YEAR TWO VISIT TO DRUSILLAS
The Year Two children enjoyed their last school trip as Riverhead pupils last week when they visited Drusillas Park. They explored the zoo looking at all the different animals and found out about their habitats. Everyone attended a workshop where they learnt how animals adapt to the changing climate. The visit encompassed learning across a number of topics including geography and science. A long but enjoyable day was had by everyone and thanks goes to the volunteers who helped on this visit.
YEAR TWO HEPTATHLON EVENT
We hosted our sixth annual Year Two Heptahlon Event recently and were joined by eight local Primary Schools. Six children from each school took part in the events of target throwing, obstacle races, dishes and domes, and hurdles. Congratulations to Lady Boswell's Primary School who won the trophy this year. Lady Boswell's also won the fastest boy race with Otford winning the fastest girl race. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped out on the day. Well done to Riverhead who came third.
The event was a great success!
YEAR TWO WILDLIFE VISIT
Everyone really enjoyed their visit to the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve. The visit supported the children’s learning in science, art, geography and English. They used the landscape and maps to find animal dens and hideaways; went pond dipping to discover how many insects live in the water and what they eat to survive.
During the welcome talk they were all asked to describe themselves as a plant or an animal. Benjamin H in Spruce thought he looked like a pinecone and hedgehog because of his spikey
YEAR TWO TITANIC DAY
The Year Two children came to school dressed as the Lords, Ladies, Crew and Deck Hands of the ill-fated Titanic ship as part of their migration topic! They mapped out the ship’s route, became journalists reporting on the unthinkable news of the unsinkable ship and found out which items float and which don't! Thankfully they all survived the journey to New York without getting wet!!
SUPER SYCAMORE ASSEMBLY
Sycamore Class welcomed their families and friends on Friday to their class assembly in which they showcased their learning journey so far this term. They shared information about the seven continents of the world which they had learnt in their geography lessons. They explained their favourite facts about the human body such as how the jaw muscle exerts the most pressure. They described how they made their super hero masks before modelling them to the audience. They also shared their fundraising events which they have undertaken in order to raise money for the Umoyo project.
YEAR TWO SUPER HERO MASKS
Year Two children have been making masks for their superhero characters by covering a mask shape with Modroc, painting and decorating it using materials such as pipe cleaners and feathers. They researched, designed and evaluated the masks themselves and will be displaying them in their classrooms as part of the Super Hero Topic!
YEAR TWOS ARE SUPER HEROES!!
At the beginning of the term the Year Two children came to school dressed in their superhero costumes! We had fictional characters such as Superman and Batman along with their own creations of Water Boy and Art Girl. During English they have been inspired by “The Incredibles” and written instructions for making their own super hero. In D&T designed, made and evaluated a delicious super hero smoothie discussing which were better, manufactured or homemade. They have also learnt how to do basic first aid in this week’s workshop, such as ringing for an ambulance, putting someone in the recovery position and what to do if someone has a nose bleed, which is something every super hero needs to know!
YEAR TWO CAROL SINGING!
It has become a tradition for Year Two to visit the residents of Senior Sunrise and entertain them with songs and music from their Christmas Production. The ladies and gentlemen really enjoy watching and joining in with the children and we are extremely happy to share our Christmas cheer with them.
YEAR TWO EXPLORE DIVALI
Year Two have been exploring different celebrations and the history of important events at this time of year. They have been researching and writing poems about the tradition of Bonfire Night and learning about Divali and the story of Rama and Sita. Thank you to Mrs. Luthra who kindly led an assembly talking to the children about Divali and how her family celebrate this important Hindu Festival.
Year Two have been researching the African chitenges garment, which is similar to a sarong and often worn by women as a headscarf or baby sling. They explored repeating patterns, chose their own colours and developed their own designs transferring them onto fabric.
Year Two’s topic this term is Africa. During the next few weeks they will be introduced to the continent, particularly the country of Malawi with whom we share special links through our support for the Umoyo Orphan Project, please click on the following link for more information http://www.riverhead.kent.sch.uk/umoyo-orphan-project/. Next week Sarah Mtonga will be visiting the children to talk to them about this year’s fundraising project.
To start the subject in style, the children took part in a workshop with the ‘Iroko Theatre Company’. They joined in with traditional dancing, music and storytelling all based on a traditional African fable, Fantah and the Monster!
YEAR 2 SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS
On Saturday 30th April some of our Year 2 children met with the Amherst Year 3s to play our annual Football Match. It was a close match with brilliant defending and expert finishing, both teams played really well and the final result was 7-6 to Amherst.
Riverhead school was represented by Theo, Harry W., Oliver McC and Oscar P in the Under 7’s squad at the recent Sevenoaks Rugby Club tour of Burnham-on-Seal. Sevenoaks fielded a total of five Under 7’s teams, three of which had Riverhead representatives, and enjoyed success on the pitch, with one team reaching the final of the cup competition and another winning the bowl.
YEAR 2 MAKE MONSTERS!
Please click on the links below to see the wonderful Year 2 Movies showing their amazing pneumatic moving monster puppets they have produced in their D&T lessons!
The Year 2 children have been designing and making functional marble runs using recyclable materials for their Design and Technology lessons this term. The end results of amazing and they shared their designs with their rest of the school!
YEAR 5 BUDDIES VISIT
Thank you to the Year 5 Amherst children for their recent visit to meet with our Year 2 Leavers again. They all had a lovely time reading, discussing their letters and playing. These regular organised visits between both schools really helps our children’s transition easing any nerves and worries they may have.
YEAR 2 VISIT TO AMHERST
The Year 2 children were invited to team up with their Year 5 Buddies at Amherst to take part in an Olympic Style Mini Sports Afternoon. The Year 5’s planned and ran the whole event with activities such as speed bounce, javelin and long jump.
YEAR 2'S WONDERFUL WEAVING
As part of their "Minibeast and their Environment Topic", the Year 2 children have been mastering 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!
YEAR 2 VISIT THE JESUS TRAIL
The Year 2 pupils were invited to join the Jesus Trail at Bessel's Green Baptist Church. Sherlock Holmes (aka Rev. Durling) took them to different stations each depicting a time in Jesus' life, from birth to baptism through to his ascension to Heaven. The children listened to parables and learnt about the miracles he performed and all enjoyed a delicious hot cross bun afterwards!
WORK LIKE AN ARTIST DAY
Nine of our Year 2 children were chosen to represent the school this week 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 will then use mini cameras to film some of their friends in Year 2 dancing to a choreographed dance routine. Thank you to all the parents who helped transport the children to the event. Please do take a look at the company who organised the event by visiting www.flexerandsandiland.com and look out at a later date for the publication of our pupils’ film.
YEAR 2 MALAWI TOPIC
Thank you to Ms Clark, who talked to the Year 2 children about her experiences working in Malawi helping to set up the Malawi Legal Aid Department. The children were fascinated to learn about the people she met, the places she visited and how she learnt to speak some words of the main local language Chichewa.
Year 2 have also been making and decorating their own chitenges, an African garment similar to a sarong often worn by women as a headscarf or baby sling. They chose their own colour schemes and developed their own designs which they transferred by printing them onto fabric.
QUEEN'S BATON RELAY
Six of our Year 2 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 2 children were recently invited to write a Poem about an imaginary adventure which was judged for the Young Writers' Competition. We are pleased to announce that sixteen of our pupils will have their work published in the
"Poetry Adventures Tiny Treasures".