Britain's greatest wartime Prime Minister is Year 5's hero for the Creative Curriculum showcase.
Follow the link below to go to the website we've used in class:
Staff from Whithaugh Park Outdoor Centre came to visit and ran a teambuilding afternoon.
Year 5 and pupils from the ARMS unit were involved in activities both outside and in the classroom.
Some excellent team discussions took part linked to the activities and it is clear who the potential leaders will be when year 5 go to Whithaugh Park.
The school was one of the first schools in Gateshead to use Whithaugh Park in Newcastleton and we have visited ten years running!!
It was great to have some of the staff coming to us and we are looking forward to our next visit to the Borders.
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'.
Children in year 5 are preparing to run a Science, ICT and Technology demonstration for the rest of the school. It will take place on Wednesday afternoon when each class will get an opportunity to try out and see different experiments in action.
Each year 5 child has been busy preparing their resources and will run an experiment or activity on the afternoon.
This is part of the school's contribution to National Science and Engineering Week.
The Dance Club have been working really hard to get ready for the Gateshead Schools' Dance Festival. Children from Years One to Six have been meeting after school on a Wednesday. They have put together a fabulous dance to the song "A hard knock life" from Annie.
Mrs Pigott is really proud of each and every one of you. You have all shown fantastic commitment, and worked really hard to learn the dance in such a short space of time. I cannot wait to see you performing on stage at the Sage.
The Festival takes place on Tuesday 12th March, at The Sage, Gateshead. Can I just take this opportunity to also thank parents for their support.
Year 5 have been looking at angles. We've carried out lots of activities using angles in different ways. Below are some links to other sites which have interactive games and activities about angles. Try them and keep practising what we've learnt!!!
The theme this half term is 'Good to be me'.
Children from the year 5 class and the ARMS class visited the CLC at Heworth Grange to learn how to use data logging equipment.
Two investigations were undertaken. The first linked into our past Creative Curriculum topic as the children investigated which material would be best for a blackout curtain during the Blitz in the Second World War. They used the equipment to monitor light which came through each piece of cloth. Data was uploaded on to the computers so readings could be taken.
During the second investigation, the children predicted which setting would be better for growing a plant. From there, they used the equipment to monitor light and heat levels.
Great discussions took place throughout the morning as the children talked about their predictions, experiments and results.
Year 5 are currently using the novel The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. We have looked at many different aspects of the story with particular focuses on characterisation and figurative language.
As part of this, we wrote playscripts in pairs. The class evaluated a couple of them each and gave them a score. From this, the best three were chosen and performed by members of year 5.
It was very interesting and enjoyable seeing the children's understanding of the characters coming out in drama!!!
Within Numeracy lessons, Year 5 have been using charts and cubes to investigate equivalent, top heavy and mixed fractions.
From there, we learned how to use the mathematical strategies to work them out.
FA Football coach Robbie Pringle has been coming into school on a Wednesday afternoon to develop ball skills with Years 3, 5 and 6. After only a couple of weeks there are already great improvements in children's ball skills and confidence. Its great fun aswell!
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.
Year 5 played the Minefield game. Each team had four members, one of whom was blindfolded. The other three had to guide their team member through the cones by using directions from the back and two sides of the hall. The children giving the instructions also learnt that if they moved along their line, they saw what was going on from a different perspective.
After the activity we talked about how sometimes we don't see everything correctly because of the place we are in. Teamwork and an understanding of trust were also developed.
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.
Thoughout this week, the school grounds has been covered with the 'white stuff'!!!
Children in Key Stage 2 have taken the opportunity to take part in different activities using the vast amount of snow we have spread around school.
Year 4 and 5 had a snowman building competition in which they learnt that they got on much better if they split the jobs up and worked as a team.
Lots of children from various classes built on our experiences from the Summer Olympics by trying a Winter Olympic sport by doing some sledging. Great fun was had by all!!!
In our Whole School Assembly this week, we heard from lots of children about what they had learnt.
Callum from the ARMS unit told us that he had learnt how to add and take away numbers higher than 100,000 by using vertical methods. Also within Numeracy, Shannon has been learning how to simplify fractions to their lowest form. Peter from year two has also learnt about vertical addition and subtraction. Elicia from year 5, talked about how she had learnt how to use brackets and the BoDMAS method for carrying out operations in the correct order.
Year 3 are reading the story of the 'Iron Man.' Toni has learnt about how to find particular things about the story and also how to make a model of it within the Creative Curriculum.
Children in year 4 and 5 have been looking at playscripts at different stages. Year 4, including Charley, have learnt about the structure and tried some acting. Year 5 have looked at advanced layouts and also characterisation.
Within Science and the Creative Curriculum, Zak from year one was able to tell us about the parts of a skeleton and other children put their hands up to tell us that the skeleton protects the main parts of the body such as the heart.
Courtney from year 5 told everyone about how she has learnt to use an atlas to find different places and features. She also told us that some towns and cities were built next to rivers to be next to water.
Neptune were once again house point champions.
Find out what we are doing in class !!!!
Click on the link to go to the page:
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.
The Helping Hands PTA organised Christmas discos for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 last week.
All of the children had a fabulous time dancing to music played by Santa DJ; playing party games and eating a lovely party tea prepared by members of the PTA. The behaviour of all children was excellent. A big thank you to Mrs Lacey for organising the event.
Year 5 thought of their favourite menu for a day. There were lots of pizzas and other fast foods. By the end of the session, they got a bit of a surprise when they found out what a person in the Second World War would get for their weekly ration. The fast food options didn't exist !!!!!
Each small group were given one of the rationed items. They had to weigh the amount of food for a weekly ration. From there, we put it altogether to show the actual ration for a person.
The children learned about why it was needed and why some foods weren't rationed. After this, they drew up a 1940's menu based on the rationing. The Creative Curriculum skills of making choices and then explaining them were used well.
You can find out more information by looking at the History Cookbook by clicking below:
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.
Over the last week, Year 5 have been learning about the evacuation of children to the countryside during World War 2.
Various activities have been used including looking at where Gateshead children went, how many were involved and also making leaflets to advise what would be needed when evacuation came.
For our Pirate writing session, the class re-enacted scene from a story we had used about girl and her younger brother who were evacuated with their belongings in a suitcase to the countryside and were taken in by a rich lady. The class wrote letters home as if they were the girl.
Click on this link to go to the BBC Primary History site about evacuation to learn some more.
Castles, castles and more castles !!!!!!
Year 1 showed us their model castles which they have been making at home with their parents. They are fantastic!!!
Some children from Key Stage 2 came out to tell us what they had learned this week.
Charlie from year 3 confidently told us that he'd found out that the inverse of multiplication is divide. He went on to explain that inverse means opposite.
Jordan explained that he had learnt about decomposition when carrying out subtraction sums using a compact method. He was able to do thousands - thousands using double decomposition.
Cameron in year six told us that he'd learned lots about circles including that the perimeter is called the circumference. He also said that the radius is half of the diameter which runs through the middle point from side to side. As part of this work, he can now use a pair of compasses to draw a circle to a particular size.
The House trophy was won by Apollo.
As stated on a previous entry, year 5 are looking at World War 2.
You can find lots of interesting information by clicking on the link below and going to the BBC site. There are also some activities and quizzes to try.
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.
Year 5 are currently looking at the story called 'The Macine Gunners' by Robert Westall.
We have been finding out lots about the Second World War and using various skills to investigate and analyse.
As part of the topic, we are making models of a family house together with an air raid shelter.
Within this work, we've looked at the problem of the air raids, structures and strength as well as scale.
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.
Dance Club met for the first time in the Key Stage 2 Hall after school today. Mrs Pigott was delighted with the enthusiasm and excitement of all the members.
Everyone worked extremely hard, and picked up the moves really quickly. We are hoping to put together a routine to perform at the Cheerleading Festival in December. A huge thank you , and well done, to everyone who attended tonight from Mrs Pigott.
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.
During last week in school, children from various Key Stage Two classes experienced Sitting Volleyball during their lunchtimes.
In addition to this, some classes also tried Sit Down Basketball and Goalball in their PE lessons.
The whole idea was to give the children the idea of what these versions of the sports are like and what challenges Paralympians face. It was also the theme for our assemblies during the week.
Find out more about these sports by following the links:
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.
Twenty eight children plus five staff have just returned from a very enjoyable but tiring five days in Scotland.
The mostly sunshine filled week saw the children take part in various activities including some which are included in the up and coming Olympics.
Olympic and Paralympic values were shown all week especially courage and determination to achieve some tasks which a few children found challenging.
More photographs can be seen in the gallery by following the link at the top of the page and then clicking on the 2011/12 school year.
Finally, well done to the children from years 4, 5 and 6 for their efforts through the week.
Following on in the strong tradition of doing really well in this competition, the Year 5 Robotics team won the Heworth CLC competition.
After working really hard in the build up (and impressing Ian Mearns MP), the four person squad performed brilliantly to win the competition again for the school.
A fantastic achievement by the team (and the extended squad) who were instructed by Mr Bradshaw. Well done!!
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!!!
Two sports teams represented the school last week and both showed the Olympic Values.
On Tuesday evening, the year 5 Netball team played in a High Five competition at Heworth Grange. For most of the team, this was their first ever netball event and they puts in lots of effort and their attitude was fantastic.
On Thursday evening, the year 5/6 football team played Carr Hill in a league match. Despite the long grass some great football was played by both schools. We went on to record our first league win this season. Goals from Jack (4) and Steven made up the 5-1 win.
Year Five spent a great day in Saltwell Park solving a 'murder' mystery.
During the session which was organised by Heworth CLC the children used GPS (Global Position Satellite) handsets to find clues which they deciphered using logic puzzles to find out who carried out the crime!!
A great time was had by all - including the adults!!
The children learnt lots about how to solve a puzzle using logical clues.
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
Year 5 and 6 children are continuing to take part in a lunchtime Animation club that is ran by Mr Bradshaw.
They use the digi-blue camera to take lots of photographs of a scene after it has been slightly adjusted. All the photos are then put together to make a short film.
Some of the year 5 children are getting ready to represent the school in the annual competition at Heworth CLC.
To link in with our Literacy lessons where we are reading a historical novel, we have been looking at the many items we've got today that we wouldn't have had if it hadn't been for the Victorians.
To explain what we've learnt, each group constructed their own timeline and presented it to the class. We also did some Maths to work out where the approximate place of each event would be on the timeline.
Twenty five children from year 5 & 6 had a fantastic trip to London.
After setting off early from Newcastle Central Station on the Tuesday, we reached Kings Cross after three hours.
During the rest of the first day the children saw Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, The Mall and Trafalgar Square. We also went inside the National Art Gallery and the Aquarium.
After a nice meal at the hotel, we went on a night time walk where we saw Hyde Park and the outside of the Royal Albert Hall.
Day two started with a brief visit to look at Big Ben and then Downing Street.
From there, we had an outstanding tour around the Houses of Parliament. This was followed by an excellent workshop about elections and voting (some children got voted to be MP's). Our trip to Parliament finished with a very interesting talk by our MP, Ian Mearns.
After leaving Parliament we got the Tube to Piccadilly Circus and then walked down the Haymarket to Planet Hollywood restaurant where we had a great meal. It was then time for shopping and a look at the lights at Piccadilly Circus before heading back to Kings Cross.
All the children were extremely well behaved. They were very sensible especially while making a number of journeys on the London Underground and walking in some busy places.
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.
We would like to invite you to watch our end of year production, Sleeping Beauty. It will be performed in the junior hall on Wednesday July 6th and Thursday July 7th at 6pm.
Tickets cost just £1 for children who attend Roman Road, and £2 for all other children and adults. Tickets are available in school from Mrs Lawson or Mrs Pigott.
The children and staff have worked very hard, showing great dedication by practising after school, and also coming into school on weekends and holidays. I am sure that the performance will be amazing, so don't miss out. Tickets are selling fast!
Just a reminder- UPDATED
School will be closed on the following days:
Thursday 23rd June 2011 (Staff Training Day)
Friday 24th June 2011 (Occasional Day)
Monday 27th June 2011 (Royal Wedding Day)
School will re-open on Tuesday 28th June at 9am.
Thursday 30th June - School will be CLOSED to the children because of industrial action.
The school will not be entering teams at the Gateshead Primary Schools Athletics Festival on Friday 24th June at Gateshead Stadium.
Year 5 have completed their challenge for the England Extravaganza, and written a fabulous recipe book of regional English recipes.
The children have worked incredibly hard to produce the book which is being professionally printed. It will be on sale at the England Showcase event on Friday afternoon in the KS2 Hall for the bargain price of just £3.00. Don't miss out, buy yours quickly as we are sure they will sell like hot cakes!!
As part of our England theme, Year 5 are studying regional dishes from around England. We are trying out a variety of recipes, and are working towards producing our very own Regional English Recipe Book.
We kicked things off by baking these delicious Cornish pasties.
The children were delighted with the result, and agreed that the pasties tasted as good as they looked. We are looking forward to lots more cooking in the coming weeks.
Year 5 are studying England this term. We have kicked things off by looking at the sculptures of English artist, Barbara Hepworth. The children researched her life and works on the internet, and liked the large clear shapes of her sculptures.
The children have started work on a large paper mache model of a sculpture in the style of Barbara Hepworth. We cannot wait to see how it turns out.
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!!
The whole school had great fun during Eco week, working in class and with various visitors to school. Year 5 enjoyed making a delicious curry from leftover Sunday dinner with Nick from Cooking 4 Life. They found out lots of fascinating facts from Alan about how much they can help the environment by cycling to school, in stead of travelling in a car. Big-Eyed Ben had his eye on the whole school, but did not catch a single class with lights left on!
...did a lot of work in class. We set up recycling bins to recycle paper towels, as we felt that a lot of paper gets wasted in this way. Year 5 have taken responsibility for emptying these boxes into the big blue recycling bins. We also researched the threat to polar bears by global warming, and wrote persuasive texts to try to show people the danger that the polar bears are in. We produced some great recycled art work, using only materials which were being thrown away at our homes; and also some posters to remind people how they can help to protect the environment. All in all it was a really busy, and very enjoyable week.
A group of children went along to the hoop - hop event at Gateshead Leisure Centre on Monday afternoon. The children from Year 1 up to Year 5 joined with children from other schools in a fantastic hula hooping extravaganza.
The children (and staff) hula hooped to popular music, trying out a range of tricks. We all had a fantastic afternoon, having loads of fun and keeping fit at the same time.
Well done to our fabulous Robotics team who won the final of the Robotics Competition by a massive margin.
Mr Bradshaw took the team to Heworth Grange where they completed a variety of challenges, and put in an almost flawless performance. Thank you to Mr Bradshaw for all the work he put into training the team; and also to our two reserves.
The team won memory sticks for themselves, and a fantastic new robot for the school. Well done Team!
Year 5 had a fabulous morning on Thursday, working with Nick the Chef and fitness trainer Ross. We were looking at the importance of balancing diet, exercise and rest. Half of the class worked with Ross looking at the idea that "Practising correctly makes perfect."
The rest of the class...
… worked with Nick, looking at the need for a balanced diet, and cooking some delicious, healthy pizzas.
The work was followed up in the classroom with Mrs Pigott looking at the ways in which food and exercise affect our bodies, and why it is important for us to have rest times. Everybody had a great morning, and learnt a lot at the same time.
The theme for Book Week this year was the circus, and all of the children have been doing lots of exciting work about circuses. Miss Allen organised a circus skills workshop which started with a performance for the whole school which had the children gasping in awe,
Throughout the day each class had the opportunity to try out some of the equipment.
Mrs Pigott was very impressed with how much the Year 5 children improved their skills during the session. Every single member of the class could balance a peacock feather on their chin, and the effort and concentration the children put into learning other skills was impressive. As you can see, even Mr Craggs could not resist joining in.
Roll up, Roll up ... It's time for Book Week and the Circus Book Fair is here in town!
In addition to the exciting events we always have, this year, our children will receive circus training from a professional circus visitor who has actually worked in the travelling circus for 2 years. Alan, our Bike it officer will also be joining the junior children to work on some circus creative writing. It's going to be a fantastic week and an exciting end to this half term!
Book Week 2011 (14th-18th February)
It’s time for this year’s Book Week which has always been a fantastic and enjoyable time for the children as well as being supported by parents exceptionally well. There will be loads of events and loads of ways to get involved!
The Bookfair arrives in school on Monday 14th February and will be with us until Thursday. As always, it will be based in the Junior Hall and books, posters and stationery will be available to buy each night from 3.30pm. This year the theme is ‘Roll up, Roll up and read!’ (A Circus theme) and some of the books you can purchase are shown in the catalogue. There is always a great selection and the school also benefits from the fair. Last year the school received £300 which was put towards buying further Literacy resources. Children can bring their £1 off voucher which they received last Friday when they come to the fair. We will have a special visitor this year at the bookfair each night...I wonder who it could be?
Fun Afternoon (Tuesday 15th)
The children love this! This is an afternoon in celebration of Book Week where the children simply enjoy themselves. The Year 6s will be running this as an enterprise project and look after stalls selling old books/videos. We will also have various competitions to guess the name of the ‘cuddly clown’ etc. Children are free to bring in money on this day and spend it during the afternoon. The Book Fair will be open during the fun afternoon and there will be face painting which is always popular so fill in the form below if you do not wish your child to be painted! Thank you for all your generosity in sending books, toys, gifts and DVDs which you no longer want.
Children can get dressed up on Tuesday 15th to match the theme of our Circus Book Week. There will be prizes for the best costume! Anything linked with the Circus will be great. Your child could be a clown, trapeze artist, circus animal or ring master! This non-uniform day will be great fun.
Parent/Guardian & Child competition
Last year we ran a parent and child competition which proved very successful – a few parents and guardians proved to be budding writers! This year, we want you to write a poem/story/information booklet around the theme of ’Circus’. Your poem/story/information text could be about anything to do with Circus. Remember to decorate it then hand it in to your child’s teacher and they will pass it on to me. If you would prefer to be more creative, you could make a model of a circus instead with some information attached! There will, of course be prizes for the most inventive!
This year we will be doing a Sponsored Circus Writing Challenge set by each teacher around a Circus theme (Foundation Stage will learn a rhyme). Each child will bring home some talk homework linked with the sponsored challenge, so carers have the opportunity to give your child ideas to include in the writing. Sponsor forms and further details have been sent home with this letter. All money raised goes straight back into school funds. Last year this money was spent on buying Literacy Resources for KS2 which are used within our new ‘Pirate Writing’ initiative to raise writing standards in school. As always, children who raise the most amount of money will receive a fab prize!
I’m sure the whole week will be a great success. There will be loads of prizes and exciting events during the week. Let’s raise as much money as possible to buy further resources to boost our children’s learning and enjoyment in school.
Thank you, as always, for your continuing support.
Miss E Allen
Nick from Cooking 4 Life was working with Year 5 as part of their Incredible Inventions theme. He showed the children ways in which food preparation and cookery has changed throughout history with a range of inventions.
The children looked at different ways of cutting food, starting with stone tools, and then building up to knives and graters.The children particularly enjoyed ...
The Egg Whisking Challenge. Four children raced to whisk an egg; one was using a fork, one a balloon whisk, one a manual hand whisk and one an electric whisk. This was an excellent way to demonstrate how inventions can make things easier to do. After all their hard work the children made omelettes, and surprised themselves with how much they liked them. Thanks once again to Nick for a brilliant day!
Wow !!!! For second day running, Year 5 have won a competition against other schools.
Hot on the success of their triumph in the Robotics competition yesterday, sixteen children retained the cluster Sportshall Athletics title after the competition at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School.
The squad of eight girls and eight boys took part in sprinting, hurdling, longer distance running as well as field events.
Part of this amazing achievement saw them win SEVEN races in a row !!!
It was also fantastic to see how well they all supported to each other so enthusiastically creating an atmosphere that was buzzing. It was also pleasing to see past RR pupils there helping to run the competition.
Well done year 5 (again!!!). We are all really proud of you.
Pictures to come.
A huge congratulations to our fabulous robotics team who won their heat in the Robotics competition.
Mr Bradshaw and Miss Redhead said that the team were brilliant and were a true credit to the school. I am really proud of you.
All of the children in Year 5 have had the opportunity to try their hand at robotics with Mr Bradshaw.
A team were selected and have been working very hard, giving up their lunchtimes to practise for the Robotics competition. We wish them lots of luck for tomorrow; I am sure that they will be excellent ambassadors for the school.
Year 5 have started work on their own inventions. They have been using a huge range of skills, with all kinds of tools and materials.
There has been sawing and joining of wood, needlework, modelling with clay, glueing, painting and decorating.
Mrs Pigott was delighted with how well the class worked, taking responsibility for their own materials and equipment; and following their own plans, adapting them as they needed to. Once all of the inventions are completed, the children are going to prepare presentations to promote their inventions. We are going to hold our very own Dragon's Den where they will try to impress the Dragons with their creativity, and the quality of their designs.
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!
Now that all the festivities are over, it's time for a brand new topic in Year 5.
This term our theme is 'Incredible Inventions'.
We will be learning about some of the most important inventions throughout history; as well as designing and making inventions of our own. We will be having our very own Dragons' Den, to present our ideas and try to persuade the class that our inventions are going to make us into millionaires!
We want to find out what people think is the most important invention ever. Why not add a comment to let us know what you think?
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 5 and the ARMS went on a visit to St Mary's Heritage Centre and Betty Surtees House to learn about a Tudor Christmas.
The children had a fabulous time learning about toys and games which Tudor children would have played.
They also had the opportunity to compare the Tudor clothes of rich families and servants. They learned about traditional Tudor Christmas meals, and table manners. One of the rooms was decorated for Christmas in the traditional Tudor style, and the children had the opportunity to make their own pommander (a decoration made from an orange and cloves) before they returned to school.
The children had a lovely afternoon, and learned a lot. Their behaviour was exemplary, and they were fantastic ambassadors for the school. Well done!
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!
With the school being closed on Thursday and Friday, why not try some of these interactive activities online ? Just click on the links. This little unexpected break is a great chance for you to improve your times tables!!!!!!!! Please leave a comment if you've used any of them and what you've learnt.
Four children from year 5 took part in a heat of the Animation competition at Heworth Grange CLC.
After working fantastically well as a team, they were unlucky not to progress to the final after losing out by only one point !!
Their Animation had over three hundred frames and totalled a massive 14 megabytes in file size. Lots of hard work at lunchtime has gone into practising for the competition and this showed in how they worked as a team.
Well done to the four.
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!
Year 5 have been earning Froggets all term for their excellent attendance, behaviour and attitude. They had the opportunity to spend their froggets this week at the FROG shop.
Some children decided to save up their Froggets until they can buy something really special, but most of the class decided to spend them, and seemed very happy with their purchases. Well done Year 5 for having the Frog Factor and earning so many Froggets, and keep up the good work!
A big thank you to all parents who took the time to come and spend a Literacy lesson with their child to see how hard they work.
Year 5 were writing some exciting stories, and including wow! vocabulary such as adjectives, connectives and sentence starters.
The children really enjoyed working with their parents, and sharing their writing with them. The comments left by the parents showed that they enjoyed the lesson as well, and appreciated how hard their children were working.
Mrs Pigott went to find out what Year 5 have been doing during her PPA time. She was lured to the Community Room by the sound of soothing music. This half term the class have been learning peer massage with Mrs McAtominey.
Everybody was very relaxed, and Miss Pryde was delighted that Mrs McAtominey needed somebody to demonstrate the techniques on!
The class then liven back up with a fabulous hula hooping session with Mrs Lacey. I did try to get some photos of that, but they were all moving so fast that the photos were a blur. I saw some amazing hooping, and everyone was having a great time.
There was a special visitor in the KS2 assembly today. Big Eyed Ben came to tell all of the children that he had his eye on them.
The children in Year 5 have been carrying out an energy survey for the last few weeks. They have been checking whether lights and computer screens have been left on in the classrooms when they were not needed.
Following our survey, we decided that we needed to find a way to remind people to "switch off". In business teams we came up with advertising slogans and characters to promote our campaign. Each group pitched their idea to the rest of the class, and we voted for Big - Eyed Ben as our favourite character with his catchy slogan, "I've got my eye on you!".
Ben is going to keep a lookout around school, and every time he finds a light left on he is going to leave his special calling card, to let you know that you have been wasting electricity. We have also designed some labels to put near the light switches to serve as an extra reminder.
So remember Ben has got his (enormous) eye on you!
Luchtimes are getting very busy in the ICT Suite!
Mr Bradshaw is putting year five children through their paces to get them ready for the Heworth CLC Animation competition. The storyline is being kept secret at the moment - so no pictures !!!
Look out for future updates !!
Well done to everybody in Year 5 who passed their on road cycle training.
This is the first time that every single member of the class has passed, and everyone was presented with a certificate and badge in Assembly this morning.
As usual every member of the class showed an excellent attitude, and fabulous commitment, even bringing in their bikes to go out on the training in rain and in some very cold weather.Remember to fill in the questionnaires to help to make this training even better for other classes in the future.
Following our amazing dance performance for the rest of the school, the children were very disappointed that their families had not had the opportunity to watch them. I would therefore like to invite all parents, carers, grans, grandads, aunties etc to come to a special performance of our dances on Wednesday 10th November at 9:20am in the Key Stage 2 Hall.
The children worked incredibly hard on their dances and would be delighted if you could make it!
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!
Year 5 performed two dances in front of the rest of the school.
First they danced to 'Let the sun shine' by Labyrinth. All of the moves were related to things which people do on the beach in the summer. The second dance was to 'It's raining men' by the Weathergirls.
The class divided themselves into three groups and choreographed their own moves. One group used floaty cloths and were the storm clouds; one group danced with umbrellas; and the final group was our muscle men. Everyone was very impressed with the standard of the dancing, and Mrs Pigott was so proud of every single one of you.
Outstanding Year 5!
This week is Music Week at Roman Road, and each class have been given a challenge. Year 5 have been challenged to choreograph and perform a dance for the rest of the school to a piece of music which has been inspired by the weather.
We listened to lots of different pieces of music, and then voted for which ones we would like to dance to. Everyone has worked really hard today, and we are making excellent progress. Lots of the staff have been popping into the hall, and I'm sure they are just trying to get a sneak preview. Keep up the good work Year 5!
Our recycling area is now up and running in the Reception area. If you have any old batteries or printer cartridges, or any old spectacles, please bring them into school and put them in the recycling boxes outside Mrs Redhead's room.
We are very grateful for all the support that we have already received, and urge you all to help us with our class clallenge to increase recycling and help to protect the environment.
Recycling boxes for milk bottle tops are situated in each classroom. Look out for some black recycling boxes which will be arriving in the toilet areas very soon so that we can recycle paper towels!
Year 5 have been trying very hard to learn their times tables.
We have been practising them for homework, and Mrs Pigott keeps testing us when we least expect it. It is really hard, and so we have been getting some extra practise by doing a Times Table Timed Challenge in the I.C.T. suite.
Roman Road has joined the 10:10 initiative as part of our Sustainable School theme.
10:10 unites individuals and organisations around one goal: cutting our emissions by 10% in 2010.
Year 5 are looking at ways in which the school can save energy. We have already started cutting our energy use . We have monitors to check the screens are turned off in the ICT suite; we are increasing the recycling done by the school;and we are monitoring the school's use of electricity. Do you have any suggestions to help us meet our energy saving target?
Why not join in the 10:10 challenge yourself. Visit http://www.1010uk.org/ to see what you can do to help.
There were two quite large spiders on the ceiling, and one almost landed on one of the children...
However, once they were returned to the garden, we got down to some real drama.
In Literacy this week we have been reading play scripts. Today we tried acting out a small part of a play about Dr Barnado. Mrs Pigott was thrilled with the entusiasm and attitude of the children. They showed some fantastic facial and vocal expression. Keep an eye on these budding actors and actresses in the future Miss Allen!
The Year 5 classroom has been a hive of actvity this week.
As part of our Sustainable School topic, we have researched ways to increase the recycling done by our school. We have been making collection boxes for various items to be put around school and in the Reception area.
We are collecting old spectacles which are being sent by Vision Aid to people in India who do not have access to eye care. We are collecting used batteries and printer cartridges to recycle. We are collecting milkbottle tops which are to raise money for an electric wheelchair for a young disabled boy who lives in Newcastle. If you have any of these items please send them into school with your child, and they can put them in the collection boxes, which should be ready by next week.
We would be delighted if you could help us.
This clip is a Public Information Film which was broadcast throughout the seventies and the early eighties. I can remember seeing it as a kid so it makes me fell instantly older. I'm sure some parents (and grandparents !!!) will also recognise it. (If anyone wants to admit to remembering it, please leave a comment on the site - it will make me feel better)
On a serious note,PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure your child knows how important swimming is. If you talk to another parent on the yard who doesn't look at our website, please tell them as well !
Swimming lessons at school are provided in years 3 (Summer term), year 4 (all year), year 5 (all year) and year 6 (Autumn and Spring terms).
The school sees swimming as one of the most important elements of PE. We commit a high proportion of PE funding towards it. It is a lifeskill and life preserver!!!
At the school residential in June, every child attending took part in each one of the three water based activities. This was the first time this has happened.The year group were the first to have swimming lessons throughout Key Stage 2 and it is clear the impact it has had.
We are concerned that some parents and pupils do not hold swimming as important as what we do. Class and swimming registers are monitored to look for patterns of absence on swimming days.
Swimming kit with your child needs to be in school on the right day.
Please help us to help your child to become water confident - just in case !
Can you believe that not one person has moved off green on our Frog Factor chart so far this term?
Mrs Pigott has been delighted with the attitude and behaviour of her class. Every single person has worked really hard, as well as being kind and considerate to others. Keep it up Year Five! If we keep it up until Christmas, I'll have to think of a great big Frog Factor reward!!!
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:
Year five started their on - road cycle training on Friday. They worked on basic bike skills on the school yard, to make sure that they are all ready to go out on the streets next week.
Remember to bring your bike into school each Friday, Year 5, because you do not want to miss out.
As part of our "Sustainable School" theme, Year 5 have been cooking leek and potato soup made with potatoes grown in the school garden.
The children all thought the soup was delicious. Mrs Miller and Mr Bradshaw really enjoyed it, and Mr Craggs was very sad that he arrived just too late for a sample.
As part of our theme this term, our challenge is to increase the quantity and variety of recycling done by our school. We will be asking for your help and support, so look out for our posters and we will be visiting your class soon to promote our ideas!
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.
A squad of twenty children from years 3,4,5 & 6 took part in the Gateshead Primary Schools Athletics Festival at the International Stadium.
All the children worked extremely hard both in performance and above all attitude.
It was a great day with twelve semi-final places gained.
Well done to all the squad and thank-you to the adults that made the day possible.
For the first time since we've been going to the Scottish Borders for our school residential, we did not see one drop of rain !!!
An amazing week saw seventeen year six and seven year fives enjoy a wide range of activities over five scorching days.
Just look at the long list of activities that the twenty four enjoyed - Swimming, abseiling, raft building, kayaking, gorge walking, bride and groom game, making shelters, paper aeroplane competition, tee-shirt painting, the maze, Low Ropes assault course, tracking and basketball.
There are bound to be ones I've forgot about !!
The week showed the impact of the high amount of swimming we do in Key Stage 2. Every child took part in all the water activities. This is the first time this has happened and it shows the increased confidence we have at Roman Road when in the water.
A great time was had and lots of new skills learnt. Teamwork was certainly improved across the week which was great to see.
The photos are now in the gallery. Follow this link to see them:
Well done to the twenty four for all their efforts over the week.
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?
Further to the report while the robotics was going on, the team came a very close second to St Philip Neri. All team members performed to the highest ability. According to the Heworth CLC staff, our score would have won any other heat!! Well done to all the team members.
A few more pictures can be seen in the gallery.
Report from the Robotics - Wednesday 1.30pm
The team are hard at work trying to solve six challenges. So far they have managed most of them and are looking like scoring lots of points during the competition to be held later.
Six players from year 6 six and three players from year 5 made up the Roman Road squad that faced other local schools in the Felling Gateshead SFA Astro competition held at Gateshead Stadium.
Six schools were split into two groups of three with inter group placing matches being used at the end.
We started off against Windy Nook. After lots of chances at both ends, Windy Nook scored a second half goal and won 1-0. Caedmon were next and we didn't play as well losing 4-1. Keith Candlish scored our goal.
This meant we then played in the fifth place play off against St. John's. Despite hitting the bar twice and the post once, Roman Road could not get the vital goal meaning it finished 0-0.
Windy Nook beat South Street 1-0 in the final.
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!
Outstanding performances by our Sportshall Athletic team saw Roman Road beat off the challenge of Wardley and The Drive to become Heworth Cluster Sportshall Athletics champions for 2010.
A team of eight year five boys and five year five girls together with two girls from year four worked extremely hard to become the top school in both the girls and the boys section.
Well done to all the team for being our first ever Sportshall champion team!!
Hopefully some of our team will qualify to represent the cluster in the Gateshead competition.
There are a few more photos in the gallery.
Tomorrow is the launch of Book Week 2010. Let's make it the best ever and spend the week 'Wrapped up in Reading!'
There will be lots of exciting things to learn and get involved with at school. Two prizes to look out for are Gold Writer award and Poetry Prize. These are given out every year to one person in KS1 and one in KS2.
Remember to learn your song or spellings for the sponsored event and return your money soon. Also get ready for the fun afternoon and dress up day on Wednesday!
Thank you for your returned parent/child competition entries. Winners prizes given out on Friday so return quickly please.
Keep checking the website for events happening this week and see how much fun we are having and all the learning going on!!!
As part of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Mrs McKeown wanted a mural on the school site. It was to be placed on the side of the boiler house. Last year, Miss Allen asked a few talented artists to design the mural.
This week, they were invited back to use special paints to create the mural. It will be placed on the wall shortly!
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!
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.
Year 5 worked on a project to explore what happens with structures when they are being built together with what is needed to keep them strong and sturdy.
We used spaghetti and marshmallows to produce a structure which stood up. The best group was the one who thought out how re-enforce weak points as well as holding the weight from above.
The groups found the spaghetti was very brittle meaning it had to be handled carefully. One wrong move sometimes meant the collapse of their structure. This enabled them to see where weak points were. Too much marshmallow in a certain place gave too much weight.
A lot was learnt with some fun and mess added in for good measure!!
The robotics team had to complete a series of challenges and gain the most points to become champions. The first challenge was to programme the robot to follow a line and avoid a defender. The second challenge was to programme the robot to score a goal and celebrate. The third challenge was to programme the robot to dribble the ball around defenders. Extra points were gained if a goal was scored. Well done for completing all the challenges and scoring the most points.
Our fantastic Year 5 Robotics team are Gateshead Champions!!!!!
Well done to Kate, Liam, Kevin & Megan for working so well together to bring back another Robotics win for the school - the second in three years.
Thank you to Mr Bradshaw for all of the hard work that he has put in with this team and the other teams he is involved with.
Photos to follow.
Twenty five year 6 children and six year 5 children have returned from an action packed week at the Barnabus Trust's Centre at Whithaugh Park. It doesn't seem a minute since we did our first visit to the centre in 2003 and this visit was number 7!!!
During the week we had mixed weather, some sunshine and some rain (well actually alot of rain on the Wednesday!!!!) - serves us right for going in the week when the Hoppings starts in Newcastle.
Various activities were undertaken including abseiling, rafting and kayaking. For the first time we had Gorge walking which lots of children enjoyed the most. A pity the rain was too heavy to take the camera out to snap Mrs Miller coming down a bank on her stomach!! An act that had everyone including Naomi (one of the instructors) creased up with laughter.
Lots of children took part in all the activities. A lot of them getting over the fear of water or heights as well as living with a group of other children for five days. This was one of the best groups we've had for taking part in the activities so well done everyone.
The photos are in the gallery and be got to directly by clicking on this link:
Year 5 had a great day working with an African artist performing Gumboot dancing and drumming.
As part of a project with The Linking Network, Year 5 have been working with the children at Oakfield Junior School. They have visited The Shipley Art Gallery and worked with their link partners to produce joint pieces of art work to be displayed in both schools. Oakfield Year 5 children then visited Roman Road to work with their partners here in a fun filled day of African Arts. We worked with an artist to practise and perform some gumboot dancing and drumming workshops. They also made African mask designs to display in school. We will be visiting Oakfield Junior School soon to continue our link project.
Oliver is coming to Roman Road ... that's the MUSICAL Oliver!
All of Roman Road's Concerts are brilliant because the children are brilliant and everyone works really hard to make them spectacular. This year we are going to perform our own version of the famous musical. It will be performed in the Junior Hall in the penultimate week of the Summer Term! Looking forward to seeing you there!
WOW! We won a gold medal for back crawl at last night's swimming gala.
A team of five boys from Year 5 and 6 spent their evening at Felling Baths last night, competing in one of Gateshead's Schools Swimming Gala's. Kieran, Kevin, Andrew, Jake and Ryan represented our school well in all their events, and only just missed out on medals in both the freestyle and medley relay.
Well done lads. You were a credit to our school.
Last night 18 children from Year 5 and 6 attended Gateshead's dance festival at The Sage. We had rehearsed for weeks our charleston dance and we were ready to jive!
All of the schools were brilliant. But of course we were tremendous. I am so proud of each and every one and think you really deserved the huge appalause you received. Many thanks to all the staff and governors who helped on the night and a special thanks to the children themselves.
You Rock Roman Road!!!!!
Not long now. The children who have worked extremely hard over the last seven weeks are finally prepared to take to the stage at the Sage a part of this years Gateshead's Dance Festival.
As Gateshead Leisure Centre is closed due to refurbishment, this years festival is taking place in the main hall at the Sage.
All dancers are to arrive in costume on Tuesday 10th March no later than 5.30pm. They will be met in the Reception area by a member of staff from Roman Road. Please ensure you have a bottle of water only (no other drinks or food are allowed into the auditorium).
Tickets can be purchased direct from the Sage booking office. Tickets are £5 per adult and £3 children and concessions.
The show will begin at 6.00pm prompt. There will be a short interval and the estimated time of finish is 9.15pm. Children can be collected from the concourse area.
Please remember to support all 32 schools in the festival, paying particular attention to Roman Road of course! Looking forward to seeing you all there. Mrs Inkster
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Dance Club will resume for Years 5 and 6 on Tuesday 13th January.
Children will be working on a dance which will be displayed at the Sage in Gateshead on 10th March 2009 during the Gateshead dance festival.
Dance club begins at 3.30pm and ends at 5pm. Tracksuit, trainers and a drink of water required.
Children who have requested to take part will be notified asap.
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.
Recycled Musical Instruments
In year 5 we have been making our musical instruments using our recycled household containers.
Once completed these will be displayed in the key stage one hall.
If any parents have any spare kitchen roll tubes,or boxes, please hand in to year 5.
We arrived at school on June 27th at 8.30am all kitted out and ready to go to Gateshead International Stadium, home of the 10th Schools Athletics festival. How did we do?
A selection of children from Year 3 -6 had taken part in trials across the month in school and were then chosen to represent Roman Road at the festival. We particpated in a huge number of events from sprints, skipping, relays, long jump, javelin, cricket ball throw and many more.
All of the children who participated were incredible! They had a fantastic team spirit and represented our school superbly both on and off the track.
We were able to secure a semi final place in all of our races: sprint, skipping and relays. With all of the children giving 100% effort. We went on to have three opportunities in the finals - Year 5/6 Boys skipping, Year 5/6 Boys 80m Sprint and finally the Year 5/6 Boys Relay.
David Kippen represented the school in all three events and was an amazing team captain. He was just pipped to a medal in the skipping. By the time the final race of the day approached we were all extremely nervous.
The relay started with a fantastic first leg by Josh Archibald who powered down the track, Liam McDonald had a great baton change and held our position well, Jamie McKeown roared down the track gaining ground all of the time and had a clean baton change to David Kippen who never gave up and was determined that our day would end with a medal.
It did! The boys brought home a silver medal for Roman Road. Fantastic!
By the end of the day Mr. Allsop was sunburnt, Mrs Inkster and Mrs Rushton had lost their voices and Mr Bradshaw was floating with delight at the results.
Congratulations to all of the children that took part you were amazing and a credit to our school.
Children from Roman Road Primary School participated in Gateshead's Line Dancing Festival last night.
The children and parents thoroughly enjoyed the event, with everyone taking part and 'having a go', parents included! Children from Year 3, 4 and 5 represented the school and their behaviour was exceptional, they are a credit to our school.
We look forward to participating in next year with a view to having our own dance to present to the audience.
Many thanks to Miss Ternent, Miss Stubbs and Mrs Lacey for all their hard work in teaching the children the dances.
Photos to follow soon
Our year 5 team of Daniel, Brogan, Rebecca & Joe have been taking part in a Lego Robotics heat at Heworth CLC.
They had to program the robot to different tasks using a range of sensors and commands.
Two other schools, Ryton & Brandling were involved in the heat.
Our tem had practised really hard for the competition under the guidance of Mr Bradshaw.
A selection of children from year 5 and 6 amazed the audience with their rendition of What Time Is It? from High School Musical.
We arrived at Gateshead leisure centre at approximately 5.15pm where we eagerly awaited our turn in the 2008 Gateshead Dance Festival.
We were fourth on the dance floor and soon got the audience clapping and stomping their feet as we danced. We were all in time and gave maximum effort. Mrs Inkster and Miss Ternent were so proud of us after all of the hard work we had put in.
As soon as the girls split and let the audience see the boys with their basketballs the audience went wild! We received an amazing applause at the end.
We thoroughly enjoyed watching the other schools participate and were are very determined to be part of it again next year. Perhaps we might even bring some of Key Stage One along as they definitely get the audience attention with the "aah" factor.
Well done to everyone involved - your were FABULOUS!
Year 5 children have been enjoying planning, designing and making their own biscuits. They first investigated various biscuits recipes and then deigned their own biscuits. Once happy with their design they set about turning their ideas into reality. Also as part of the process they had to design and create their own packaging. As you can see from the pictures they all found this experience enjoyable and tasty.
Our fantastic four of Adam, Nicole, Chloe & Joe worked as a brilliant team to win their heat of the animation competition at Heworth Grange.
The team were winners in a heat that included children from Brandling, St. John RC and Bill Quay.
The children had to construct a storyboard and make an animation using toys, a computer and a camera. They were marked on how they worked together as well as their artwork and the finished product.
A digital camcorder was their prize which will be used by the children in school. The children will attend the final in April.
More photos of the day can be seen in the gallery.
Time to announce - Roman Road Primary School will be performing at Gateshead's Dance Festival in March at Gateshead Leisure Centre.
Nearly 30 children in Year 5 and Year 6 have been getting put through their paces by Mrs Inkster and Miss Ternent every Wednesday evening, in preparation for their performance at Gateshead's Dance Festival.
Initially there were lots of red faces and aching muscles but we are now grooving away and looking like professionals.
The dance festival will take place on Thursday 13th March 2008 6.00p.m. - 7.45p.m.
Admission is by programme only and these must be rquested at school by Wednsday 13th February. Unfortunately there is a limit of two tickets per perfomer. The costs are as follows:
Children / Senior Citizens £2.00.
Parents may use video cameras or take photos provided they have signed the Lesiure Centre registration forms on the night.
Parking will be on the street around Gateshead Leisure Centre. Arrive early to ensure a space.
The centre doors into Maple Hall will open to spectators at 5.15pm. Dancers will need to arrive at the Leisure centre no later than this time. They will be met in the reception area by a member of staff from Roman Road.
The cafe in the leisure centre is clearly sign posted and will remain open until 7.30p.m. However food is not to be brought into Maple Hall. Children will need to bring a bottle of water with them on the night.
The orgnisers of the festival have requested that parents and children make every effot to remain throughout the festival and performances to share in the spirit of the festival "in sharing good practice."
If you have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Inkster.
We hope you will be there to see us excite and enthrall with all our cool dance moves!
Further information can be found by clicking on the link below.
Uploaded by Mrs Inkster
Year 4 and 5 have started to learn how to play the keyboards.
Since the huts were demolished, there has been no place where the keyboards could be set up. After a bit of thought and organising though, they were set up in Mrs Stirrup's classroom and she has begun to teach the children how to play well known tunes.
In their first lesson, the children learnt about which notes are which and where they are on the keyboard.
Our year 5 school football team played in the group stages of the Felling Schools Football tournament tonight under floodlights at Gateshead Stadium.
After a good start, beating Brighton Avenue and Glynwood, (goals from Ross Butler & Joe Hunter) we drew a match and lost two more.
We finished third behind Wardley & Harlow Green. The top two go through.
Well done to all the players.
Today Year 5 have enjoyed an Art Presentation by Pippa Bell from the Magic Lantern.
Year 5 learnt all about animals in paintings. They looked at a variety of slides and discussed what they could see. The children were very enthusiastic and asked lots of questions. Pippa was very impressed. As the class topic is Jungles, the children will be using what they have learnt, in creating their own Jungle picture this half term.
Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed a visit from the Tudor lady on Monday 15th October.
The Tudor lady dressed up two of the children in traditional Tudor costume. Year 5 asked lots of interesting questions and found the afternoon very informative. The children looked at lots of artefacts which they were able to touch and discuss.
More from our excellent week at Whithaugh Park can be found by following the link.
23 children from years 4,5 & 6 took part in the Athletics Festival at Gateshead Stadium recently. Various different activities based around running, skipping, jumping and throwing kept the children busy.
As some of team were away at Whithaugh Park, others took their place and performed really well with a large number of semi final and final places being gained.
We won a gold medal in the year 3/4 skipping to cap a very good performance by both teams.
Above all, the behaviour was excellent as was our support from the parents. Well done everyone.
Two teams have been busy at Heworth Grange CLC this afternoon in a Lego control competition.
One of our teams won the competition by five points, which involved six challenges with a robot. The school won a Roboraptor which will be used by everyone.
Year 5 have been learning how to be safe on the roads with their bikes. The children were very well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the week. cetificates will be given out soon, fingers crossed everyone has passed!!!
Year 5 made delicious biscuits as part of their enterprise project and sold them to their parents, family members and friends. They began by investigating different types of biscuits or in other words tasting biscuits - they loved it! Then they designed their very own biscuits and eye catching packaging. Then they were ready, a full day of biscuit making took place with the help of Mrs McAtominey and Mrs Aynsley. It was hard work but they did it!!!
Year 5 raised approximately £65, this money will go towards a very exciting educational vist coming soon, watch this space!
Our new ICT suite opened earlier this year.
ICT is good in our school is good because we can use Kar2ouche and make funny pictures and make them into animation.
We can also use Junior Control Insight to control events.
Some of my work is on the school website.
by Jordan McDonald and Nathan Keall.
In year 5 we have been learning about the reigion Hinduism. We have been looking at why and how the festival of Divali is celebrated. We read the story of Rama and Sita and rehearsed and perfomed a role play. We have also made mehndi and rangoli patterns and clay diva lamps. Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and are looking forward to learning about the festival, Holi.
Over the last few weeks year 5 have been learning how to street dance with a dance instructor called Lee. Each class have practised different moves individually and as a group and put it all together as a class. And as if that was not enough, the two classes then put their dances together and performed in front of the whole school and parents. They were all fantastic and the dance was a real success!!!
Well done year 5!
When we arrived at the Shipley Art Gallery. We hung our coats up and then the lady led us to some shoes. There were all diffrent shapes and sizes.This other lady took us to this room so that we could design our own shoes .We started by getting a stencil of our foot size the when we got our foot size. We drew around it on cardboard twice and then drew it on thin layers of sponge. We then made it like a sandwich with a piece of cardboad on the bottom and one piece of thin sponge in the middle and another piece of cardboad on top. Then after that we cut out the heel and then we started to stick it together and finally we put our designs on.
Mrs.Jones Y5 class went on a trip to Thornley Woods October 2005
We learnt about dangerous poisonous plants and safe plants.
We saw a rabbit scurrying through the woods. We saw a tree that was shaped like a face but it was not carved in to it. We all went on a nature walk by the river. Also we saw some fish and carried out a test. We through an apple into the river to see how fast the river was going. After that we made our way back to have our dinner.
After that we had fun doing an orienteering activity. Later, we went back and looked at some stuffed animals and some real fur from animals. We got a nature badge with an animal on and a pencil free. We talked about the nature walk and marked our activity sheet. Then our coach came and we went back to Roman Road Primary School. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and thought it was brilliant. When we went back to school the next day we wrote a non-chronological report.
By Melissa Stokoe and Jessica Fowler.
We had a visitor to school today. Liam brought his rabbit called Muffin in. Muffin is one of ten rabbits in the family.