This section of the website shows events that occur across the whole school, capturing the moments as soon after they happen as possible.
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”.
During our Friendship Week, the children discussed what this term’s Golden Rule, “We are gentle”, means to them. They linked this to the British Values of the Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect during their Circle Time. We would like to thank everyone for your generous donations to the worthwhile local charity, Porchlight. Porchlight helps vulnerable and homeless people in Kent. They work with 5,000 people a year providing help and advice as well as funding hostels in our local area. We will let you know how much you have raised once all the pennies have been counted!
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.
HAPPY HARVEST FESTIVAL
Harvest reminds us of how lucky we are to have such a variety of delicious foods and we are all part of a sharing community which helps others in need. It is also a chance to live our School Value of “everyone matters”. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our Riverhead families who have donated a huge amount of food, treats and flowers for the older residents in our community. Rev. Booth led the assembly for us this year and the theme was “giving to others” with the whole school welcoming our guests from Cheshire Homes, Governors and Mr and Mrs Ridout from Amherst Rotary. They were entertained with poems about pumpkins and harvest; listened to the wonderful songs about “seeds of friendship” and the “little red hen” rap. A big thank you goes to Miss Ives and her team for organising the collection. We would also like to thank Tesco for their generous donation of the bags which were used to deliver the food.
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.
END OF TERM SIX
Term Six is always a busy term, particularly towards the end when the children invite their parents and families into school to perform their Summer Production and show them their work.
This year's production was entitled "British Values" and there was a wide variety of dances, poetry and songs from each class all based around what the British Values mean to us and how we respect each other.
It is always sad to say goodbye to our Year Two children and leavers, who are moving onto Amherst and other schools, but we always celebrate their achievements at our end of year with our Leaver's Assembly. We also give out our "Value Awards which are chosen by our Staff and Year Two Children. The awards reflect our four values and this year's winners are:-
Love of Learning - Eva Pope and Leo Grant
Belonging - Liliya Dale and Leon Kolbe
Independent Thinker - Isabelle Pople, Ben Horton and Owen Pearse
Determination - Ava Shellard, George Harrison and Matthew Parker.
Deputy Head Teacher Award - Thomas Walter
Head Teacher's Award - Edie Grier
The children write down their reasons for nominating and here are a few:-
Leo - "He is always trying his hardest to get it right, he asks lots of interesting questions, he takes care of his work and doesn't talk, he just gets on!"
Eva - "She works hard at all subjects, she always answers questions and she is always smiling and shows that she loves learning".
Liliya - "She lets everybody have a go and she always cares about other people".
Leon - "He always asks to help children and he's helpful all the time and he lets everyone play".
Matthew - "He tries and tries again!".
Ava - "She never gives up on hard equations, even if it's really hard she keeps on trying".
George - "He is determined to finish his work, he improved the things that he needed to and in English he got better and better".
Isabelle - "She always thinks in her head and gets on with her work".
Ben - "He challenges himself a lot, he always thinks for himself when he has a problem and always wants to get on with his maths and other work to learn".
Owen - " He asks lots of questions and always challenges himself and thinks what he could do to improve".
SUPER SPORTS STARS!
Every child dressed in their team colours for Thursday’s Sports Day; tried their hardest to win; cheered on their friends and competed with enthusiasm. Thank you to everyone for getting into the spirit of the event and congratulations to Green Team for being the overall winners.
Well done also goes to Teddy in Sycamore and Liliya in Spruce for being the winners of the Fastest Boy and Fastest Girl races.
A big thank you goes to the PTA for organising the refreshments for both these events.
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.
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/.
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.
MARVELLOUS MATHS WEEK
We’ve had such a fantastic fun 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. 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 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.
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!