Taking advantage of the lovely weather this week. We went outside to play picnics. We set out a blanket and made 'food' to eat. The dandilion tea was particulary delicious.
We have been trying out lots of different musical instuments in Nursery this week.
We think we are very good....watch this space, X Factor here we come!!!
We have been having lots of fun playing with the Bee-Bots in the ICT suite! Last week we learnt how to program the Bee-Bot to get it to travel to and from certain points on a treasure map. We were able to count how many squares the Bee-Bot needed to go and in which direction.We then pressed the buttons on the Bee-Bot to make it move and watched to see if we had programmed it correctly!
This week we took it in turns to direct the Bee-Bot along a road to try and find different people who help us. For example a fireman, paramedic, teacher or milk deliverer. We loved working in the ICT suite and making the Bee-Bot travel about.
The School Council, also part of the Fair Trade Steering Group, visited the Co-Op to speak to the Manager about all the Fair Trade products he sells in his shop.
The children managed to find lots of Fair Trade products such as fruit, flowers, chocolate, coffee, sugar, tea, wine and even some baby products.
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The theme this half term is 'Relationships'.
For our PE lesson this week we took the parachute out into our garden to play some games. We all worked together to make the games lots of fun and keep us safe. We love the parachute!!
Come along and join in the fun! Our Roman Road Toddler group starts tomorrow March 1st from 1:15-3pm in the KS1 Hall. Children from 0-4 years are all welcome. The children will be given a drink and snack and parents will be provided with refreshments. We offer a safe, secure, caring and exciting environment in which you can enjoy making new friends and being together with your child. We look forward to seeing you there!
The theme this half term is 'Good to be me'.
This week in Nursery we have been doing lots of things linked with our book of the Week 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'
We have listened to the story and discussed what happens. We have played games and acted out the story with face masks and puppets. We have discussed size and made yummy flapjacks.
This week in nursery we have been making flapjacks. We had to listen carefully to our teacher as she told us the step by step instructions. It was lots of fun and once they were ready we got to eat them up! Mmmm....oh they were delicious!!
Learning to share and work together is a very important part of our early school life. It may not seem like it to you, but it is very hard for us at just 3 years old to accept we can't always have what we want and to share and think of others. That is exactly what we are learning in nursery. Working together, sharing our toys, and taking on board other people's ideas as well as our own. Speaking and listening to others is also an important part of this, and we are trying so hard to become the very best at this.
In Nursery we have been basing our work this week around Cinderella.
When we were in our garden playing we managed to build our very own carriage (with a little help). We know from looking at the story with Miss Jeffries that Cinderella went to the ball in a beautiful carriage, pulled by horses. Once we had built our own we took turns being the horses 'pulling' and princess 'riding' in our very own Cinderella carriage!
Helping Hands PTA will be holding their Easter disco on Friday 22nd March 2013.
Tickets are priced £3:00 per child,
Early Years and KeyStage 1 4:15 - 5:15 (nursery parents to stay)
Key Stage 2 5:30 - 6:30
Please note that tickets WILL NOT be available to buy after 15th March 2013.
Any furthur information please see Mrs Lacey after 3:30 at the infant door.
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.
Any ideas or suggestions you have about making Roman Road Primary School the best in Gateshead speak to a member of the School Council and it will be discussed at the next School Council meeting.
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.
We had a very special guest at the Foundation Stage Christmas party. Santa came to see us! He told us we have all been very good this year and he gave us all a present. Then we sang him a song and showed him how well we can dance. We were very lucky that Santa could fit us in at his busiest time of year. Thank you Santa Claus!!!
We loved playing in the snow! It felt cold, wet and soft. We made marks in the snow using our wellies and sticks. Some children even wrote their names in the snow! We also worked together to make a mini snowman! It was so much fun! Then we listened to Miss Jeffries read 'The Snowman' story by Raymond Briggs.We loved the story and listened really carefully. We thought that James had lots of fun with the snowman and we were very sad at the end of the story when he found that the snowman had melted.
In Nursery we have been learning lots of Nursery Rhymes. Our favourite rhyme is Humpty Dumpty. Humpty was an egg who fell off a wall and couldn't be put back together again. We looked at raw and hard boiled eggs and felt the texture of each. The raw egg was very runny and slimy! Then we decorated the eggs and made them in to our very own Humpty Dumpties! and sang the Nursery Rhyme.
Finally we broke our eggs just like Humpty Dumpties and made egg sandwiches. They were delicious! Here is a photo of us enjoying our egg sandwiches!
This week, we heard from some year 5 children who told us what they had learnt when working with equivalent fractions.
They had used the 'whatever you do to the bottom you do to the top' rule to convert some really tricky fractions to their equivalents. In addition to this, they were able to explain the differences between the numerator and the denominator.
Information was also given out about the Toma Children's Cancer Fund. We would everyone to look out for the tokens in the Evening Chronicle newspaper which we are collecting to help children and their families who have been affected by childhood cancers. Please support by looking in the newspaper and cutting out the vouchers. The box for the vouchers is in the Key Stage 2 entrance.
We have really enjoyed reading the story of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in Nursery. Miss Jeffries even brought in two caterpillars from home for us to look at. We were fascinated by them and after a week of having them in our class they built their cocoons around them-just like in the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! In a couple of days we are hoping that butterflies will burst out of those cocoons!
Please have a look at some of the work we have been doing based on the story. We have worked really hard to produce egg box model caterpillars, butterfly pictures and even paintings of The Hungry Caterpillar and all the food he ate!
Come along and enjoy the Year 6 production...
Roman High Musical
Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th July at 6pm in the Key Stage 2 Hall.
Tickets £2 (£1 for current Roman Road Pupils) available in school or on the door.
The children have been working incredibly hard on this amazing production. Come along and enjoy amazing acting, superb singing and dazzling dancing. I guarantee that your toes will be tapping, and you will be humming the tunes all the way home.
It's not every day that you can come into school and watch Mr Allsop, Mrs Jones and Miss Allen on stage!!
We had a fantastic time at our Queen's Jubilee Party in Nursery! Do you like our crowns? We made them ourselves and really enjoyed decorating them with lots of glitter, beads and sequins.
All of us came dressed in our best party clothes. We played lots of fun games in the hall and did lots of very good dancing! Then we had our party lunch which was delicious! Everyone had a great time!
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!
Learning about healthy eating in Read Write Inc Comprehension. The Dragon Fruit was yummy, but looked extremely odd!
Our Parents all loved working with their children in Literacy and RWInc.
We are a model school for RWInc! Yeehah!
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!!!
We have been reading lots of traditional tales in Nursery. The children loved acting out the stories in the outdoor area on the stage. They enjoyed wearing the character masks and working with their friends to re tell the stories. Their favourite story so far is The Gingerbread man.
Next week we are going to be reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears and we'll even be making some porridge!
Everyone experienced and enjoyed Bookweek in the last week of the half term.
Lots of different activities took place during the week related to reading and writing. The Scholastic bookfair was in school and we finished with our traditional fun afternoon.
A few more fun afternoon photos can be seen in the gallery by clicking on this link:
Fun Afternoon Photos
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.
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.
This year’s Book Week was, as always a great success and the children had a fantastic time!
Thank you for all your support. You especially excelled at the adult and child competition – all entries were fantastic!
Bookfair Total - £449
Fun Afternoon & Sponsored Event Total - Just over £400!
All monies raised will go straight towards buying school resources for Literacy and the Library.
I have put together a KS2 Hall Display showing photos and work completed by children and parents during Book Week. Please come and have a look! In past years we have really benefitted from this money raised. We bought our sound system with it which we use during performances. Also, we purchased a lot of Read Write Inc products which has been a massive success.
The next big literacy/drama event will be at the end of the Summer Term when Year 6 will be performing ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at 6pm in the Junior Hall. Fliers will be distributed next term to promote this exciting event.
Thank you for your continuing support in all our Literacy projects.
We have recently had a whole school Eco Week which was a brilliant success! All children took part in Eco activities across the week and the school theme was 'Waste Not, Want Not!'
'Waste Not, Want Not' incorporated recycling, waste, water and energy which are all themes within the Eco Award. After receiving our Bronze and Silver Eco Awards last year, we are striving towards our Green Flag which we will hopefully receive in the Summer Term. Everyone rose to the challenge this year and included Eco issues within their Creative Curricular Themes. But in Eco Week we had a fantastic time. This is a list of activities we enjoyed:
*making recycled musical instuments
*making wind turbines
*making shelters using recycled canvas
*setting up recycling of paper towels
*making quality items from recycled items to sell on a stall to raise money for our orphanage/polar bears
*making bottle top flower garden decorations
*research about polar bears/reducing, reusing, recycling
*making a water filter
*pie charts and data handling about recycling and water usage in the home
*Cooking with leftovers alongside nick, our resident chef!
*Biking to school
*Making Eco eggs from recycled materials for a competition
*Washing cars with recycled water
*Picking up litter
*Weaving with plastic bags
*Using cans to make garden buddies
*Thinking about a life without energy
*Making collage patchwork quilts
*Alan's visit to classes to talk about Eco Issues
We finished the week with Green Day. We dressed up in green and went to a green breakfast in the Junior Hall. We ate green food and watched a video about our Indian orphanage. four people from Living Waters Church in South Shields have now visited the orphanage and handed over the £500 raised by Roman Road so far. It bought uniforms for the children and was greatly appreciated by the Tsunami orphans.
At the breakfast, Year 2's Recycling Retail raised £56.20 which will go towards supporting our orphanage and polar bears!
Well done to everyone for your unwavering support!!
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
As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations, Nick from Cooking 4 Life has been working with Nursery, Reception and Year One making healthy chinese food.
We made sticky chicken and egg fried rice. It was absolutely delicious. Nick also taught us about some of the different foods you can try in China. Anyone for sweet and sour rat!
Please check out the link below to see the many pictures of our cooking experiences.
We are enjoying celebrating the build up to Chinese New Year!
In Nursery we are learning about the Chinese culture! We have turned our Home Corner in to a Chinese restaurant! In the picture you can see some of the children trying some noodles! We are going to be doing some dragon dancing in P.E and tasting some Chinese food cooked by Winson's parents next Monday! We are also looking forward to cooking our own Chinese food with Nick in a few weeks time!
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.
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!!
Parents came into Literacy sessions throughout the school and 100% said they loved working with their child. It was great having carers into class!
Some parents of children in Read Write Inc came to share learning then found out all about the scheme in a meeting. We are proud to be a model school for Read Write Inc. It's a great phonics scheme!
Don't forget. On Friday, we are dressing up as PIRATES!
We have challenges to face...and we will meet them head on!
We will become the BEST WRITERS IN THE WORLD!
We will be bringing home TALK HOMEWORK! Please help us with it because our writing on Friday depends upon it! ARRRGGGGHHH!
‘Pirate Writing’ is a whole school initiative adopted by Roman Road Primary School to improve writing standards. It is a strategy which emphasises the development of the writer’s voice. Children will be introduced to the concept:
‘If you can’t speak it…you can’t write it’
Using a variety of techniques, children are encouraged to ‘steal’ the best ideas to use in their own writing.
The main focuses are:
• 4 basic skills (GHASP: Grammar,Handwriting,Spelling,Punctuation)
• VCOP (Vocabulary,Connectives,Openers,Punctuation)
• Rainbow Reading and Writing using WoW words:
Red words WoW doing words (verbs)
Purple words WoW descriptive words (adjectives/adverbs)
Blue words WoW connectives
Orange words WoW openers
Green words WoW additional phrases and clauses
• Using OSIE (Openers, Senses, Imagery, Emotions)
• Stealing the best ideas from other writers
• Talk homework
• Assessment for Learning strategies:
(peer/self assessment, paired talk, questioning)
• Creativity & linking to Creative Themes – making the writing process meaningful
• Addressing all learning styles
• Specific Targets (of which the child is aware)
• Lots of praise and rewards
• Silence for writing (where appropriate)
• Tracking of progress
Pirate Writing culminates in a whole morning session every alternate week:
Lesson 1:‘Build up’ to writing using a variety of lively games/whole class modelling and planning/use of Rainbow Writing etc.
Lesson 2: ‘Pirate Writing’ session. The atmosphere of the room is altered to create an environment conducive to creativity.
We hope to become excellent writers and 'steal' all the best ideas...like pirates!
Our Christmas Production!
The Early Years Foundation Stage will be performing 'Shine Star, Shine!' for their Christmas production! The performance will be on Monday 13th December from 11am in the Key Stage 1 Hall. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Come and have your hair done!
Welcome to the hairdressers! We are loving playing in the hairdressers! We have fun pretending to be hairdressers, clients and receptionists! It's a great role play area!
We love going on the computers!
We have been busy practising using the mouse to click on different things on the Cbeebies website! We love playing the Mr Tumble game! We have also had lots of fun making pictures on the Mister Maker game! Another program we have used is Kidpix. We have made some fantastic pictures for our ICT display!
We had a spooky time!
We had our Nursery Halloween Party! We made party invitations. It was so much fun! We all got dressed up and there were some witches, ghosts, pumpkins and even a zombie! We played lots of games! Then we had our party lunch which we all enjoyed!
Over the Summer holidays our Outdoor Area was developed! We now have a big sand pit, a stage, a story chair, a balancing trail, a road, some weaving posts, a wigwam, lots of stepping stones and many other things! We also have some new cars and other equipment to play with. We love playing and learning in our new area! Please ask to come in and have a look!!!
Rev Ransom came for another visit to Key Stage 1. He told us all about Harvest in preparation for our Harvest Whole School Celebration. It's all about sharing and blessing each other as well as God for our bountiful creation.
Pastor Emmanuel from our Indian Orphanage has sent a thank you email for the massive £205 raised during Eco Week for our orphanage/school. It was sent over the summer holidays, along with £500 from Living Waters Church. Pastor Dave and Siman from LWC in South Shields are going to visit the orphanage in February.
The Indian Breakfast was a real success. Thank you to everyone who made it possible! We ate Indian fruit (mango, apple, strawberries and grapes). These treats would be reserved for rich indians. We also cooked and ate parantas (Indian pancakes) with mago jam or scrambled eggs. Yum Yum! Parents, Staff and children all enjoyed the experience and a DVD of our Indian children played in the background.
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!
The children have all settled in well to the new term in Nursery. We have been busy learning about celebrations and festivals.
We have been reading the story of "Elmer" and have enjoyed dressing up for "Elmer Day." In ICT we have made self portraits using the Kidpix program. The children are getting much more confident using the computers and have produced some interesting pictures while exploring Kidpix.
Children from across the school took part in our annual Sports and Health week. What's more it isn't over yet. Due to the postponement of Sports Day last Tuesday, it will go on a little longer!!!
Over the week, children took part in various activities. The aim of the sports element was to try some sports that were new them.
Years 1 to 5 worked with Karate coaches, years 4 & 6 experienced rowing machines while all year groups including the nursery were able to tray sports such as hockey, tennis, golf, bowling, basketball and badminton amongst others. Hopefully some children will take up some of the sports.
Year 5 continued with their hula hooping whereas year 3 were trained in netball by a visiting coach.
Our visiting chef Nick, taught children from different classes how to cook healthily.
There were visits from the school nurse, Alan from Bike-It and also predestrian training.
To finish off the week some year 6 children planned an afternoon of coaching that they did with Reception.
The fantastic weather made a good week even better.
Lookout for photos in the gallery.
Can you believe we have had the chance to hold a snake!!!!!!!
Early Years and key Stage One had a fabulous time today and made lots of new friends - creepy crawly and slippery slimy friends.
Zoo Lab visited us all and brought a range of animals that could be found on the continent of Africa. We met toads, snakes, cockroaches, millipedes, snails, stick insects and finally a lovely cute bunny.
We learned all about their habitats and how they have adapted to suit their environment. Take a look at some of the animals we held. How brave were we?
Meet Harry the Hissing Cockroach. He is from the African country of Madagascar.
This is Sammy the African land snail. It was gigantic!
Twiggy is a stick insect. She can be found in many of the jungles in Africa.
Get ready to launch into ECO WEEK!!
Week beginning 7th June 2010!
Get ready to launch straight into…
when you return after the half term holidays!
During the week beginning 7th June 2010, we will be learning how to become Eco Eagles!
Roman Road Primary School is embarking upon a journey to achieve our Green Flag Award. This is an internationally recognised award. During this year’s Eco Week, we will be launching Eco Themes in a BIG way and will hopefully achieve our Bronze and Silver Flags during the week.
As a school, we are already looking for ways to be more Eco friendly:
*Our School Council are also our Eco Council and Staff members include Mrs Lacey, Mrs Phillips, Mr Bradshaw and Miss Allen.
*Teachers are including ‘Green themes’ in their Creative Curriculum.
*We are brilliant at ‘Bike-it’
*Our garden club has been up and running for a while and the vegetables grown are very tasty!
*We have our Healthy School Award!
In order to improve further, we need to review the 9 Topics of the Eco Award:
Waste & Recycling
The Theme of Eco Week this time is…
Our particular focuses will be:
India & Global Warming.
Aims of ECO WEEK :
*To create an understanding about Indian culture
*To make links and raise money for an Indian orphanage in Malakapatnam
*To raise whole school awareness of Climate change issues
*To sponsor a polar bear
*To devise a school Eco Code
Indian Orphange Information:
It’s a Christian school based in the middle of a Hindu community. The children are mainly orphans due to the Tsunami hit on December 26th 2004. The children are of the lowest caste system (or ‘untouchables’) and without education would end up living in the worst possible conditions. We want to help them build a school and keep in touch with them to find out about life in India.
Events during the week:
The children will be taking part in loads of activities during the week which will raise their awareness about Indian life and Climate change. An Indian expert will be talking to the children, a drama company will be visiting to tell an Indian story and a visitor will be doing art work with the children.
On Friday 11th June we are having a Green Day.
This is a national event and children can get dressed up all in green.
Please bring £1 and all the money raised will be sent to the Indian Orphanage.
If you would like to donate more it will be greatly appreciated.
How PARENTS/GUARDIANS can get involved:
*Encourage your child to bike-it to school during the week and bring your own bikes as well!
*Each class will be given a ‘polar bottle’ through the week. Any spare coppers you have, please send them into school and we use the money collected across the year to sponsor a polar bear.
*You are invited with your children to an Indian breakfast on Friday 11th June at 8am in the Junior Hall. The event is free, but if you would like to bring a donation for the orphanage/polar bear, there will be a collecting box available.
KEEP A LOOK OUT ON THE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT ECO WEEK!
Thank you for all your support...why don't you begin looking for ways in which YOU can become more eco friendly?
Well done to everyone who entered the egg competition. They were all 'egg'cellent'!!!
Well done to the winners and runners up.
Nursery - Hannah Marshall
- Jennifer Callighan
Reception - Ryan Pearson
- Elliott Loews
Year 1 - Alex Gore
- Dylan Callighan
Year 2 - Kyle Mclean
- Daniel Hick
Year 3 - William Fair
- Brooke Champney
Year 4 - Kirsty Lacey
- Chloe Percy
Year 5 - Nathan Nelson
- Jake Archibald
Year 6 - Caitlin Stewart
- Liam Thompson
MSB - Kieran Smailes
- Jake Reed
Best solo effort - Aimee-Lee Brooks
- Sophie Platts
More pictures can be seen in our Gallery by clicking on this link:
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!
Tomorrow is the launch of Book Week 2010. Let's make it the best ever and spend the week 'Wrapped up in Reading!'
There will be lots of exciting things to learn and get involved with at school. Two prizes to look out for are Gold Writer award and Poetry Prize. These are given out every year to one person in KS1 and one in KS2.
Remember to learn your song or spellings for the sponsored event and return your money soon. Also get ready for the fun afternoon and dress up day on Wednesday!
Thank you for your returned parent/child competition entries. Winners prizes given out on Friday so return quickly please.
Keep checking the website for events happening this week and see how much fun we are having and all the learning going on!!!
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!
Sheila and Katie came to see us today. They are from Miss Allen's church (Living Waters Church).
As part of Interfaith Week, Sheila and Katie came to talk to us about their faith. They visited all our classrooms and led a whole school assembly. Sheila made a banana appear from nowhere in a magic trick. She wanted us to eat dog food! Don't worry parents...it was only chopped up mars bars and jelly with a different label on. She told us that we should never judge people by their outward appearance!
We heard the story of Frd with the wobbly legs (the paralysed man story in the Bible) and asked Sheila questions about what she believed. What a fab day! She wants to come and visit again!
Here is a great site from ICT games, to help you or your child with their numeracy skills at home.
You will have great fun. Whack a Mole is a definite favourite, teaching children to count in steps of different sizes. Have a go - it's addictive.
If you have played a game, please leave us a comment and let us know if you enjoyed it and what you or your child has learned.
Nursery, Reception and Year One had a visit today from Mrs Gregory.
She comes to teach us all about crossing roads safely and being seen in the dark.
Want more information on staying safe, click on Tales of the Road below.
This term the Early Years topic is Winter Wonderland. The children in Nursery and Reception will be learning all about cold environments.
Try out some winter activities on the website above. Please leave a comment about what you have learnt.
Brrrrrrrrr - have fun!
It made you laugh and cry...our KS1 Christmas Musical was FAB! We spent ages practising and learning the songs and everyone performed brilliantly. Thank you to all staff for your fantastic input. Thank you to all the children for their hard work. Thank you to all the parents for your support!
Foundation Stage and Key Stage One are working really hard to 'WOW' you with their Christmas extravaganza.
We will be perfroming our Christmas play for all our parents on Tuesday 15th December at 10am in the KS2 hall.
Year 1 and 2 children may be taken home after the performance to get ready for their Christmas party, which will take place on the same afternoon at 1pm.
Dates for your Diary
SCHOOL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Week beginning 23rd Nov
* Writing our favourite school memories.
* Choosing what will go in our time capsule.
* Making a display on what makes Roman Road such a special school.
* Thurs 26th Nov - 1950's lessons and school lunch.
* Fri 27th Nov - Balloon Release at 3pm (Parents welcome to attend)
Week beginning 30th Nov
* Mon 30th Nov - Time Capsule
* Tues 1st Dec - Over 18 Reunion (4 - 7 pm)
* Wed 2nd Dec - Anniversary plates to be made
- Under 18 Reunion (4 - 6pm) for Students currently attending Heworth
Grange or another local comprehensive school.
Not for children who currently attend Roman Road.
* Fri 4th Dec - Bling Your Bike and Yourself
Ben and Danny, BMX Stunt Riders Return
PTA Disco for Y1 - Y6 (4.30pm - 6.30pm)
Week Beginning 7th Dec
Tues 8th Dec - Roman Road is 50 years old today.
Re-dedication Service in KS2 Hall at 2pm. (Parents welcome to attend)
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Thurs 10th Dec - School Christmas Lunch
Tues 15th Dec - Foundation Stage and Key Stage One Christmas Play (10am)
Y1 / Y2 children can be taken home for lunch to return for 1pm
Y1 / Y2 Christmas Party (1pm - KS1 Hall)
Wed 16th Dec - Y3 / Y4 Pantomime (10am)
Nursery / Reception Christmas Party (1pm - KS1 Hall)
Y5 / Y6 Christmas Party (1pm - KS2 Hall)
Y3 / Y4 Panotmime (6pm)
Thurs 17th Dec - Y3 / Y4 Christmas Party (1pm - KS2 Hall)
Fri 18th Dec - Carol Service at St. Andrews Church (2pm)
Thank you to everyone who supported our Wear Pink Day. The children really enjoyed it whilst raising money for an important charity. We are delighted to let you know we raised £103.50 for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Key Stage 1 really enjoyed our recent visit from the pirate music workshop. We learned pirate songs and sea shanties, played many different instruments and generally enjoyed making music!
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?
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Want to know more, click on the link below for information, including how to get a free trial at home.
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.
The Nursery and Reception children will be performing a short Nativity for their families in the Key Stage 1 hall on Tuesday 9th December, at 10:30 am.
This will be a traditional Nativity, with all of the Foundation Stage children involved. We would love to see parents, grandparents, aunts etc, as the children are really looking forward to performing for you.
Don't forget your hankies!
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/
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.
Our topic this half term is 'Transport'. We have been looking at the story 'Noah's Ark'.
In our areas in the classroom we have been doing lots of different activities about Noah's Ark. Here we are playing in our Small World Area. We are retelling the story together.
Look out for our display which shows all the work we have been doing.
In Foundation Stage we have been learning about why we celebrate Bonfire Night and what Fireworks represent! It is from an event long ago.
Most of us saw some fireworks this year. In class, we made pretty pictures using soft pastels and black sugar paper.
Whizz! Bang! Pop! Screech! Zoom! Whee! Spin! Explode!
In a dark dark town there was a dark dark house. In the dark dark house there was a dark dark cellar. In the dark dark cellar some skeletons lived. . .
We have been doing lots of activities based on the story 'Funny Bones' by Janet and Alan Albergh. In our gluing area we fastened bones together to make some scary skeletons!
We painted the big skeleton in our art area and in ICT we made pictures on 'Fresco' of the characters. In the Reception classroom we are making a big 'Funny Bones' display. Come and have a look! If you dare to, you could come inside our 'Dark dark cellar' too! Don't be scared!
The foundation class are busy making a rocket in the home corner to go with the story Whatever Next by Jill Murphy.
we made rockets with boxes