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Year 5 Team Adventure Challenges and Jungle Survival | February 6, 2024

As a school, we are keen to promote all activities that develop our children’s resilience, teamwork, cooperation and communication skills. These skills were tested to the limit last week when year 5 braved the cold and wet weather outside all day for a jungle survival workshop with Kev and Heather from Team Challenge Adventures.

The children were required to work together to complete a set of difficult challenges that tested their outdoor survival skills. This included putting up tents, overcoming obstacles whilst trying to protect the precious little amount of water they were given and even solve a difficult jigsaw puzzle with a hidden message. The children really pulled together and had a great day despite the freezing conditions.

Next stop: the jungle to put our new found skills to the test!

Hoops4Health 2024 Champions | January 30, 2024

Congratulations to the Year 5 basketball team who are the new Sunderland Hoops4Health 2024 champions!

After a whole day of basketball in the first round, the team qualified for the semi-finals which took place at the Newcastle Vertu Arena, during a home game for the Newcastle Eagles. Our semi-final was against Barnes Junior School. A close game ended 4-4 after two brilliant baskets from Aadil and Ethan. A tense shoot-out followed with Leon and Fateha representing the team. Shots were taken for quite some time before Leon came up with the winning hoop to push Richard Avenue into the final. The final was played at halftime, in front of thousands of Eagles’ fans. An even closer game finished 0-0, after some excellent last minute defending from Isa. It was time for another shoot out. This time Fateha would be the shootout hero as she scored with the last throw – Richard Avenue were the winners!

This was a fantastic team effort with every player showing determination, passion and teamwork to contribute to the success of the team. A HUGE well done to Aadil, Isa, Fateha, Dylan, Varin, Ethan, Leon and Aisha. We are all so proud of you! Thank you to the families who were able to attend and helped support the team.

Last but not least, great big thank yous to Miss Scott and Miss Hoggett, with extra-special thanks to Mr Spoors for all he did to organise the evening and for his brilliant basketball skills and tactics.

Early Years Outdoor Area opened by the Mayor | January 24, 2024

We had a wonderful time this morning as we welcomed the Mayor and her husband to officially open our wonderful new Early Years’ outdoor area.

We were delighted the Mayor, Councillor Dorothy Trueman, could join us to celebrate alongside school governors and the Sunderland Echo, who wrote about us in the weekend’s press.

Although the weather was chilly, it did stay dry as Dorothy cut the red ribbon to officially declare the outdoor area open after saying a few words to the children and staff who had gathered outside. Dorothy said she was thrilled to have been invited to our school and spoke about the importance of high quality early education saying that at Richard Avenue, it was clearly one of the highest priorities. She was so impressed with our fabulous new outdoor area and commented on the huge financial investment we have made in our youngest children to ensure they enjoy the very best experiences and are able to make a flying start in their education at Richard Avenue.

You can imagine it was a wonderful morning and an opportunity to celebrate the many strengths of our school. Our children were brilliant, and those who joined us commented on their superb behaviour as they listened well and enjoyed the event from beginning to end. Once the ribbon had been cut, Dorothy enjoyed a tour of our school led by our wonderful Head Pupils, before joining governors for a little tea party with extra special ‘outdoor area opening cupcakes’ made by our wonderful Catering Manager, Cathy.

Yet another wonderful event thoroughly enjoyed by all who joined us.

In Friday Flyer No.57… | October 13, 2023

In this week’s Friday Flyer, we’ve got news of some upcoming spooky halloween discos. We’ve again achieved in PE with awards for both the school and the staff. Also this week the children have been out and about, as well as having some exciting visitors into school. All this and much more. Happy reading!

Sports Days 2023 | July 18, 2023

It has been wonderful to also welcome families to this week’s class sports days which have been thoroughly enjoyable and very well supported.

The children challenged themselves in running, jumping and throwing events with future sport stars displaying individual talents, and our Y4 dance troupe again thrilling us with a superb routine.

Our thanks to: Colin Dagg our PE Link governor from Keep Active, Amy McCulloch – School Games Officer from Sunderland School Games, Abbie Corrigan – Thornhill School Sports co-ordinator, Thornhill Sports Leaders, Year 5 current sports leaders and the Year 4 soon to be sports leaders.

Last but not least, huge thanks to the staff team for all they did to make these afternoons happen, for supporting the children in so many ways, and to our wonderful Mr Spoors who works incredibly hard, often behind the scenes and is one in a million.

A fabulous week with your fabulous children!

Activity Week 2023 | July 16, 2023

Everyone has had a fantastic week full of physical activities. Football, Total Wipeout, Climbing Wall and Boxercise were just a few of the amazing experiences for the children.

The weather has been perfect and it has been heartwarming to see all of the children wearing the biggest smiles and to also hear their laughter. Thank you to Keep Active, football coach – Mohamed Hmida (Score Mo), Sunderland Climbing Wall, Michael Heatley (Hit the ground dance) and Premier Bouncy Castles for providing us with their equipment, skills, talent and enthusiasm through-out the week.

A HUGE thank you our wonderful Mr Spoors for organising a phenomenal week of sporting activities for our children to enjoy. The atmosphere in school has been super-charged with excitement, and for all ages.

Lots of Sporting Updates | June 26, 2023


Richard Avenue have enthusiastically embraced the beginning of cricket season by taking part in a number of cricket activities. Miss McKinney has also been regularly updating us on her ventures to various cricket games, including a very wet day in Birmingham for the Ashes.

Chance to Shine Cricket day

Children from Years 2 – 6 participated in cricket activities with James, a cricket coach from Chance to Shine. The children practiced their batting skills and their catching skills in the sunshine.

“It was a very fun day and nice weather for cricket. I hit the ball well and got 4 runs.”

Masud from Y3

Boys’ Cricket

Two teams from Yrs 5&6 attended the boys Sunderland cricket finals at Hetton Lyons Cricket Club. The boys played some brilliant cricket led by Yahya (Y5), our talented cricketer who plays outside of school. Both the teams showed determination to score lots of runs before showcasing their great bowling and catching skills. Team 1 finished third in their group and team 4 finished fourth – well done everyone!

Girls’ Cricket

Our Y5&6 girls’ cricket team entered the Sunderland Girls cricket finals at Washington Cricket Club. All of the girls had a great day, developing their skills and showing fantastic teamwork. Mehreen (Y6) even had one of her shots go out of the playing field. Well Done girls!


After receiving tennis coaching in school, four boys and four girls were selected for the Year 3 tennis team. They all played individual matches against children from other schools and also team races. Overall, the children made over 100 points. A fantastic effort by everyone.

“I played and won lots of matches. I got so much better with my serve.”

Aiyaz from y3


The year 6 basketball team entered the Sunderland basketball finals at Vertu Motors Arena. They played 5 games in their group, winning 4 games and losing one by a very close margin. Alec (Y6) used his excellent basketball skills (he plays basketball at under 12 level outside of school), to captain and motivate the team to show passion and determination in each game. Some great long shots by Arafaat and fantastic pressure by Mehreen was crucial to the team’s success. Although a scoring error meant the team did not get their chance to participate in the quarter finals as they should have, Mr Spoors made sure the team left the competition feeling proud of their performance.

As the last of the sporting competitions have been wrapped up for the school year, Mr Spoors and the staff team would like to say thank you to everyone who has represented the school with pride and passion this year. A special thank you to the Y6 pupils who have represented the school in many competitions throughout their time at Richard Avenue, we hope you continue to develop and shine in the next steps of your sporting journey. A final note from Miss McKinney and a huge thank you to Mr Spoors for all he has done and continues to do to encourage, support, organise and lead our sporting teams with so much commitment and ambition

Thank you Mr Spoors!

In Friday Flyer No.45… | June 12, 2023

In the this weeks Friday Flyer there’s news about various PE coaches coming to RAPS to deliver specialist sports coaching. Year 3 have been making catapults in their DT lessons, and taught how to use them sensibly! Year 2 visited Safety Works to learn about how to stay safe in different scenarios. Also, Joseph McGann from Year 2 has been taking part in ‘100 Miles in May’ to raise money for charity. All this and much more. Happy reading!