This section of the website shows events that occur across the whole school, capturing the moments as soon after they happen as possible.
Each year group researched different designs and ideas to make their wonderful Easter Bonnets, and on the last day of Term Four we joined Amherst to make our colourful creations.
At the end of the day we invited our families and friends to watch the parade so that the children could show off all their hard work.
This term’s golden rule is “We are Gentle” which has inspired us to join together to celebrate friendship, the joy of having friends, being kind and spending time with others. Year One and Reception visited Year Two children who shared their memorised poems and favourite games on “Friendship Thursday”. Amherst Year Five buddies also joined Year Two on Thursday. Each child was teamed up with a new friend to find out about each other and answer a questionnaire about themselves.
BRILLIANT BOOK WEEK!
We have had a fantastic week celebrating the joy of reading, hearing new stories, sharing old ones and dressing up in our hats! On Monday the children visited other classrooms enjoying their favourite books with their friends. Tuesday was our “stop, drop and read” day with everyone listening for the bell then stopping whichever activity they were doing and reading a book. Thursday was our “Millie’s Marvellous Hat” day and everyone joined into the spirit of the book by coming to school wearing their wonderfully decorated hats! During our book week assembly on Friday, our book quiz, extreme reading challenge and poetry performance winners were chosen. The children have also been buying new books from the Travelling Book Fair as well as at our second hand book sale.
We would like to say a very big thank you to all the Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas who have taken the time to come in and read to the children. Also to Mrs Swain and Miss Wickwar who organised the week. We have raised an amazing £840 so far which will go towards the classroom book corners.
Congratulations to our worthy winners:-
Harry D - Honeybee Class
Angeline - Woodpecker Class
Leon - Sycamore Class
Jeanne - Ladybird Class
Kit - Robin Class
Tom - Horse Chestnut Class
Eric - Butterfly Class
Fred - Ladybird Class
Joe - Honeybee Class
George - Owl Class
Amanda - Robin Class
Dominic - Woodpecker Class
Jaden - Spruce Class
Chloe - Horse Chestnut Class
Issy - Sycamore Class
Perform a Poem
Tommy and Rosie - Year One
Nicholas and Issy C - Year Two
We were pleased to be able to take part in the “RSPB Big School’s Bird Watch” which is the biggest survey of bird life in the U.K. We have had fun spotting the birds that visit our school. Reception have become keen bird watchers, tallying different birds at school and discussing the ones they have found in their own gardens; also analysing the information in their maths lessons. Year One have also conducted a survey of the birds they have seen, recording the different species, names and colours.
Year Two were invited to design and make bird feeders at home using recycled and junk materials for a competition which was judged by Ms Bradley. Congratulations to all our winners!
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR
The children learnt about the Chinese New Year which is the year of the Rooster! Mrs Gibbins and Mrs. Kan explained how important the New Year is to their culture, how they celebrate it and asked some of the children to join them in a traditional dragon dance during our assembly!
IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!
WOW what superstars we have here at Riverhead! Everyone in Year One and Two sung their hearts out; performed their lines perfectly; danced their socks off; and made every parent and member of staff so proud of them when they performed “Are We Nearly There Yet?”. The Reception children performed “The First Nativity” to their family and friends beautifully. They remembered their lines and really got into character, there wasn't a dry eye in the house! Due to your generosity we raised £1,275. for Umoyo, Hospice in the Weald, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the school.
The whole school has been busy making wonderful Christmas gifts for their families. Reception have been making beautiful baubles to hang on their trees; Year One have
designed and created calendars using a painting and collage technique; and Year Two fluffy winter snowmen and cheeky chirpy robins are made weaving wool. We hope you all like your lovely presents.
The PTA transformed the library into a "Winter Secrets Room" with the children buying presents for their families and enjoying story time with their class.
The whole school came together to enjoy their Christmas lunch and on Thursday 15th we enjoyed our class parties. There was even a special visitor, Father Christmas, who brought each child a present and orange.
Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make Christmas at Riverhead such a magical and festive occasion.
OPEN CLASSROOMS AND PARENT CONSULTATIONS
Thank you to all Year One and Two parents who joined us last week to celebrate their children’s work. The children really enjoyed showing their parents all the wonderful things they have been doing this term and were excited to invite them into their classrooms. We hope you all found the recent parent consultations helpful and informative and are pleased with your children’s progress so far this school year.
ROAD SAFETY WEEK
During our National Road Safety Week, everyone discussed the importance of wearing bright colours in the dark and rules for walking on paths near traffic. Mrs Nightingale led the assembly which focussed on how to stay safe on the roads with the message of SAFE PLACE, STOP AND WAIT, stop, look and listen. Year One and Two children took part in a Scooter Workshop run by Team Rubicon. They learnt how to glide properly, turn safely and the importance of safety gear and key skills. They also learnt that brakes don’t work properly in the rain so we have to be extremely careful in wet weather. If you would like to find out more about road safety, please click on the following link http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/.
BOUNTIFUL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Each year we come together as a school to celebrate and give thanks for the delicious food and beautiful flowers we are lucky enough to have in abundance. This year’s Harvest Festival Assembly was led by Rev. Booth and as always was a wonderful occasion with the children sharing their poems and songs with our guests. Thank you to Mrs Pople, Ms Ives and their team of helpers for setting up and distributing the harvest parcels to our friends in the community. We have had so many lovely thank you messages. It really is such a lovely tradition which people appreciate. In fact this year parents have been so generous that we were also able to donate to the local food bank, Loaves and Fishes, which operates out of St. Johns’ Church.
Thank you also goes to Suzzie Mercado who, with the help of her Mum, made our wonderful Harvest Loaf. Ms Bradley and Suzzie shared the loaf with the school with each Year One and Two child each having a piece.
MRS POWELL'S LEAVING WEEK!
Our last week of term was full of mixed emotions. The whole school came together to show how much Mrs. Powell means to us all. The Outdoor Production took us on a journey of places around the world which the children think Mrs Powell should visit in her retirement; we had a special surprise lunch altogether, the children made bunting to decorate the hall and the kitchen made special decorated cakes; Mrs. Powell's Leaving Assembly was filled with tears and laughter; and we think her final letter expresses exactly how she feels about us all.
She would like to thank you for your incredible generosity and lovely gifts, cards and kind words.
LEAVER'S ASSEMBLY AND PRIDE AWARDS
It is always sad to say goodbye to our Year 2 children who are moving onto Amherst and other schools, but we always celebrate their achievements, along with other members of the school community, with our end of year Leaver's Assembly when we distribute our PRIDE Awards.
Please click on the link below to see a full list of the winners and the reason why people voted for them.
THEME WEEK AND OUTDOOR PRODUCTION
We had a wonderful theme week around the topic of "Wish You Were Here", countries we think Mrs. Powell should visit in her retirement! During the week some of our parents talked to the children about their different nationalities, countries of birth and traditions.
Of course the Outdoor Production was the finale of events and everyone came together to join in songs, dances and poems.
The children and staff would like to thank Mrs. Powell for the lovely clock she bought for the school. It is a map of the world and has different time zones so that we can work out what the time is where our friends and families are.
We had a wonderful, colourful sports day recently. The children cheered on their team mates, tried their hardest to win every race and were gracious in their defeat! Yellow Team came 1st; Red and Green Teams were joint 2nd and Blue Team came 3rd. At the end of the day we had our traditional “fastest boy and fastest girl” race which were won by Ethan and Vivien both in Dragonfly Class.
HER MAJESTY'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
What a wonderful week we had celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday! During the week the children took part in various workshops; created their own stamps in the style of Andy Warhol; took part in a competition to design a poster for Her Majesty, with the winners becoming King and Queen for the day. However the best part by far was Friday's street party when everyone came to school dressed in red, white and blue, and enjoyed a traditional "fish and chip" lunch, after respectfully raising the Union Jack and signing the National Anthem! Happy Birthday Ma'am.
FIRE SAFETY DAY
We would like to say a very big thank you to the Kent Fire and Rescue Service for their visits last week in preparation for Bonfire Night. The Reception Children were allowed to climb aboard the Sevenoaks Fire Engine, learning how to call the Fire Brigade in an emergency and taking part in their class workshops, making wonderful displays. The Year 1 and 2 children had their own assemblies learning the invaluable lesson of the stop, drop and roll procedure and staying safe around the fire and fireworks.
MARVELLOUS MATHS WEEK
We’ve had such a fantastic fun week this week with the whole school coming together to enjoy the maths curriculum. The Maths Trails took the parents and children around the school where they participated in a range of problem solving activities such as how many wellington boots would fit along the metre stick and different ways of working out if all the benches in the school were the same length. We had some amazing maths games ranging from Bicycle Bingo to Bird Brain. The Architectures workshop was a big hit with everyone making individual triangles and putting them together to become an enormous tetrahedron pyramid. On Thursday we held our Maths Fair which consisted of 9 stalls each featuring a maths game or activity with an element of chance or competition. Each challenge cost 10p giving the children a chance to handle money, working out how much they had spent and how many games they could play on, having their maths passport stamped at each stall. A big thank you to Mrs Bligh and Mr Costigan for organising the week and for all the parents who helped out on the numerous events and encouraged their children to make their wonderful games.
Thank you to Bessels Green Baptist Church who led our Remembrance Assembly this year, talking to the children about the meaning of Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. As this is such a memorable year, and to mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, we have made our own Poppy Memorial Wall. Thank you to all the children and parents who have contributed to what really is a lovely tribute. Mrs Powell also visited The Riverhead War Memorial with our School Council children whilst we held our own “minute silence”, giving us all time to also remember the people who are still fighting for peace today.
OUR NEW SCHOOL KITCHENS
Our wonderful new kitchens were completed during the summer holidays and it is lovely to see all of our children enjoying a healthy well balanced free school meal. We have been featured in the Sevenoaks Chronicle to celebrate the success of this project and our new kitchen staff are working alongside our midday and teaching staff to ensure everything is run smoothly!
LIZZY YARNOLD VISIT
We were very excited when Lizzy Yarnold visited us to celebrate her Gold Medal success in Sochi! We sang her our special song, cheered, waved the flags and banners we had made.
Ben and Emily were lucky enough to go on the bus with Lizzy and Charlie, Daniel, Tegan and Charlotte met her at Knole Academy. Ben, Oliver, Caoimhe, Rosie, Alice and Patrick were interviewed by the local radio stations. Everyone has had a wonderful time!
Well done Lizzy we are all very proud of you!
KEY STEPS GYMNASTICS RESULTS
Well done to Isabelle T, Sienna, Isabelle R, Scarlett, Yiannis, Sophie, Olivia and Millie who were chosen to take part in an inter schools Gymnastic Display. Riverhead B Team came 3rd and Riverhead A Team came 6th. Congratulations to everyone!