We had some special guests in our class this week. The good people at 'time bandits' came to tell us all about our lovely Queen.
We are going to be learning a little bit more about her over the next two weeks, but found out some interesting facts from our visitors.
After our talk they made us some coronation chicken for us to try. Something that was invented for our Queen when she became our head of state.
As part of our 'people who help us' theme we have been learning all about doctors and nurses this week as well as paramedics!!
We have a doctor surgury in our role play area now and we have all brought in our poorly teddies to see is Nurse Nevins and Nurse Redhead could make them better.
Nurses Nevins and Redhead had lots of injuries to take care of, broken bones, poorly heads and upset tummies.
We also used a real stethoscope to listen to our hearts beating. It was amazing to hear what they really sound like. We had so much fun, and can't wait to play again next week.
We have noticed the big yellow ball in the sky these last few days.....yes the sunshine has made another rare appearence! So we have covered ourselves with suncream and headed outside for some learning outdoors.
We have been looking at how much water different sized bottles hold....it's lots of fun splashing in the sun!
Also we have been practicing our letter and number formation as well as our pencil control but sometimes we have just chilled with a good book and read in the warmth. We are really hoping to have lots of sunshine over the next half term so we can have even more learning in our lovely little courtyard.
We have been learning about people who help us in Reception.
We have talked about who helps us and home and at school and now we are looking at who helps us in the outside world. Last week we learnt all about the postman and what he does. We designed our own postcards and posted them home to our families. We know all about the journey of a letter and enjoyed our walk down to the post box.
This week we are thinking about people who help us keep healthy. We are learning about doctors and nurses and all the wonderful things they do for us and our friends and families.
We have been thinking about pairs and what it means. We know that a pair is two of something, for example a pair of shoes or a pair of socks.
We worked together in our groups to pair up all of Mr Nevins' socks. We had to see which ones matched and line them up. We even tried counting them in two's!!
We are getting so clever.
We were all amazed when Superman himself flew in to take our PE lesson today!
We all took part in Superman's own warm-up exercise routine before completing a superhero obstacle course! We were using lots of our skills including balancing, throwing and jumping.
It was a good job we all ate our fruit today for all that energy we have used!!
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'.
This week our ttheme is 'Superheros'.
All our work will be based around our topic and we will be doing lots of great activities. We kicked off our week with a superhero hunt. We went on a walk around the school grounds to find the hidden superheros. We recorded our findings using pictures and ticks. We even found Robbie Rotten hiding by the tyres!
Continuing with our number formation work Mr Nevins bought us some giant chalks to priactice writing on the ground in our garden. It was so much fun and a little messy but we all tried very hard practicing our numbers.
Here in Reception we have been learning lots of different rolls as part of our PE lessons. Believe it or not rolling is quite a tricky thing to do correctly and safely. We have been doing sausage rolls, teddy bear rolls and forward rolls. Next time we might try a backward roll!
During our Maths Makes Sense lessons this week we have been practicing our number formation. It is very important for us to form each numeral correctly and we have been learning songs to hep us remember each number.
Ask us to sing to you....we are very good!
The 23rd April is St George's Day. We have been learning all about him. We heard the story about how he rescued the beautiful princess from the nasty dragon and saved the villagers. He is the patron Saint of England, as well as many other countries including Portugal.
We made England flags to celebrate as the English flag is the red cross of St George.
We have been thinking about things that float and things that sink in water. We thought that maybe all heavy things sank and all light things floated on top of the water. We did a class experiment to discover if we were right.
We filled our water bath with water and took a selection of objects from our classroom. One by one we placed them into the water and watched. Some things floated on top of the water, some things sank and some things like the sponge, floated for a time and then sank!
We found out that just because something is light does not mean it will float. The plastic ball is very light, but it sunk in the water.
We had lots of fun and found out some interesting facts.
Somebody came into our classroom over lunch time and messed up all of our jigsaws! One child very kindly sorted them out and made up the jigsaws solving the problem!
There are all sorts of problems to sort out in our classroom everyday.
We were very lucky in Reception this week, some of our lovely Year 6 children came to help us with our learning. They worked in different areas in the class with us. We had help with building models using blocks or playdough, cutting and sticking, reading, they even helped us with our letter formation!!
They were very grown up and sensible and lots of help. We have such wonderful big people in our school who help us stay safe while we are learning.
This week in Reception we have been working on our 'plan do review'.
We have been deciding where we want to work, plan what we want to do there and what we will need. Once we get there we work with our friends to carry out what we have planned...and enjoy our areas. Once we have finished we talk to our friends and teacher about what we did and if we can improve it.
This week these two children worked together in construction. They worked well together using blocks to build different things. Do you like their reindeer?
We have been looking at daffodils this week. We looked at the shapes that make up the flowers, the shades and colours. Then we drew a picture of the daffodils. We took our time to try to make them look just like the real things, taking note of size and propotion. We have painted them the correct colours and they are going to go up on one of the walls in our classroom.
We have been planting again this week. This time we have planted cress seeds. We popped some cotton wool into a cup and then sprinkled the little seeds onto it. Next we added some water to help them grow. We need to water them everyday to keep them healthy. Once they have grown we are going to add the cress to egg sandwiches and see what it tastes like.
We know that we are all growing, we also know that flowers grow too. We have combined these to transform ourselves into pretty flowers. Miss Redhead took a picture of our face, then cut it out and placed it in the middle of a paper plate. Next we stuck paper tissue petels all the way around, making our very own 'flower face'. Everyone who has seen them has commented how cute we all look.....we're sure you will agree!
This half term our topic is 'Growing'. We will be learning all about different things that grow, how they grow and what they need to grow.
To start our topic Mrs Cullen read us the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. We have all planted our very own bean in a plastic cup and we are going to watch it grow and draw what we see. We have to water it every day, and are hoping to gorw our very own beanstalks. We will let you know what happens!
The theme this half term is 'Good to be me'.
We were very lucky in Reception this week as we had a very special little visitor. Maddison's mam and dad have rescued a baby hedghog! They are looking after Spike untill Spring, when he can be put back into the wild again. He needs to be fed and watered, and kept warm and dry. He was very small and very cute!
Maddison and her parents have been given advice on how to take care of Spike, and hope he will stay in their garden when he is big enough to be put outside. We had lots of questions answered abour hedghogs....Maddison is an expert now, and Mrs Cullen told us a lovely story all about a baby hedgehog.
We have been doing some more cooking today in Reception. As it is pancake day, we all went to the community room to make some delicious pancakes! We each had a turn of mixing the batter but Miss Redhead did the cooking, as the cooker gets very hot and is not for little hands.
We had a choice of lemon juice, sugar, chocolate spread, squirty cream and jam to put on our pancakes. We rolled them up before eating them . YUM!!!
This half term our topic has been 'Princes and Princesses'. We have been reading different versions of the stories 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Rapunzel', 'Aladdin', 'Snow White', 'Cinderella', 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Beauty and the Beast'. We have talked about what happens, how people may feel and why we think different things have happened. We have re-told the stories with our friends in many different ways. We have tried reading stories ourselfs and made up our own using the pictures and our memories. We have used puppets and face masks to tell the stories. We have drawn and coloured pictures of our favourite parts and even tried writing parts of them too!
As part of our 'Princes and Princesses' topic we have been making our very own crowns. We had lots of different materials to decorate our crown and make it all sparkly...fit for a Prince or Princess!
This half term our topic has been 'Princes and Princesses'. We read lots of Fairy tales that had beautiful princesses and brave princes in! We drew picture of our own characters and thought of words to describe them. We made a lovely display in the classroom if you would like to come and see it!
We are reading a ditty a day in our 'Read Write Inc.' sessions! We are learning to be 'Perfect Partners'. We use teaching sticks to point to the sounds and words and sit shoulder to shoulder with our ditty in the middle. Everyday we write a sentence too! We are doing very well and enjoying the challenge.
As part of our 'Princes and Princess' topic this half term we have been designing our own castle on the computers in our ICT suit. We used the programme called 'paint' and thought about all the things our castle might need. With careful movements of the mouse and consideration of what colours we wanted we drew our castle before printing it out. Miss Redhead has backed them and pinned them up on the wall in our classroom for everyone to see.
It's no secret we are ICT stars....Mrs Cullen and Miss Redhead have even told Mr Allsop about what we can do and he is very impressed!!
We have been learning lots of different things using the story of Hansel and Gretel.
Mr Nevins spent three days with us this week and planned some amazing lessons for us. We've been doing literacy, numeracy, art, deisgn, ICT and PE all based on the story. We have learnt lots of things!!
First Mr Nevins read us the story of Hansel and Gretel. He used the interactive white board for this, and added sound effects and words for us to 'fred talk'. After we talked about the story and answered some questions we worked in groups to make character puppets and decorate gingerbread....that was yummy!!
We went out on a number hunt...we followed the number pebbles from 0 to 12. We found ourselves at our very own 'gingerbread' house. The house was covered in plastic wallets with numbers on the front. We had to search our garden to find all the missing numbers and match them up to the correct plastic wallet. It was quite difficult, but we all worked together in a team. Mr Nevins and Miss Redhead were very impressed with us!
We used the beebot too. We had a floor mat with the dark woods, cottage and gingerbread house on and we had to work out where to move beebot along the mat to each position. We had to think carefully about this and consider the space we had.
Also we have decorated a big house with sweets and gingerbread, it was very tempting to eat the sweets, but our house looks fab. Once it is dry it will go on our wall in the classroom with all our work about Hansel and Gretel. We have learnt so much and really enjoyed it.
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.
In our 'Plan, Do, Review' session this week, we made a hospital with the wooden blocks. We had to decide what we would need and how best to put it together. We worked as a team and each did little bits. Once we had finished our hospital we reviewed what we had done, talked about what we had made and what we could do to make it better next time. We added some animals and people and played nicely together.
We have been making weekly visits to our school library on a Thursday afternoon. We have to be very quiet and whisper when we get there and we look at our lovely selection of books. Once we have chosen one, we have our thumb scaned and can take it home to share with our families. If we are very lucky Mrs Cullen or Miss Redhead read us a story while we are there.
We are all little stars when it comes to using the computer! We have been practising really hard with our skills. We know how to log ourselves onto the system, use the mouse effectively to find and click on software and make marks to create pictures! When we have finished our lessons we can log off safely...and all before we leave Reception!!
We have been using Education City to help with our Literacy and Numeracy lessons. There are lots of different games and activities to help with our learning and it is so much fun!!!!! As part of our topic this term, 'Princes and Princesses', we created pictures of castles using the paint programme. They are fantastic and on our wall in our classroom. Come and have a look at our amazing work!
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.
We are enjoying our new maths programme in school called "Maths Makes Sense"! It involves learning maths through using concrete objects, actions, phrases and cups!We have a resources table (where we keep the cups) and a special maths table (where we count the cups).
Everyone gets to be a special helper at the front and move and count the cups!
Watch out for Cup Man who will be appearing in school soon!
We love the snow in Reception!
Mrs Cullen and Miss Redhead took us out to play in the snow, we wrapped up warm and put on our wellies. We had lots of fun! We made snowmen and snow angles. We ran, jumped and skipped through the soft deep snow and even had a snowball fight. After a while our fingers and toes were beginning to get cold so we went back into class to warm up....knowing it wouldn't be long until we got to go back out!
Find out what we are doing in class !!!!
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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!!!
Key Stage Two children were treated to an excellent performance of the Donkey Seller by children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 today.
The acting and singing were fantastic and all the older children as well as the Key Stage 2 staff really enjoyed it. Well done to the younger children on all of your hard work. (The KS1 staff didn't do a bad job either !!!!)
We watched the dress rehearsal so the big performances are still to come!!!!
We are doing lots of Christmas activites at school at the moment. Yesterday we made some snowflakes with Mr Nevins. We had to fold our paper circles and then cut out sections of the paper. We had to take extra care with the scissors to ensure we did not cut our little fingers. Next we opened out the folded paper to reveal our beautiful snowflake patterns. To make them extra 'Christmassy', we covered them with glitter and hung them on our window. They will sparkle on a cold winters day.
Our Friday assembly this week was held in the Infant Hall for a change.
Miss Allen told us how Shelby from Year 1 won the People's Kitchen shoebox competition. This is the second year running the winner has come from our school!!!
Some children represented the school earlier in the week.
Elicia from year 5 told the Assembly how she had learnt about rationing in World War 2 and how people had to figure out different ways to use their small rations.
Connie from Reception told us that she had learnt that when it gets very cold in winter 'Jack Frost' makes everything white. There are also lots of other changes.
William from year 6 told us that he has learnt that he works better whilst under pressure.
The housepoint trophy was shared by Mercury and Neptune.
Kim's game is a new game we have been playing to help with our memory and social skills.
We put some items onto a tray. Then we all discuss what is there and what they are for. Next, everyone closes their eyes while one person takes one item away from under a cloth. We have to see if we can see which item is missing. It can be quite tricky but we love playing it. When we play in small groups, we have time to chat with our friends and talk about different things we have done. We are really pleased Mrs Cullen taught us how to play.
The children in Reception went out for another walk this week to look for signs of winter. We noticed that all the leaves have now fallen off the trees, leaving them all bare. The sky is a lot greyer in colour and it is much colder outside. Jack Frost had been out, the yard was coated with a thin layer of frost and all the grass and trees had a silver shine to them. The few leaves left on the ground were crunching under our feet. We noticed a lot of changes from our Autumn walk around school.
Then later in the week it snowed!! We were so excited to see that and could not wait to get out into our garden to play in it. We wrapped up and ventured out. It was great, we ran and played in the snow, we threw snowballs and made snow angels, Sadly there was not enough snow for a snowman, but we are hoping for lots more snow next week so we can make some then.
We were so pleased to see the sun shine today. It meant we could finally play outside in our garden but our garden was all wet and muddy, luckily we had our wellies at hand. We wrapped up in our hats and coats, and pulled on our wellies then ventured out into the mud and water. We had a look at what all the rain had done to our grass. It was all sloppy and muddy, with dirty puddles all over. It doesn't look very nice at all, but it was so much fun to play in! We just loved splashing in the muddy water and looking for worms and other creatures.
This week in Reception we have been celebrating Ted's birthday. Ted is our class bear and he turned 5 this week. We planned a lovely birthday party for him on Thursday and spent the week preparing for it. We have been writing invitations, making cards and party hats. We baked him a cake and Miss Redhead made us all party food. We danced, played games and had lots and lots of fun. Ted had the best day, and we all enjoyed ourselves.
During our week about birthdays we have learnt so many things in lots of different subjects.
As part of Literacy, we wrote invitations, we had to use our best hand writing and form our letters carefully. When we baked a cake for Ted. We had to follow instructions to make sure the cake turned out right and for Maths we had to measure out the ingredients. We used scales for this and had to read the numbers on the instructions and on the scales.
As part of our art we designed and made birthday cards and birthday party hats. We used lots of materials to make our hats as beautiful and sparkly as we could. We even did some PE, we danced and danced in the hall for our games and competitions.
We went for a walk around our school grounds to look for signs of Autumn. It was so much fun playing in the leaves, and looking at all the different colours, sizes and shapes. Back in the classroom we are using the leaves we have collected to make pictures.
We are looking forward to going back out a little later in the year to look for signs of winter and looking at how things have changed.
Today we had a special visitor in Reception. Our local community police officer, Barry came to talk to us about strangers. He told us a stranger is somebody we don't know. We know that we should never talk to or go somewhere with a stranger. Barry told us all about safe people and places and where to go if we need help.
If a stranger tries to talk to us we know to YELL, RUN and TELL!! We shout for help, run away and tell an adult we know. Thank you Barry!
We have a new reading den in our book area. We just love to sit in there with our friends and read stories together. We look at pictures and talk about what is happening, we look for words and sounds that we know and we tell each other stories. Sometimes Mrs Cullen or Miss Redhead come in too and read us a lovely story. We are all loving learning to read and think books are so much fun!
This week Miss Allen spotted lots of stars with her new star shaped glasses!!!
Lots of children told us what they had been learning.
Jack told us he'd learnt how to find a missing angle while Ella told us what she'd put into her story to make it interesting. Jason had found out about the parts of a dinosaur while Louis had learnt they were meat eaters so are called carnivores.
Marie had learnt how to make a cake whilst Chloe had learnt what life was like during the Blitz. Cameron has been learning how to write a newspaper report.
In addition to this, Ruby has been working hard at home to find information on a wolf to link in to her Creative Curriculum topic.
The winning house this week was Apollo.
Miss Allen introduced her friend the scarecrow and launched a competition to give him a name.
What have you learnt this week ??? Make a comment on the site please.
Leanring to write is very difficult. We are trying so hard in Reception with our letter formation and word building. As we have been thinking and learning all about 'ourselves' we have been writing poems about our favourite things. We had to persevere and really try our best as it took us quite a long time. Mrs Cullen and Miss Redhead were very proud of us!
We know about the importance of keeping fit and healthy.
We love our PE lessons and are learning all about why it is important to exercise. We are also learning to dress and undress ourselves for these sessions. We are concentrating on jumpers socks and shoes at the moment but will soon move on to full uniform.
Please help us to practise at home!!!
We know it is important to care about each other.
We have been thinkng and talking about our feelings. We know what makes a good friend and have been working and playing well together. We listed all the qualities that we would like to have to be a good friend. We understand that there are consequences for our choices and actions. Do you know how to be a special friend?
This half term we have been thinking all about ourselves.
In Reception our theme this half term has been 'ourselves'. We have been settleing into school, learning new routines and following the rules. We have talked about our favourite things, including our favourite meal "yum yum". We've made a familiy tree and talked to each other about people special to us. Come into our classroom and have a look at our lovely displays.
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.
Attached is the details of what is being taught in each class this term.
We have put it on to the website to inform parents and carers about the various topics.
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!!
For the first time ever, Roman Road held their Sportsday at Gateshead Stadium.
The sun shone, the parents and supporters cheered wildly and above all the children showed a fantastic spirit as they raced aginst each other representing the original five Olympic continents.
From Reception to Year 6, everyone tried their best and showed lots of the Olympic values. An example of this was the courage and determination shown in the 400 metre races.
After three hours of sprinting, distance running, beanbag races, skipping and relays, the team from Africa were victorious. Well done to them and thank you to all the children and their parents that attended which made this a sportsday to remember.
A huge thank you must also go to Mrs Inkster who organised our amazing afternoon. Everyone will realise the time and effort that goes into sorting out something like this and our wider Creative Curriculum fortnight of events.
We are now looking forward to the Primary Athletics Festival where our top Key Stage 2 athletes will be representing the school against forty seven others back at the Stadium in July.
More photos of the day, including some from Key Stage One, will follow in the gallery section of the site.
We have been looking at work by the artist Archimboldo. He made paintings out of different pieces of fruit and vegetables.
We made our own versions! Dont they look good enough to eat?
We each planted our own sunflower seed and we are making sure to water it every day. We keep praying for sun to help our sunflowers grow! If they grow big and tall we can hopefully put them in the courtyard by our classroom.
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!!!
Run, Run as fast as you can...we made our own moveable gingerbread men using split pins!
We followed a recipe and created our very own gingerbread men…they were yummy!
We loved dressing up as characters from the story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and we even used puppets to re-tell the story to our friends!
We loved setting up our home corner for the three bears! We felt bad that Goldilocks had broken Baby Bears chair so we designed a new chair for him in our building site ‘Trotter’s Independent Builder’s’.
We are expert builders after building houses for the three little pigs too!
We made our very own binoculars to help us on our bear hunt. We went all around the school, through the squelchy mud, through the long wavy grass, even through a swirly whirly snowstorm to find them!
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
The Year of The Dragon!
On Thursday we had a 'Chinese New Year Party'!
We made Dragon masks to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. We did a dragon dance in the hall and used the percussion instruments to make our own music.
We tasted some chinese food including prawn crackers, noodles and duck spring rolls! YUMMY!!!
This half term our theme is "Space"!
We read the story "Whatever Next?" by Jill Murphy.
We haver been doing lots of space activities in class!
We made ICT pictures of our own space scenes. We are getting very good at logging on to the computers and contolling the mouse!
We made splatter and marble art pictures of stars and planets for a display in class.
Some of us have been building rockets in class! We have been pretending to visit the moon.
We are busy making paper mache aliens. the mixture is very slimey!!!
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.
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!
Nick from Cooking For Life has been in school doing Christmas cooking with all of the classes from Reception through to Year 6.
Year 5 made some delicious mince pies. They really enjoyed working with Nick and could explain everything that they had done.
The staff were delighted to be able to sample the lovely treats which Nick made with the various classes, including Christmas muffins, gingerbread biscuits, and my personal favourite (not that I am biased) the Year 5 mince pies.
A big thank you to Nick!
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!
100% of parents enjoyed working their child today and thought Read Write Inc was a fantastic way to teach reading and writing to our children. Roman Road is the only Model School for Read Write Inc in the North of England. We train other schools so they can implement it and have had many success stories! Read on to find out some of the wonderful things parents and carers thought about our reading scheme!
"Really enjoyed toaday. I think the lessons are made fun for the children so they enjoy it a lot more. I have noticed a massive difference in Charley's progress. She works well with her partner and I think that is a good ideas because they helped each other very well. Thank you!"
Amanda Robinson (Parent)
"I was amazed with my child's progress. The lesson gave me a great understanding of Read Write Inc" Leanne Johnson (Parent)
"It was very interesting to see all children paired off with partners and enjoying all that they were learning and how they were praising each other. The teaching is FIRST CLASS in Read Write Inc. I would like to help a lot more" Carol Hope (Carer and Governor)
Wow! Thank you so much for all your positive comments. We are pleased you all found the parents meeting very useful.
Miss Allen and Mrs Inkster
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!
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!!!
This half term our theme is called 'Celebrations'.
We have been finding out about the festival 'Diwali'.We have been thinking about colours and lights and have been making some fabulous pictures in class! We have been using lots of different mediums to create our pictures including marbelling, splatting, chalks, gluing and sticking!
Look out for photographs of our art work and come in and have a look at our classroom displays! We have also been learning about the different ways we celebrate our birthdays and talking about other family celebrations such as weddings and baptisms.
We will soon be starting to rehearse for our Christmas production. This year the Early Years Foundation Stage will be performing 'Shine Star, Shine'! We are very excited about learning the songs and beginning all things "Christmassy"!!!!
We are a Model School for Read Write Inc and during this half term, we would like to invite parents to work with their child in a RWInc lesson.
After the lesson, we want you to stay and chat in the KS1 hall for a while so you can find out more about this fab reading approach.
Rev Ransom came for another visit to Key Stage 1. He told us all about Harvest in preparation for our Harvest Whole School Celebration. It's all about sharing and blessing each other as well as God for our bountiful creation.
Pastor Emmanuel from our Indian Orphanage has sent a thank you email for the massive £205 raised during Eco Week for our orphanage/school. It was sent over the summer holidays, along with £500 from Living Waters Church. Pastor Dave and Siman from LWC in South Shields are going to visit the orphanage in February.
The Indian Breakfast was a real success. Thank you to everyone who made it possible! We ate Indian fruit (mango, apple, strawberries and grapes). These treats would be reserved for rich indians. We also cooked and ate parantas (Indian pancakes) with mago jam or scrambled eggs. Yum Yum! Parents, Staff and children all enjoyed the experience and a DVD of our Indian children played in the background.
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!
A knowledge of e-safety is essential if your child goes online.
The internet is an amazing resource which has meant children have developed their understanding of the technological and wider world to a degree that just wasn't possible in the past.
However, there are hidden dangers that can lurk at the other end of the Facebook, Bebo, MSN etc accounts.
There are some very good resources about e-safety and we encourage all parents and carers to look at them.
Next Generation Learning have an online e-safety quiz for adults:
Other sites are:
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!
Do you know we give prizes for reading in our school? The Infants read loads at school and at home and every time we read a book at home, we move a star on our display. When we reach a book character, we receive a prize!
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO READ! I WONDER WHO WILL REACH THE END OF THE STARS? CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO READ LOADS IN THE SPRING TERM!
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.
Alan came into school and has taught us how to ride our bikes without stabilisers.
Alan is our Bike It Officer and he is fab! We love him! Especially when he shows us how to ride our bikes without stabilisers. Some of the children from Year 1 and Reception had a great time learning. Check out the gallery for more photographs.
Here are some handy hints if you are learning to ride your bike.
1. Take your pedals off. - This helps you learn how to balance the bike.
2. Push yourself around without pedals, trying to stay balanced.
3. When you have clicked, with your balance, put those pedals back on.
4. Now using your feet, push yourself off 5 times.
5. After you have done 5 big pushes, get those feet on the pedals and PEDAL.
These helpful tips should get you going in no time.
Remember safety is vital. ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!
The Reception class visited Hall Hill Farm recently. We had a fabulous day and learned lots about the animals.
The children in Nursery and Reception are learning all about animals this term.
We have been thinking about different kinds of animals. We have been reading animal stories, and drawing and painting animals. Come and see our lovely animal display in the Reception classroom!
The Reception children are visiting the farm later this month. We are all really excited to find out about caring for the different animals on the farm, and seeing how animals change as they grow. We will be taking lots of photographs, so keep a look out for those on the website soon.
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.
If you go down to Reception today, you're in for big surprise,
If you go down to Reception today, you'd better go in disguise....
Have you seen our lovely elephant? We built him out of cardboard boxes, and then covered them with paper mache to give him a proper elephant shape. We had to wait for him to dry which took absolutely ages. We painted him grey.
Now all he needs is a name. If you have any suggestions, please send them to Reception.
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.
We love reading and spelling!
All of the infants in Roman road are working on reading and spelling their 300 key words. We learn them as part of our homework. It is very tricky, but our teachers have made it easier for us by splitting the words into groups. We have Copper, Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
Every time we achieve and award, we receive a certificate in whole school celebration assembly on Friday.
We all love achieving our awards...they are FAB!!!
by Miss Allen
Mrs Cullen has left to have her second baby. Mrs Pigott has taken over from Mrs Cullen, and will be working with Mrs Mowbray and Mrs Lacey in the Foundation Stage until July. Miss Dawson will be working in the Foundation Stage in the mornings.
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 Reception, we are working through 'Read, Write Inc' phonic scheme. We think it's great and enjoy learning a new sound each day!
Some of us are beginning to blend the sounds we know to help us with reading and writing.
We play lots of sound games together. In this game we passed the party bag around the circle. When the music stopped we had to take out an object and put it in the hoop with the right initial sound in.
We have a puppet called Fred who lives in our classroom. He is a mouse and we help him to say sounds and words.
We are progressing really well and are very enthusiastic about our 'Phonic Fun!'. Look out for pictures of more games we play ...
In Key Stage One we are rewarding reading by giving each child some rocket fuel!
Every child has their own rocket. In our sink area we have displayed eight planets and the sun. We all started on the sun. Then each time we read a book at home and at school we gain rocket fuel. This means that our rockets are able to fly to the next star. When we land on a planet we get a prize. When we land on the last planet we will be presented with a special prize in assembly.
Everyone is much more excited about reading at home and at school!
Who is in the lead? Pop into school and find out.
Uploaded by Mrs Inkster
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!
We have been working very hard to make our own special garden in our outdoor area. We are growing lots of fruits and vegetables including sweetcorn, carrots, potatoes, apples and red currants. We are looking after them and hope to sell our produce to increase our Foundation Stage Fund.
We have been making our classrooms and outdoor area look bright and colourful and we have produced some lovely work for our displays!
Reception performed a class assembly for the whole school and our parents. It was all about our topic 'Ourselves'. Everyone was very proud!
This year in the Foundation Stage we have been learning boit Ourselves, the Seasons and Fairy Stories. We have had many cooking sessions this year lead by our parent helper Mrs Lacey. We have made (and eaten!) Gingerbread Men, Christmas Puddings and egg and cress sandwiches.
When we have been looking at 'Jack and the Beanstalk' we grew some cress and we are currently trying to grow our own beanstalk!
At Christmas we performed the production 'Manger Mouse'. We all sang really well and performed like angels!
We have welcomed lots of vistiors into our unit to enhance our learnng.
We have had a visit from a new baby! He was very sweet and his mummy told us all about how to look after a new baby.
Zoolab came to see us in October. They brought a rabbit, a tarantula, a snail, a snake and a cockroach. We were able to touch the animals and describe how they felt!
We welcomed another visit from the road safety lady- she keeps a check on us to make sure we have been safe and sensible!
We have also had a couple of visits from the music team helping us to learn all about dynamics.
We continue to work well in our learning enviroments. We have two classrooms and a big outdoor area. At the moment we are making lots of colourful resources to make the outside area bright and colourful!