This section of the website shows events that occur across the whole school, capturing the moments as soon after they happen as possible.
OUR AMAZING ART WEEK
We have had a fantastic week this week, embracing our artistic side and discovering new talents, to celebrate art in different forms. The Junk Orchestra visited us and the children created a “Recycled Rave” making instruments out of plastic bottles, yoghurt pots and kitchen rolls.
During the week, Deborah Tompsett, a professional ceramicist, worked with the children to make individual clay tile pieces which will be fired and glazed later on in the term. We also invited Governors and the PTA reps to attend a cylinder workshop to help create an installment which will be erected outside by the oak tree. Thursday was World Book Day and the children and staff came to school dressed in their favourite characters from traditional and new rhymes, rhyming stories and poems. We had some wonderful outfits such as Humpty Dumpty, Three Blind Mice and Zog. We even had a book themed lunch menu with dishes such as Harry Potter Pasta and Charlie and the Chocolate Cookie!
Our “doodle” competition has been such fun with the children and staff letting their imaginations go wild and doodling to their hearts content!
GUNG HEY FAT CHOY!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thank you to Mrs. Gibbins and her Mandarin class for another amazing Chinese New Year assembly.
This is the Year of the Rat and the children learnt about the significance of the
Chinese zodiac symbols. EYFS really embraced the subject by making and tasting noodles; setting up a Chinese restaurant role play area; searching for lucky red envelopes containing word pictures; and making their own fantastic fierce dragons. They finished the topic by coming together as a year group to perform and recreate Chinese music for their very own dragon dance.
During our e-Safety week we learnt about staying safe on line. KS1 took part in a workshop with Perform. The Year One children became superheroes and learnt how to make sure that all the children on planet earth became super safe by singing the “zip it, flag it, block it” rap. Year Two created their own T.V. adverts warning children of the dangers of giving out their personal information on line.
KENT AGILITY GAMES
We were invited to take part in the Infant Agility Games again this term, and the school was represented by ten Year One and ten Year Two children. The morning consisted of multi skill stations such as foam javelin, standing long jump and mini-mini hurdles. We are delighted to report that our Year Two team came a very respectable second with 130 points and Year One came a solid seventh! Congratulations to the overall winners Lady Boswell, who will now go onto to represent the district in the Kent School Games.
SUPERB STEM WEEK
What a fantastic start we have had to the term with our brilliant STEM Week. The week was packed with exciting learning opportunities for all the children. The Architect Workshop encouraged team work to solve mathematical problems to build small and large triangular shapes which are the strongest to use for building structures. In the Lego Robotics workshops, pupils worked in pairs learning about algorithms to design and bring to life working models of fairground rides. Professor Bubbleworks visited us on Friday bringing a fun filled day of science with the everyone joining in with exciting and sometimes messy experiments! Some children invented their own maths games which they played with their peers. We had “space bingo”, animal top trumps, mazes and world maps.
We were so grateful to the parents, aunts, uncles and friends who visited us and spoke to the children who have been inspired by their interesting jobs in the science, technology, engineering and maths industries. They really enjoyed learning about the different industries, asking lots of questions and thinking about their future careers!
RIVERHEAD CHRISTMAS 2019
The school was full of children learning their lines and songs for their Christmas productions of a King is Born, Carols by Candlelight, and Tinsel and Tea Towels, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house when parents and friends joined us to celebrate Christmas.
As part of their “Celebrations” topic, all three Year Two classes visited Rivermere armed with their questionnaires, to find out how the residents celebrated Christmas when they were young and what Father Christmas put in their stockings.
Year Two children and our Year Four siblings visited Amherst on to watch their wonderful Christmas production.
Everyone was very busy making our family Christmas cards and gifts to take home, and the Year One children also made lanterns for their productions.
Some of our Reception children visited St. Mary’s Church to decorate our tree with the decorations they made as part of the Church's Christmas Tree Festival.
Bessels Green Baptist Church led a seasonal assembly, explaining what Christians believe about the good news of Jesus’ birth and the true meaning of Christmas.
The pantomime visited us on the last day of term with shouts of “oh no he isn’t” and “it’s behind you” as all the children watched Aladdin!
Thank you for your generous donations to our Christmas charities, Umoyo, Evelina Children's Hospital, Ellenor and the school, we raised over £1,200.
The generosity of the Riverhead Infants’ School community is amazing! At our Harvest Festival we were overwhelmed with gifts for our elderly friends and neighbours as well as the local Food Bank. James Blair from the Bessels Green Baptist Church led our assembly, talking to the children about how important trees are for the environment. How we can use the wood to make things and how delicious the fruit is. The children performed their songs and poems, such as “Seeds of Friendships”, “In My Trolley” and the “Harvest Samba”, beautifully. The centre piece of our display was our Harvest Loaf which was made by our new head chef Mrs Gay-Bowie. We shared the loaf amongst the school and everyone was given the opportunity of having a piece. Our Eco Club also donated their potatoes and tomatoes which they had been nurturing in the kitchen garden. They had so many this year that they also sold some to parents and raised £23.86 for the Umoyo Project. We would like to thank Mr. and Mrs Ridout from the Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary Club, who attended the Harvest Festival, and gave a cheque for £50 to carry on the Eco Club’s good gardening work. We would also like to thank Tesco for donating the shopping bags.
SUMMER PRODUCTION AND END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS
For this year's Summer Production, the children celebrated diversity through inspirational people. The performances included dances and songs for the famous pilot Amelia Earhart, professional sports people such as Muhammad Ali, designers such as Vivien Westwood and well as many others. Thank you to everyone for their kind words and emails thanking the staff for their hard work throughout the year and particularly for another fantastic Production.
It is always sad to say "goodbye" and we will really miss our Year Two children who have moved onto Year Three. Their enthusiasm, determination to succeed and love of learning has been inspirational to us all.
This year's awards went to:
Lucas (Honeybee) and Evie (Ladybird) for their "Love of Learning".
Isla (Honeybee), Arnav (Ladybird) and Zach (Butterfly) for their "Determination".
Josh (Ladybird) and Georgia (Butterfly) for their "Independent Thinking".
Belle (Honeybee) and Max P (Butterfly) for their attitude of "Belonging".
Mrs Bligh's Deputy Head Teacher Award went to Chloe (Ladybird)
Ms Bradley's Head Teacher Award went to Eric (Butterfly).
This year we had an additional award for Toby (Hedgehog)
A SPORTY WEEK AT RIVERHEAD!
Congratulations to our Heptathlon team of Georgia C, Max, Ethan, Cecelia, Isla and Fred in Year Two for coming second in the event. We started this event in 2012 to celebrate the London Olympics and this year we were joined by eight schools. The winners were Seal St. Lawrence, with the fastest boy from Dunton Green and the fastest girl from Halstead. Some of our Year Two children were invited to take part in a tennis coaching event at Sevenoaks School. Led by the Year Nine pupils, the children built on their tennis skills. Working in groups they took part in activities which included awareness of space they play in, hand to ball co-ordination, holding the racket in the correct position and practising sweeping motions.
We visited Amherst School to take part in the KS1 collaborative sports event organised by our challenge group. 30 of our Year Two children joined five other local schools to compete in fun sporting activities.
We ended the week with our energetic sports day! The games are developed to complement the skills children have learnt throughout the Year in their P.E. lessons. Everyone really enjoyed representing their team colour, dribbling quickly in the football slalom; jumping high in speed bounce and balancing carefully in tennis racket race! Congratulations to the overall winners Green team who got 193 points, second were Yellow with 179, third were Red with 178 and fourth were Blue with 175.
In the afternoon the Year Two’s competed in their annual “Fastest Boy and Fastest Girl” race. The heats were very exciting with the whole school cheering enthusiastically. Well done to Shalom and Elsie and to all the children for taking part.
NEW COMPUTER SUITE
We would like to say a very big thank to everyone who has supported the PTA and the school by giving their time, suggestions, organisational skills and money to raise funds for our wonderful new computer suite. The suite has enhanced our computer curriculum by providing each child with their own computer in a bright and cheerful space which enthuses them to participate in their lessons. Our new suite was officially opened by Cllr. John Edwards-Winser the Chairman of the Sevenoaks District Council and Cllr. Irene Collins, the Chairwoman of the Riverhead Parish Council.
SPORTS FOR CHAMPIONS
The whole school was involved in a visit by gymnast Courtney Tulloch. Everyone took part in a set of sponsored fun exercises to help build their strength and co-ordination, and then we watched an amazing acrobatic demonstration by Courtney. The children were really inspired by his enthusiasm for the sport and particularly enjoyed watching him somersault over four of our teachers! Thank you to everyone for helping us raise an amazing £3,730, which will be split between the school and the charity. Congratulations goes to Butterfly Class for raising the most money – £893.60. We think you are all champions and hopefully one day you might take part in the Olympics like Courtney will be!
EASTER TECHNOLOGY DAY
The whole school really enjoys Easter Technology Day as we get to work with our friends at Amherst. Year Two children work with Year Five at Amherst School, and Year Six work with our Reception and Year One here at Riverhead. The children research ideas for their bonnets at home and bring their pictures, designs and ideas to school. We use recycable materials in keeping with our eco status and enhance them with colourful seasonal decorations. It is a wonderful event to end to the term with and the children are really proud to show off their hats during our Easter Parade. Well done to everyone for the amazing creations!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!