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Week Ending 8th October 2021

n Riverside class this week, children have been continuing to use their place value knowledge to help them round numbers upto a 1000 (Y4) and upto a million (Y5). This week in literacy, they have begun to write their stories based on the Tear Thief book. Already they are sounding brilliant! In science, children have created their own animals to suit a specific environment (Y5) and in geography they have explored how volcanoes were made.

Week Ending 1st October 2021

In English, we have begun to innovate the story 'The Tear Thief' to our classes version called the 'Blush Thief.' Children are using expanded noun phrases, adverbial phrases and speech with their writing. The children have been learning about how mountains are formed and have created informative posters about what the have learnt. A fact that surprised us all was that Mount Everest continues to grow! Within maths, we have been learning all about rounding and why it can be useful.

Week Ending 24th September 2021


In Riverside class this week we have been doing NFER tests. These are used as a baseline to see where our children are at the moment. The children have shown great perseverance when completing them! In geography, we have been looking at OS maps and locating Mount Snowdon. The children were really good at using the key to identify physical and human features e.g. camping site. In art they have continued their work on Cubism and have really thought about different perspectives of the same object. Well done!

Week Ending 17th September 2021

This week in Riverside we have been studying the book The Tear Thief. We have discussed our thoughts about it and have begun to learn the story. We had our first swimming session this week and the children have been fantastic-really conquering any worries. I'm already looking forward to next week. In art this week, we have been focussing on different perspectives of an object with a real focus on detail.

Week Ending 10th September 2021

Riverside class have had an amazing start to the week. It was great to see all their smiley faces! We have been learning about Mental health and how to keep our minds and bodies healthy. 


We have a 'Look at who has been caught reading' wall. If you spot your child engaged in a book please could you take a photo and send it in. If you don't have a printer please send it to the school email. 

Week Ending 22nd July 2021

What a wonderful last week in Riverside class. In science, we learned about sound. We experimented with how sound travels by making paper cup telephones and tested them in the park. After this, we listened to the pitch of different levels of water in glasses and explored musical instruments and how their size, shape and materials can change the volume and pitch they emit. 

We finished all our units and then celebrated with a class party. 


I am extremely proud of Riverside and all of their hard work this year. It has been a challenging year for everyone but the class has adapted so well.


I will miss teaching you all! I wish you a wonderful summer holiday and I am sure you will have an amazing time in Years 5 and 6. 


Week Ending 16th July 2021

A wonderful week in Riverside! We are so happy to have the sunshine back for our penultimate week of Summer term. 

In English, we have been writing poems inspired by Grace Nichols, we have used possessive apostrophes, expanded noun phrases and personification to great effect. This week, we have completed our maths unit on measure by exploring capacity and volume. The class estimated how much liquid was in a container and worked out how to convert between different units of measure. 

In science the class learned all about sound and conducted a variety of experiments including making paper cup telephones!

We are all looking forward to lots of fun activities next week!

Week Ending 9th July 2021

It has been a great week in Riverside Class. We have completed our Unfolded Classic and told the entire story of Charlotte's Web on ten pages or less!

We have continued learning about measure in maths looking at metres, centimeters and millimeters, converted between these and explored how to find the perimeter of shapes. 

In science, we continued learning about light and in design and technology we tested our rubbish collector designed to collect rubbish and protect the environment. Our PE lessons have included swimming and sports day too.

Super work Riverside! 

Week Ending 2nd July 2021

This week Riverside have completed making their rubbish collectors in DT. We look forward to testing them out on our top playground next week to see how well they work before evaluating them over the next few weeks.

Week Ending 25th June 2021

It has been a busy and productive week in Riverside. In English, we continued looking at 'Classics Unfolded: The Secret Garden'. We used inverted commas, reported speech and adverbials in preparation for writing our own book based on a classic story next week. 

We looked at time including analogue and digital and both Year 4 and Year 5 converted different units of measure. 

Science was all about light this week with Year 5 continuing to look at electricity and Year 4 learning about how to stay safe in the sun. 

We all enjoyed practising our forest school skills, this included whittling wood and pressing flowers. The class even had a special treat made with cookies, marshmallows and icing!

Great work this week Riverside! 

Week Ending 18th June 2021

This week Riverside have been very passionate about designing their own rubbish collectors. They have come up with lots of unique and well thought out designs, to keep our school and playgrounds clean. They have also loved learning to tell the time to 5 minutes and completed a watercolour pointillism piece of art, of our school. 

Week Ending 11th June 2021

Riverside class has had an exciting and busy week! On Monday, we went back to forest school. We built dens, a swing and explored our natural surroundings. 

On Tuesday, we all walked up to the leisure centre and did some super swimming. 

We have been busy finishing our unit on writing explanation texts and 'Until I Met Dudley' where we have looked at both the grammatical features of the text and started thinking about our own exciting inventions to write about. 

In maths, we are completing our decimal and place value unit and will be starting our new unit next week. 

In science, Year 4 continued learning about light. Year 5 learned about circuits and did an experiment where we checked whether more cell batteries would make the light brighter. 

We designed a community project in RE which included a range of activities including sponsored runs and cake sales. 

Week Ending 28th May 2021`

It has been another exciting week for Riverside! On Monday we went to forest school. We enjoyed exploring our natural surroundings and there was even some sunshine!  We worked as a team and used tarpaulins to build shelters. 

Our diary entries from the perspective of Flossie in World War 2 are now complete and we are looking at the text ‘Until I Met Dudley’. We learned a story map about how a toaster works which included fire-breathing dragons! After half term we will write our own explanation text based on an invention of our choice. In PE we have enjoyed our own mini Olympics with premier sport and worked on our tennis skills in class.

We wish you all a wonderful half term. 

Week Ending 21st May 2021

Another exciting and busy week in Riverside! We are now finishing our final drafts of our diary entries inspired by 'My Secret War Diary'. Our own VE Day celebrations helped us to write accounts of the end of the war in Europe and the parties which followed. We continued to explore decimals looking at multiplying and dividing by 10s, 100s and 1000s. In PE we learned about ground strokes in tennis and worked on our athletic skills with Premier Sport. In science we continued to learn about plants in year 4 and year 5 tested the water resistance of different shapes.  We are looking forward to our forest school classes starting next week

Week Ending 14th May 2021

It has been a lovely week for RIverside. We had a fantastic time with Premier Sport working on our athletics skills including running. In maths, we looked at decimals. We divided two digit numbers by ten, subtracted one decimal from another (including with money) and in geometry we looked at a range of 3D shapes, drew them and created them using lollipop sticks. 

In RE, we continued looking at what Jesus would do and learned about Christian prayer. In computing, we drew fantastic diagrams showing a school computer network. In music the class enjoyed listening to 'Like a Prayer' and used their musical knowledge and listening skills to find the pulse. Healthy eating was the focus in PSHE and we designed our own healthy lunchboxes. For our science lessons, year 4 created models of  plants and year 5 continued investigating forces.

Super work Riverside! I hope you all have a great weekend.

Week Ending 7th May2021

It has been a busy and exciting week for Riverside. Last week, we had the fantastic opportunity to visit Dewerstone and completed many activities. The activities included a mudslide, abseiling and climbing a rope ladder that stretched high up into the trees. At the river, the class went across the water on a dinghy and used a zip wire to go across in the other direction. They showed amazing teamwork and bravery! 

In school, we continued learning about tenths in decimals and the Second World War ready for writing our diary entries. We also learned about composting and had a visit from an expert who showed us many of the ways in which composting can help the environment.

Week Ending 30th April 2021

This week, Riverside have continued looking at the Second World War. We explored timelines of events to help inform our writing. In maths, we have been looking at decimals and explored tenths and hundredths as fractions. 

In our geography lesson, we learned about the water cycle and conducted an experiment with a mini water cycle. We could see the water condensation showing the water had evaporated. In RE, we looked at the parable of the wise and foolish builders and experimented by building bible stands and standing them in different materials. In science, year 4s continued looking at plants including the nutrients they need. Year 5 looked at forces, we made parachutes changing variables in order to see what factors might influence the speed in which they reach the ground. 

We wish you all a fantastic bank holiday weekend!

Week Ending 23rd April 2021

It has been a lovely sunny week and great to see everyone back after the Easter holiday. 

In Riverside, we have been looking at the second world war in more detail for our Secret War Diary project . We have looked at the start of the second world war and how to shift our levels of formality. We studied and compared a formal newspaper article and a diary entry version. In maths, we have started our new unit on decimals and will be developing and applying this knowledge throughout  the next few weeks. We explored the concept of tenths using fruit and wrote the value of the slices of apple onto place value charts. We explored the concept of tenths using fruit and wrote the value of the slices of apple onto place value charts.  

In PE, we are working on athletics with premier sport. In our class PE lesson, we have been working on our accurate catching in preparation for fielding . Wonderful work this week, Riverside.

31st March 2021

This week, we have made beautiful spring pictures using oil pastels and paint. We were inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe and looked at flowers close up. We explored how we can create different effects with a range of mediums. We wrote different types of poems including haiku to present with our pictures to celebrate spring and Easter. In English, we wrote postcards from the perspective of WW2 evacuees to explain how they felt after their journeys to the countryside. In PE, the class enjoyed multi-skills games with Premier Sport.

We wish you all a very Happy Easter! 

Week Ending 26th March 2021

This week, Riverside have been concluding and presenting their science practical work to the class. We also made time to play with Fudge and Truffles before lunch which is always a fab session!! Who doesn’t need a bit of guinea pig cuddles in their life!!


In English, we have been looking at 'My Secret War Diary' and did freeze-framing to act out different parts of the story. In PE the class have been practising multi-skills and demonstrated these in their Premier Sport lesson on Tuesday. 

Week Ending 19th March 2021

In science this week, Riverside have been mixing baking soda and vinegar together to observe the reaction which takes place. In one experiment, we caught the CO2 waste product to blow up a balloon and in the other experiment we made an eruption on the bottom playground.

Week Ending 12th March 2021

This week Riverside have had a super first week back together! They have been spending time with the guinea pigs, playing games in the hall, planning some science presentations, testing out our viaducts in DT and joining a music lesson one afternoon!

Week Ending 5th March 2021

This week in Riverside, we have completed fantastic work both at home and at school. 

In Maths, the class made posters explaining the relationship between multiplication and division. We presented the posters and found evidence and examples to demonstrate.

For English we finished planning and started writing our own fairy tales with a twist. The class finished their design and technology projects and made viaducts. In science, year 4 continued to learn about living things with a focus on their changing environments and adaptation. Year 5 continued to explore properties and their materials. 

It was great to see the costumes for world book day and we enjoyed a world book day quiz.

Week Ending 26th February 2021

This week in Riverside we finally started making our real viaducts. We worked hard as a team in school to help one another out while we were building. We also had a practical science week, looking around our school environment in Year 4 for spot dangers to habitats, and using comparative testing in Year 5 to test which material makes better thermal conductors. 

Week Ending 12th February 2021

This week in Riverside, we have completed so much fantastic work both at home and in school. In English, we have been analysing the text 'Straw into Gold'. We looked in detail at the character of the hob and wrote a diary entry by him. After this, we tried hot seating in the class in character as the hob. In maths,  we have been looking at our spring multiplication and division unit. Year 4, went on bug hunt for science and year 5 experimented sieving, filtering and evaporating. In class we cooked some cheese scones. 


Amazing work! We wish you all a wonderful half term. 

Week Ending 5th February 2021

There has been so incredible work this week, both at home and in school. 

In design and technology the class reviewed our prototypes of viaducts and started work on our new designs. For science, year 4 looked at the characteristics of living things; year 5 continued to investigate the properties of materials and looked at the states of matter. The class cooked falafel and tried it with salsa and wholemeal pitta bread. 

We completed our fractions unit and our final write in English. We are now looking at fairytales with a twist and have started to learn our new text. Wonderful work Riverside!

Week Ending 29th January 2021

This week, there has been some incredible home learning and work in school too. We tested our viaducts for our design and technology project, tested how well coffee, flour, salt and sugar dissolve and baked some scrummy ginger cake. There were fantastic bar charts to help work out addition and subtraction in fractions and in English we wrote haikus. Today, we are finishing our research and will be writing our final haiku and information texts next week. 

Well done Riverside for a super week!

Week Ending 22nd January 2021

This week we have completed super work at home and at school. In English, we have been looking at haiku poems incorporating personification and expanded noun phrases. Our maths lessons have involved looking at fractions and we have been focusing on equivalent fractions and fractions above one. Year 5 continued exploring the properties of materials in science and year 4 looked at food chains. In design and technology, we have been making prototypes for viaducts out of various materials. Well done to you all and I hope you all have a relaxing weekend.

Week Ending 15th January 2021

This week Riverside have worked extremely hard at home and school with lots of different lessons.  Some of our favourite lessons in school were learning our body parts in French, carrying out scientific investigations in science and having an art afternoon to create scenes from Noah and the Ark.

Week Ending 8th January 2021

It has been a busy week back in school for Riverside. There has been some fantastic home learning and work completed in school! Well done to you all for your efforts. This week, we enjoyed learning about materials and their properties for science in year 5 and teeth in year 4. We also learned about viaducts and some of the geographical features of Ivybridge. We have started our new fractions unit in maths and our text 'Earth Verse' in English. The class designed fantastic shields when learning about their communities in PSHE. Well done Riverside!

Week Ending 18th December 2020

This week in Riverside, we have been busy making Christmas decorations, gingerbread men and enjoying our books from Father Christmas. In maths, we looked at Christmas statistics including collating the data of our favourite Christmas films. PE included a Santa run with Santa hats and games. A fantastic week! Merry Christmas to you all! 

Week Ending 11th December 2020

This week we have been busy completing our final story writes and our unit on multiplication and division. Year 4 completed word problems using their problem solving skills and Year 5 focused on long division and remainders. For Science, Year 4 made posters about everything they have learned in this unit about animals including humans.  Year 5 continued learning about light.  We have also been busy learning our Christmas songs. A super week Riverside! I am looking forward to the activities planned for next week!

Week Ending 4th December 2020

This week, Riverside Class have been working on a mirroring dance routine in gymnastics. In English, they have been hot seating characters from their text. We have started writing dialogue between characters in preparation for writing our own stories. In maths, we have been working systematically to complete problems using our multiplication skills. In music the class demonstrated fantastic posture when learning how to project their voices for singing. A great week!

Week Ending 27th November 2020

This week, in Riverside we have been creating a story map in English. We did freeze-framing to predict what would happen in the story next and memorised a part of a story each to perform as a group. In maths, we have been looking at multiplication and factors and we created factor bugs. We did mirroring routines in gymnastics and started practising our Christmas song. A busy and exciting week!

Week Ending 20th November 2020

This week the Year 4’s have been working hard creating a healthy meal. They then researched what ingredients they needed, then searched an online supermarket to work out how much the ingredients to their meal would cost. While the Year 4's did this, the Year 5's created a shadow puppet then used a torch to test out the theory that the closer the light source the larger a shadow will be. 

Week Ending 13th November 2020

This week in Riverside, we looked at musical notations and the order of musical notes. We then created our own note order and tested the sounds out on a keyboard. 


Riverside Class have also continued working on their biographies unit. They learned about J.K. Rowling’s life and used this information to start their own biographies about her. For maths, they have concluded their unit on addition and subtraction using various methods and problem solving skills. At the end of a busy week, the children were able to meet Fudge and Truffles!

Week Ending 6th November 2020

In Riverside this week the year 4’s have been drawing a human skeleton and going over the names of our bones while the year 5’s started their new light topic. The year 5’s used impressive scientific vocabulary and carried out an investigation to see how the distance of a light source, away from an object, can affect the size of its shadow.

Week Ending 16th October

This week Riverside have been trying out different skills to use in basketball and football. They enjoyed their weekly Premier Sport lesson and worked really well in teams. In science they learned about nutrition. In literacy they wrote a biography about the exciting life of Usain Bolt. 

We have also started to conclude our Creation unit in RE. The class particularly enjoyed writing letters to Adam and Eve to express why they made poor choices when they ate the forbidden fruit. Within science the whole class have been learning about our bodies and have learnt a lot about food groups and choices. In music we have started to compose our own class piece, which includes singing, Djembe drums and tambourines, which we will video next week.