Archives for 'history' Category

Year 2 Visit the Seaside

The children play on the beach
The children play on the beach.

This half term Year 2 have been learning about the seaside. They have been looking at the history of the seaside, comparing it to how it is now. In relation to this the children went to Monkwearmouth Museum and worked with Marie to learn about the seaside from the past. They looked at lots of interesting artifacts! They then went to see Souter Lighthouse on the way to the beach. When they got to the beach they had lots of fun playing on the sand and even had a yummy ice cream each!

Year 1 Studying about Africa

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 buy cheap ambien 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!

Year 1 Local Area Walk

Year 1 children out walking
The Year 1 children on their walk.

Year 1 have been learning about homes and houses and so went on a walk around our local area to see it for themselves. The saw different types of houses and shops, Barnes Park, St Nicholas Church, Chester Road Mosque and the Royal Hospital.

Remembrance Day 2015

On Remembrance Day, Richard Avenue Primary held an assembly to help the children learn about what people of this country have sacrificed and what for .

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 with guests
The Head teacher with two of our special guests.
Assembly with Miss McMaster
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 at the Cenotaph in Sunderland
The children laying our poppy wreath at Sunderland Cenotaph.

Beamish Visit

Year 6 recently visited Beamish, the Living Museum and to get into the spirit of things dressed up as evacuated children from 1940.

The Children dressed up in 1940s clothes
The children dressed up in 1940s clothes.

The purpose of the visit was to find out what it was like to be evacuated from the cities during World War 2.

The children were taken by bus to “Home Farm” where they were introduced to the farmer and his wife but unfortunately there was only going to be room for 3 of them to stay!!!

The children experienced putting up “blackouts” and some even baked some Carrot Cookies. They also found out about rationing as well as writing a postcard home to their parents back on the home front.

We had a fantastic time and, after a visit to the sweet shop, returned to school cold and exhausted!

Anglo Saxons and Christianity

learning to write with quills
The children learning to write with quills.

This half term year four are learning about Anglo Saxons and Christianity. We were very lucky to have a visit from Durham University to support us in our learning of this. They brought with them a replica of the Lindisfarne Gospels which represents the pinnacle of achievement of Anglo-Saxon Northumbrian art at the end of the 7th Century. The book was produced for ceremonial use as well as a representation of the splendour of God’s word and the Christian religion.

We learned how to use a quill to write in Latin, and we also made our own Celtic Knots which decorated the many ‘carpet pages’ of the book. We particularly enjoyed using drama to understand iconography. We studied replica Anglo Saxon objects from the museum and wrote about them and what they were used for. These included weapons, items from the home, games, crafts and even a replica of the famous helmet found inside a ship at Sutton Hoo.

children dressed as monks
The children dressed as monks.

We re-enacted the journey of the monks from Lindisfarne as they fled from Danish invasion, taking with them Cuthbert’s body and the Lindisfarne Gospels, the book that was written in his honour. The book travelled all over the North East of England before settling at Dun Holm, which is now the site of Durham Cathedral.

children with the Lindisfarne Gospels replica
Children with the Lindisfarne Gospels replica.

Learning about Christian Baptism

Children Watch the mock baptism
The children learn how a Christian is baptised.

Year 1 visited St Nicolas Church in Sunderland to learn all about Baptisms. Reverend Stephanie of the church taught the children how Christian’s welcome people into their religion through Baptism and what was involved in the ceremony. After the mock-ceremony the children had a good look around the church at all the outstanding features such as the pews and the stained glass windows.

Robin of Loxley

Year 6 Robin Hood
The Year Six Students in their dress.

This morning our leaving year six students said their farewell in the grand form of the theatre.

The weeks of preparation with their teachers Miss Green, Mr Warkman and Miss Howard paid off as they put on a flawless take on the story of Robin Hood.

Filled with lots of great acting, singing, dancing and a pie to the face, the performance was a real treat for everyone involved and it’ll be sad to see them all move on.

We wish them all the best.