Our new blue tit chicks
Our nest box is back up and running this year. We have moved it to a more shaded and sheltered area than we had it in the past. We’re hoping that this makes it more comfortable (less hot!) for our inhabiting birds.
This year we’ve been lucky enough to have two blue tits living in and they have produced on last count seven (or is that nine as some are reporting) chicks.
We are hoping all grow healthy and fledge as canny little birds.
You can follow the box on twitter which we regularly update with photos and videos as they develop. The hashtag is #RAPsBirdbox
Year 2’s trashed classroom
Year 2 had a very messy visitor last night! A T-Rex came into our school and wrecked Year 2’s classrooms, leaving dirty footprints and poo behind!! We are really enjoying learning about Dinosaurs and today enjoyed a day full of roarsome dinosaur activities! We excavated fossils, made lots of dino crafts and had lots of fun!
Children from year 2 watch scary footage!
To see a footage of the scary dinosaur, see our twitter feed!
Year 4 at Cragside.
Year 4 visited Lord Armstrong’s mansion in Cragside. The mansion was the first house in history to be powered by hydroelectricity. The children learnt about water wheels, dynamos and electrical turbines.
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.
The children in the planetarium.
Year 5 have recently been learning about Earth and Space in Science and were given the opportunity to visit the planetarium at Thornhill School. The staff from Thornhill and the Kielder Observatory taught the children about the planets, star constellations and many more amazing facts. They had a brilliant time.
A planet in the planetarium.
Derwent Hill 2018.
30 pupils from RAPS attended Derwent Hill and had a great learning experience amidst a significant Lakeland snowfall.
The children learning the fundamentals of the paddle.
The pupils took part in the John Muir Discovery Award, and engaged in the 4 areas of Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share. John Muir was great environmentalist who had a love of wild places and introducing them to young people.
As part of their work some 800 trees were planted by pupils, under the direction of the Environment Agency.
The children after planting some trees.
The whole residential week proved to be a tremendous Outdoor Education learning experience in which pupils not only undertook adventurous activities, developed a deeper understanding of the environment, but also learnt a lot about themselves.
The children carrying a sled together.
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.
Year 2 learning about dinosaurs.
Year 2 went on a visit to the Centre for Life in Newcastle to learn more about dinosaurs. The Dino Jaws exhibition was fascinating and the children loved seeing the dinosaur models up close! Later they enjoyed exploring the Centre for Life, watching a Science Theatre Show and even trying ice-skating! A brilliant trip thoroughly enjoyed by all!