As part of world Fairtrade day Roman Road Primary are holding a coffee morning from 9am onwards on Friday 17th May. We will be in the key stage 1 building so come along and have a tea or coffee where you can buy some of our freshly made cakes, lemonade, chocolate mousse and more.
Come along and join in the fun! Our Roman Road Toddler group starts tomorrow March 1st from 1:15-3pm in the KS1 Hall. Children from 0-4 years are all welcome. The children will be given a drink and snack and parents will be provided with refreshments. We offer a safe, secure, caring and exciting environment in which you can enjoy making new friends and being together with your child. We look forward to seeing you there!
Year 4 learned about the First Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang who ruled until 210BC. We worked out that this was over 2000 years ago! He not only made up lots of laws and taxes but ensured that the Great Wall of China was built. He is most famous for his tomb which is guarded by over 6000 terracotta warriors. We looked at China on a map, watched pop videos about the emperor and saw lots of pictures of the different warriors. We learned about how the different ranks of the army are shown through clothing and hairstyles. It's impressive that all of the warriors are different. We coloured pictures (the terracotta statues were originally coloured all those years ago) and made clay models of the warriors.
Introducing Book Week 2013
(11th – 15th February)
THIS YEAR’S THEME IS:
BOOKFAIR GARDEN…CATCH THE READING BUG
Book Week 2013
(11th – 15th February)
THIS YEAR’S THEME IS:
BOOKFAIR GARDEN…CATCH THE READING BUG
It’s nearly time for this year’s Book Week which has always been a fantastic and enjoyable time for the children as well as being supported by parents exceptionally well. There will be loads of events and loads of ways to get involved!
The Bookfair arrives in school on Monday 11th February and will be with us until Thursday. As always, it will be based in the Junior Hall and books, posters and stationery will be available to buy each night from 3.30pm. This year the theme is ‘Bookfair Garden: Catch the reading bug’ (An Eco theme) and some of the books you can purchase are shown in the catalogue. There is always a great selection and the school also benefits from the fair. Last year the school received just over £200 which was put towards buying further Literacy resources.
Fun Afternoon (Wednesday 13th)
The children love this! This is an afternoon in celebration of Book Week where the kids simply enjoy themselves. The Year 6s will be running this as an enterprise project and look after stalls selling all kinds of things. We will also have various competitions like guess the name of the ‘cuddly toy’ etc. Children are free to bring in money on this day and spend it during the afternoon. The Book Fair will be open during the fun afternoon and there will be face painting which is always popular so fill in the form below if you do not wish your child to be painted! If you have any old books/comics or story tapes/DVDs you no longer want, please start bringing them to school and place them in the boxes beside Mrs Redhead’s office. They must be Universal DVDs and suitable books only please. Also if you have any good items for a tombola - gift sets, cuddly toys etc they would be greatly appreciated.
Children can get dressed up on Wednesday 13th to match the theme of our Eco Book Week. There will be prizes for the best costume! Anything linked with the Eco theme will be great. Your child could be a farmer, gardener, flower, tree, mini-beast! This non-uniform day will be great fun.
Parent/Guardian & Child competition
Last year we ran a parent and child competition which proved very successful – a few parents and guardians proved to be budding writers! This year, we want to encourage you to take part in something a little different. Take a photograph of your child or your whole family reading somewhere. Send in a photo of you reading anywhere…in a boat…upside down…in a tree…underground…on a trip…the sky’s the limit! The winning photograph will be chosen by a special visitor and will not be chosen for its quality, but its level of interest! There will, of course be prizes for the most inventive! Photos must be sent into school by Thursday 14th February. Good Luck!
500 words Event
This year we will be taking part in the 500 words Radio 2 competition. Teachers may choose to organise the competition differently but most will bring home some talk homework linked with the writing competition challenge, so carers have the opportunity to give their child ideas to include in the writing. During ‘Pirate Writing’ sessions your child will write a story and the best in each class will be sent to the Radio competition. For further details on this competition, please visit:
I’m sure the whole week will be a great success. There will be loads of prizes and exciting events during the week. Let’s raise as much money as possible to buy further resources to boost our children’s learning and enjoyment in school.
Roman Road Primary School hosts Read Write Inc Conferences throughout the year, where other schools across England visit to be trained to use this scheme. While delegates are here, we learn new techniques and refresh our knowledge. We also have an opportunity to show other schools our own RWInc work.
The Helping Hands PTA organised Christmas discos for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 last week.
All of the children had a fabulous time dancing to music played by Santa DJ; playing party games and eating a lovely party tea prepared by members of the PTA. The behaviour of all children was excellent. A big thank you to Mrs Lacey for organising the event.
Congratulations to all of the children and staff who took part in the World Record attempt for biggest multi venue choreography. We had an incredible time. The choreography had been really tricky to learn but with patience and amazing skill our school pulled off a spectacular routine.
We will find out in June, if our attempt has been successful. Until then, please click on the link above to watch other schools performing on the news. Our photos will follow soon. A huge Yeehah to everyone involved.
This term, our Eco Council have been extremely busy! We have been planning to involve the whole school in a Climate Change Awareness Campaign which will be integrated in all parts of the curriculum in a creative way. In the weeks leading up to the Easter break, everyone will learn why our world is becoming warmer and how to look after it so future generations can enjoy it’s beauty. Our fab work will soon be published in the Climate Change Lead School Newsletters!
In an assembly, we reminded all the children about our adopted polar bear and how these animals are being affected by Climate Change. Each class collects spare change in their own ‘Polar Bottle’ and so far we have raised £300!
Our Year 2, 3 and 4 classes have thoroughly enjoyed working with ‘Groundworks’ to make fantastic bird boxes and feeders as well as constructing an outstanding Bug Hotel! The Eco Council are preparing our gardens ready for planting so we can sell our own vegetables. Over the next couple of weeks, everyone in the school is working with ‘Nick the Chef’ from ‘Cooking for Life’ and Alan Barlow, our Bike-it officer to learn about food miles. We are working very hard at present to win the virtual bike race…last year we came fourth in the country! We are also collecting plastic bottle tops and working with local artists to produce recycled landscape art! Northumbrian Water will be popping into school to talk about water saving ideas. Local MP Ian Mearns recently visited our school and met our Eco Council! He was certainly impressed with how ‘Green’ we are!
It’s nearly time for Green Day 2012! The Eco Council are preparing to sell recycled crafts made in school to the local community during our Green Breakfast. Everyone will dress in green and all the food will be green. Money raised from the crafts will go towards supporting our Indian Orphanage…we have already helped raise in excess of £5000! Awesome!
It’s nearly time for Eco Theme. This time we are taking time out of this half term to think, talk and learn about Eco Issues. This year’s theme is:
We are a Climate Change Lead School!
Your child will be learning all about Climate Change and how we can be kinder to the environment. We will be talking about all the categories of the Eco Award:
Waste & Recycling
Our intention this year is to teach our children how to look after their world. After all, they will inherit the earth whatever state it is in!
During Eco theme, the children will be involved in many activities and visitors will talk to the children about ‘Climate Change’.
Indian Day - Friday 23rd March-children to school dressed in colours of Indian flag (green/white/orange) or in Indian dress. We will remember our children in the Indian orphanage. Come to school at 8:15 am for Indian Breakfast in the Junior Hall. Yummy cakes to buy! Bring your 1p and 2p to see if we can cover a piece of Indian dress…
A DVD will be set up to show parents what happened when Living Waters Church took the £250 raised by Roman Road to our Indian orphanage.
Green Day Friday 30th March – children to school dressed in green. This is a country wide day to remember green issues.
There will be a ‘Green Breakfast’ in the Junior Hall at 8.15am for carers and children with green food to eat! Amazing Recycled Crafts made by Year 3 to buy! All welcome!
Indian Orphanage Update: The money raised during India and Green days last year was taken to India by 4 members of Living Waters Church along with money raised by members of the Church Community. It was used to buy uniforms for the orphans in Pastor Emmanuel’s school. Thank you for your amazing support! Church members took a DVD of children at the orphanage receiving a card and letters from Roman Road School.
Polar Bear Update: We are able to support the Svalbard Polar Bears for another year so please keep bringing in your coppers to put into our Polar Bottles which will be in every classroom during Eco Week.
Your challenge is:
Use as many recycled materials as you can and create an Eco Egg !
Bring your Eco Egg to school before the Easter holiday. Everyone who enters the competition will get a prize but there will be 3 main winners. Don’t forget to put your name and class on your egg. Leave it in the Junior Hall during the week beginning 26/3/12
Prizes given out on Friday 30th April.
Last year’s entries were BRILLIANT!!!
If you want to win…
be as inventive as you can and transform your egg into something fantastic!!!
Year 3 have visited Arbeia Roman Fort for our own Roman Adventure! It was the best day EVER!! We met a real Roman soldier while we were there who made Roman soup for us. Look at us marching in the Turtle formation through the West Gate using the symmetrical shields we made!!
On Friday October 7th we will be celebrating French Day! Children are asked to come to school dressed in red, white and blue clothes! We will have a French breakfast from 8am in the KS2 hall and everyone is welcome! Parents are then invited to come and see the children who will then be performing the French songs that they have been learning in their classes, in a whole school assembly at 9:15. After that Nick the chef will be doing a cookery demonstration in the hall, where he will be making some traditional French dishes for the children and parents to sample!
It should be a memorable day full of french learning as well as lots of fun! We hope you will be able to come along to join us in the celebrating!
Every child from Nursery to Year 6 are busy preparing works of art to be exhibited in the school hall in our very own art gallery. This exciting event will involve everyone's work being professionally framed and exhibited for all to see. You are all invited! We would love to see all parents, carers and other family and friends visiting the gallery to appreciate our masterpieces!
The exhibition will be held after school on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th June. We look forward to seeing you all there. There will also be an opportunity for you to purchase the children's work at a very reasonable price.
Year 3 showcased their 'BIG ART' challenge at our English Extravaganza. We created our own masterpieces and were very pleased with the feedback we had! Thanks for all your support and amazing comments!
We used our pictures and photographs from the Angel of the North to create our own paintings.
Pippa Bell from Magic Lantern helped us to explore English artists.
We worked together to create a David Hockney masterpiece.
As part of our England project, Year One took a trip back in time to see England in the past. Our visit to Beamish Museum was enthralling! The children were very excited but listened hard and learned so much. Many visitors and staff at the museum told us we were the best school they had ever had. Well done Year One and Year Two.
Check out our amazing adventure in the gallery. Click on the link below.
During our England Extravaganza project Nick from Cooking 4 Life was inundated with over 50 requests from parents to cook with him and their child. The parents thoroughly enjoyed their experience rating it as 'Outstanding.'
Apologies for any parents who did not get the chance this time, we look forward to welcoming Nick back in the future to continue to help us to "Cook Well, Eat Well, Live Well."
You can find a selection of photos in the gallery. Click on the link below.
On the night of Friday 20th May 2011, 32 children and 7 adults spent the night on the floor of Key Stage One hall. We had an absolutely terrific time. All of the children threw themselves into the activities on offer and said they had had the time of their lives.
However whilst this was a fun experience for us, never far from our minds was the realisation that for homeless people this is their life - every day, all weathers.
Congratulations to the 32 children who participated. The staff and the rest of the school are immensely proud of you. You have raised a staggering £330 for The People's Kitchen in Newcastle. We are sure the homeless of Newcastle will be touched to know that children as young as 7 braved the cold and slept on a hard floor to try and make a difference to their life.
You are quite simply - AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
Click on the link below to view photos
Our schedule for the evening
7.30pm Arrival and safety talk
7.50pm Community Police Officers arrived to talk to us about how they deal with the
homeless on the streets plus other ways we could help.
8.00pm - 9.30pm
Carousel of activities - Soup Kitchen Cooking with Cooking 4 Life,
Newspaper structures, team games.
10.15pm Bread Making on the fire
10.30pm Conga around the school yards
11.00pm Toasting Marshmallows
11.30pm Getting ready for bed
11.45pm Storytime begins.........
1.00am Most children were fast asleep
Some staff began to nod off and retired to their mats
2.00am Lots of snoring and sleep talking from the children
3.00am Remaining staff settle down for the night
4.00am All quiet!
5.00am Staff and children begin to stir
6.00am Breakfast time begins (Toast anyone?)
7.00am Packing up our bags
7.15am Judging of the Newspaper Structures
8.15am The Big Clear Up and thank you's
8.30am Home for some sleep!!!!!
Following from the huge success of last years African Showcase, this years whole school project will concentrate on all that is great in England.
Class Challenges will begin on Monday 16th May with the English Extravaganza Experience taking place on Friday 27th May from 1.00pm. So parents / carers book this date in your diary you do not want to miss it.
Further information on the many visits and visitors that will be taking place during this two week project will follow soon.
One of the most basic things we expect today is for somewhere safe and stable to live, yet homelessness continues to be one of the worst social problems in England today.
A place to live is vital to a stable life that includes education, employment and healthy relationships. Homeless families find themselves living uncertain lives. They never know when they will have to move, and basic essentials like attending school or finding a doctor become major problems.
Last year during our Africa project we raised enough money to send Omar to school for two years. During this years England Extravaganza we hope to raise money to support the homeless.
Wondering how? Watch this space and a once in a lifetime opportunity might be heading your way.
This year’s Book Week was, as always a great success and the children had a fantastic time!
Thank you for all your support. You especially excelled at the adult and child competition – all entries were fantastic!
Bookfair Total - £449
Fun Afternoon & Sponsored Event Total - Just over £400!
All monies raised will go straight towards buying school resources for Literacy and the Library.
I have put together a KS2 Hall Display showing photos and work completed by children and parents during Book Week. Please come and have a look! In past years we have really benefitted from this money raised. We bought our sound system with it which we use during performances. Also, we purchased a lot of Read Write Inc products which has been a massive success.
The next big literacy/drama event will be at the end of the Summer Term when Year 6 will be performing ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at 6pm in the Junior Hall. Fliers will be distributed next term to promote this exciting event.
Thank you for your continuing support in all our Literacy projects.
We have recently had a whole school Eco Week which was a brilliant success! All children took part in Eco activities across the week and the school theme was 'Waste Not, Want Not!'
'Waste Not, Want Not' incorporated recycling, waste, water and energy which are all themes within the Eco Award. After receiving our Bronze and Silver Eco Awards last year, we are striving towards our Green Flag which we will hopefully receive in the Summer Term. Everyone rose to the challenge this year and included Eco issues within their Creative Curricular Themes. But in Eco Week we had a fantastic time. This is a list of activities we enjoyed:
*making recycled musical instuments
*making wind turbines
*making shelters using recycled canvas
*setting up recycling of paper towels
*making quality items from recycled items to sell on a stall to raise money for our orphanage/polar bears
*making bottle top flower garden decorations
*research about polar bears/reducing, reusing, recycling
*making a water filter
*pie charts and data handling about recycling and water usage in the home
*Cooking with leftovers alongside nick, our resident chef!
*Biking to school
*Making Eco eggs from recycled materials for a competition
*Washing cars with recycled water
*Picking up litter
*Weaving with plastic bags
*Using cans to make garden buddies
*Thinking about a life without energy
*Making collage patchwork quilts
*Alan's visit to classes to talk about Eco Issues
We finished the week with Green Day. We dressed up in green and went to a green breakfast in the Junior Hall. We ate green food and watched a video about our Indian orphanage. four people from Living Waters Church in South Shields have now visited the orphanage and handed over the £500 raised by Roman Road so far. It bought uniforms for the children and was greatly appreciated by the Tsunami orphans.
At the breakfast, Year 2's Recycling Retail raised £56.20 which will go towards supporting our orphanage and polar bears!
Well done to everyone for your unwavering support!!
Ruth Miskin, the Author of Read Write Inc visited Roman Road! We have just hosted a conference for 50 headteachers and senior staff from across Gateshead Authority. Ruth Miskin said she was very impressed with our school. It was an honour to have her speak at Roman Road. The whole conference was a fantastic success!
To find out more about Read Write Inc, please visit the website at www.ruthmiskinliteracy.com
Some very different hairstyles came into school today!!
Linked to our efforts to get more children (and adults!) to come to school by bike, we held a non-uniform day for those children who came in with a 'bad hair day hairstyle'.
Over the last few weeks, the children have been earning raffle tickets for riding to school as well as designing their own helmets and enjoying Bike It breakfasts.
You can find more pictures of the bad hair day in the gallery. More to follow.
Roll up, Roll up ... It's time for Book Week and the Circus Book Fair is here in town!
In addition to the exciting events we always have, this year, our children will receive circus training from a professional circus visitor who has actually worked in the travelling circus for 2 years. Alan, our Bike it officer will also be joining the junior children to work on some circus creative writing. It's going to be a fantastic week and an exciting end to this half term!
Book Week 2011 (14th-18th February)
It’s time for this year’s Book Week which has always been a fantastic and enjoyable time for the children as well as being supported by parents exceptionally well. There will be loads of events and loads of ways to get involved!
The Bookfair arrives in school on Monday 14th February and will be with us until Thursday. As always, it will be based in the Junior Hall and books, posters and stationery will be available to buy each night from 3.30pm. This year the theme is ‘Roll up, Roll up and read!’ (A Circus theme) and some of the books you can purchase are shown in the catalogue. There is always a great selection and the school also benefits from the fair. Last year the school received £300 which was put towards buying further Literacy resources. Children can bring their £1 off voucher which they received last Friday when they come to the fair. We will have a special visitor this year at the bookfair each night...I wonder who it could be?
Fun Afternoon (Tuesday 15th)
The children love this! This is an afternoon in celebration of Book Week where the children simply enjoy themselves. The Year 6s will be running this as an enterprise project and look after stalls selling old books/videos. We will also have various competitions to guess the name of the ‘cuddly clown’ etc. Children are free to bring in money on this day and spend it during the afternoon. The Book Fair will be open during the fun afternoon and there will be face painting which is always popular so fill in the form below if you do not wish your child to be painted! Thank you for all your generosity in sending books, toys, gifts and DVDs which you no longer want.
Children can get dressed up on Tuesday 15th to match the theme of our Circus Book Week. There will be prizes for the best costume! Anything linked with the Circus will be great. Your child could be a clown, trapeze artist, circus animal or ring master! This non-uniform day will be great fun.
Parent/Guardian & Child competition
Last year we ran a parent and child competition which proved very successful – a few parents and guardians proved to be budding writers! This year, we want you to write a poem/story/information booklet around the theme of ’Circus’. Your poem/story/information text could be about anything to do with Circus. Remember to decorate it then hand it in to your child’s teacher and they will pass it on to me. If you would prefer to be more creative, you could make a model of a circus instead with some information attached! There will, of course be prizes for the most inventive!
This year we will be doing a Sponsored Circus Writing Challenge set by each teacher around a Circus theme (Foundation Stage will learn a rhyme). Each child will bring home some talk homework linked with the sponsored challenge, so carers have the opportunity to give your child ideas to include in the writing. Sponsor forms and further details have been sent home with this letter. All money raised goes straight back into school funds. Last year this money was spent on buying Literacy Resources for KS2 which are used within our new ‘Pirate Writing’ initiative to raise writing standards in school. As always, children who raise the most amount of money will receive a fab prize!
I’m sure the whole week will be a great success. There will be loads of prizes and exciting events during the week. Let’s raise as much money as possible to buy further resources to boost our children’s learning and enjoyment in school.
Thank you, as always, for your continuing support.
Miss E Allen
A BIG thank you to staff, children, parents and visitors who raised £250 for our Indian orphanage yesterday (Friday 14th January). The day was a massive success!
Visitors included parents, who came for their second authentic Indian breakfast which included paranthas (pancakes) and mango jam, fruit and scrambled egg.
An artist worked with children from Year 1 to Year 6 making rangoli patterns. These are Indian floor patterns used as a welcome to Hindu gods in the Indian Culture.
Mrs Robson, our Eco Governor visited for the day and worked with the artist as well as visiting all classes!
Foundation Stage children had another visit from Sheila from Miss Allen's church who told an Indian story and painted faces and hands with tigers and mendhi patterns.
Sheila also led a whole school assembly and used balloon modelling to tell the Christian story of Creation and perform a magic trick to tell us that God loves us all equally. We saw pictures of the Indian orphans whose parents were the victims of the 2004 tsunami.
The £250 raised will be taken to India in February by 4 members of Miss Allen's church and it will be used to buy school supplies. Money raised by Living Waters Church will go towards the building fund for Pastor Emmanuel's secondary school in Malakapatnam in India!
Thank you again for your generosity!
Diary dates for Year 1 and Year 2
Year 1 and Year 2 Christmas Nativity
Tuesday 14th December at 10am
Year 1 and Year 2 Christmas Party
Wednesday 15th December at 1pm
Children to be collected for home lunch at 12pm.
Whole School Carol Concert
Thursday 16th December at 2pm
Break up for Christmas Holidays
Friday 17th December at 3.30pm
Return to SchoolWednesday 5th January 2011
Parents came into Literacy sessions throughout the school and 100% said they loved working with their child. It was great having carers into class!
Some parents of children in Read Write Inc came to share learning then found out all about the scheme in a meeting. We are proud to be a model school for Read Write Inc. It's a great phonics scheme!
Diary dates for Year 1 and Year 2
Year 1 and Year 2 Christmas Nativity
Tuesday 14th December at 10am
Year 1 and Year 2 Christmas Party
Wednesday 15th December at 1pm
Children to be collected for home lunch at 12pm.
Whole School Carol Concert
Thursday 16th December at 2pm
Break up for Christmas Holidays
Friday 17th December at 3.30pm
Don't forget. On Friday, we are dressing up as PIRATES!
We have challenges to face...and we will meet them head on!
We will become the BEST WRITERS IN THE WORLD!
We will be bringing home TALK HOMEWORK! Please help us with it because our writing on Friday depends upon it! ARRRGGGGHHH!
‘Pirate Writing’ is a whole school initiative adopted by Roman Road Primary School to improve writing standards. It is a strategy which emphasises the development of the writer’s voice. Children will be introduced to the concept:
‘If you can’t speak it…you can’t write it’
Using a variety of techniques, children are encouraged to ‘steal’ the best ideas to use in their own writing.
The main focuses are:
• 4 basic skills (GHASP: Grammar,Handwriting,Spelling,Punctuation)
• VCOP (Vocabulary,Connectives,Openers,Punctuation)
• Rainbow Reading and Writing using WoW words:
Red words WoW doing words (verbs)
Purple words WoW descriptive words (adjectives/adverbs)
Blue words WoW connectives
Orange words WoW openers
Green words WoW additional phrases and clauses
• Using OSIE (Openers, Senses, Imagery, Emotions)
• Stealing the best ideas from other writers
• Talk homework
• Assessment for Learning strategies:
(peer/self assessment, paired talk, questioning)
• Creativity & linking to Creative Themes – making the writing process meaningful
• Addressing all learning styles
• Specific Targets (of which the child is aware)
• Lots of praise and rewards
• Silence for writing (where appropriate)
• Tracking of progress
Pirate Writing culminates in a whole morning session every alternate week:
Lesson 1:‘Build up’ to writing using a variety of lively games/whole class modelling and planning/use of Rainbow Writing etc.
Lesson 2: ‘Pirate Writing’ session. The atmosphere of the room is altered to create an environment conducive to creativity.
We hope to become excellent writers and 'steal' all the best ideas...like pirates!
100% of parents enjoyed working their child today and thought Read Write Inc was a fantastic way to teach reading and writing to our children. Roman Road is the only Model School for Read Write Inc in the North of England. We train other schools so they can implement it and have had many success stories! Read on to find out some of the wonderful things parents and carers thought about our reading scheme!
"Really enjoyed toaday. I think the lessons are made fun for the children so they enjoy it a lot more. I have noticed a massive difference in Charley's progress. She works well with her partner and I think that is a good ideas because they helped each other very well. Thank you!"
Amanda Robinson (Parent)
"I was amazed with my child's progress. The lesson gave me a great understanding of Read Write Inc" Leanne Johnson (Parent)
"It was very interesting to see all children paired off with partners and enjoying all that they were learning and how they were praising each other. The teaching is FIRST CLASS in Read Write Inc. I would like to help a lot more" Carol Hope (Carer and Governor)
Wow! Thank you so much for all your positive comments. We are pleased you all found the parents meeting very useful.
Miss Allen and Mrs Inkster
We are a Model School for Read Write Inc and during this half term, we would like to invite parents to work with their child in a RWInc lesson.
After the lesson, we want you to stay and chat in the KS1 hall for a while so you can find out more about this fab reading approach.
Rev Ransom came for another visit to Key Stage 1. He told us all about Harvest in preparation for our Harvest Whole School Celebration. It's all about sharing and blessing each other as well as God for our bountiful creation.
Pastor Emmanuel from our Indian Orphanage has sent a thank you email for the massive £205 raised during Eco Week for our orphanage/school. It was sent over the summer holidays, along with £500 from Living Waters Church. Pastor Dave and Siman from LWC in South Shields are going to visit the orphanage in February.
The Indian Breakfast was a real success. Thank you to everyone who made it possible! We ate Indian fruit (mango, apple, strawberries and grapes). These treats would be reserved for rich indians. We also cooked and ate parantas (Indian pancakes) with mago jam or scrambled eggs. Yum Yum! Parents, Staff and children all enjoyed the experience and a DVD of our Indian children played in the background.
During the summer term 2010 as part of Eco Week, we took part in a creative curriculum theme about India. this was mainly to raise everyone's awareness of the problems faced by the country and the religious beliefs of the people. Sheila, Bethan and Nim (from Miss Allen's church) came to tell us about an Indian Orphanage we could support together.
Sheila left us with a selection of Indian desserts which were very sweet. We learned that the children in the orphanage in Machilipatnam did not have sweets like this. Most of them were orphans due to the Tsunami of 2005. Pastor Emmanuel (the principal of the school) is a Christian who has asked us to raise money for these children so a secondary school can be built. We learned that the only clean water they receive is between 6am and 7 am
Mrs Banergee taught us how to wear a sari. She taught us about the differences between schools in India compared to England.
Nick the chef came to work with Year 1 and 2 to make a biriyani. It was YUMMY!
Did you know Bobby McFerrin was the composer of this song? Did you know there are no instruments used?
As part of music week Year One are going to be learning all about body and voice percussion using Bobby Ferrin as a stimulus. We are looking forward to recording our own version of his song and putting it on the website for you to enjoy.
Want to find out a little more about Bobby Ferrin - click on the link below.
Junior Network Meeting
Did you know that it was 175 years ago when Gateshead first had an election!
Some of the children on the School Council had the opportunity to attend the Gateshead School Council Junior Network Meeting. Lots of other children from other schools were there.
Children discussed what democracy is and they worked as a team to record answers and ideas down.
Here are some of the questions the school council had to think about and discuss;
- Why did you want to be on your School Council?
- Who decided that you could be on it?
- What would your school be like if you didn't have a School Council?
- What sorts of things would not have happened?
- What does Gateshead Council do?
- Who makes decisions in the Council?
- How can you let Gateshead Council know what you like and do not like about what they do?
The children really enjoyed themselves and had lots of things to talk about.
The next meeting will be later in the year.
Parents, governors, carers, grannies and children had the opportunity to share the experience of Djembe drumming during our African showcase.
Visitors recognised early on that the children of Roman Road were 'naturals' as they seemed to have each rythmn perfectly sychrnoised, but with a little help from Roman Road pupils they soon got into the swing of things.
A great time was had by all!
The whole school have worked tirelessly over two weeks to provide a showcase for the parents, carers, the local community and children from other schools the opportunity to share our learning and expertise on the continent Africa.
Visitors waited patiently in the sunshine as they heard the drums begin to play in the school hall. There was a great surge of people as the doors opened and they were enthralled by the sight of ten African flags and a hall jam packed with outstanding work.
Each class had set up their own showcase area and visitors were invited to walk around and view each challenge. Each class had nominated children to be in charge of their challenge and were on hand to answer any questions or queries that may arise.
Nursery and Reception bedazzled guests with their amazing artwork inspired by Africa.
Year One had created a magnificent safari role play area that the toddlers and some parents (you know who you are!), thoroughly enjoyed playing in.
Year Two amazed everyone with their work on elephants and so much more.
Year Three made some of the most delicious treats, using original African recipes and Fair Trade ingredients. Many of the guests took home the recipes to make them for the rest of their family as they were so impressed.
Year Four produced some outstanding power point presentations which demonstrated their excellent ICTskills and research abilities. They were able to provide visitors with accurate information on Fair Trade.
Year Five had made an outstanding range of footwear, artwork and a leaflet promoting anti-racism.
And finally, guests stood in awe at Year 6's DVD regarding racism. Could it possibly have been produced by 10-11 year olds - YES!
94% of visitors rated our African showcase Outstanding
5% of visitors rated it Very Good
1% of visitors rated it as Good.
High praise for the huge effort of everyone at Roman Road Primary School.
Many thanks to the children and staff for all of their hard work and dedication to this project.
We all had a fantastic day with Fanuel and his djembe drums. Djembe drums are a very popular drum in Africa. Fanuel also brought with him a range of other instruments from a thum piano to a xylophone with dried pumpkins!
During our morning assembly Fanuel had us playing rythmns and jiving and we were all hyped, eager and ready for our own drums.
Fanuel taught us how to play the drums with "Booms" and "Cha Cha's"
No idea what we are talking about, just ask us and we will let you know. You never know we may even play a rythmn for you.
Thanks for two great days Fanuel, you were amazing.
As our African project came to an end the school celebrated with a Colour Carnival Day. We all came dressed to school in one bright colour. We looked so bright and cheerful. During Colour Carnival Day we also used the opportunity to raise money for Omar, an African child from Senegal. We are hoping to sponsor Omar for at least one year.
During Colour Carnival Day we were also able to sample some African food. Mrs Slator (our school cook) researched African stews and cleverly made some for each of us to have a taste. They were delicious. Well done Mrs Slator!!!
Lawrence brought a really unusual instrument to Roman Road during our Africa project. It is called the Tube Fido and is a string instrument.
We were taught how to reassemble the Tube Fido and had a go at playing a tune. Lawrence made it look very easy, as it was really difficult. We also sang a Ugandan song with Lawrence, the words were very tricky, so we hummed along instead.
Can you believe we have had the chance to hold a snake!!!!!!!
Early Years and key Stage One had a fabulous time today and made lots of new friends - creepy crawly and slippery slimy friends.
Zoo Lab visited us all and brought a range of animals that could be found on the continent of Africa. We met toads, snakes, cockroaches, millipedes, snails, stick insects and finally a lovely cute bunny.
We learned all about their habitats and how they have adapted to suit their environment. Take a look at some of the animals we held. How brave were we?
Meet Harry the Hissing Cockroach. He is from the African country of Madagascar.
This is Sammy the African land snail. It was gigantic!
Twiggy is a stick insect. She can be found in many of the jungles in Africa.
Get ready to launch into ECO WEEK!!
Week beginning 7th June 2010!
Get ready to launch straight into…
when you return after the half term holidays!
During the week beginning 7th June 2010, we will be learning how to become Eco Eagles!
Roman Road Primary School is embarking upon a journey to achieve our Green Flag Award. This is an internationally recognised award. During this year’s Eco Week, we will be launching Eco Themes in a BIG way and will hopefully achieve our Bronze and Silver Flags during the week.
As a school, we are already looking for ways to be more Eco friendly:
*Our School Council are also our Eco Council and Staff members include Mrs Lacey, Mrs Phillips, Mr Bradshaw and Miss Allen.
*Teachers are including ‘Green themes’ in their Creative Curriculum.
*We are brilliant at ‘Bike-it’
*Our garden club has been up and running for a while and the vegetables grown are very tasty!
*We have our Healthy School Award!
In order to improve further, we need to review the 9 Topics of the Eco Award:
Waste & Recycling
The Theme of Eco Week this time is…
Our particular focuses will be:
India & Global Warming.
Aims of ECO WEEK :
*To create an understanding about Indian culture
*To make links and raise money for an Indian orphanage in Malakapatnam
*To raise whole school awareness of Climate change issues
*To sponsor a polar bear
*To devise a school Eco Code
Indian Orphange Information:
It’s a Christian school based in the middle of a Hindu community. The children are mainly orphans due to the Tsunami hit on December 26th 2004. The children are of the lowest caste system (or ‘untouchables’) and without education would end up living in the worst possible conditions. We want to help them build a school and keep in touch with them to find out about life in India.
Events during the week:
The children will be taking part in loads of activities during the week which will raise their awareness about Indian life and Climate change. An Indian expert will be talking to the children, a drama company will be visiting to tell an Indian story and a visitor will be doing art work with the children.
On Friday 11th June we are having a Green Day.
This is a national event and children can get dressed up all in green.
Please bring £1 and all the money raised will be sent to the Indian Orphanage.
If you would like to donate more it will be greatly appreciated.
How PARENTS/GUARDIANS can get involved:
*Encourage your child to bike-it to school during the week and bring your own bikes as well!
*Each class will be given a ‘polar bottle’ through the week. Any spare coppers you have, please send them into school and we use the money collected across the year to sponsor a polar bear.
*You are invited with your children to an Indian breakfast on Friday 11th June at 8am in the Junior Hall. The event is free, but if you would like to bring a donation for the orphanage/polar bear, there will be a collecting box available.
KEEP A LOOK OUT ON THE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT ECO WEEK!
Thank you for all your support...why don't you begin looking for ways in which YOU can become more eco friendly?
Roman Road has just had the MOST amazing day today. This was a day that we will never forget and will remember even when we are old and wrinkly!
The Lions of Zululand were unbelievable.
What did you think? Please leave a comment.
Mdu and the Lions arrived early this morning and the hall quickly filled up with children eager to find out why all of the teachers had been so excited! - We were not disappointed.
We heard the singing and the a drum beat before the Lions suddenly burst up the stairs with their shields and knobsticks at the ready.
They began singing, dancing, entertaining and making us laugh for the next 45 minutes. Words and pictures cannot describe the amazing vibe in our school hall. We were left speechless and eager to work with the Lions of Zululand.
Throughout the day we all had the opportunity to learn how to sing and dance like the Zulus. Many of us also had the opportunity to learn about their culture and to draw some of their costumes, shields and spears. The teachers also got the opportunity to purchase African jewellery.
The day came to an end with the whole school showing what they had learned for the whole school. Even the staff demonstrated the dance we had all been taught. What a cheer they got.
Many, many thanks to Mdu and the Lions of Zululand you truly are AMAZING!
What did you think? Please leave a comment.
As part of our Africa challenge, Year One have been making African shields and spears. We even got the chance to try them out in the hall. We had a great time doing our Ganda dance with them.
Do you like them? Please leave a comment to let us know what you think?
We have all begun our African challenges this week and we are lucky enough to be getting lots of help from our good friend Lawrence Nnyanzi from Uganda. He will be working with every class across the two weeks.
Lawrence has a wide range of activities for all the children to share in, from African weddings to weaving, dancing to poetry.
We are honoured that Lawrence is giving so much of his time freely to help support our fantastic project. In the photo you can see Year 1 learning all about the continent of Africa.
From Monday 17th May, our school will be focusing all of our attention to Africa, the home of 2010’s World Cup, as part of a whole school project.
Over the course of the two weeks, each class will be set a challenge to complete relating to Africa. Their task must be complete by Friday 28th May when it will go on display in KS2 Hall for our African Showcase.
Throughout the theme our children will also have the opportunity to work alongside artists, musicians, professional sports people and chefs. We are also incredibly lucky, to have made an amazing contact with the Buganda Cultural Society, based in London, who will be giving their time freely to support each class, in learning about some of the traditions, cultures and arts of Africa.
Despite how fantastic this project is going to be, it is important to remember that Africa also faces many issues. We are hoping we can help with one of these issues.
In Africa many children are unable to attend school as they simply cannot afford it or because there is a limit to education. Only four children per family can attend school. This is despite many families having six to eight children. Many children have to walk many, many miles to schools that do not always have teachers or even pencils for them to learn. Yet they value education above everything.
Roman Road would like to help one of these children. Omar is nine. He is one of six children. He lives in a mud hut and helps his father farm. With the help of Action Aid, we would like to raise enough money to sponsor Omar this year. We need to raise £180 and we know you can help make this possible.
On Thursday 27th May we will be holding a Colour Carnival Day. Children can attend school dressed head to foot in one bright colour. This can include face paint. Instead of asking for an amount for this day, we would like you to offer a donation towards educating Omar. Please dig deep, we have the chance of making a difference. The more money raised – the longer we can sponsor Omar.
Also, on Friday 28th May, we would like to invite you to our African Showcase from 1.15pm in Key Stage 2 Hall. Come and share your children’s amazing work and accomplishments, whilst also having the opportunity to try out some African drumming or even taste Fair Trade food. It is an event not to be missed! Many schools, councillors and advisors from Gateshead will also be attending, to share in the talents of Roman Road’s children. This is the biggest event Roman Road have ever held and we want you to be part of it...do not miss it.
Please keep checking our school website www.romanroadprimary.org for regular updates and photographs of all the events happening in school.
Key Dates to Remember
Colour Carnival Day Thursday 27th May All Day Donation
African Showcase Friday 28th May 1.15pm Donations Welcome
We know the children of Roman Road will talk about this event for years to come. We look forward to sharing this opportunity with you and meeting you on Friday 28th May, where we know you will be astounded!!!
Many thanks for your continued support in all we do.
Well done to Year 6 who raised just over £200 during Wednesday's Egyptian fun afternoon. The money raised will go towards the Year 5/6 end of year concert. Everyone was fantastic and enjoyed a brilliant afternoon...thank you to all the parents and children who donated gifts for the tombola. Thank you to all staff who gave their help and support. Another big success!!!
In Year 2 we completed the Egyptian themed week by making gingerbread mummies and then wrapping them with icing. We hope you enjoyed eating them...that is if they reached you in one piece (Miss Allen caught a few of us tucking into them as we left the building on Friday night...yum, yum!)
We have learned absolutely loads this week!
In Year 2 we had some really difficult spellings to learn for the BookWeek Sponsored Event.
One of the words was 'papyrus'. Miss Allen is giving out the prizes for the most sponsor money raised this Friday (19th March). there will be a bronze, silver and a gold prize so keep collecting!!! Good Luck!
The whole school celebrated our Egypt theme week yesterday by coming to school dressed as Egyptians. Our costumes were amazing and we had a fantastic time. Many thanks to all our parents who sent us to school so wonderfully dressed, you helped make it a special day.
Tomorrow is the launch of Book Week 2010. Let's make it the best ever and spend the week 'Wrapped up in Reading!'
There will be lots of exciting things to learn and get involved with at school. Two prizes to look out for are Gold Writer award and Poetry Prize. These are given out every year to one person in KS1 and one in KS2.
Remember to learn your song or spellings for the sponsored event and return your money soon. Also get ready for the fun afternoon and dress up day on Wednesday!
Thank you for your returned parent/child competition entries. Winners prizes given out on Friday so return quickly please.
Keep checking the website for events happening this week and see how much fun we are having and all the learning going on!!!
As part of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Mrs McKeown wanted a mural on the school site. It was to be placed on the side of the boiler house. Last year, Miss Allen asked a few talented artists to design the mural.
This week, they were invited back to use special paints to create the mural. It will be placed on the wall shortly!
We had a gift for all of the parents. We made a French painting (inspired by Claude Monet) and a bookmark. We also gave the parents a taste of France - a crepe (pancake) and cakes with home-made french flags.
All of them enjoyed our gift and the assembly went really well.
After the success of the assembly, we all said goodbye to parents and they congratulated us!
The Year 2 performed their fabulous Year 2 French assembly last Thursday. It was super and all the parents enjoyed it.
The children were fantastic and remembered all their lines. The audience heard every word! Miss Allen thought it was so wonderful the children all received a prize afterwards! Even Mrs McKeown said she had learned new things about France! Well Done for all your hard work Year 2!
Tickets are now available to purchase from Mrs Inkster for Gateshead Dance Festival on Monday 15th March 2010.
Ticket prices are:
Adult - £5
Two tickets per child are available. Please send money into school in a labelled envelope and state if there are any disability requirements.
Parents Evening is next week. Please check you have made an appointment with your child's class teacher.
Research consistently shows that where parents are involved with their children’s education and learning both at home and in partnership with the school, their children do better and achieve more.
Help us, to help your child be the best they can be.
We look forward to seeing you next week.
We would like to invite all year 2 parents and guardians to come to our class assembly about France! It will be superb!
Our assembly will be in the Infant Hall at 9.15 am next Thursday (4th March).
Tomorrow, Miss Allen is going to start practising the assembly. We will be bringing some lines home to learn. Please help us to learn our words so we can speak them loudly, slowly and clearly!
Looking forward to seeing you next Thursday!
The dress up day has been changed during Book Week to Wednesday 10th March. Letters were sent out this Tuesday sharing this information. Remember, it's an Egyptian theme so you could come as an explorer, a pharaoh, Cleopatra or a mummy! Prizes for the best costumes.
Remember, it's also the fun afternoon on the same day so bring your money!!!
It's the week you've all looked forward to...
Book Week is Monday 8th - Friday 12th March!
The theme this year is 'Wrapped up in Reading' - an Egyptian theme...
Keep working on your parent/child competition entries and pass them to Miss Allen as soon as you can. There will be loads of competitions and activities to get involved in during the week:
*Every night from Mon - Thurs the Bookfair will be in the Junior Hall from 3.30pm!
*Wednesday is the Year 6 Enterprise Project where they run a sale in school ...bring your money as there will be loads of fab games, food and prizes as well as books to buy!
*Friday is the BIG competition day. All prizes will be given out on this day. This is also when you can get dressed up...Egyptian style!
(For other information about Book Week, please check the letters sent home before half term)
REMEMBER...Book Week is when we choose our Gold Writer in KS1 and KS2. It could be anyone, so work hard!
If anyone reads this entry and you find information about Ancient Egypt using the internet/researching in the library...Miss Allen will give you a Frogget!!!!!!!!!!!!! Roll on March 8th!
The amazing Summer 2009 Musical is now available to buy on DVD for a bargain price of £5!! If you would like to purchase a copy, ask Mrs Redhead at Reception or Miss Allen in the Y2 classroom.
The Year 5 and 6 children put in loads of time and energy to make this a fantastic musical. Many people said it was 'better than going to the theatre'! Our children can match the talent of those on the stages of London! I can't wait for this year's musical...
Please make a comment on the website to say what you enjoyed about Oliver!
Sheila and Katie came to see us today. They are from Miss Allen's church (Living Waters Church).
As part of Interfaith Week, Sheila and Katie came to talk to us about their faith. They visited all our classrooms and led a whole school assembly. Sheila made a banana appear from nowhere in a magic trick. She wanted us to eat dog food! Don't worry parents...it was only chopped up mars bars and jelly with a different label on. She told us that we should never judge people by their outward appearance!
We heard the story of Frd with the wobbly legs (the paralysed man story in the Bible) and asked Sheila questions about what she believed. What a fab day! She wants to come and visit again!
This week, we are learning about Judaism. Michael Glickman, a Jewish man who lives in Gateshead came to visit our school. He spoke to Year 2 about the Torah.
We didn't know anything about the Torah at the beginning of the lesson. The Torah is the first 5 books of the bible. We found out that the books of the Torah is written on scrolls and they are kept in a cupboard in the synagogue. They can't be touched at all. People use a 'yad' to point to the words. This week we are going to find out loads of information about Judaism!
Tempest, the school photograher will be in school Thursday 25th February 2010. As usual family groups with pre-school children will be done before school. Children must be in their class for 9:00am for their mark. Famiy groups of children within school, will be taken during the day. If you would like your child's hair to be tidied, please provide them with their own brush/comb as children are not allowed to share.
At Roman Road this week we will be celebrating Inter Faith Week. Our focus this week will be to meet people who will talk about their religion and to learn about others' faith traditions.
On Monday we will be having an assembly with Michael Glickman based on Judaism.
Tuesday we have a visit from Sheila who is going to talk to us about Christianity.
Classes will also be studying a specific religion
Nursery / Reception / Year One
Year 2 / Year 3
Year 4 / Year 6
Year 5 / MSB
We look forward to sharing all our work in a whole school display.
It made you laugh and cry...our KS1 Christmas Musical was FAB! We spent ages practising and learning the songs and everyone performed brilliantly. Thank you to all staff for your fantastic input. Thank you to all the children for their hard work. Thank you to all the parents for your support!
Due to expected snow on Friday, our Carol Service will now take place in school at 2pm.
School will be closed on Monday 4th January for INSET day.
Children return to school on Tuesday 5th January.
Ben and Danny returned to Roman Road on our Bling Day. They astounded us again with their brilliant skills and reminded us how important bike safety was.
Everyone had a great time despite the cold weather. Ben and Danny also helped with the bike raffle. Our lucky winners were:
Nursery - Jamie Greener
Reception - Ruby Robson
Year 1 - Brooke Widdrington
Year 2- Melissa Quinn
Year 3 - Leah Burnham
Year 4 - Callum Robinson
Year 5 - Lucas Turnbull
Year 6 - Craig Sutton
MSB - Jake Reed
Our lucky winners should receive their bikes in the next week or so. Well done to all those who rode their bikes to school. You were amazing.
Above is a picture of some of Key Stage One's bikes and scooters on our Bling Day.
Some things have changed and some haven't !!!! There are some fixtures and fittings around the school buildings that are the original ones from 1959- can you find them ?
The picture above from 1959 shows a shop which was set up in what is now the corridor outside Mrs Jones' room. Look for some of the food and household brands that still exist today. Paxo is one. Can you find anymore ?
Another photograph. This time from the infant buidling. Do you know anyone on it ? Do you have any memories from the school in the past ? If so, please send a comment via the website.
The school is coming up to it's 50th birthday. As part of the celebrations, we are looking for past pupils to tell us about their favourite memories of the school. The easiest way to do this, is to add a comment to this article.
We are looking for responses from ex-pupils including those that have just left and those that have been left for some time !!! We would especially welcome any comments from ex members of staff.
Keep a watch on the site for the comments and also about future events to celebrate Roman Road at 50 !!
Our school went to Gateshead Stadium to see astronauts visiting the region. The 5 astronauts, who have been on the space shuttle 'Discovery' did a commentary to a video about their mission in space. After lunch they returned to answer questions. It was then time for photographs with the astronauts. A memorable, once in a lifetime experience.
The robotics team had to complete a series of challenges and gain the most points to become champions. The first challenge was to programme the robot to follow a line and avoid a defender. The second challenge was to programme the robot to score a goal and celebrate. The third challenge was to programme the robot to dribble the ball around defenders. Extra points were gained if a goal was scored. Well done for completing all the challenges and scoring the most points.
Our fantastic Year 5 Robotics team are Gateshead Champions!!!!!
Well done to Kate, Liam, Kevin & Megan for working so well together to bring back another Robotics win for the school - the second in three years.
Thank you to Mr Bradshaw for all of the hard work that he has put in with this team and the other teams he is involved with.
Photos to follow.
Twenty five year 6 children and six year 5 children have returned from an action packed week at the Barnabus Trust's Centre at Whithaugh Park. It doesn't seem a minute since we did our first visit to the centre in 2003 and this visit was number 7!!!
During the week we had mixed weather, some sunshine and some rain (well actually alot of rain on the Wednesday!!!!) - serves us right for going in the week when the Hoppings starts in Newcastle.
Various activities were undertaken including abseiling, rafting and kayaking. For the first time we had Gorge walking which lots of children enjoyed the most. A pity the rain was too heavy to take the camera out to snap Mrs Miller coming down a bank on her stomach!! An act that had everyone including Naomi (one of the instructors) creased up with laughter.
Lots of children took part in all the activities. A lot of them getting over the fear of water or heights as well as living with a group of other children for five days. This was one of the best groups we've had for taking part in the activities so well done everyone.
The photos are in the gallery and be got to directly by clicking on this link:
Not long to go until Whithaugh Park!!!!!
All children need to make sure they are involved in packing their bag or case so they know where things are.
Lets hope for spectacular weather.
Year 5 had a great day working with an African artist performing Gumboot dancing and drumming.
As part of a project with The Linking Network, Year 5 have been working with the children at Oakfield Junior School. They have visited The Shipley Art Gallery and worked with their link partners to produce joint pieces of art work to be displayed in both schools. Oakfield Year 5 children then visited Roman Road to work with their partners here in a fun filled day of African Arts. We worked with an artist to practise and perform some gumboot dancing and drumming workshops. They also made African mask designs to display in school. We will be visiting Oakfield Junior School soon to continue our link project.
At the moment, we are waiting for our own published book 'We are Writers!'. The books will be here soon so do not worry if you have ordered a copy.
Our writing at Roman Road is getting better and better! Before Easter we uploaded our best examples of work onto the Scholastic Website and our very own published book was available to order at the Book Fair in March. When the books arrive, there will be a few which can still be purchased at the cost of £5.99. They are worth every penny!!!
We have been enjoying a performance by the Kosmic Krew which was about Superheroes.
'I thought it was fantastic.' by Leroy McGillan Agar - year 4
'I thought it was really funny and great when the troll got hit.' by Courtney Fallon - year 3
'I thought that the face on the tree was really funny and the dancing was good.' by Rebecca Thompson - year 6
You can see their site:
We've had an amazing visit from a BMX stunt team. They came to demonstrate their skills in front of a crowd of children, parents and staff as part of the school's prize for coming second in the country in the Bike It 'Around the World' project.
After coming 2nd in the Round the World Virtual Bike Race, which included schools across England and Wales, part of our prize was to have some fantastic stunt riders at our school
Any parents or carers wishing to see Ben and Danny are to arrive on the Y5/6 yard for 10.15am on Friday 24th April.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Oliver is coming to Roman Road ... that's the MUSICAL Oliver!
All of Roman Road's Concerts are brilliant because the children are brilliant and everyone works really hard to make them spectacular. This year we are going to perform our own version of the famous musical. It will be performed in the Junior Hall in the penultimate week of the Summer Term! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Children in Years 1, 2, 3 and MSB had a lovely surprise on the last day of term.
The Easter bunny had hidden little tokens all around the school field and yard. In return for these tokens were chocolate eggs. Miss Stubbs, Mrs Inkster, Mr Slane, Mrs Cairns and Miss Parkin helped us find them. Rayne managed to find one of the special tokens which got him an extra big egg. We all had great fun!! We hope you all have a lovely Easter.
Well done to Celine and Andrew from year 6 who represented our school in the Heworth Cluster Sportshall Athletics team at Gateshead Stadium last Thursday.
They were both involved in track and field events as part of a team which involved children from three other Primary schools.
The girl's team came fourth overall while the boy's team came fifth.
Check all of the photographs in the gallery of our fair. We raised £375. An exellent time was had by all and a big thank you to all the people who donated and helped out on the day.
Helping Hands at Roman Road Primary School are holding a Christmas Fair on Friday 12th December from 2pm untill 4pm. There will be refreshments on sale along with festive food, tombola's, book and toy stall, guess our Reindeers name along with our Grand draw tickets to buy which are 50p each(drawn on Thursday 18th December after the whole school carol service). Santa is also paying us a visit so the children can see him at the fair.
Children can be picked up from their class from 2pm.
Mrs B Lacey
A great big thank you to all the children and staff who took part in the pyjama day on Friday 14th November. Together we raised a whopping £130 which I donated to the children in need appeal.
Mrs B Lacey
Christmas is fast approaching and at Roman Road we have a fantastic, exciting, incredible event coming to our school. Read on to find out more.
On December 2nd all of the children in Roman Raod will be participating in a huge singing event. Oh no, we're not, oh yes we are! But even better than that, we are making our own Christmas CD!!!!!!!
We will be recording a variety of Christmas songs and hymns that you will all know and love. We hope the project will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for pupils and teachers. (Yes, even Mr. Allsop will have to join in and sing!) The whole school will be involved in the recording and will get to be stars for the day. A professional company will be coming into school to make all of the recordings and will then produce the CD's.
Children will also participate in a class project to design artwork for the front cover. The lucky winner will have their artwork produced by a professional graphics team and will feature on the front cover of the CD.
A letter will be coming out with children soon offerring you the chance to pre-order you CD's. Just think they will make fantastic Christmas presents for relatives as well as being a timeless keepsake. The cost of a CD will be £10.
So don't delay. Children get practising and parents get ready to be amazed.
Roman Road have been hitting the press lately. We are lucky enough to be the 100th school to adopt a Red Kite. We have been featured on teletext TV.
We have named our Red Kite - Centurion. All the classes will be able to see a photo of Centurion along with a pack of information all about Red Kites.
Year One were happy to show us the life size model of a Red Kite. We can't wait to be able to visit him.
Photos from the year 6 leaver's disco can be found in the gallery after following the link for 'Events' and then going to page 2.
First pictures from our excellent year 6 group (plus one year 5) as they performed in front of a packed hall tonight. Well done to everyone for an exceptional performance. Keep looking at the gallery for further photos.
Yestrday, July 3rd 2008, two children from Key Stage 1 were proud to accept Roman Road's Silver Artsmark Award.
The celebration of Artsmark took place at Northern Stage in Newcastle and was attended by two Key Stage One children, Mrs Barnes and Mrs Inkster. The event was hosted by a comedian (who was very funny), presentations from schools who had achieved Gold and Silver Artsmark last year and finally over 80 schools who were there to collect their prestigious award.
We are extremely proud of our schools achievements and couldn't wait to collect our award and goody bag. This award shows that Roman Road is commited to providing our pupils with a range of creative experiences.
Many thanks to the two children who were extremely well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon out of school. Congratulations to all pupils and staff who have worked extremely hard to achieve this award.
We arrived at school on June 27th at 8.30am all kitted out and ready to go to Gateshead International Stadium, home of the 10th Schools Athletics festival. How did we do?
A selection of children from Year 3 -6 had taken part in trials across the month in school and were then chosen to represent Roman Road at the festival. We particpated in a huge number of events from sprints, skipping, relays, long jump, javelin, cricket ball throw and many more.
All of the children who participated were incredible! They had a fantastic team spirit and represented our school superbly both on and off the track.
We were able to secure a semi final place in all of our races: sprint, skipping and relays. With all of the children giving 100% effort. We went on to have three opportunities in the finals - Year 5/6 Boys skipping, Year 5/6 Boys 80m Sprint and finally the Year 5/6 Boys Relay.
David Kippen represented the school in all three events and was an amazing team captain. He was just pipped to a medal in the skipping. By the time the final race of the day approached we were all extremely nervous.
The relay started with a fantastic first leg by Josh Archibald who powered down the track, Liam McDonald had a great baton change and held our position well, Jamie McKeown roared down the track gaining ground all of the time and had a clean baton change to David Kippen who never gave up and was determined that our day would end with a medal.
It did! The boys brought home a silver medal for Roman Road. Fantastic!
By the end of the day Mr. Allsop was sunburnt, Mrs Inkster and Mrs Rushton had lost their voices and Mr Bradshaw was floating with delight at the results.
Congratulations to all of the children that took part you were amazing and a credit to our school.
The children from nursery, reception and year one have the pleasure of inviting their families and friends to their Sports Day. It will take place on Thursday 3rd July 2008 at 9.30am.
The children are very excited at participating in this years sports day! They have all been practising really hard and are raring to go! If you have an hour free we would love to see you cheering us on in our races.
Year 6 have just returned from an enjoyable week at Whithaugh Park.
You can see the first lot of photos in the gallery section of this site.
After beating a slow journey up to the site, the rainy weather and of course the midgies, year 6 took took part in lots of activities on the land (and under it), in the water and in the air with the famous parachute drop from the climbing tower.
Miss Allen didn't get lost on the orienteering - a first !!!
More children took part in activities than ever before and the year group were great at eating the excellent food served by Steve and his staff from Copshaw Kitchen in the village.
We even held our own disco in which the classic 'Don't Go Breaking my Heart' by Elton John and Kiki Dee was danced to by boy and girl partners. Look out for future photos to come - especially from the bride and groom competition.
Children from Roman Road Primary School participated in Gateshead's Line Dancing Festival last night.
The children and parents thoroughly enjoyed the event, with everyone taking part and 'having a go', parents included! Children from Year 3, 4 and 5 represented the school and their behaviour was exceptional, they are a credit to our school.
We look forward to participating in next year with a view to having our own dance to present to the audience.
Many thanks to Miss Ternent, Miss Stubbs and Mrs Lacey for all their hard work in teaching the children the dances.
Photos to follow soon
Our year 5 team of Daniel, Brogan, Rebecca & Joe have been taking part in a Lego Robotics heat at Heworth CLC.
They had to program the robot to different tasks using a range of sensors and commands.
Two other schools, Ryton & Brandling were involved in the heat.
Our tem had practised really hard for the competition under the guidance of Mr Bradshaw.
Our fantastic four of Adam, Nicole, Chloe & Joe worked as a brilliant team to win their heat of the animation competition at Heworth Grange.
The team were winners in a heat that included children from Brandling, St. John RC and Bill Quay.
The children had to construct a storyboard and make an animation using toys, a computer and a camera. They were marked on how they worked together as well as their artwork and the finished product.
A digital camcorder was their prize which will be used by the children in school. The children will attend the final in April.
More photos of the day can be seen in the gallery.
Time to announce - Roman Road Primary School will be performing at Gateshead's Dance Festival in March at Gateshead Leisure Centre.
Nearly 30 children in Year 5 and Year 6 have been getting put through their paces by Mrs Inkster and Miss Ternent every Wednesday evening, in preparation for their performance at Gateshead's Dance Festival.
Initially there were lots of red faces and aching muscles but we are now grooving away and looking like professionals.
The dance festival will take place on Thursday 13th March 2008 6.00p.m. - 7.45p.m.
Admission is by programme only and these must be rquested at school by Wednsday 13th February. Unfortunately there is a limit of two tickets per perfomer. The costs are as follows:
Children / Senior Citizens £2.00.
Parents may use video cameras or take photos provided they have signed the Lesiure Centre registration forms on the night.
Parking will be on the street around Gateshead Leisure Centre. Arrive early to ensure a space.
The centre doors into Maple Hall will open to spectators at 5.15pm. Dancers will need to arrive at the Leisure centre no later than this time. They will be met in the reception area by a member of staff from Roman Road.
The cafe in the leisure centre is clearly sign posted and will remain open until 7.30p.m. However food is not to be brought into Maple Hall. Children will need to bring a bottle of water with them on the night.
The orgnisers of the festival have requested that parents and children make every effot to remain throughout the festival and performances to share in the spirit of the festival "in sharing good practice."
If you have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Inkster.
We hope you will be there to see us excite and enthrall with all our cool dance moves!
Further information can be found by clicking on the link below.
Uploaded by Mrs Inkster
Nearly every child in the school lined up outside school and walked out to join a fleet of coaches which took us to the Tyne Theatre to watch the pantomime Sleeping Beauty.
Children from reception through to year 6, were entertained by a cast of local actors, dancers and comedians who put a very North Eastern slant on the traditional story.
As the show was coming to an end, some children were invited onto the stage. Craig from year 4 and Corey from year 2 joined comedian Maxie on stage. The highlight was when Maxie started to talk to Corey who continued to talk and talk back to him. "Put the kettle on... we might be here some time," shouted Maxie to the backstage crew as Corey entertained the whole audience.
The whole afternoon was very entertaining and was made possible by the hard work of Mrs Inkster.
What did you think of the panto ? Comment on it using the link below.
We have been watching Jack and the Beanstalk.
Our basketball team played in the Gateshead Schools final held at Gateshead Stadium.
The squad consisting of Andrew, Jordan, Caitlin, Lauren, Kayne, Josh, Jamie and Laura performed well considering they hadn't played many matches to get to the final.
A win against Dunston Riverside was the highlight with the squad getting a draw and two defeats in the other matches.
Carr Hill Primary School were the overall winners after beating Winlaton West in the final.
In school on Monday 3rd December.
S and P Theatre Productions are coming to Roman Road on Monday 3rd December 2007. We look forward to seeing them back in our school and are eagerly awaiting their performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.
An update on the performance will follow soon.
Children from year 3 have been busy making dustcaps for their bikes.
James from Bike-It, the project linked to our school to make bike riding safer, showed the children how to make them using clay.
This is one of many activities in the Bike-It project.
A special visitor came into class to see the children.
Trinny the Mongrel came in with Mrs McKeown.
Trinny is a 'hearing' dog. We all are used to seeing dogs being used to help blind people but it's a bit more unusual to have a visit from a hearing dog.
Hearing dogs help people that are deaf to respond to sounds like doorbells and smoke alarms. As with dogs for the blind, hearing dogs are also trained to a high standard.
The children enjoyed meeting Trinny and finding out about the job she does.
Pippa Bell from Magic Lantern has been at Roman Road today. We have been lucky enough to have Pippa come and show us her fantastic interactive art presentations.
Pippa has been teaching us how to interpret paintings and enhance our observational skills, which in turn improves our own practical creatvity. She used original artists materials and allowed us to dry paint over the images on the screen.
Year 1 looked at the stories that could be found in paintings.
Year 2 - nativity
Year 3 - pattern
Year 4 - viewpoints
Year 5 - animals in paintings
Year 6 - Victorians
Pippa said she was "extremely impressed with the enthusiasm of the children from Roman Road" and she was glad to be back. We hope to see her again next year.
Photos to folow soon
Our newly formed PTA (Parents Teachers Association) operated their first event tonight, a spectacular Halloween disco with lots of games and music.
Parents and staff spent a lot of time in preparing the hall as well as the games and other activities. There were many excellent costumes worn by the children and the adults !!
Some of the photos are shown here and there are more in the Image Gallery - Click the link at the top of the site.
Please support the PTA in school.
This week at Roman Road we have had the privilege of working with Michelle from Krafty Kids, designing and making some fantastic plates.
We started by designing some plates with help from our parents and family. On Wednesday Michelle arrived with all the plates, pens, aprons and much more. We were then shown how to use the pens to draw our designs onto our plates. The final results were fantastic!
We collected our plates on Thursday evening and took them home to cook in the oven. This sets the paint and varnish on the plates. That night, many of us had our tea from a personalised, individual plate. And to top it all off we learnt fantastic new skills and had great fun.
Photos to come soon.
Forget the Olynpics or the Boat Race, our children had introductory session with Mr Tellyn from Heworth Grange on how to use their impressive rowing machines.
Over the coming months, they will take part in challenges which will be entered on to computer. From this, league tables from different schools will be drawn up thus making it a real challenge.
The children really enjoyed their first event. It was exhausting but they can't wait for next month and a new challenge.
On the 21st of June 2007, year 3 and 4 went on a trip to the Sage to perform some songs with other schools. At 1 o clock in the afternoon we went for a practice. But we did the real performance at 7pm. In the afternoon we travelled by a coach but on the night time we had to make our own way there.
We had a live orchestra, which included all ages. We had one interval. There were more people on playing musical instruments so that the whole performance took longer than we had expected.
We all really enjoyed it!!!
By Nicole Stell and Joe Hunter
23 children from years 4,5 & 6 took part in the Athletics Festival at Gateshead Stadium recently. Various different activities based around running, skipping, jumping and throwing kept the children busy.
As some of team were away at Whithaugh Park, others took their place and performed really well with a large number of semi final and final places being gained.
We won a gold medal in the year 3/4 skipping to cap a very good performance by both teams.
Above all, the behaviour was excellent as was our support from the parents. Well done everyone.
On the 22nd of June 2007 yr4, 5, and 6 went to Gateshead Stadium and went to compete against 46 other schools. Nearly all of us got in to the semi finals and many more got into the finals. It was a great success.
We couldn't do without Mrs.A.Inkster and Mr.J.Bradshaw.
The year 6 football team came third in the Heworth Grange Cluster six-a-side football tournament.
This was a really good achievement as the team had just been put together within the last week.
Roman Road's scores were:
v. Bill Quay drew 1-1
v. The Drive won 1-0
v. Wardley lost 2-1
v. Whitemere lost 1-0
Danielle P. scored all Roman Road's goals.
The rest of the squad were : Zoe, Jessica, Abbie, Vicky, Holly, Carly & Rachel P.
Well done to all the girls on a really good performance.
Children from year 6 with some from year 5 have been very busy preparing their performance of Aladdin. It will be held at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June starting at 7pm (doors open 6pm)
Tickets can be bought from the Junior School Hall on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th June at 3.30pm. They are priced at £1 for children attending our school and £2 for other people.
Can you afford to miss the excitement ?
Durham County Schools Year 4 Football Competition
Our year four football squad played in the County Competition.
They won their first group by winning all three matches:
v. Falla Park 5-0
v. Colegate Greens 2-0
v. Colegate Reds 2-0
They then played at St. Mary’s School, Sunderland in the semi finals. Unfortunately, they missed the final by one point. The scores were:
v. St Mary’s (Sunderland) – lost – 1-0
v. Westoe Crown (South Shields) – won – 2-1 (goalscorers - Ross Butler & Liam McDonald)
v. Easington C of E. (Peterlee) – won – 1-0 (goalscorer - Ross Butler)
St. Marys went through to the final.
Today children in Years 1, 2 and 3 have been on a tour of Springwell Estate. The children were met by members of Gateshead Counil housing, community workers and local police officers. The children took on the role as junior estate officers. They walked around the estate taking pictures and identifying areas to be improved. The children looked lovely in their bright yellow jackets! To round the morning off every child received a backpack of goodies!
At present Year 6 are working hard towards their end of year performance. We are extremely lucky to have been chosen to present our musical at the local Arts College, Heworth Grange Comprehensive. Our school will be the first to perform Aladdin and we are all very excited -because Heworth have a real theatre. This will be the first time we will have access to lighting, pyrotechnics and extensive sound equipment.
Rehearsals take place at least four times a week and include dancing, singing and acting. Miss Allen and Mrs Inkster say that by the end of this production they will either be grey or running away to join the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The cast consists of mostly Year 6 pupils with the chorus being helped out by Year 5. It is set to be our most fantastic production EVER! The main characters include
Aladdin - Bradley Botcherby
Jasmine - Melissa Stokoe
Jafar - Ryan Batey
Iago - Harry Thompson
Sultan - Danny Gore
Narrator 1 - Amber Smith
Narrator 2 - Ryan Edgar
Narrator 3 - Rachel Payne
Narrator 4 - Josh Archibald
Narrator 5 - Danielle Parker
Razoul - James McRoy
Tickets will be on sale at Roman Road School Office from 1st June 2007. Performances are Wednesday 13th June and Thursday 14th June at 7pm.
Tickets cost £2 for adults and non-pupils,
£1 for pupils, children
Free - under 5
Looking forward to seeing you in Our Whole New World!
Today all of Roman Road were dressing up as book characters and after lunch year 6 held a fun afternoon including face painting, where's the white rabbit and lots more.
More to come.
Book Week is the week beginning 5th March ! Many exciting things are going to be happening at Roman Road, which have mainly been organised by the Year 6 class as their enterprise project. We are having 2 competitions for prizes - making a bookmark and producing a piece of work about a book. The best pieces of work produced in each Key Stage will receive a gold reader award! The bookfair is in school all week and we are having a mammoth sponsored readathon. Our sponsored event last year raised a massive £1200 for the school! WOW! On the Friday of Bookweek, we are all dressing up as characters from books - even the teachers! We are also enjoying a fun afternoon in the hall with lots of books to buy and games to play. We are going to have a FAB time!
All children, staff and parents worked very hard during anti bullying week. The slogan this year was, "SEE IT, GET HELP, STOP IT". Children did lots of work, including role plays and designing posters. On the Friday everybody demonstrated that they were working together to stop bullying at Roman Road by coming to school dressed in blue.
On the 8th of December 2006, the staff arranged a special day to raise money for a children's hospital.
One person in each class was rewarded with a special prize if they had the best costume.If you wanted to dress up you would of had to pay £1. You could choose to dressed up as any character out of Peter Pan.
This day was decided on when Miss Allen wanted to produce the play Peter Pan.
The production will be held on Wedensday the 13th December and Thusday 14th December at 6:00pm.
Everyone is welcome to come to see the play. We hope that if you come you will enjoy this performance.
A dance teacher called Miss Scott is in school teaching the year three and four
classes how to dance. She is from Heworth Grange Comprehensive school . She does the dancing in the junior hall.
The dance teacher comes in on Mondays. She does the dancing at 2.30pm on an afternoon. Miss Scott started teaching year four street dance moves in October.
In December year four are going to do a performance, with Miss Scott. It’s about Christmas. Year four are very excited . It’s going to be performed after the Christmas play and it’s going to be really good!
By Katie Sanderson
A dance teacher started to teach year four and year three in the middle October,
at Roman Road School. The dance teachers name is Mrs Scott. She normally teaches at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School.
She teaches the children in the key stage two hall because it is big enough to fit everyone in.
They are learning some street dance moves and now learning a Christmas
Dance witch will be performed in December. They skids. It is going to be
Great! Look forward to see the photos on this site soon.
By Chloe Carney.
Every Monday, a dance teacher from Heworth Grange School called Miss Scott, comes into Roman Road School. Miss Scott teaches year three and year four. She comes at 2:30 pm.
Miss Scott mostly teaches street dance but can do other dances too. Year three and year four practice in the Junior hall. Miss Scott shows us different steps and moves. She comes to help us learn more and get better at things we can’t do in P.E.
Miss Scott uses different music, so we can entertain everyone. It is very important that we learn our positions and steps, because we are going to show the rest of our school in a performance in December.
By Nicole Stell
On Friday, Edwardo visited Roman Road Primary School.He done incredible acrobatic tricks including, front flips and back flips.Also he done fantastic tricks with chairs and very hard juggling .He got children to help him do miming skills, it was a great success.
Our school swimming team came second overall in the Gateshead East swimming gala which is by far our highest placing in recent years. First place was missed by only two points. Well done to the team of Kerry Etherington, Beth Hunter, Danielle Parker, Vicky Stephenson, Nicky Mowbray, Scott McBeth, Lewis Thompson, Callum Forster and Josh Hall.
More details to follow.
At Roman Road we continue to include many musical activities within the curriculum. We have half termly visits from the fabulous Gateshead Music Team! There are always opportunities for us to join in and we thouroughly enjoy the visits!
The children in Key Stage Two are continuing to learn key board skills with the Music Co-ordinator as part of their music time. They learn listening, perorming nd composing skills. There maybe another Chopin coming from our school!
The Harvest festival was very successful and we sang beautifully! The carol service was also a sucess, some children singing solo and in small groups.
The Key Stage Two Christmas production was 'Rock Around Christmas'. The modern perfomance went down well with both children and adults. The performers worked very hard and learnt their lines and songs completely in their own time as part of the 'Performing Arts' after school club.
We definately have some budding actors and singers here at Roman Road.
We look forward to working towards this years school performances including an Easter Service, Year 6 production of Grease and the Foundation Stage Spring concert.