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A Gallery of School Events

This section of the website shows events that occur across the whole school, capturing the moments as soon after they happen as possible.

Easter at Riverhead

The children learnt about the importance of Easter in the Christian calendar and how we celebrate this wonderful festival.  Year Two interviewed "Jesus" and learnt the significance of Palm Sunday.

We had a fantastic Easter Technology Day when we were joined by Amherst School to make our Easter bonnets which we displayed to the parents during our parade.

Bessel's Green Baptist Church led our Easter Assembly, retelling the story through the eyes of children!

Kent Fire and Rescue Assembly

Mr Barker, an Education Officer for Kent Fire and Rescue Service, led a fire safety assembly which taught the children the importance of fire safety, focusing on how pupils should keep themselves safe. He talked about the "stop drop and roll" method of helping someone, what protective clothing fire people wear and the importance of fire alarms in our homes.

The children also learnt which number they should dial if there was a fire. 

Special Visitors

In Term Four the children enjoyed some exciting enhancement opportunities starting with a lot of fun and creativity with the poet, James Carter, and an inspirational visit from international sprinter and national gold medallist, Frederick Afrifa.  They learnt his mantra Fred taught them (Keep moving forward!) that fits with our school value of determination, which the children demonstrated during their fitness challenge. Sponsorship money raised went towards supporting GB athletes as well as physical activities here at school.

Working Out with Frederick Afrifa.

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Super Skateboarding

The KS1 children took part in a fantastic skateboarding workshop.  Working in teams the children learnt how to stay safe when skateboarding and scootering by wearing the appropriate helmets and pads. They helped each other learn the skills to balance, board and stop, whilst having fun and exercising.  

World Book Day

World Book Day is always a highlight here at Riverhead. It is lovely to see the range of favourite book characters and wonderfully creative costumes – from children and staff - and the parade provided another opportunity to come together as a school community.

During the day the children had the chance to talk about the book characters they had chosen.  They also had a special visitor called Shelley, a real live tortoise, who read the story of the "Hare and the Tortoise" to them with the help of Mrs Wolfe! The PTA book swap was a huge success. Thank you to our parent volunteers who organised this and our Year Two children who ran it. 

Brilliant Bird Week

Well done to everyone who took part in the Big British Bird Week.  In school we learnt about the different species of birds which visit our grounds and the Year Two children carried out surveys to support their data handling work. Year One looked at appropriate materials that could be used to create a bird feeder. The best one by far was the traditional wooden one. Our Reception children transformed their investigation shed into a bird hide, using their binoculars to find the different birds.

The RSPB sent us four sturdy bird boxes which Eco club and Mr Pilfold have erected in the woodland area.

KS1 Lego Workshop

The KS1 enjoyed a fantastic Lego workshop.  The workshop covered part of the computing curriculum and provided the children with the opportunity to programme movable devices, such as fairground rides.

Lego Workshop

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E-Safety Day

During one of our inset days, staff took part in online safety training, which is part of our safeguarding training.   Mrs Browning, our Computing Lead, organised our E-Safety day with the KS1 children taking part in a workshop explaining the importance of staying safe on-line through fun activities, role playing, signing and games. All the children read “Digiducks Big Decision” which tells the story of how help arrives just in time for Digiduck when his friends and himself are faced with a difficult decision about being responsible online. The Year Two children also took part in a quiz organised by the Sevenoaks District Council which highlighted different potential online risks to be aware of.  We hope that parents also learnt something from your children’s posters and booklets showing the understanding of what they were taught.

Chinese New Year

This year is the Year of Tiger and Mrs Gibbins led our Chinese New Year assembly which was performed by the children who attend Mandarin Club.  Their Mandarin singing was wonderful and we learnt the importance of the Zodiac to the Chinese culture.

Mandarin Club Assembly.

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Christmas Celebrations

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year to be working in a school. To see the children so confident to stand on the stage and perform with such enthusiasm made their teachers and parents very proud! Special thanks went to all the staff who supported and encouraged our creative children and to Mr. Pilfold who filmed and edited the performances for us so that grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends could watch the talented children.  The closing collections raised £929. which was split between Cancer Research UK, Hospice in the Weald, Umoyo and the school.

The school was full of festive excitement with the children preparing their cards, calendars and gifts to take home.   We had a delicious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings.

There were shouts of "he's behind you" and "oh no it isn't" when the pantomime Aladdin visited us, and of course there was an awe of wonder when Father Christmas himself brought presents for the class parties.

Road Safety Week

This year's Road Safety theme was "Road Safety Heroes". The children learnt how they can play a part in making road journey's safer for everyone, especially during the winter months. They designed posters explaining why we need to be vigilant when walking to school and using the road. 

Celebrating Our School Value of Belonging

We had two special events in Term Two to celebrate diversity and underpin our whole school value of "Belonging". 

During our International Day the children earnt about and celebrated the diversity of cultures and nationalities in our Riverhead School community and we were excited to see them come to school dressed in traditional costumes. 

Odd Socks day was an opportunity to celebrate the fact that we are all unique and all equal. This is taught in school through the weekly Jigsaw curriculum lessons.

The term's Jigsaw topic was Celebrating Difference and our weekly focus included how to interact with others when working and playing, being sensitive to our own (and others) feelings, solving problems and giving and receiving compliments. 

Bountiful Harvest Festival

We were thrilled to be joined by Rev Andy Finn from St. Mary's Church who lead our Harvest Festival Assembly. The children performed their songs with such enthusiasm and confidence. Our tables were heaving with generous gifts of food and treats which we took to the Loaves and Fishes project. 

Mrs Hagland our chef, made some delicious harvest loaves which were shared amongst all the classes.

The Secret Sky Garden

The Year One and Two children read the book "The Secret Sky Garden", which is about a little girl Funni who transforms a disused rubbish filled car park into a into a beautiful vibrant garden. She meets a friend called Zoo and they decide to make some warrior and shield kites to fly in their garden. Taking inspiration from the book, the children designed, made and flew their own wonderful kites. They also designed a garden for the school so that we can transform an unused area in the school into a wonderful wellbeing garden as part of our Artsmark project.

The children also became Eco Warriors like Funni and Zoo and created their own posters explaining the importance of looking after our environment.

Carnival Fun!

We had an amazing time at our Carnival!  The sun shone, the children and the adults bounced on the castles; tried their luck at guessing the sweets in the jar and the name of the teddy; used their skills in "beat the goalie"; hooked lots of ducks; enjoyed an ice cream; practised their circus skills and dance movements; and laughed their way throughout the afternoon!  What a great end to the school year!

Fantastic Fred Experience

Our Year One and Two children took part in the NHS Fantastic Fred Experience. Fred's name represents -

Food - Eating the right foods.

Rest - getting enough sleep

Exercise - Being active

Devices - Managing time on digital devices.

The interactive workshops centered around children's mental health and helped to explain the link between physical and mental health. We learnt that feeling healthy makes us feel good which helps us improve our lifelong emotional resilience. Everyone really enjoyed the performances and each child was given a FRED wristband as a reminder of the day, as well as some home resources.

Super Sports Days!

Well done to everyone for a week of wonderful sporting activities.  The children looked bright and colourful in their team colours and all three sports days were full of enthusiasm, team spirit and cheering!

The events included hockey and football slalom, balancing, target throwing and relay races.

The results are as follows:-

4th Place – Red with 98 points

3rd Place – Yellow 117 points

2nd Place – Blue 124 points

And the overall winners  were  Green Team with 139 points.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This year's Mental Health Awareness Week's theme was nature. Evidence shows that time spent in nature can reduce stress and anxiety whilst increasing children and young people's confidence and creativity. Something as simple as stopping to listen to birdsong, taking care of a house plant or the smell of freshly cut grass can all help change our mood. This was certainly evident at school with children and staff sharing outdoor activities, encouraging each other to take part in the daily challenges, and thinking about what makes us feel happy and who we should talk to when we are worried about things.

Well done to everyone who took part in our "Walk to School Wednesday". Some children walked with their new puppies and dogs; some left early and challenged themselves to two laps of the common before coming to school; some scooted; some climbed their favourite trees ;and some made the most of our beautiful surroundings and walked through the parkland. 

Infant Agility Games

The Year One and Two children took part in the virtual Infant Agility games which was organised by the Kent School Games programme. The five multi skills events were, jump, bounce, throw, run and pitch. Even though the games were virtual everyone really got into the spirit of the competition taking part with enthusiasm and skill.

Well done everyone and thank you Miss Bartels who organised the event. The winning school will go onto participate in the Kent School Games finals.

St. George's Day

It was lovely to see so many children wearing their Rainbow and Beaver uniforms to celebrate St. George's Day. In class the children learnt about the Saint who slayed the dragon and the importance of our Patron Saint.

Census

As you know every ten years the whole country takes part in a census, and the children have been learning the importance of the census. Ms. Bradley's Monday assembly explained why it is important, how it gives the government a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales, and how it becomes a historical document which will inform future generations of life today. Everyone took part in a traffic survey recording the statistics of the cars that drove past the school. The Reception children took part in their own 3D shape survey and discovered how many different shapes there are in their classrooms. Year One children linked their art lesson to the census by thinking about their individuality and identity. They made a template of their hand and arm and decorated them with patterns and flowers. Year Two have been asked by the office of National Statistics to take part in the "Let's Count" survey which encourages them to complete their own tally charts.

Pirate Week

The pirate themed week was a wonderful way to welcome children back to school, with staff and children really getting into the spirit of it. The classrooms became pirate ships which fortunately were all back, having sailed the seven seas, for the crews to be taken home on time. 

Our Creative Curriculum

All aspects of the National Curriculum are taught through our creative theme-based curriculum.  As you know the key skills of English and mathematics are taught daily plus guided reading.  Other subjects such as music, P.E., DT and computing are also embedded throughout the curriculum and provide children with enjoyment and the skills to prepare for the modern world.

We are extremely lucky that Mrs Adebekun and Mr Smith have both been able to provide videos of the music and P.E. lessons for the children who are not at school and we hope that you have all enjoyed them.

The children really enjoy their D.T. topics and we have had some lovely home learning projects. Reception read the story of Callum's Incredible Construction and made their own crazy houses just like the story. In Year One the children have been learning about weaving and have made paper weavings. In Year Two the children have been making their 3D masks for their Superhero characters. They painted a mask shape and embellished it using materials such as pipe cleaners and feathers. 

This year's eSafety week theme was, "An Internet we can trust", and the children were able to access an eSafety activity set for them by Mrs Browning, our IT Lead. The campaign focused on how we decide what to trust online and explores how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people's decisions, opinions and what they share online.

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!

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.

Royal Wedding Celebrations

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! 

Logan's Interview with ITV.

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Well done Lizzy!

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