Great Storm and Other Riverhead Historical Facts!
Year Two found out interesting historical facts about Riverhead Infants’ School since its opening in 1871. They were also visited by a local resident, Mrs Roberts, this week, who spoke to them about the “Great Storm” of 1987. She shared her experiences with them and told them the significance of the seven oak trees on The Vine that gives our town its name.
YEAR TWO HEPTATHLON
We invited six Year Two children from ten local primary schools to take part in our annual Heptathlon Event. In true heptathlon style, there was long jump, obstacle course, target throw, dish and domes, speed bounce, hurdles and standby chest pass, and a final 50 metre sprint. Well done to our team of Daisy, Zac, Matthew, Bronagh, Taylor and Rina who came a very respectable fifth place. The overall winners were Lady Boswells, for the second year in a row. Dunton Green had the fastest boy and Seal St. Lawrence had the fastest girl. Congratulations to them and thank you for everyone who took part, especially to Mrs Nightingale and Mr. Taylor for organising this event.
YEAR TWO VISIT TO DRUSILLAS PARK
Year Two studied “Extraordinary Environments – Local and Global” in Term Six. They enjoyed a wonderful visit to Drusillas Park,which consolidated their learning across geography and science. They explored the zoo and attended a workshop learning about animal habitats and adaptations. Thank you to the Governing Body who paid for the children’s ice lollies. This treat marked their last educational visit as Riverhead Infants’ School pupils!
Thank you to everyone who helped on the trip, we hope you enjoyed it as much as the children did.
YEAR TWO VISIT TO SEVENOAKS WILDLIFE
The Year Two children visited the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve to discover the
environments of mini beasts and animals which live in woodland areas.
They studied maps of the landscape to support their learning in geography and went pond dipping to record the creatures that contribute to a healthy eco system.
Our Year Two children met their Amherst’s Year Five buddies for the first time when Year Five joined us so that the children could all get to know each other. They exchanged letters and played in the playground. The children will meet up throughout the rest of the school year which helps to ensure a smooth transition for our Year Two children moving to Year Three in September.
YEAR TWO TITANIC TOPIC
The Year Two children researched and learnt about the fateful Titanic as part of their “migration” topic during Temr Three. They put events in chronological order in history, considered why people might have travelled to New York and what they might have experienced along the way. They looked amazing when they came to school dressed as passengers from the first class, middle class and lower class decks! We even had some captains, waiters and crew. Thankfully though everyone survived the journey and didn’t get wet along the way!
YEAR TWO SUPER HEROES
As part of their "Super Hero" topic, Year Two designed, evaluated, and made masks for their superhero characters. They covered a mask shape, painted and decorated it with materials such as pipe cleaners, pompoms and feathers. They have also been researching smoothies discussing which tastes nicer, manufactured or homemade, and deciding which would be better for their superhero to drink. In history they learnt about Florence Nightingale, a heroine from our past, and researched the wonderful work she did in the Crimean War. During the term, they became superheroes themselves by learning how to cope in an emergency and use basic first aid. They ended this topic with a "WOW" when they came to school dressed in their superhero costumes! We had fictional characters such as Supergirl and Batman, along with their own creations of "Ice Girl" and "Bubble Boy".
The school sparkled and twinkled as the children prepared their cards and gifts to take home for their families. Year Two recounted what they did last Christmas and interviewed their parents and grandparents to find out what Christmas was like for them. They asked them about the gifts they made and the presents they gave. They also learnt about the significance of Christingles and what each part represents. They also made a variety of gifts including snow men pompoms and paper wreaths.
YEAR TWO GO BOLLYWOOD!
Year Two's topic of “celebrations” started in style with the children taking part in a Diwali Bollywood Magic workshop. They learnt about the festival; Mehndi patterns; how important it is in the Hindu religion; and dressed in some amazing colourful Indian outfits, learning new dance moves, which they performed to the whole school.
YEAR TWO "AMAZING AFRICA" TOPIC
Year Two’s school year begun with the topic “Amazing Africa”. The children were lucky enough to enjoy and take part in the fantastic drumming workshop which was led by the Iroko Band. They listened to a traditional African fable and during the day explored African drumming techniques, dancing and creative storytelling.
YEAR 2 MAKE MONSTERS!
Please click on the links below to see the wonderful Year Two Movies showing their amazing pneumatic moving monster puppets they have produced in their D&T lessons!
The Year Two children designed and made functional marble runs using recyclable materials for their Design and Technology lessons. The end results of amazing and they shared their designs with the rest of the school!
YEAR TWO'S WONDERFUL WEAVING
As part of their "Minibeast and their Environment Topic", the Year Two children
mastered the technique of weaving! They started with paper and wool weaving and then transferred these skills to our outdoor school environment by collecting natural materials from the woods and using them to weave a giant loom!
WORK LIKE AN ARTIST DAY
Nine of our Year Two children were chosen to represent the school at the “Work Like an Artist Day” in Hextable. The children joined other young leaders of all ages to participate in different art and dance challenges. The focus was to develop their leadership skills and confidence in dance and to bring those skills back to school to share with their peers. They used mini cameras to film some of their friends in Year Two dancing to a choreographed dance routine. Please do take a look at the company who organised the event by visiting www.flexerandsandiland.com.
QUEEN'S BATON RELAY
Six of our Year Two children were invited to represent the school at a special event of the Queen's Baton Relay to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. The "Commonwealth Bus" took them to Tonbridge Castle where they joined other school as well as Lizzy Yarnold, Dame Kelly Holmes and other sporting professionals. Please click on the following link to see all the lovely photos of the event http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2014-06-05/commonwealth-games-queens-baton-on-its-way-to-kent/
PERFECT POETS AND WONDERFUL WRITERS
Some of our Year Two children were invited to write a Poem about an imaginary adventure which was judged for the Young Writers' Competition. Sixteen of our pupils had their work published in the "Poetry Adventures Tiny Treasures".