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AMHERST BUDDIES

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.

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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!

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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".

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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

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.

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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.

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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.

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YEAR TWO VISIT TO DRUSILLAS

The Year Two children enjoyed their last school trip as Riverhead pupils when they visited Drusillas Animal 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.

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YEAR TWO HEPTATHLON EVENT

We hosted our sixth annual Year Two Heptahlon Event 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.  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! 

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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

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YEAR 2 SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS

Some of our Year Two children met with the Amherst Year Three 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.

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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!

MARBLE RUNS!

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!

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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!

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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.

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Work Like an Arist Day.

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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/

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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".

Click on the links below to see some examples of the children's work.
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