Cloud Singh with the children.
The school were visited by Cloud Singh, a representative of the Newcastle Sikh community. He talked to us in assembly about Sikhs’ beliefs and values. He explained that Sikhs believe in God and they follow the teachings and guidance of the Gurus, which in turn help them become closer to God.
Cloud delivers his assembly.
Sikhs very much believe in supporting and helping others no matter who they are. Community and supporting others who live in the community is very important to them. Cloud said that all are welcome at the Gurdwara, as our Year 5s know from a previous visit. Our Year 4 pupils will be visiting Cloud at the Gurdwara in Newcastle to find out more about his place of worship and practices.
The children being given their digging instructions.
As part of the Lost Landscapes and Learning initiative, a wildflower meadow is being created within the school grounds.
Today the children with volunteers began to dig out the turf and shape what will become our new wildflower meadow. Everyone worked really hard to create what will be both a educational space and a wildlife area for both flowers and the creatures they attract.
The next step will be the sowing of the seeds which should take place after we return from our Easter break.
The children preparing the ground.
The children asking questions about the process.
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 William 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.
William and Kate.
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!
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.
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!
The pirates with Year 1 and 2.
Year 1 and 2 have been learning about pirates. The children were visited by Captain Burwash and Captain Raggybeard. They took part in lots of fun pirate activities and learned lots of new information.
Year 1 sang pirate songs and listened to interesting pirate stories. They were also given a mermaids tear! Year 2 learned lots about a real pirate’s life and their weapons. They also helped design Jolly Roger flags and posters to recruit new pirates for the ship.
Year 2 children and their teachers dressed as animals.
Year 2 held an animal week to celebrate the end of their time learning about animals. They decided to sponsor two endangered animals. 2C sponsored a jaguar and 2RE sponsored a giant panda!
On Wednesday Michelle, an artist, came in to show the children how to use pastels and chalks to draw our endangered animals. Their pictures were very effective!
Year 2 children draw animals using chalks and pastels.
On Thursday the children had a visit from Crazy Creatures. John and Megan brought in 10 different types of animals. Everyone got the chance to hold lots of animals and they all learnt lots of interesting facts! The children were also very brave and sensible when handling the animals.
And finally, on Friday the children and their teachers came to school dressed as animals. All the costumes were fantastic!
Year 2 children meet some animals.