Year 4 attended a Well-being Festival at Silksworth Leisure Centre. Below is an account of the day by one of the attending pupils and an accompanying video slideshow:
On Thursday 5th October Year 4 went to Silksworth Leisure centre for a Well-Being festival. We went there to learn about keeping fit and exercising. We took part in Brazilian soccer, yoga, skipping (in which I got tangled), dancing and dodgeball. The other group got to make smoothies using power from an exercise bike. We also got to do a kickabout with Sunderland AFC and learn new skills. We were only there for the morning but it felt like all day because we were so worn out from the exercising.
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.
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.
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.
Year 3 and 4 have been competing in the Sunderland Tennis Finals. Year 3 played very well winning most of their games and showing some great skills which allowed them to top their group and make the final against East Herrington School. Each child played one more match against an opponent from East Herrington. Winning these individual matches, Richard Avenue Primary was named the winners and the children received gold medals.
Year 4 with their silver medals for Tennis.
Year 4 played against the 11 other schools who had won their cluster groups. After playing lots of tennis games and taking part in the skills station, Richard Avenue Primary won their group by over 100 points which took them into the final. After a close match they finished as runners up and received silver medals and with that they now get entered into the Tyne and Wear finals.
Year 3 and Year 4 tennis teams recently played in the cluster tennis tournament. Both teams played some brilliant tennis and both won their respective tournaments to made it through to the Sunderland tennis finals.
In the morning the school was visited by Northumbria Police who did a special assembly on the danger that can confront children while using the internet and the things they can do to stay safe online.
Two members of Northumbria Police who did an assembly on internet safety.
In the afternoon all individual classrooms watched videos and did classroom exercises in order to help with awareness of potential problems they may encounter online. Each year group had exercises tailored to their age. Topics covered included such things as sharing media including photographs and videos online, playing games and online games with friends, social media and online chat facilities, and online addiction.
A classroom discussion about sharing photos online.
The children watch a video about the potential dangers on online gaming and internet addiction.
Key Stage 2 held their annual Christmas Production for 2016 this week. The theme this year was “A Celebration of Christmas” and the children performed different routines showing the different aspects of Christmas and how its celebrated in different ways in different parts of the world.