This section of the website shows events that occur across the whole school, capturing the moments as soon after they happen as possible.
The whole school took part in this year’s RSPB bird week. We carried out observations to count and record how many birds visited our school grounds. The children learnt the different common bird names they spotted, and each year group took part in their own activities. EYFS completed surveys and used the data to create pictograms as part of their maths data handling work. Year One made bird feed, using seeds and margarine, which they placed around the school grounds. In Year Two they used their data to ask and answer questions, making comparisons between the birds spotted this year compared to previous years. Thank you to everyone who took part in the RSPB survey at home. The data returned has helped us
build a picture of the current trends in the local bird population.
In Term Three, the whole school is shared a favourite storybook “Stickman” by Julia Donaldson. The children really enjoyed collecting sticks and turning them into their own stick characters. They were excited to share the story with each other which has been reflected in their writing and learning.
CHRISTMAS AT RIVERHEAD
Christmas at Riverhead is such a special occasion. Staff, volunteers and our wonderful PTA are busy preparing Christmas activities for the children. There is a real sense of community and working together to ensure that everyone enjoys this wonderful time.
Our plays were amazing, Reception children performed the “First Nativity” to their families and friends with loud voices, tuneful singing, wonderful acting and fantastic Makaton signing!
Year One had their own concert this year, "Carols by Candlelight". They made paper lanterns lit with tea lights and sang traditional and new carols to parents, grandparents and friends.
Year Two told the story of Jesus’ birth to Aliens! Our funny Alien’s space ship broke down which meant they landed on earth on Christmas Eve. The school children then helped them understand the true meaning of Christmas!
Thank you also to the generosity of everyone who came to see the productions. We raised an amazing £1098. for our charities the Umoyo Project, The British Heart Foundation and Taylor Made Dreams.
The Year Two children also visited Rivermere and sang their Christmas songs to the residents, and we enjoyed taking part in the St. Mary's Christmas Tree Festival again. Our Reception children made the decorations and some of the school council children took them to church to decorate our tree.
The Pantomine visited us and the children all enjoyed their performance of "Jack and the Beanstalk".
We had a delicious Christmas lunch and everyone had fun at their class Christmas parties. We even had a visit from a very Special Person!
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”.
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!