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.
The following clubs are running during the Summer Term 2013:
Tuesday (lunchtime) - Football & Fitness - Years 4-5. Ran by Mr Jensen;
Tuesday (after school) - BikeIt - Key Stage 2. Ran by Alison, our BikeIt officer;
Wednesday (after school) - Practices for the Year 6 show - Year 6 - Mrs Pigott.
Thursday (lunchtime) - The BeeBot club - Year 1 - Mrs Cairns and some Key Stage 2 children.
Thursday (after school) - Dance Club - years 5 & 6 - Mrs Pigott.
Thursday (after school) - Athletics Club - Key Stage 2 - Mr Allsop and Mrs McGillan Agar (Governor)
In addition to this, Mr Bradshaw runs animation and robotics clubs on various lunchtimes.
In year 2 we learnt about Fairtrade and sampled Fairtrade products. The chocolate was the best!
Year 1 have been decorating wooden butterflies and flowers for our enchanted garden. A special thank you to Mr Agar and Mr Bradshaw for all their help.
Year 2 are celebrating that 11 children have achieved 100% attendence in school this term.
Year 2 have been enjoying helping out with the Big Tidy Up!
Meet our new Helping Hands PTA group: Mrs L Greener, Mrs B Lacey (staff),
Mrs E Lusson, Mrs W Robson, Mrs P Mcgillan-Agar,
Mr P Agar (staff), Mrs S Heckley (staff), Mrs K Nelson, Mrs J Mckeown, Mrs A Langdon, Miss V O'Donnell and Mrs M Callighan.
Would you like to get fit? Have you ever tried to hula hoop?
If you would like to join me for hula hooping then come in
on a Monday lunchtime and join in with the fun.
We start at 12 oclock prompt and finish at 12.45pm.
All you need to do is turn up and pay £1 contribution
to help pay towards the cost of the hoops we use.
We will start on Monday 15th April so hope to see you there.
If you are interested then contact Mrs B Lacey or just turn up.
The Flamingo Land trip organised for the summer is now full.
I know it will be another great day out.
Please send any 'Sainsbury's Active Kids' vouchers into school with children. There is a big box with David Beckham on the front in the reception.
The more tokens we collect the more shiny new equipment we can order in the Summer!
During the recent wintery conditions Year 4 have been getting out and about in the snow. We've been taking turns with sledges, working together to build snowmen and have made some ice marbles to tie in with our 'Solids and Liquids' science topic.
We also worked well with other classes in the snow, spending some fun snow time with Year 3 and the ARMs class.
In year 4 we've been reading and writing playscripts. Some of us have been writing playscripts at home and during breaktimes. This picture shows some of us rehearsing our own plays at lunchtime!
Over the past weeks Year 4 have been creating planets out of papier mache. The snow days actually gave the planets a great chance to dry out! We know that they aren't quite to scale but we're looking forward to colouring the planets. We've worked in pairs to make the planets and have researched our own planets online.
The school will re-open on Thursday 24th January at the normal time. We look forward to seeing everyone back.
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.
Year 4 have been introduced to their new topic this week. We are all really excited to be learning about space. We played a sorting game on the computers and it helped us all to learn the order of the planets. We also learned to use the mnemonic to help - My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets! We also though about what we already know about space and things that we might like to find out about.
The whole school took part in a homeless shoebox appeal and Nick the chef came to tell us how we can help the homeless at Christmas. Roman Road's shoebox, designed by Year 1 child, Shelby Champney came first out of 7 schools across Gateshead. Roman Road organised the event with Nick and we hope to move into South Tyneside next year to extend the challenge.
Miss Allen read 'Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson at a follow up assembly to remind us that not all people live in lovely homes at winter time. Some have no home and no-one to take care of them. Overall we filled 80 boxes at Roman Road. Gateshead's total number was 450! They were given out at the people's kitchen party as well as Hospitality and Hope in South Shields.
In year 4 we have been writing stories set in different cultures from around the world. These have included Spain, India, Tobago, America and Japan! We created a special folder of our word processed stories and have sent them off to another Gateshead school. We are all hoping for a reply soon.
This week year 4 have been working hard to use number bonds. We have been using quick reaction games to have recall of the number bonds quickly. We've all had great fun - just look at us enjoying the game.
School will re-open at the normal time on Tuesday 3rd July after two days of closure due to the floods and the occasional day.
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!!!
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.
The children from the ARMS took part in Gatesheads Sportsability Festival at Gateshead Leisure Centre. Each child received a certificate of achievement and medals were awarded to specific children for effort and sportsmanship.
The children were to compete in a variety of activities with children from several schools in Gateshead. Activities included boccia, sit down volley ball, new age curling and sports hall track and field events. Everyone had a great time.
School will be OPEN on Thursday as per the following arrangements:
Year 1 to Year 6 plus the ARMS unit - normal times (9am - 3.30pm)
Reception class - adjusted times - 10am - 2.30pm
(Reception children need to be brought to the Infant hall at 10am)
Nursery will not start until Monday 12th September (9am - 12 noon)
We look forward to seeing everyone at the times above.
As you may know, the school has had a substantial amount of work carried out over the summer holidays. This has involved the heating system being totally replaced.
Unfortunately, there has not been enough time for the school to be cleaned and tidied.
Therefore school will remain CLOSED on Wednesday and we will aim to open at 9am on Thursday morning (8th September).
We regret the inconvenience this may cause but for health and safety reasons we have had little choice.
Please keep following the website for further updates and listen to local radio.
I hope you have had a fantastic Summer break and welcome back to a new Autumn Term in
Year 3. Your children are now in the Juniors (Key Stage 2) and I’m sure they will rise to every challenge. They are a fantastic class who work well together. This term is all about the circus and below you will find some of the things your children will be learning. The children had an introduction to the circus during last year’s Book Week, but now we are unpacking the theme further to include an Ancient Roman flavour. Before Christmas, your child will be performing a panto with Year 4 children which I’m sure will be brilliant. I’m also looking forward to seeing you again at Parents/Carers Evening (dates to be confirmed for this).
*What acts used to be found at the circus
*different costumes performers should wear and why *Where is Rome in the world
*Why people joined the circus years ago
*What skills did circus people/animals have
*Roles of various performers in the circus *how the circus has changed
*famous circus performers (both animal and human)
*safety for circus performers *What was the Roman circus?
*Roman chariot races, games, murals and mosaics, gods, numerals, invaders, roads, soldiers, gladiators, Boudicca’s revolt
*generate questions for research around their theme
*their own views about use of animals in the circus
*to plan, develop and evaluate all their work *to plan a performance
*Talk about why circuses do not include animals nowadays
*Talk about what you might see, smell, taste, feel, hear at the circus
*Talk about a description of a clown *Roman circus
*What did the Romans give to us?
To read and write…
*Circus Stories & adventures/running away to the circus *Circus Poems *Description of a clown ‘if I were a clown I would look like…’
*poster to attract people to circus *Order and write Instructions for clown cakes/biscuits *circus leaflet
*a simple argument for why circuses are good/bad *recount of a circus trip
*a list of jokes which would be good for a clown *circus wordsearch
*RE: Daniel, Samson
*Timeline to place Roman times within it *investigation of Roman website
*reading information about the roman circus, historical and modern circus
*Circus 'finding all possibilities' problems
*Circus theme word problems
*money problems dealing with admission cost, payment for performers, cost of refreshments
*Measuring (g/kg) for cooking circus *Circus data – input onto excel (ICT)
DISCRETE – focus: tables and four operations
*Lion faces – using cut out shapes and word programme
*Clown paintings *clown faces with mixing foam and dry
*Large scale picture for wall display *net of a box for circus biscuits
*Clown cooking (biscuits/cakes) *moving circus tent
*Clown puppet *Roman oil lamps *mosaics *clown car
*Circus skills (in PE using equipment) *PE circus clown dance/gymnastics
*SCIENCE – forces (clown cars & balloons), life processes (humans and other animals) *MUSIC – recorder
*RE scheme & Christmas activities *Christmas play – Cinderella *PSHE&C *PE – games
*ICT – wordprocessing *Handwriting (printed and joined style) *Phonics/Reading/Spelling
Dates and information…Don’t forget!
Reading Books – Changed once or twice weekly depending upon level of book. Days may vary so please ensure books are returned EVERY DAY. A variety of staff need to record in the diaries during Read Write Inc sessions so it is very important we have them in school. One frogget will be given to your child each time they bring their book bag to school. Remember, fluent reading is the key to your child’s progress in every subject in Key Stage 2. Please record in the diary each time you hear your child read. Reading to your child is also very important - Make it fun and they will enjoy it!
Homework- This is more frequent in the Juniors and will be sent home on Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. Homework is often something to share so children may not be confident to do it all alone.
PE – Please send in kits and leave in school.
Uniform – I will send a full uniform list home in your welcome pack. PLEASE WRITE NAMES IN ALL CHILDREN’S CLOTHES.
I’m sure it will be a fantastic year! Any problems/concerns/questions, please come and see me after school. I’m usually available until 5.30pm, Tuesday to Friday.
Miss E Allen.
We would like to invite you to watch our end of year production, Sleeping Beauty. It will be performed in the junior hall on Wednesday July 6th and Thursday July 7th at 6pm.
Tickets cost just £1 for children who attend Roman Road, and £2 for all other children and adults. Tickets are available in school from Mrs Lawson or Mrs Pigott.
The children and staff have worked very hard, showing great dedication by practising after school, and also coming into school on weekends and holidays. I am sure that the performance will be amazing, so don't miss out. Tickets are selling fast!
Just a reminder- UPDATED
School will be closed on the following days:
Thursday 23rd June 2011 (Staff Training Day)
Friday 24th June 2011 (Occasional Day)
Monday 27th June 2011 (Royal Wedding Day)
School will re-open on Tuesday 28th June at 9am.
Thursday 30th June - School will be CLOSED to the children because of industrial action.
The school will not be entering teams at the Gateshead Primary Schools Athletics Festival on Friday 24th June at Gateshead Stadium.
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.
Year 5 have completed their challenge for the England Extravaganza, and written a fabulous recipe book of regional English recipes.
The children have worked incredibly hard to produce the book which is being professionally printed. It will be on sale at the England Showcase event on Friday afternoon in the KS2 Hall for the bargain price of just £3.00. Don't miss out, buy yours quickly as we are sure they will sell like hot cakes!!
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.
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
Well done to our fabulous Robotics team who won the final of the Robotics Competition by a massive margin.
Mr Bradshaw took the team to Heworth Grange where they completed a variety of challenges, and put in an almost flawless performance. Thank you to Mr Bradshaw for all the work he put into training the team; and also to our two reserves.
The team won memory sticks for themselves, and a fantastic new robot for the school. Well done Team!
The theme for Book Week this year was the circus, and all of the children have been doing lots of exciting work about circuses. Miss Allen organised a circus skills workshop which started with a performance for the whole school which had the children gasping in awe,
Throughout the day each class had the opportunity to try out some of the equipment.
Mrs Pigott was very impressed with how much the Year 5 children improved their skills during the session. Every single member of the class could balance a peacock feather on their chin, and the effort and concentration the children put into learning other skills was impressive. As you can see, even Mr Craggs could not resist joining in.
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 huge congratulations to our fabulous robotics team who won their heat in the Robotics competition.
Mr Bradshaw and Miss Redhead said that the team were brilliant and were a true credit to the school. I am really proud of you.
Last week we had a visit from an injured Newcastle fan. She had fallen and hurt her leg on the way to the match, but not one of the Newcastle fans would stop to help her.
The only person willing to come to her assistance was a Sunderland fan called Mr Allstop, would you believe?
Of course our visitor was really Mrs McKeown, who was sharing a modern day version of the story of The Good Samaritan.
The football twist to the story really captured the children's attention, and they were astounded that the only person willing to help was a "mackem". It put the story in perspective for them, and put smiles on a lot of faces.
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 One have had great fun singing along with Santa and his elves at the North Pole.
Click on the link and try some of the games and activities for yourself.
School will be open as normal tomorrow - Monday 6th December.
Please ensure children bring indoor shoes to change into when they arrive at school as well as warm clothes for outside.
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.
Due to the very difficult weather conditions Roman Road Primary will be closed again tomorrow and Friday. We hope that this early notice will help parents make appropriate arrangements.
Despite our best efforts to return to school today, and the efforts of the staff to clear safe routes to and from school, a large number of students and some staff have been unable to attend. Therefore the decison has been made to return to school on Monday. As always, we would like to thank everyone for their support and patience during this trying time.
Meanwhile, get ready for a new week and all of the exciting Christmas activities there will be. If you have parts to learn for a Christmas play, now would be a great time to practise! We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
SCHOOL CLOSED - THURSDAY 2ND and FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER>
As the weather situation stands at the moment school will be open as normal on
WEDNESDAY 1st DECEMBER.
Please continue to use the school website for further updates, in case the weather situation worsens. If this is occurs, the situation will be reassessed in the morning. Many thanks for your continued support and patience during this difficult time.
School will be closed due to adverse weather conditions on
Tuesday 30th November.
Please continue to check websites for further details.
Due to extreme weather overnight and expected snowfall throughout the day, Roman Road Primary will be closed on
Monday 29th November and Tuesday 30th November.
Please continue to check school website regularly for the rest of the week and Gateshead council for further information.
Parents, Carers wishing to order extra uniform can now order online! Orders can be delivered to school.
Tots to teams have fantastic range of clothing, all with our school logo at reasonable prices.
PE T-shirts are excellent value at £3.50. All orders can be delivered to school. Want to view more click on the link below to see the large selection available.
We are all very excited at the opportunity to share our Read Write Inc lessons with our parents next week. Come and find out why we are so fabulous at reading.
Monday 15th November 9.15am followed by tea, coffee and a chance to chat at 10.15am.
We look forward to seeing you then.
Following our amazing dance performance for the rest of the school, the children were very disappointed that their families had not had the opportunity to watch them. I would therefore like to invite all parents, carers, grans, grandads, aunties etc to come to a special performance of our dances on Wednesday 10th November at 9:20am in the Key Stage 2 Hall.
The children worked incredibly hard on their dances and would be delighted if you could make it!
Don't forget - school is closed this Friday, for teacher training. It reopens on Monday 1st November at 9am.
Some of the children in the School Council were lucky to meet The Lord Mayor, Councillor, Michael Hood.
In 1836 George Hawks was elected as the first Mayor of Gateshead.
In Gateshead today there are 66 counncillors and every year a new Mayor is elected.
The first task the children had to discuss was 'spot the service'. They had to look at the picture and list all the jobs the council provide. Roman Road managed to find 69 jobs and we came 1st!!!
The second task the children had to think about questions to ask some of the local councillors about how to make Gateshead a better place.
Each school had the chance to put the councillors on the spot by asking them a question.
REMEMBER - Everyone has a voice. Use it to get heard and have your say!
Do you think you could beat Mrs Inkster and Miss Allen at dancing? (I don't think so!)
Well dance club with a difference will be starting soon.
We are looking forward to hosting Wii Dance Club. With our very own huge projector in KS2 hall and our own wii will be looking forward to competing against you on Just Dance.
Night and times to be confirmed. Places will be limited so if you are interested let Mrs Inkster know.
Every Friday afternoon this half term, Year 1 and Year 2 will have the chance to develop their gardening skills. In order that your children are not returned looking like mud monsters, could you please send them to school with a pair of wellies or an old pair of shoes, in a plastic bag.
As we strive towards our Green Flag as an ECO school we are sure these life skills will prove to be very useful. Who knows, you may even get the chance to taste some lovely home grown vegetables.
For the first time since we've been going to the Scottish Borders for our school residential, we did not see one drop of rain !!!
An amazing week saw seventeen year six and seven year fives enjoy a wide range of activities over five scorching days.
Just look at the long list of activities that the twenty four enjoyed - Swimming, abseiling, raft building, kayaking, gorge walking, bride and groom game, making shelters, paper aeroplane competition, tee-shirt painting, the maze, Low Ropes assault course, tracking and basketball.
There are bound to be ones I've forgot about !!
The week showed the impact of the high amount of swimming we do in Key Stage 2. Every child took part in all the water activities. This is the first time this has happened and it shows the increased confidence we have at Roman Road when in the water.
A great time was had and lots of new skills learnt. Teamwork was certainly improved across the week which was great to see.
The photos are now in the gallery. Follow this link to see them:
Well done to the twenty four for all their efforts over the week.
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.
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.
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?
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 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!
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!
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!!!
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!
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!
We have the Frog Factor! Our Frog shop is now up and running and Year 2 enjoyed visiting it last week. We spent the froggets we earned and bought some superb prizes...
Frog Factor is all about being our best self and sharing what we know...We always try to give of our best in lessons and on the yard!
How fantastic do we look!!!!
We are in preparation for Gateshead's Dance Festival where we will be performing our Spanish Extravaganza. We are so excited! We can't wait for all our costumes to arrive and then to perform for all our school friends and our families.
Froggets are part of our FROG Factor. Frog stands for:
F = Feelings
R = Relationships
O = Ownership
G = Giving
We think about these important things every day in school.
Each day we can earn 8 Frogget points, if we work really hard. We can also get froggets for brilliant behaviour and good manners. At the end of the week we convert our points into Froggets. It's just like money! We have been saving them up over the last few weeks and now we have been able to spend what we have saved.
There was so much to choose from!!! Many of us chose bouncy balls, pencils and even cars. The more Froggets you have, the more you can buy.
Remember if we are absent from school, we lose 8 Frogget points for each day, so it's really important to have good attendance.
We are looking forward to our next visit to the Frogget Shop. What will we buy...?
Children from throughout school brought money into school for a Tombola. It was in aid of the charity Children North East who do some work with some of our pupils.
Thank you to everyone that took part.
School will be open on Friday 8th January as normal.
We are open as normal tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you at 9am.
Please ensure children have suitable clothing and footwear. It is advisable for all children to bring a spare pair of socks and shoes to change into when they arrive at school.
Due to adverse weather and the forecast of further snow, school will also be closed on THURSDAY 7TH JANUARY for safety reasons.
Please continue to check website, local radio and Gateshead Council websites for further updates with regards to Friday 8th January.
Gateshead Council Website - click below.
Year 2 love X Factor so we decided to send a card to X Factor Joe. Everyone in the school signed it. His mam, Eileen took it to him before the final show. We are convinced that we boosted his confidence which helped him to win! Joe mam said "Thank you for all your support!"
Last week Roman Road was awarded Model School Status for Read Write Inc. This is a tremendous achievement for our children and staff.
Roman Road has been using the Read Write Inc phonics scheme from Reception to Year 4 over the last two years. Staff have worked tirelessly to ensure every child learns to read and FAST!
The progress all children have made has been incredible and over the last two years Roman Road has been visited by over 20 different schools, to see how to implement Read Write Inc.
All of our hard work was rewarded last week when we were awarded Model School Status. This is a tremendous achievement as we are the only Model school north of Bradford.
This means that other schools can continue to come and observe our teaching and learning as well as share our expertise.
Congratulations to all of the children who work so hard during these lessons and to the teachers who deliver an exciting, fast paced reading programme.
Click on the link below to learn more about Read Write Inc.
School will be closed on Monday 4th January for INSET day.
Children return to school on Tuesday 5th January.
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.
At 3.35pm today, torrential rain caused flooding up to 3 inches in places through the office and the Key Stage Two hall.
Damage to the meeting room, the MSB and the lower classrooms was prevented by the excellent efforts of nearly forty people.
As well as teaching staff and assistants, there were office staff, cleaners, the caretaker, school helpers, children, school experience students and Gateshead MBC officers who all helped to stop the water and rescue equipment.
A group of parents also stayed back to help and were responsible for sweeping out water and saving alot of the costumes that are needed for the Oliver production.
Everyone at school is extremely grateful for the help in a situation which could have been much worse.
SCHOOL IS OPEN AS NORMAL ON THURSDAY. However all children will be required to keep out of the Key Stage 2 hall. Dinners will be served in other parts of the school.
The year 4 class assembly has been postponed until Friday 10th July. Oliver rehersals will take place in the Key Stage 1 hall. It is hoped that the stage and wiring for the show can be put back in place on Friday.
In Year 3 we have been making some healthy sandwiches as part of the D&T curriculum.
We learnt the importance of food hygiene and preparation and developed a good awareness of health and safety and what type of sandwich contributes to a healthy diet. We have developed our making skills by learning to combine ingredients according to personal preference.
We all enjoyed making the sandwiches but had even more fun eating our sandwiches.
In Year 3 this term our Geography topic is 'Changes in our local area'.
We talked about different types of changes that could take place and where we could find out more. We asked Mrs Pigott, who has lived on Leam Lane since she was a little girl to take us on a walk around the area and share with us the changes she has noticed over the years.
We found changes that had happened within a week! The first change was within our school, we had just had a new bike shed fitted. We also found another recent change just outside the school, a block of flats had been knocked down the week before we went on the walk!
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.
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.
I hope you have all had a lovely break. It’s hard to believe that the final term is upon us already! This is always a busy time with lots of exciting and fun events and this year is no exception. Please read on to find out what Year 3 will be learning this term.
Literacy we will be continuing work using ‘RWI’. We will also be writing instructions, recounts, reports and letters in Literacy.
Every Friday in numeracy will be doing problem solving focusing on logic problems and finding all possibilities, this will help develop the children’s ideas and methods to solve practical problems.
Science will focus on magnets and springs so that the children begin to understand attract and repel, upward and downward forces.
P.E – Every Tuesday afternoon until the end of the summer term Year 3 will be going to the swimming baths for their first swimming lessons with the school. I am really looking forward to this. Also on a Wednesday afternoon a football coach will be coming into school to work with the class on their control skills. Could you please make sure the children have their P.E kit in school every Wednesday and Thursday and swimming kit every Tuesday?
In R.E the children will be learning more about The Person of Jesus. They will look at how Jesus is represented through art in different periods and places. They will also look at Saints focusing on St. Paul and St. Cuthbert.
Art / Design Technology we will be making sandwiches.
In PSHE we will be discussing Relationships and Changes.
History we will be starting work on Anglo Saxons. Hopefully we will go on a visit to Bede’s world where the children will have the opportunity to dress in habits and discover where the Anglo-Saxon monastic buildings were and look at the chancel's exterior features.
In Geography we will be investigating our local area.
Music the children will be exploring musical arrangements.
Homework will continue to be given out on Friday and should be returned on Wednesday.
A big thanks to you for the continuing support in ensuring homework is returned.
If you have any concerns or queries, please don’t hesitate to come and see me after school Miss Stubbs.
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.
In Year 3 this term we have been learning all about the Romans.
We learnt how Rome was created and re-enacted the Romulus and Remus story. We all enjoyed getting into character as you can see from the photos. We have also designed and made Roman catapults in Technology then had a competition of whose catapult would fire the furthest, which we all enjoyed. We are making Roman Helmets in Art but need a few more lessons before they are finished. We have loved learning new things for this topic. Photos to follow. Miss Stubbs
Some of our Year 5 pupils have worked really hard over the last few weeks in preparation for an animation competition.
This will be held at Heworth Grange Comprehension School on March 19th 2009. They have worked closely with our Year 6 pupils who made it through to the finals last year. Keep up the hard work I know you will do really well. Miss Stubbs and Mr Bradshaw
Across all year groups we use Education City to enhance our learning in English, Maths and Science. Have you heard your child talking about it and wondered what it was?
EducationCity.com is the most engaging learning and assessment resource for children and includes online Tests for Assessment learning and exam practice. It is ideal for children aged between 3 and 12 years old, as well as for older children with special educational needs (SEN).
It's educational games make learning fun for children at school and at home and help to improve their academic performance.
Want to know more, click on the link below for information, including how to get a free trial at home.
Dance Club will resume for Years 5 and 6 on Tuesday 13th January.
Children will be working on a dance which will be displayed at the Sage in Gateshead on 10th March 2009 during the Gateshead dance festival.
Dance club begins at 3.30pm and ends at 5pm. Tracksuit, trainers and a drink of water required.
Children who have requested to take part will be notified asap.
Congratulations to the lucky winners of our first grand draw. 1st prize the £60 hamper went to Amy Turnbull's mum, 2nd prize the £40 hamper went to Joe Corbett's aunt, 3rd prize a bottle of Bacardi went to Mrs P Cairns, 4th prize a bottle of Vodka went to Mrs Mcdonald, 5th prize a bottle of wine went to mrs B Armstrong, 6th prize a tin of chocolates went to Mrs L Parker, 7th prize a bottle of wine went to Rita, 8th prize a bottle of babycham went to Mrs Ivy Davis and the last prize a bottle of babycham went to Audrey Boyes.
Thankyou for your support over the last year and have a wonderful Christmas.
Helping Hands at Roman Road Primary School
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.
Hello Roman Road Children. Santa has asked us to keep you updated with the countdown to Christmas, as well as being able to track his progress around the world on Christmas Eve. Click on the link below and NASA will help keep you updated and let you know when it's time to be heading for bed! Don't delay check it out.
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
Come and join Dog and a host of other characters in Year 1 and 2's Chrsitmas extravaganza!
We will be performing a Christmas Recipe on Thursday 11th December at 1.30p.m. in the Key Stage 2 Hall.
Please note this will be video recorded and a DVD will be available to purchase in the New year.
Be there or you will miss a treat!
The magic of Christmas is fast approaching!
Year One have been using the topic of winter in their writing, art and ICT work over the last few weeks. We have even created our own Winter Wonderland in our classroom. So you can imagine how excited we have been today to see all of the snow.
This morning we decorated the Christmas tree and then just before lunch went outside to have our photos taken. It was beautiful and there was so much snow. We are very excited. This afternoon we are hoping to be able to play out just before hometime. Then it's off home and sledges out!!!
I have recently registered our school with the Generation Green campaign with British Gas. This allows us to go on to their website and mark our carbon print and colllect leaves which you can donate to the school and this will allow us to recieve prizes from windturbines, science equipment, pc integrated weather station to solar panels. so please log on to www.generationgreen.co.uk and get collecting leaves for us.
Mrs B Lacey
Helping Hands at Roman Road Primary has arranged to hold a Grand Christmas Draw. Tickets are now on sale from school, Mrs B Lacey and Mrs L Parker and are 50p each. The draw has 6 prizes. 1st prize £60 hamper, 2nd prize £40 hamper, 3rd prize a litre bottle of Bacardi, 4th prize a litre bottle of vodka, 5th prize a bottle of wine and 6th prize a tin of sweets. This will be drawn on Thursday 18th December after the school christmas carol service.
Mrs B Lacey
Our next event is a Christmas Fair and is to be held on Friday 12th December 2pm untill 4pm.
Children can be picked from from their classroom from 2pm onwards.
There will be a tombola, book stall, toy stall and we have arranged for a visit from Santa. Santa is free to see for children who attend Roman Road Primary and a cost of 50p to children who don't attend. There will also be tea,coffee, juice, chocolate logs, sweet mince pies on sale as well as our grand xmas draw tickets.
Mrs B Lacey
Year 3 - R.E. Communities in our local area
In R.E. we have been learning all about what a community is and what it’s like to be part of a community. We have spent a long time looking at different types of communities and what symbols are used to show people that they are a member of that community, such as a cross, school badge, football strip etc...
We then focused on one community the ‘Salvation Army’. The whole class thought this was the army and were shocked to see our visitor from the Salvation Army turn up in normal clothes rather than a camouflage uniform.
Year 3 really enjoyed the visit and asked lots of questions.
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.
We are really lucky to have a freelance artist working in our school on a Thursday.
Lynda Nelson an artist and book illustrator came into school a few weeks ago to talk to Key Stage One about brightening up their building. We looked at lots of different photos and themes and eventually decided on a jungle.
Over the next few weeks Lynda will be working in our school. We will try and update the website regularly so you can see how it progresses.
Check out our artists websitehttp://www.lynda-nelson.co.uk/
Year One visited St.Andrews Church yesterday to baptise their baby doll.
We had fantastic weather to walk to church yesterday. Mrs Inkster, Mrs cairns and Mrs Miller helped Year One celebrate the baptism of their baby doll Beth Ella. Year one have been learning all about new beginnings and belonging to the Christian church.
We watched a video of a baptism but we wanted to experience the real thing. Father Alan was kind enough to book us in for the real thing.
We chose our own vicar who was lucky enough to be dressed up for the occasion.
We all made promises to look after the baby and the parents and godparents went to the front of the church to make their promises to God.
The sign of the cross was made on Beth Ell’s head using some oil.
We then went to the back of the church where the font was located.
Father Alan showed us how to change Leam Lane tap water into holy water, by blessing it and making a cross in the water. A shell was then used to baptise the baby because a shell was used to baptise Jesus in the river Jordan. And so Beth Ella was given her name.
We then went back to the front of the church, where Ella’s parents were presented with a lighted candle from the vicar.
Then it was time for family and friends to have their photos taken with the special baby girl. First were the Godparents.
Next the doting Grandparents.
And finally the rest of the family who attended the special celebrations.
We said thank you to Father Alan and Mrs Inkster was able to press the button to ring the church bells. It was then back to school where we continued the celebrations with a party and enjoyed a lovely piece of christening cake.
Check out all of the photos from our visit in the gallery, Year One file.
Miss Stubbs is setting up a netball club to run every Wednesday lunch time, starting 24th September.
This will start off for Year 6 girls only but if any Year 5 girls are interested, please come and see me. Looking forward to it!
For the school year 2008-2009, Year One will be taught by Mrs Inkster and supported by Mrs Cairns.
We have had great fun already in Year One with our fantastic new class.
Want to find out what we're learning about?
This half term our topics are:
Literacy - descriptions, phonic work, speaking and listening skills and story writing.
Numeracy - counting, recognising and ordering numbers, one more / less, 2D shapes
Science - sorting and naming materials
Geography - Recycling materials
Art and Design technology - sculptures using recyclable materials
Music - rythmns
P.E. - Gymnastics, using large apparatus
R.E. - belonging to groups and communities
P.S.H.E. - making our classroom a happy place to learn.
P.E. is on Mondays and Wednesdays
Reading books to be brought to school every day but they are changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Homework will be handed out on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday.
High Frequency words are checked most Thursdays.
If you have any boxes, plastic bottles, egg cartons and kitchen rolls we would appreciate them being brought into school to help with our art recycling.
We hope this gives a little insight into what will be happening in Year One this half term. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Inkster or Mrs Cairns.
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
We were delighted to be informed by letter last week that we had been successful in our award for Artsmark. All staff and children had worked hard towards achieving the Silver award but we have had to wait six months to see if we were successful.
Artsmark provides a benchmark for arts provision and encourages schools to consider the opportunities they offer in art, dance, drama and music. Artsmark Silver is the middle level of achievement a school can attain by completing all compulsory sections of the application form and the optional requirements for Silver. Each application goes through a rigorous five-step assessment process to ensure that the criteria for Artsmark have been met.
Schools evaluate provision against the benchmark to identify any areas for development and to highlight the school’s strengths in the arts.
Gaining an Artsmark at any level shows that our school is committed to the wider development of young people. The scheme increases the status of the work of teachers within school and increases awareness of continuing professional development opportunities in the arts for all teachers.
By offering public recognition of commitment to the arts by the school and its teachers, Artsmark raises the profile of the school and its arts provision in the local community. Mrs Barnes and Mrs Inkster who worked towards our achieving this award, will be attending a celebration and presentation in July, accompanied by two children from the school. We are extrememly proud of our acheivements in recognition of the hard work produced by the children and the staff.
Well done Roman Road!
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.
Eighteen boys and girls from Year 6 took part in a morning of basketball skills and matches at Heworth Grange School as part of the SSCo programme.
We won all of our matches and eight of the children will represent the Heworth cluster in the final which will be held on November 27th at Gateshead Stadium.
The competition at Heworth Grange was ran by the school's year 8 and 9 sports leaders who did a great job.
We have recently completed a Triple P program at Roman Road with some of the parentsfrom the local community. The program is designed to help parents to be more positive towards their children.The parents who attended the program were pleased with the results. One parent was particularly pleased and commented "I found a big difference in myself and my kids."
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.
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.
The Prefab classrooms are being demolished to make more room for playtimes and lunchtimes.
A JCB has been in action tearing through the buildings this week.
The newsletter that went out to parents and carers on the 7th September can be found by clicking on this link:
We have been doing loads of enjoyable activities such as kayaking, abseiling and rafting.We are having a fab time !!!!
By Zoe and Ryan
All the children are enjoying their week. Lots of things have happened including Miss Allen getting lost in the orienteering (3rd year running) and our rafts collapsing.
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 ?
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!
The school year four team consisting of Josh T, Joe D, Callum Q, Joe H, Adam W, Celine D, Ross B and Liam M.won through to the next round of the Durham County schools year 3/4 competition after three wins in the group stage at Colegate Primary School.
The scores and scorers were as follows:
Colegate Green 0 Colegate Red 2
Roman Road 5 (Liam 2, Joe H. 2 & Ross) Falla Park 0
Colegate Green 0 Roman Road 2 (Joe H & Ross)
Falla Park 0 Colegate Red 0
Colegate Green 1 Falla Park 0
Colegate Red 0 Roman Road 2 (Adam & Joe H)
Well done to all of our players and we look forward to the next round at St. Mary's (Sunderland) next week.
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!
At the start of September, a small wasp attack went a little bit wrong & four year four people with one teacher were stung. The three dinner ladies took the children on to a different yard to play on so they didn’t get hurt.
After the children had lunch, a wasp exterminator came in to get rid of the wasps and the nest. When the exterminator left, everyone was nice and calm and the wasps were gone.
by Taylor Johnston
Lots of parents turned up to find out about their child's targets tonight. Year 6 staff were especially busy as the parents found out what to expect in the run up to SATS.
It was great to see so many parents in school and we hope this will continue at our Spring target meeting.
Our site now has a .org web address and is therefore easier to remember.
The staff have user names and passwords so they can upload to the site.
There is also a user name and password for each of the Key Stage 2 year groups so look out for constant updates to the site.
We aim to keep everyone aware of what is going on in OUR and YOUR school.
Year 6 have started their new website, they are working together as a team, to make sure it goes well. We have all got a strong friendship, and we shall enjoy ourselves.
Roman Road is soon to have a new classroom.
It is going to be a year 2 classroom. So far it has all the walls built and all the widows.When they started it was just a pach of grass. They started by putting the foundations down. They are now putting the floor down and building the pillars so the roof doesn't cave in. There is also a car park behind it for the teachers.
Article and photos by Ryan and Liam.
The school has been awarded £1000 by BT to develop speaking and listening by parents and their children while working with ICT.
The money is being spent on two machines with the idea of parents / carers being able to come into school with their children and use them. Some uses could be:
* Find some information from an encyclopedia;
* Surf the net;
* Look at our website;
* Make a computer birthday card.
We hope to see parents come into school and have the chance to use some of our ever expanding facilities.