This section of the website shows events that occur across the whole school, capturing the moments as soon after they happen as possible.
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!
WHAT A WONDERFUL ART WEEK!
Our artistic talents shone through as we celebrated the wonderful world of art! The children were inspired by our eco theme of “recycle, reuse and reduce”, producing some fantastic art at home for our competition and at school during our eco day. Congratulations to Hannah in Ladybird, Stellan in Hedgehog and George in Maple Class who all won a lovely art book. Children were split into different groups and worked together to produce clay masks, weaving on cd’s and ephemeral art. Everyone took part in the “Dance Days” workshop and created a dance linked to the year groups key text. The children worked in their own classes, drawing still life such as plants and practising their line drawing techniques. There were animals of all shapes, sizes and colours for our World Book Day including Peter Rabbit, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, a Big Bad Wolf and a few little bad wolves, and lots of black cats! Mr Fry, Jack’s grandad who is a children’s author, led a talk to each year group about his work. “The Junk Orchestra” visited us and the children had the opportunity to play a variety of instruments made from recycled materials such as bottle tops, old fire extinguishers and bicycle wheels. We really enjoyed the week with the children experiencing working with different media, learning new skills and techniques. Thank you to the Year One team for organising the events and for all the parent helpers who volunteered their time to prepare materials and help during the week.
GUNG HEI FAT CHOY
Happy Chinese New Year everyone and thank you to Mrs Gibbins and her Mandarin class for their fantastic assembly. The children dressed in traditional costume and performed the dragon dance to celebrate the Year of the Pig! In class, the children made beautiful Chinese lanterns, decorated with Chinese writing. Reception read “The Great Race – The Story of the Chinese Zodiac” by Dawn Casey and Anne Wilson and made hand held puppets and a giant dragon’s head!
Internet safety is a subject which is taught each term and during our e-Safety week, the children continued to focus on how to stay safe on line. The story of “Chicken Clicking” by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross was used to reinforce the concept of responsible internet use and KS1 participated in a Perform workshop.
During the workshop the children took part in drama techniques to take them through a journey of learning and how to take action to block, delete and keep their personal details safe.
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.
SUPERB STEM WEEK
We had a fantastic start to Term Two with the whole school enjoying our STEM Week (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The week was packed with exciting opportunities to learn more about the subjects and how they affect our everyday living and learning. We have had some inventive maths and science games which the children shared and played with their peers.
Our STEM Fair was amazing! Each child visited the hall were there were a variety of activities. We had “feely gloves", with the children having to identify what substance was in the glove; smelling pots and target throw. These games encouraged their curiosity and independent thinking. The Problem Solving Company visited us and the KS1 children participated in solving mathematical puzzles and challenges. The puzzles seemed easy at first but the children soon found that the skill and strategies they have already learnt in the curriculum became essential to helping them solve the challenges. The highlight of the week was the Astrodome! Year One and Two children visited the amazing portable space theatre to explore the planets and space. Thank you to Mrs Nightingale who lead this fun week and to all the volunteers who helped make this event so successful. Special thanks goes to Mr. Smith and Mrs Adair who talked to the children about their jobs in the engineering and maths industries. Congratulations to our winners of the quiz competition, Vicky in Year Two, William in Year One and Sydney in Reception who each received a £5 Amazon voucher.
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!