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.
Year 5 have recently been learning about Earth and Space in Science and were given the opportunity to visit the planetarium at Thornhill School. The staff from Thornhill and the Kielder Observatory taught the children about the planets, star constellations and many more amazing facts. They had a brilliant time.
30 pupils from RAPS attended Derwent Hill and had a great learning experience amidst a significant Lakeland snowfall.
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.
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.
Gabriel designed a ‘Roller Lamp’ as part of a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) project. This was an ingenious remote control lamp on a motorised skateboard which could be directed to move around a room in a house, at the will of the person controlling it.
Kensington Palace asked to meet the three winners of the ‘Little Inventors’ competition, whilst on their visit to Sunderland. The visit was to celebrate culture, art and regeneration in Sunderland, with a strong emphasis on young people having a voice and a role in the future of Sunderland. Naturally, Gabriel gave a good account of himself and his invention to Kate and William.
Year 2 went on a visit to the Centre for Life in Newcastle to learn more about dinosaurs. The Dino Jaws exhibition was fascinating and the children loved seeing the dinosaur models up close! Later they enjoyed exploring the Centre for Life, watching a Science Theatre Show and even trying ice-skating! A brilliant trip thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Year 5 visited the new Sunderland bridge, The Northern Spire. The children learnt a range of information about the jobs that the building of the bridge created and will create in the future. The children got to see how the bridge has been constructed over the past 3 years and discussed the positive impact the bridge will have on Sunderland as a city.
Year 2 went on a trip to the National Glass Centre. The children learnt about the materials the Glass Centre building was made from and compared this to the materials St Peter’s Church was made from. Later they designed and made their own winter glass painting and then watched a demonstration of a glass snowman being made. A fantastic days for everyone involved!
On Monday 2nd October all of Year 4 went to the Cragside country house to learn about hydro electricity. Lord Armstrong lived here 150 years and he used the water from lakes and waterfalls to make electricity for his massive house. We walked around the mansion seeing lots of interesting antiques. We then had lunch and walked around the forests and found the power house where Armstrong made his electricity using a generator. We saw the water wheel and the iron bridge. We didn’t go across it though. We were worn out from walking up lots of hills in the forest. I enjoyed my day at Cragside because it was very interesting and learnt new facts about electricity.