2018/19 Academic Year
Supporting charities and building links with our local community is extremely important to everyone at St Paul's CE Primary. During 18/19 academic year we will be supporting and working with a number of local organisations. Teachers have worked with their individual classes to establish their own links for 18/19.
Year 1 - St Paul's Church
Year 1 chose to work closely with St Paul's Church as it linked in with their RE Theme of What we can learn about Christianity from a visit to a church? The class walked to St Paul's Chruch to meet Father David who spent time explaining the different parts of the church and what they mean to Christians. The children were very excited to be given the opportunity to look through the Baptism book to see if they could find their names listed! During a further Church visit children participated in the Harvest Festival where they sang hymms and songs and Father David spoke to the congregation about being thankful. In the run upto Easter the children will make an Easter Garden which Father David will display in church. A fundraising event is planned for later in the academic year.
Year 2 - Children In Need/Poppy Appeal/WalkWise
During Autumn Term, Year 2 have supported a number of national charities (Children in Need and the British Legion's Poppy Appeal) aswell as linking in with local organisation 'Walkwise' who taught our pupils how to stay safe when out and about in the local community. We have also spent time helping the environment by making Bug Hotels to provide more insect habitats around school.
Year 3 - Ryhope Engines Museum
Year 3 have chosen Ryhope Engines Museum as their community link for 18/19. Ryhope Engines Museum is based at the old Ryhope Pump Station which has been an important part of the local and wider community since 1868 when the Pump Station was built to supply water to the Sunderland area. The station was in operation for nearly 100 years until it closed in 1967!
Year 3 will be arranging a number of fundraising events throughout the year in aid of Ryhope Engines Museum. A volunteer from the Museum will be working with children in school during Autumn term and a local excursion has been arranged for the class to visit the Museum during 2019. Further information about Ryhope Engines Museum can be found at www.ryhopeengines.org.uk
Year 4 - Save the Durham Argus Butterfly Project in conjunction with Ryhope Beach
This year, Year 4 have decided that they would like to create community links with Ryhope Beach and they have been working with Ian Graham, Coastguard Ranger. During Autumn 1, the class topic was 'Endangered Animals' and following on from this, the class are going to support Ian and his colleagues in trying to attract the Durham Argus Butterfly back to the Ryhope coastline. The Durham Argus Butterfly is at risk of extinction due to the demise of the Rockrose plant which is the main food source of the Durham Argus Butterfly caterpillar. Ian has been able to provide the class with some Rockrose seeds which the children have planted within the school grounds. They will nurture these seeds from Autumn through to Spring time when the class will have the opportunity to plant the young seedlings down at Ryhope Beach Dene. Further information about the work of the National Trust in saving the Durham Argus Butterfly can be found at https://www.nationaltrust.org/durham-coast/features/durham-argus-butterfly-project
Year 5 - Ryhope Community Centre/Ryhope Heritage Group
Year 5 had a visit from Liz Million, Illustrator & Author of childrens books. Liz shared information with the children about her work and the different things it entails. The children were then given the very exciting news that they would be creating their own drawings which will be edited by Liz before being made into a book about Ryhope's History. This work is in conjunction with Ryhope Heritage Group who are based at Ryhope Community Centre. The children will soon be visiting the Community Centre to hear stories about the local area.
Year 6 - St Paul's Church
This term, Year 6 have been collaborating with St Paul's Church and participated in the Rememberance Service along with other local Primary Schools. In preparation of the service, Year 6 pupils wrote thought provoking poems and designed World War One flashbacks which were displayed in church. The children thoroughly enjoyed singing traditional war themed songs such as Danny Boy. Year 6 have also developed links with Hopewood Park Hospital and are very much looking forward to participating in the Hopewood Park 'Recovering Voices' Choir in the run up to Christmas.
2017/18 Academic Year
Below are a few examples of the work undertaken within our local and wider communities during Academic Year 2017/18.
Year 5 worked with Newcastle University in school.
Year 6 worked with Hopewood Park to build tall ships at St. Paul's Church.
Year 5 worked with our French visitors from Saint Nazaire.
Year 3 have continued their work growing bulbs with the Edina Trust.
Year 4 visited the Sikh temple as part of multifaith break out week to work with members of the community.
Year 6 have received a mention in the Women's Weekly for their work planting bulbs at St. Paul's Church with Hopewood Park.
Year 6 were visited by Regional Outreach for a morning of parliament debating and campaigning.
Julie Elliot (MP for Sunderland Central) visited throughout the morning for a KS2 assembly about parliament and her role in Sunderland.
Year 1 visited the Stadium of Light
Durham Cathedral Year 5
Bikeability 2017 in Year 5
Kidscape visit with Year 5 and Year 6
Year 6 sang Christmas carols at Hopewood Park
St. John's Ambulance visited Y6
Christmas Card Design Afternoon 2017
Community Links 2016-2017