This section of the website shows events that occur across the whole school, capturing the moments as soon after they happen as possible.
LOVELY LADYBIRD AND BUZZING BEE!
We have started to enhance our reception area so that it better represents our creative and outstanding school. Our School Values are now firmly embedded in the curriculum, school life and on the walls, with some beautiful photographs depicting the values. Mrs Cherry, staff, children and parent volunteers have worked together to produce some magnificent mini beasts. Our willow and paper ladybird and bee are already being displayed. The finishing touches are being put on our dragonfly and butterfly and these will also be added to the area soon.
ROAD SAFETY WEEK
This year’s road safety message is all about being “Bike Smart”. The theme aims to raise awareness about the importance of being safe whilst cycling and scooting. Each class discussed how to keep safe on the road especially in the winter. They designed posters, talked about the Green Cross Code and Year Two took part in a scooter safety workshop. The focus was on the importance of safety gear, how to ride to school safely and learning key scooting skills. To find out more about the workshop please click on the following Team Rubicon link, www.teamrubicon.co.uk.
SUPERB STEM WEEK
We had a fantastic start to Term Two with the whole school enjoying our STEM Week (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The week was packed with exciting opportunities to learn more about the subjects and how they affect our everyday living and learning. We have had some inventive maths and science games which the children shared and played with their peers.
Our STEM Fair was amazing! Each child visited the hall were there were a variety of activities. We had “feely gloves", with the children having to identify what substance was in the glove; smelling pots and target throw. These games encouraged their curiosity and independent thinking. The Problem Solving Company visited us and the KS1 children participated in solving mathematical puzzles and challenges. The puzzles seemed easy at first but the children soon found that the skill and strategies they have already learnt in the curriculum became essential to helping them solve the challenges. The highlight of the week was the Astrodome! Year One and Two children visited the amazing portable space theatre to explore the planets and space. Thank you to Mrs Nightingale who lead this fun week and to all the volunteers who helped make this event so successful. Special thanks goes to Mr. Smith and Mrs Adair who talked to the children about their jobs in the engineering and maths industries. Congratulations to our winners of the quiz competition, Vicky in Year Two, William in Year One and Sydney in Reception who each received a £5 Amazon voucher.
FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK
With the excitement of firework displays and burning bonfires in mind, each class discussed the importance of fire safety and the children learnt the “stop, drop and roll” routine. Reception children let their imaginations run wild and created some firework inspired pictures. Year One learnt about the history of Firework Night and discussed the key events of The Great Fire of London. They also designed their own safety posters. Year Two researched Guy Fawkes and his association with Bonfire Night.
A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST
We are so lucky to have such an abundance of delicious food which we are able to share with our community. Once again we have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our families who donated a huge variety of food, treats and flowers to our harvest festival. Daphne Harrison, from St. Mary’s Church joined us this year to talk to the children. She told them a modern version of the “Prodigal Son” and how we should think about others. The children entertained everyone with their harvest themed songs and poems, such as “Big Red Combine Harvester” and “Seeds of Friendship”. A big thank you goes to Miss Ives and her team for organising the collection and deliveries. We have already had some lovely “thank you’s” from our local residents, and some of the potatoes and marrows grown in the kitchen garden have been used by the school kitchen for the children’s dinners!
OUTDOOR SUMMER PRODUCTION 2018
Thank you to everyone for their kind words and emails thanking the staff for their hard work throughout the year and particularly after our fantastic Summer Production. This year's production encompassed our school values with an emphasis on “belonging”. The Production was such a success because of the talented children, dedicated staff and supportive parents we have, and this really showed at the event.
SPORTS DAY 2018
Everyone came to school dressed in their team colours and took part in events which complemented the skills they had learnt throughout the year. There was football and hockey skill races, long jump and many other relay team races.
Congratulations to the Green Team who were the overall winners. In the afternoon the Year Two children competed with each for the title of “fastest boy and girl”. Congratulations to Lucas in Woodpecker Class and Alice in Owl Class.
ROYAL WEDDING CELEBERATIONS
There was a patriotic feel to the school when we all wore red, white and blue to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Thank you to the parents who helped set up our street party and decorate the tables for lunch. Everyone enjoyed a traditional British meal of fish and chips followed by ice cream and strawberries.
LIZZY YARNOLD VISIT
We were so excited to be invited to take part in Lizzy Yarnold's parade to celebrate her second gold medal! Some of our Year One and Two children had a lovely bus journey to Trinity School where they cheered, waved flags and displayed the banner we had made. Everyone was allowed to hold the medal, and Logan in Robin Class even became a celebrity when he was interviewed for the BBC and ITV!
Well done Lizzy we are all very proud of you!
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.
We had to extend our Book Week to a Book Fortnight this year, which meant that we had double the fun reading and sharing our favourite stories which each other! The Travelling Book Fair was as popular as ever with children eager to purchase new books. “Stop, drop and read” was a great success. The sponsored Readathon encouraged the children to read quietly in class with their peers. Everyone was very keen to purchase a book to take home from the second hand book sale and thank you to Owl Class for organising it for us. A big thank you to staff, parents and children for coming to school dressed in their wonderful costumes for our Book Week finale parade. There were a variety of fantastic fairy tale characters, including “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack with the Beanstalk” along with lots of “Big Bad Wolves”. The winners were Charlie K, Edward D and Hector in Reception; Arnav, Sven and Ruairi in Year One; Dominic, Maria and Shabd in Year Two. Congratulations go to Felicity in Badger, Phoebe in Honeybee and Ben in Woodpecker our book quiz and extreme reading challenge winners; and our extreme readers William in Fox, Fred in Ladybirds and Aimee in Robin. Special thanks goes to Mrs Swain for leading another wonderful week and to parents, grandparents and friends of the school for coming along to read to the children. Well done everyone, the week has raised over £1,500 so far.
CHINESE NEW YEAR OF THE DOG
The children really enjoyed learning about and celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Dog. Mrs Gibbins talked about her family traditions, and her Mandarin Club led our special assembly with a traditional Chinese song and a magnificent “Lion Dance”.
BRILLIANT BIRD WEEK
We all enjoyed learning about our native birds during Bird Week. The whole school observed the birds which visit our grounds, counting and recording the data. The Reception children labelled the body parts of common British birds such robins and chaffinches. Year One designed and constructed simple bird feeders which they have placed in the school grounds. Year Two carried out surveys to support their data handling work, comparing this year’s data with previous years. Thank you to everyone who joined in with the RSPB’s Bird Watch Weekend, the information collected will be sent to the RSPB to build a picture of the current trends in local bird population and species.
We really were reminded of the true meaning of Christmas last week when our wonderful children sung their hearts out; projected their voices, remembering the lines they had learnt; and entertained us all when they performed the Christmas productions. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house and the cheers at the end of each performance raised the roof! Well done to everyone involved and thank you for your kind donations which have raised £1,174 for this year’s charities, The Umoyo Project, Phab Kids, Cystic Fibrosis and the school.
The whole school joined together on Wednesday wearing their festive jumpers and handmade paper hats to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner cooked by our marvellous kitchen staff and served by the teachers, T.A’s and admin staff.
The hall was full of “oh no he isn’t” and “he’s behind you” on Tuesday when the Pantomine visited us. The children were entertained with the story of Cinderella and thoroughly enjoyed joining in with the story.
RIVERHEAD IN BLOOM
Thank you to Mrs Bates, Mrs Kozlowski, Mrs Palmer and Mrs Nel for helping the children look after our kitchen garden and flower pots in the school grounds. Mrs Bates and Mrs Kozlowski weeded the beds to get them ready for planting, with Mrs Palmer and Mrs Nel watering them with the help of Eco Club. We are delighted to reveal that Riverhead won the silver award in the recent “Village in Bloom” competition. Judges were particularly impressed with the enthusiasm of the whole school, especially the Eco Group children. Thank you also to everyone who contributed beautiful blooms for the day it really helped enhance our beautiful school grounds.
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.
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!