collection.

There is a slideshow with all this information and photos in your Google Classroom, here is a PDF version

Christmas Productions for 2019 | December 20, 2019

KS1 The Little Fir Tree
KS1 performing The Little Fir Tree.

Over the last few weeks we have been a hive of activity preparing the school for Christmas. This includes the amazing decorations the staff put up around school and all the hard work that has gone into the Christmas productions and performances.

The first performance was by Key Stage 1 who performed ‘The Little Fir Tree’, for teachers, children, parents and carers.

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KS1 performing The Little Fir Tree.
KS1 Perform ‘All Alone’ at their Christmas Production, ‘The Little Fir Tree’.
KS1 Perform ‘Hear the Rain’ at their Christmas Production, ‘The Little Fir Tree’.

Later in the week we were treated to EYFS performing their production, ‘Christmas Counts’ during which we heard both amazing singing and the children pulling off some extraordinary dance moves and solos.

EYFS perform Christmas Counts
EYFS perform Christmas Counts.
EYFS perform ‘Who Can Count the Angels in the Sky’ as part of their Christmas Production.
EYFS perform ‘Christmas Counts for Everyone’ as part of their Christmas Production.

The final production of the week was KS2 performing their Carol Service. A time to bring everyone together we watched some beautiful singing of many Christmas staples.

KS2 performing their Carol Service
KS2 performing their Carol Service.
KS2 Performing ‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’ at their 2019 Christmas Carol Service

Its really been a wonderful and festive last few weeks and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy your holidays everyone.

Recycling Week 2019 | September 30, 2019

Recycling Week 2019
The children picking rubbish out of sand.

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.

Recycling Week 2019
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.

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An example from our Environmental Reviews carried out by the children.

Well-Being Week 2019 | June 28, 2019

Well-being Week 2019
The children doing MMA training.

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.

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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.

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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.

Well-being Week 2019
The reception children doing an assault course.

Safer Internet Day 2019 | January 31, 2019

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On Tuesday 5th February, Richard Avenue will be celebrating Safer Internet Day 2019. The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Throughout the Day we will be holding a number of activities, including a whole school assembly and individual lessons to both talk and demonstrate to the children how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.

Here are some videos about the day aimed at different age groups:

Here is the campaign film for Safer Internet Day 2019 which we hope sums up clearly what the day is all about.
Zap and Zoom – A Space Race – film for 3-7 year olds.
Data Detective – film for 7-11 year olds.

RAPs Christmas Productions for 2018 | December 3, 2018

All the following productions take place in the school hall.

KS1 Christmas Production – Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 9.30am
KS1 Christmas Production – Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 2.30pm
EYFS Christmas Production – Friday 14th December 2018 at 9.30am
EYFS Christmas Production – Friday 14th December 2018 at 2.45pm
KS2 Christmas Carol Concert – Wednesday 19th December 2018 at 2.15pm
KS2 Christmas Carol Concert – Friday 21st December 2018 at 9.30am

We hope you can come and join us, please remember that these are all events which require a ticket, which can be obtained from the school office. Also, due to fire regulations you are now discouraged from bringing a child’s buggy to such events. If you need to bring a buggy these will now be required be left outside on the pavement (just outside Mrs Todd’s Office).

Wishing you seasonal greetings.

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.

Safer Internet Day 2018 | January 22, 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018

On Tuesday 6th February 2018, Richard Avenue Primary school will be celebrating Safer Internet Day 2018. The slogan this year is “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you” and throughout the Day we will be holding a number of activities, including a whole school assembly and individual lessons to both talk and demonstrate to the children about how to stay safe online. The Day is part of a nationwide event to make children aware.

The following information comes from the UK Safer Internet Centre:

What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!

As a parent here are two videos you can watch. One for foundation and KS1 children, and one for KS2 children: