On Thursday 14th September the school welcomed Mr. Shahid, our Imam from the local mosque, into our school. In assembly he spoke about the importance of belonging to a community and welcoming brothers and sisters from all backgrounds. He also spoke about the festival of Eid, which was celebrated recently by the Muslim community as well as the importance of charity. The children discovered how it is possible to give in different ways, not only by donating money but also with words and a smile!
The school recently had a visitor in assembly from an organisation called Little Inventors. Some of our Year 4 and 5 children had the opportunity to complete a workshop, which helped them to understand the work of Little Inventors and to think carefully about their own invention ideas.
The work they produced in this workshop will be displayed in a gallery in the autumn term. The designs will be entered into a competition where the winners work will be made into a real object.
On Friday 16th 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. A lot were parents, many of whom had attended Richard Avenue Primary as a pupil. The visitors were engaging and interesting and the children learned a lot. They shared with the children some excellent tips to help them think about the behavior and attitude needed for success. The children also spoke to past pupils from Thornill School and people from the University of Sunderland about the next stages in their education.
I discovered how many jobs were available and if you try your best you can achieve anything!
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!
Year 1 with their parent visitor who comes from Africa.
In Year 1 the new topic is Africa! The children were lucky enough to have a parent come in to tell them lots about the continent. She was born in Zimbabwe. Did you know there are 8000 different languages spoken in Africa? She also brought in some traditional African clothing and objects to show everyone and even played the drums so the class could practice their African dancing like they have been learning in P.E. It was a great afternoon!
Lauren from First Class Supply with the books donated to the library.
Richard Avenue Primary was lucky enough to receive a book donation from a joint venture by First Class Supply and Seven Stories . The books where handed over by Lauren from First Class Supply and will take their place in the school library for children to rent and read.
Many thanks to both companies for their generous offer.
Players from the basketball team, Newcastle Eagles , visited Richard Avenue to help the school learn about health and fitness, through their Hoops 4 Health initiative. The children took part in a variety of activities, including basketball skills, that teach them how to stay fit and healthy.
Just before half term the children in year one have been looking at different artists work in their art lessons. To supplement this they were lucky enough to have an artist come in and talk to them. On this occasion he was a painter and also the father of a girl in year one.
The children asked him lots of questions about working as an artist. He also brought in some of his art work to demonstrate his skill and dedication to his craft.
The staff and children raising our new custom made flag for Remembrance Day.
We were joined by three guests, including a local vicar, a local Councillor and a decorated war veteran. The children held an impeccable 2 minute silence and then we moved outside to both raise a specially made flag and also to view a poppy sculpture made by the children and inspired by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper .
The Head teacher with two of our special guests.
Miss McMaster’s Remembrance Day 2015 assembly.
A few of the children then visited the Cenotaph in Sunderland to lay a poppy wreath.
The children laying our poppy wreath at Sunderland Cenotaph.