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Kielder Observatory Planetarium | March 20, 2018

Kielder Planetarium
The children in the planetarium.

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.

Kielder Planetarium
A planet in the planetarium.

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

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – William and Kate visit Sunderland | February 22, 2018

Gabriel Coates meets Willam and Kate
Gabriel Coates Little Inventors winner.

William and Kate met Richard Avenue Primary Schools, Gabriel Coates and found out about his winning entry in the ‘Little Inventors’ workshop , during their visit to the new Arts and Cultural Centre, located in the newly regenerated Old Fire Station, Sunderland.

Gabriel Coates meets Willam and Kate
Gabriel Coates meets William and Kate.
Gabriel Coates meets Willam and Kate
Gabriel Coates meets William and Kate.

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.

Gabriel Coates meets Willam and Kate
William and Kate.

Year 2 learn about Dinosaurs | February 2, 2018

Year 2 learning about dinosaurs
Year 2 learning about dinosaurs.

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 Visit the Northern Spire Bridge | January 11, 2018

New Bridge
Miss Wallis’s class at the new bridge.

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.

New Bridge
Mr Old’s class at the new bridge.

Year 2 Visit the National Glass Centre | December 11, 2017

Year 2 Glass Centre Visit
The children designing a winter glass painting.

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!

Cragside Trip Update | October 10, 2017

Year 4 recently visited Cragside. Below is an account of the day by one of the attending pupils and an accompanying video slideshow:

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.

Hana, Year 4 pupil
Cragside photo slideshow.

Year 4 trip to Cragside | October 4, 2017

Year 4 Children at Cragside.

Year 4 visited the Cragside Estate in Northumberland. Cragside was the home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong who was the first in the world to power his home using hydroelectricity. The children were given an opportunity to see how he did this and to find out all about how he was able to generate his own electricity in this way. Because our science topic is based on electricity this was the perfect opportunity to find out about more sustainable ways of generating this precious resource. It was also great to see this beautiful house and the stunning grounds it is set in.

I liked the power station the best. But also the lake and the wheel.

Isabelle, Year 4 pupil