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Volunteers Needed – Lost Landscapes and Learning | March 15, 2018

Some flowers at the school.

As part of the Lost Landscapes and Learning initiative, a wildflower meadow is being created within the school grounds.

The Meadow will make a fantastic addition to the grounds for all the pupils and will be a valuable learning tool teaching the children about the wildlife that is dependent upon it and the importance of flowers and nature.

Children will be involved in designing the layout of the meadow and helping to sow the seeds. But we need lots of hands to help us first remove some grass.

No experience is necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm. If you cannot manage the whole session you’re still welcome for however long you can dig for and for moral support.

Please come to Richard Avenue Primary School on Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm.

Here is the leaflet with more information.


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.

Visit from a local Imam | September 18, 2017

The local Imam with the children
The local Imam, Mr. Shahid, with the children.

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!

Little Inventors | July 10, 2017

Little Inventors
A child showing of his invention design.

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.

Aspirations Day 2017 | July 8, 2017

Aspirations Day 2017.

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!

Didar, Year 6 pupil

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 Studying about Africa | March 7, 2016

Year 1 with their parent visitor who comes from Africa
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!

Book Donation | February 8, 2016

Lauren from First Class Supply with the books donated to the library
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.

Hoops 4 Health | February 3, 2016

The children practicing basketball skills
The children practicing basketball skills.

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.

Some of the Newcastle Eagles players
Some of the Newcastle Eagles players.