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World Book Day Celebrations
Children and staff at Risley Avenue Primary celebrated World Book Day with a range of fun reading activities. On 6 March the whole school focussed on reading, staff shared their favourite children’s books in assembly while in the afternoon it was all change with teachers swapping classes to share a well-loved story. The children even wrote their own stories; in the different key stages each class worked together to create part of a story which will be joined together to make two Risley books.
We were delighted to see many parents at our Teddy Bear’s picnic reading session. First there was a presentation on how to help your child with reading then parents enjoyed sharing a book with their children. They finished off with a drink and biscuit!
Year 4 children visited Coombes Croft library to listen to football players from Tottenham’s youth squad reading stories as part of the Kick into Reading programme.
On 7 March we were joined by a writer called Margaret Bateson-Hill who writes the Dragon Racer series of books. In assembly she shared some poetry with us and told us about her first book and how it was published. Later on she worked with year 5, who are doing some work based on her books. The children were inspired and captivated by their time with her. Margaret enjoyed meeting the children too saying “The children had so many brilliant ideas and I felt very supported by your teachers who were very involved in the session.”
Thank you to everyone who made the celebrations such a success.
Savings accounts for every secondary school pupil add up to a good idea
Sarah, 10, holding the cash, and other Year 6 children at Risley Avenue Primary School,
will benefit from Haringey's £20 scheme. (Click image for full story)
The Risley Wheelers
Risley has, since 2012, been taking part in the Haringey Schools Cycling League - an inter-school league for promoting cycle racing between primary schools in the borough.
The league holds monthly cycle races during the school year, including grass-track racing, cyclo-cross, time trials and hill climbs. Children have also taken part in coaching sessions at specialist cycling facilities – Hog Hill and the 1948 Olympic velodrome in Herne Hill.
So far this school year we have raced twice and have done very well. Risley came second in the cyclo-cross in November and first in the hill climb time trials in January.
Here are some photos of the racing and a link to the league’s website if you wish to find out more. HSCL blog
If your child is a confident cyclist in Year 6 and they would like to take part in future races they should let Mr Humm know.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
A talented group of children from Tottenham’s Risley Avenue Primary School performed at two key events at London’s recent Chinese New Year celebrations. On 30 January they sang a Happy New Year song in Mandarin at the London Eye whilst it was lit up red and gold.
On 2 February the children performed traditional Chinese dances on stage in Leicester Square as part of Chinatown’s festivities which were attended by thousands of people.
Robert Singh, Head teacher at Risley Avenue said: "Being a part of the New Year celebrations was a fantastic experience for the children. They showed great talent in performing their song and dance routines; the quality of their singing in Mandarin after only a week rehearsing was quite remarkable. The whole school community is very proud of them!"
Risley Pupils celebrating chinese New year in Central London.
Haringey schools named in top 100 nationally
Publication date: Monday 3 June 2013
Two schools in Haringey have been named among the top 100 most improved primaries in England. Risley Avenue Primary (White Hart Lane) and St Paul's and All Hallows' Infant and Junior School (Northumberland Park) have been highlighted as making rapid progress in pupils' attainment in final year English and Maths exams.The achievements were outlined in league tables of improvements between 2009 and 2012 published by the Department for Education.
Both schools have seen the percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 in both English and Maths improve consecutively every year since 2009 - the level the government recommends pupils should be able to reach in their final year of primary school.
At Risley Avenue, the percentage of children at the school achieving expected or better progress in 2012 was above that achieved by pupils nationally. Children with special educational needs and those eligible for free school meals did exceptionally well compared to national expectations. Overall, 80% of last year's Year 6 cohort achieved at least a level 4 in English and Maths which was above national averages, and 27% achieved the higher level 5 in both subjects.
Robert Singh, Headteacher at Risley Avenue Primary, said:
"We are very proud of the rapid progress that the school has made in recent years which was also recognised by Ofsted inspectors earlier this year.
"To be recognised as one of the most improved schools in the country, in this our centenary year, is a fantastic achievement which is due to the dedication and hard work of our pupils, their families and the staff at the school. Risley is now in a strong position to make even greater improvements in its determination to be judged as outstanding in its provision for the children of Tottenham."
Cllr Ann Waters, Haringey Council's Cabinet Member for Children, said:
"Both of these schools have been exceptionally effective in driving forward consistently good improvements around educational attainment for their pupils, and I would like to congratulate staff, governors and families for their hard work and success.
"These are milestones that we and local communities can be proud of, and together, we will continue our journey of reaching outstanding standards of educational achievement for all in the months and years to come.