Rainbow Time!

This week we had our special Rainbow Time on a Thursday, instead of a Friday, because we have a long weekend ahead of us! Rainbow Time is a fun-filled hour when we get to relax and play together. I got some fantastic photos of the girls and boys enjoying their well earned play time today. Take a look!

Animal masks were created at the drawing table…

Painting with spider stamps..

Two girls, Teddy and a monkey visited the fruit shop!

Great fun was had by all! 

Rights Respecting Open Morning

It was fantastic to see so many friends and family at our Rights Respecting Open Morning today! In Primary 1A, we were learning about Article 24 and our right to nutritious food. We packed some healthy lunch boxes and created a beautiful fruit salad display! The boys and girls learnt that it is healthy to have 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day.

Here are some mums and Primary 1s working hard on some colourful fruit collages…  Can you spot the yellow banana, green apples and red strawberries?


Thank you to everybody who came to visit!

Time to rhyme!

This week we have been singing and playing with rhyming words! Here are some nursery rhymes to sing at home..

  • One, two, three, four, five, Once I caught a fish alive!
  • Twinkle twinkle little star
  • Incy wincy spider
  • Five currant buns
  • Five little speckled frogs


Look at this Rhyming Super Star who managed to match (and read!!) all of these rhyming words… 

Soft finishes start on Monday!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well done to all of our Primary 1s who have had a busy start to the school term!

On Monday the Primary 1s will start whole days at school! We are introducing a ‘soft finish’ at the end of the school day. This will allow you to pick up your child up between 3pm and 3.15pm, have a chance to catch up with the class teacher and supervise your child getting ready to go home. Please enter and leave by the class door.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask at the end of the school day.

Have a relaxing weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Miss Arnott




Number formation rhymes

This week we have been learning how to count and write the numbers 1, 2 and 3! We have been practising holding our pencil properly and starting our numbers at the right place. Can you practise the Tripod Grip at home?

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Use these fun ‘Number formation rhymes’ at home to help your child practise writing their numbers…

0 – Around and around and around we go! When we get home we have a zero!

1 – Number one is like a stick. A straight line that is very quick!

2 – Around and back on the railroad track. Two, two! Two, two!

3 – Around a tree, around a tree. That’s the way to make a three!

4 – Down and over, down once more. That’s the way to make a four!

5 – Straight line down, then around, hat on top and five’s a clown!

6 – Make a curve, then make a loop. There are no tricks to make a six!

7 – Across the sky and down from heaven. That’s the way to make a seven!

8 – Make an S and do not wait. Go back up and that’s an eight!

9 – A loop and a line. That make’s a nine!

Welcome to Primary 1A!

Welcome to Primary 1A! I hope you have had a fun-filled summer and are feeling refreshed for the busy year ahead. Below you will find some useful information for your child starting Primary 1.

Indoor Shoes

We have a beautiful carpet in our classroom and we would love to keep it mud free! Please ensure your child has a pair of comfortable indoor shoes for wearing in the classroom and the gym hall. These can be left in school in your child’s named ‘shoe box’ which stays in the peg area.

PE Kit

Your child will have PE on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has a PE kit, including shorts, t-shirt and indoor shoes.

Healthy Snack

A morning at school can be tiring, so it is important for the children to keep hydrated and without hungry tummies! Please ensure your child has a healthy snack in their bag for their morning break time. A piece of fruit and a bottle of water is recommended.


Formal written homework will not be issued until later in the term. However, the following home activities will help your child progress in school:

  • Reading together every day and/or at bedtime
  • Singing nursery rhymes
  • Counting
  • Encourage drawing, cutting paper and gluing!
  • Starting the day with a healthy breakfast

Class Dojo

We will be using Class Dojo to earn points in school! Your child can earn a point for the following:

  • Helping others
  • Lining up nicely
  • Listening
  • Joining in
  • Super sitting
  • Teamwork
  • Using manners
  • Working hard
  • Eating a healthy snack at break time (fruit, veg or yogurt)

When your child reaches 100 Dojo points, they will be awarded with a special prize!

Please note that Class Dojo is not to be used for messaging. Please direct any enquiries or questions to the School Office.

Rainbow Time

Your child can earn up to 10 minutes of ‘Rainbow Time’ a day for good behaviour. If your child has earned all of their Rainbow Time, they will enjoy a special 50 minute play time on a Friday afternoon! During the last Rainbow Time of every month, your child may bring in a toy to play with. Please see dates for ‘Own toys playtime’ below:

  • Friday 29th September
  • Friday 24th November
  • Friday 22nd December

We have had a fantastic start to Primary 1 and look forward to learning and playing together!

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Many thanks,

Miss Arnott

Sharing Assembly and Royal Portrait Gallery

Primary 2C are getting excited for a fun-filled day on Friday!

We would like to invite all parents and carers to come along to Riverbank Primary School Sharing Assembly at 9.30am in the School Gym Hall.

Afterwards you are invited to browse Primary 2C’s ‘Royal Portrait Gallery’. For the past fortnight, we have been working hard to create Royal Portraits that show ourselves as Kings and Queens! These will be hanging in the gym hall from 11.00am.

Here is a sneak peak of one of our Royal Portraits under construction…

We look forward to seeing you all there!


Health Day

Primary 2C enjoyed lots of exciting activities yesterday afternoon as part of Health Day. After lunch we learnt about the journey that milk takes from the dairy farm to the milk bottles in the shops. We enjoyed our own glass of milk to make our bones strong and healthy.

The girls and boys then took part in a discussion about friendliness and how important it is to include others. We made special badges that we are going to award to boys and girls who are being extra kind and friendly in the classroom and the playground!

Next, we had a challenge. The whole class went for a mile long run – 4 times around the playground!! All 19 girls and boys managed the run, and Miss Arnott joined too. Altogether our class ran 20 miles yesterday! Amazing!

Health Day finished with a relaxing 20 minutes of meditation. We lay on the carpet and enjoyed a well earned rest. It is important to relax after a busy day at school!

Maths superstars!

We have learnt a huge amount in maths this week. Not only have the boys and girls started ‘Multiplication’, but we have also been learning how to use tally marks to record information. This morning we were practising our times tables with a partner. We played lots of card games, including ‘Snap!’ and ‘Pairs’…


This afternoon we learnt how to record information using tally marks. First, we practised making amounts with sticks and pipe cleaners. Then we had a class survey of our hair colours and made our own tally chart. Did you know there are 14 people in our class with blonde hair?


We used this special rhyme to help us draw our tally marks…

One, two, three, four, number five shuts the door! Six, seven, eight, nine, number ten draws the line!

Finger print studies

This week we have been learning that we are all special with unique differences. Did you know that not one person has the same finger print? We enjoyed studying our own prints and comparing them with our classmates.

During our art lesson this week we studied our finger prints in detail. The girls and boys used a black pen to draw related lines to create these special patterns…