Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding. That's why Artsmark was created: to bring ambition to life in every classroom.
We are delighted that we have been accepted onto the programme to further develop our creative curriculum. The awarded will help us to continue to deliver a high quality arts and cultural education.
Introduction to our Ongoing Ceramic Project
In March 2020 before lockdown, the children began an inspiring project with the ceramicist Deborah Tompsett.
The vision of the project was to create ceramic art as the focal point for a new well- being area in a dull area near the ancient oak tree. This idea has become all more the relevant following the impact of COVID on the school community.
Deborah made some beautiful initial sketches to develop ideas with the children and staff.
Term Two 2022-2023
Christmas is such an exciting time of year, especially here at Riverhead, and the school was full of all things glittery as the children were busy making their cards and gifts to take home. We really were in the Christmas spirit, singing along to the songs we learnt for the wonderful productions. Mrs. Walkden and Mr. Pilfold decorated our tree beautifully, which was kindly donated to us by Homebase, East Grinstead. The Christmas post box was overflowing with cards for everyone.
We learnt more about the true meaning of Christmas and the Year One Children made Christingles. Christingle is a joyful celebration that brings families and communities together to share the light of Jesus and spread a message of hope
We celebrated the diversity of cultures and nationalities making up the Riverhead Infants' School for our International Day. During the day the children and adults came to school dressed in something that reflects a country they have links to. They showed off their dancing skills, made their chosen countries flags and found about different countries architect and important buildings.
Fire Safety Day
With all the excitement of bonfire night drew some fantastic firework pictures and made some amazing firework rockets!
Year Two Building Designs
David Gamble talk to the children about a book he had written called BucQUEENham Palace. He also talked to them about someone else who shared a link to both the book and our school. The cover illustration for BucQUEENham Palace was created by another local resident – Roger Fitzgerald. As well as being the illustrator for this book, Roger was the architect responsible for designing the ‘new’ Riverhead Infants' School that was opened in 2009. We ran a competition with the children to draw a picture of the school.
To celebrate Diwali, the Reception children learning this important Hindu festival and made diva lamps to guide Rama home!
Super Silver Award!
We are incredibly proud to announce that we have been awarded the Silver Artsmark . This has been a long journey ,over a number of years, for the children and Staff at Riverhead and has involved a number of projects accumulating into this achievement. It was celebrated that as a school we have set out a range of developments to foster our children's creativity and autonomy whilst increasing the presence and the profile of the Arts in our curriculum. The OPAL playtimes and school well-being garden were two of the main developments and we are so pleased with the positive impact they are having on our children's learning and well-being.
Term One 2022-2023
The Year Two children designed and used their paper weaving skills to make Kente cloth which is a traditional Ghanaian textile historically worn in a toga-like fashion by royalty and added black marker to make geometric patterns.
KS1 Dot Day
We where all intrigued about "Dot Day"? The day was based around the book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds, with the central message being that everyone can draw as long as we all make a mark and let our self-confidence and creativity flow.
The Year One and Two children were inspired by the book, and joined children in 170 different countries, to make some amazing unique art of different styles, mediums and colours.
Term Six - 2021-2022
Year One children created their own 3D faces using clay. Firstly, they studied and considered proportion and facial features. They then learnt techniques of how to roll and pinch clay, and also, how to make marks in the clay. They used these skills to create their own artistic versions of a Green Man.
Travelling the World in Reception
The Reception children are becoming travellers in Term Six and during their art lessons they learnt the skill of papier-mache and made their own globes and will be pinpointing the different countries as they learn about them.
Term Five - 2021-2022
We enhanced our new "Oaks" garden with the clay leaves and flowers which we made and decorated in school. Mrs Cherry and Deborah Tompsett worked hard to complete the art installation for us all to enjoy.
Year One children explored the works of Henry Rousseau, and taking inspiration from his paintings used their layering and collage skills to make their own 3D works of art.
The Reception children learnt all about bugs! They have looked at the different parts of an insect’s body, labelling them, making sure they used adjectives to describe the different parts. In art they had lots of fun making their own ugly bugs using clay. They considered what shape they wanted their bugs to be; decided how many legs they should have; and if they could fly and would need wings. They also went foraging to find all sorts of natural materials such as leaves, twigs and flowers to decorate them
Year Two Mini Beasts
During their design and technology lessons, the the Year Two Children designed, created and evaluated a moving model of a mini beast as part of their “Extraordinary Environments – Local and Global” topic, incorporating pneumatics to make them move.
Term Four - 2021-2022
In geography the Year One children learnt about the United Kingdom, marking its countries, capital cities and surrounding seas on their own 3D maps which they created from salt dough.
Year One Lonely Beast
During their art lessons the Year One children made camouflaged collage pictures inspired by the Lonely Beast story, by blending a coloured background.
Term Three - 2021-2022
As part of their Superhereo topic, the Year Two children research masks in their DT lessons. They found out the purposes behind wearing masks such as dressing up, ceremonial festivals and of course Superhereos! The investigated different materials and craft, before designing and making their own masks.
During their art lesson the Year One children explored mark making using drawing pencils to represent textures. They applied this new skill to draw their own teddy bears as part of their "Let's Play" topic.
The Reception children went crazy as they helped Callum build all kinds of manic machines after reading the story "Callum's Incredible Construction Kit"! They used descriptive words to design and label a machine to rescue some frozen Lego. They also constructed some whacky 3D buildings just like the one in the story.