A group of 35 year 5 and 6 children have just returned from a fantastic week at Derwent Hill in the beautiful English Lake District
The children on top of Barrow in the Lake District.
The children had an action packed week with some great outdoor activities including: canoeing, mountain walking, gorge walking and of course the infamous “big swing.” Because the children were completing their John Muir award, they also had the opportunity to visit Blackwood Farm and meet the award-winning farmer, Paul Barnes . This session allowed the children to see what Paul is doing to improve biodiversity and they got involved in a number of conservation tasks to learn about the importance of respecting the natural environment.
The children getting ready to go out onto the lake.
It was great to see how our children have pushed themselves to achieve some great things during their visit and have made memories that will stay with them for a long time to come. All children have returned with a new set of skills in confidence, teamwork, communication and a healthy respect for their wider environment.
You can view our Google Photos Album to see loads of photos and videos taken from the week.
Derwent Hill is open to children in year 6 each year and letters will be going out for our June 2023 visit in early September. Any remaining places will then be open to year 5 children.
World Environment Day on 5 June is the biggest international day for the environment . Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and held annually since 1973, the event has grown to be the largest global platform for environmental outreach, with millions of people from across the world engaging to protect the planet
We have #OnlyOneEarth (World Environment Day 2022)
Each year, World Environment Day is hosted by a different country where the official celebrations take place. The host country for 2022 is Sweden.
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It’s Global Recycling Day on Friday 18th March. Please see the following poster explaining 5 facts you might not know about recycling .
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A photo of our Wildlife Garden
The school is extremely pleased to announce we have been awarded the International Eco-Schools Award for continued excellence in improving environmental performance and learning.
The assessor commented that:
The children and staff are amazing and have the Eco-Schools Ethos woven into everything they do. The school grounds where extremely tidy with great use of all available wall space to display the children’s work.
The wind turbine has a meter attached and I was shown how much energy it had produced over the weekend. A great tool to get the children thinking about renewable energy and sustainability.
On top of this take a look at some of the wonderful things we do at Richard Avenue regarding environmental learning and see some photos of our amazing school grounds.
The Children at Penshaw Monument.
Year 5 visited Herrington Country Park to look for physical and human features as part of our Geography topic. Filling in work sheets as they went, the children spotted such features as different types of trees, hill formations, and man made features, such as the skate park. They made map drawings from different vantage points, such as the viewing deck at the park.
Later that day they visited Penshaw Tea Rooms and had a hot chocolate to warm up, followed by a climb to the top of Penshaw Monument to see the amazing view.
The Children at Herrington Country Park.
The finished pot in position in Sunderland.
RAPS Gardening club representative showing their skills of design and planting to the Northumbria In Bloom judges. Raising awareness of the importance of reducing plastic waste clogging up our oceans. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
The finished pots.
Gardening and Art club working together in partnership with Sunderland City council to design two large plant pots to be displayed in Sunderland City centre. The children designed a Sustainable theme to highlight the importance of reducing plastic waste entering our oceans to help save our seas and marine life. #RAPSplastic
The children planting up the pots.
This Morning, Year 4 pupils, visited Barnes Park for the press release to promote the upcoming Family Fun Day on Saturday 29th June 2019. Gentoo’s website provides more information:
“this year’s theme is the environment and how we can all do our bit to keep Sunderland clean and green.
Expect lots of free activities including crafts, trampolining, climbing wall, sports activities, story-telling, live music on the bandstand, Police and Fire demonstrations, puppet shows, stilt walkers and aerial artists.
There is also a fun fair on site which is chargeable.”