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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.