Year 4 learnt all about Fair trade as it has been "Fair trade fortnight". We played a water carrying game. Some of us had to carry water in cups with lots of holes while the other team had intact cups. We certainly know what 'fairness' is now! We decorated feet after talking about Fair trade and watching videos. We all had a great discussion about the trade of bananas and the chain of trade which gets them to us. Year 4 think it's unfair that the farm worker gets 1p and the supermarket 15p out of the 30p paid for a banana.
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!
Our MP, Ian Mearns, came to visit Roman Road. He spent two hours catching up with the children who visited London recently. He also met the Curriculum Council and Eco Council. Our Eco Heroes told him how Eco Friendly we are and what we are planning ro do regarding Climate Change this term!
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!!!
Following a thank you letter sent by one of our children who went to London, our local MP Mr Ian Mearns came on a visit to school.
Whilst in the school, he spoke to lots of children who showed him displays and described what they were about. The displays which he saw were about some of the initiatives and projects that are running or have been running in school such as London, Creative Curriculum, Read Write Inc, Eco Schools and Robotics within ICT.
Twenty five children from year 5 & 6 had a fantastic trip to London.
After setting off early from Newcastle Central Station on the Tuesday, we reached Kings Cross after three hours.
During the rest of the first day the children saw Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, The Mall and Trafalgar Square. We also went inside the National Art Gallery and the Aquarium.
After a nice meal at the hotel, we went on a night time walk where we saw Hyde Park and the outside of the Royal Albert Hall.
Day two started with a brief visit to look at Big Ben and then Downing Street.
From there, we had an outstanding tour around the Houses of Parliament. This was followed by an excellent workshop about elections and voting (some children got voted to be MP's). Our trip to Parliament finished with a very interesting talk by our MP, Ian Mearns.
After leaving Parliament we got the Tube to Piccadilly Circus and then walked down the Haymarket to Planet Hollywood restaurant where we had a great meal. It was then time for shopping and a look at the lights at Piccadilly Circus before heading back to Kings Cross.
All the children were extremely well behaved. They were very sensible especially while making a number of journeys on the London Underground and walking in some busy places.
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!!
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!
Year 2 are learning how to be Eco Heroes this Term. Here are some of the exciting things we will be learning...
…how rainforests/jungles have positive affect on environment and how they are adversely affected by people
…challenges facing India (litter and hygiene)
…current environmental issues
…what to recycle and how best to do it
…the school’s beliefs about Eco Friendly issues
…what they do as a family to recycle or to be more Eco Friendly
..alternative forms of power (solar, wind)
…how our school can be more Eco Friendly
…human and physical aspects of rainforest
…where in the world are rainforests/jungles
…to discuss what they have found out
…to find short and long term solutions to problems
…to show an understanding of world issues
…to plan, develop and evaluate work
…to negotiate, plan and perform
To read and write…
…a report on ways to be Eco Friendly/’Cats’
…explanation how to make organic ‘jungle’ cakes
…diary of a jungle animal
…a narrative about what will happen in the world if we don’t take better care (‘Rainforest’ by Helen Cowcher)
…a poster to encourage recycling
…an explanation about the water cycle
…questions to find out more about the jungle
…instructions on how to plant a seed
…letter to wwf to sponsor a tiger
…find the weight of recycled materials
…collection and display of data showing recycled materials (use of excel)
..2D Shape based around sorting recycled shapes
…solutions to number and data problems based around the theme
…measuring lengths of plants and comparing
…problems involving change
…an allotment for growing own produce to sell to community
…a jungle magnetic game (ICT for background)
…jungle animal painting (style of Andy Warhol)
…a moving butterfly toy
…a short film based upon Eco theme
…symmetrical recycled masks
…jungle masks (Family challenge – made from recycled materials)
…tiger hand puppets
…experiments and investigations based around plants/healthy eating
…dance or music made from recycled instruments (Stomp & Vegetable Orchestra)
…a song about Eco theme
…a rap using our school Eco Code
Science – Electricity, Materials, and their Properties. Theme of SC2 (Life Processes and Living things) to be incorporated where possible into theme.
RE – Jewish Hannukkah and Christian beliefs
Numeracy/ICT – 2D and 3D shapes. Use of Logo Programme
Don't forget to bring in your coppers to fill your Polar Bottle this Winter time!
We support the Svalbard Polar Bears who are being affected by Climate Change!
Have a look on our map in the Junior Hall to see who else we support around the world!!
Year 2 are learning all about WATER in the Autumn Term
*Materials…floating and sinking & Electricity
*Famous figures associated with the sea and sea travel
*Creatures and plants living in or near the sea
*What sort of shops/businesses do you find at the seaside? What is sold? How far away form the seaside do we live?…look at maps of coastline
*Water Aid and how important it's work is
*Water, beach and sun safety…life guards/using sun screen
*Stories about the seaside/pirates
*What is a tongue twister?
*What is the ‘Water Cycle’
*The geography of the seaside…physical and human features & the effect of the sea on the land
To read and write…
*Instructions how to build a sandcastle
*Report/Leaflet…The seaside/Under the sea (creatures and their habitats)/Human & Man-made features
*Postcards…from the children/from a fantasy or historical character.
*Sea poems – write & analyse
*Narratives about seaside adventures
*Diary of a sea creature
*Story of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’
*Christian & Jewish Bible stories linked to sea/water…
*The solutions to problems based on capacity
*The solutions to number problems based around a sea shore theme (4 operations)
*Seascapes…using printing and painting techniques and various mediums
*Magnetic Sea Game …using shoe boxes
*Boats and test materials for their waterproofing and buoyancy.
*Observational drawings & paintings…shells/waves/reflection paintings
*A working lighthouse (Electricity)
*Songs and rounds about the sea and sea shanties
*Their own tongue twisters
*Dance based upon movements of the sea/sea creature
*Musical class composition based upon building of a ship
*Role play…pirates/mermaid market
*PE : Gymnstics – Apparatus; Cricket Skills; Hoola Hooping; Dance
Who is God?, Prayer, The Creation story, Harvest, The Christmas Story.
*PSHE & C…New beginnings & ‘Getting on and falling out’
Making friends, school and class rules, dealing with conflict.
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.
As part of our Eco Week challenge, we raised money for the Svalbard Polar Bears. We raised over £200 altogether and every class received a certificate to put in their portfolio. this amazing amount raised means we can support the polar bears for another 2 years.WOW!
A few coppers goes a long way to support the polar bears, who are being affected by global warming! Send in all the coppers you can!
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!
Roman Road has joined the 10:10 initiative as part of our Sustainable School theme.
10:10 unites individuals and organisations around one goal: cutting our emissions by 10% in 2010.
Year 5 are looking at ways in which the school can save energy. We have already started cutting our energy use . We have monitors to check the screens are turned off in the ICT suite; we are increasing the recycling done by the school;and we are monitoring the school's use of electricity. Do you have any suggestions to help us meet our energy saving target?
Why not join in the 10:10 challenge yourself. Visit http://www.1010uk.org/ to see what you can do to help.
As usual, the children, parents and carers of Roman Road do not let us down with their fundraising efforts. We are pleased to announce that we have raised £276 for Omar, a 9 year old boy who lives in Senegal.
With the help of Action Aid, we are now his proud sponsors and await our opportunity to write to him and send him small gifts. Many, many thanks on his behalf. We are sure he will appreciate it, more than we will ever know. (Photo to follow soon).
There are not enough words in the dictionary that would express our many thanks to Lawrence Nyanzi from Teeside University and Uganda, for the wonderful opportunities he has given to the children, parents and staff of Roman Road. We will miss you very much Lawrence and we hope you know - you are welcome to visit us anytime!
Many, many thanks.
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.
Year One have made some fabulous clay pots made in the traditional Ghana way. In Ghana the women and girls make clay pots for cooking and cleaning. They make the pot with clay and start with the top, then adding the bottom once it has dried slightly in the sun. We had a great time and were very pleased with the results.
Photos from the visit of the Lions of Zululand can be found in the gallery. Click below for the direct link:
Lions of Zululand pictures
Look out for other photos from the African topic fortnight to follow.
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.
As part of the African fortnight, year 4's project has been to learn about Fairtrade and then produce a Powerpoint.
The Powerpoint is to be shown to vistors at the whole school African showcase afternoon. So far, the children have sent e-mails to schools in Ghana and Uganda, went fairtrade shopping at the CO-OP, joined Comic Relief's Pa Pa Paa Live site, took part in role play & researched Fairtrade using the internet.
They have also explained to Year 3 about Fairtrade and what they've found out.
Year 4 visited the CO-Op at Wrekenton to find out about Fairtrade products.
This was in preparation for their African Fortnight challenge.
The store manager told the children many interesting facts and they were all given a bar of Fairtrade chocolate (which was eaten by the time we walked back to school !!)
Year 4 are very grateful to thye CO-OP for helping us out with the project.
We have been writing African stories this week and we wrote the story of the Tortoise and the Baboon. Next we made them into books. They are fabulous. Look out for them at the Showcase.
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.
We were all very suprised todayin assembly to find out Mrs Jones is related to the very famous archaeologist Indiana Jones.
He had sent her an African story of the Greedy Zebra that helped us learn all about grabbing opportunities and making the most of them.
Make sure you make the most of all of the opportunties that come your way.
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.
As part of our forthcoming work on Africa, we will be soon linking with the country of Ghana.
Very soon children will be exchanging information about what life is like in the two countries.
As part of this, the school is now linked to the Pa Pa Paa website.
This site, which is partly ran by Comic Relief, sends out webcasts from a school in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Children from the Great Fammis School talk about their life in the village. As part of the link up, we are able to e-mail questions which will be answered in the webcast.
The school was built using money from Fairtrade. Fairtrade believes that farming families should get a fair amount of money for what they produce. Cocoa beans for chocolate is the major produce of the area. Lots of the families of the children at the school are tomato farmers.
Year 3 & 4 are focussing on Fairtrade but we will be looking for questions to ask the school from everyone !!
Pa Pa Paa :
Can you use the site to find out what Pa Pa Paa means in the Ghanaian language of Twi?
As part of our learning about world around us and the issues people from different countries face, we will be posting links to different online activities that can be done.
This is is an excellent activity from the Christian Aid website that involves the 'Global Gang' going out on a mission.
We are an Eco School! We will shortly be asking pupils and staff to join our bid to win our Bronze, Silver and Green Flag Award. this will make us an Eco School. A Green Flag Award is an internationally recognised Award and we will win it!
Parents, let us know if you are interested in joining our Action Team!
You might be able to give us some tips on how to become more Eco Friendly. We already have a gardening club run by parents and staff. We have a rag bag bin so all your old clothes can go to be recycled. We are an amazing Bike-it! school and we can only get better!
Look out in the future for Eco Events and join with us in our journey to win the Green Flag!
Year 6 have recently taken part in a Global Murder Mystery.
The children worked in groups to solve a murder. Actors came into school and took on the roles of different characters involved in the murder. Children then had the opportunity to question each character in order to find where the blame for the girls death lay.
More photos will be added to the Image Gallery soon.
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Year 4 got really nice surprise today when Simon visited our class for the first time since moving to live in Australia. He has come back on visit and will be returning soon.
The class had a question and answer session and found out lots of information about his new country including what it's like to live there and what his school is like.
Our class were really interested to find out what it's like to have Christmas in the summer and also about the big snakes and spiders that live very near to everyday life.
Simon's class in Sydney sent over a portfolio about themselves as well as some photos. We are looking forward to making links with them in the near future.
Some of the year 4 boys are pictured with Simon above.