We recently held a Recycling Week here at school. Our aim was to ensure that the children know:
What is pollution and what link does it have to recycling?
What is recycling and why is it important?
What impact can you have to help our environment?
We did this by carrying out a number of discussions and activities with all the year groups.
Key Stage 1 did such things as looking at the story of the Messy Magpie and how collecting litter ruined her habitat. From this the children had a discussion about the impact of pollution and wrote a poem about 5 ways we can help the Earth. This culminated in an activity to sort through rubbish left in different terrains to see what needed to be recycled and what thrown into the rubbish.
The children separating normal waste from recycling.
Key Stage 2 watched the BBC documentary The Blue Planet, and followed it with a discussion about how waste, including plastic waste is having an extreme negative effect on our planets oceans. They made a poster showing 5 ways to help the Earth and carried out an Environmental Review where they answered check boxes and left comments about how our school meets up to the expectations of the Eco Schools Ten Sustainable Topics.
An example from our Environmental Reviews carried out by the children.
The Year 5 and 6 Tennis team took part in the Sunderland Tennis Finals. They showed great determination in both their tennis matches and in the skills events. After all the points they gained where added together we had beaten everyone else and where named Sunderland Champions.
We started the week with a whole school assembly about Fairtrade and then each year group carried out research into why Fairtrade is important and why we should be supporting it. The children then made posters to encourage people to buy Fairtrade products. Year 2 wrote letters from the point of view of Fairtrade farmers, telling people why Fairtrade helps them and their families. Year 5 and 6 held a discussion on whether we should buy Fairtrade chocolate and the arguments both for and against.
All this work culminated with a display board we have put up in school that displays all aspects of the work we have done throughout the week.
All the following productions take place in the school hall.
KS1 Christmas Production – Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 9.30am
KS1 Christmas Production – Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 2.30pm
EYFS Christmas Production – Friday 14th December 2018 at 9.30am
EYFS Christmas Production – Friday 14th December 2018 at 2.45pm
KS2 Christmas Carol Concert – Wednesday 19th December 2018 at 2.15pm
KS2 Christmas Carol Concert – Friday 21st December 2018 at 9.30am
We hope you can come and join us, please remember that these are all events which require a ticket, which can be obtained from the school office. Also, due to fire regulations you are now discouraged from bringing a child’s buggy to such events. If you need to bring a buggy these will now be required be left outside on the pavement (just outside Mrs Todd’s Office).
On 16th October 10 boys and 10 girls from Y5/6 represented Richard Avenue at the Sportshall Athletics competition at Biddick Academy.
They took part in a range of events such as long jump, sprint, relay, triple jump and javelin. Everyone in the team tried very hard at each event and some children were named as winners in their specific events.
On a number of Monday evenings after school the Y5/6 Rugby team took part in the first ever Sunderland Tag Rugby League.
The team played seven games demonstrating great team spirit and dedication as they came from behind on a number of occasions. They won three games, drew three and lost one to be named as joint champions.
All the children from Year 4,5 and 6 took part in the Go Run For Fun Event. They ran 2KM around Silksworth Sports Complex with hundreds of children from other schools. The event was great fun and taught the children that running short distances can be both fun and important in order to lead a healthy lifestyle.