End of Week 10 of Digital Learning

It’s hard to believe that we have now reached the end of the 10th week of digital learning. It’s even harder to believe that when we include the school holidays, in April, it is 12 weeks since we were last, actually, in Riverbank School!

We continue to provide learning for our pupils through Google Classroom on the run up to the summer holidays. We ask our parents and carers for your continued support in helping your children and our pupils to complete the work which the teachers are setting for them.

Scott Ward from P6P offers his version of 1 Musician in deference to Pablo Picasso’s Collage of The Three Musicians. The class was asked to re-create the feel of cubes in art by creating a collage of a musician from paper scraps using the art elements of colour and texture.

Apart from being very busy preparing and marking work as well as participating in Google Meets, our teaching staff and PSAs, as well as all our other support staff, are now gearing up for the preparations which will be required for our return to school.

Over the next few weeks, Mrs Ironside should be able to provide everyone with what a return to school will look like. We do know that this could be quite fluid and flexible due to the ever changing advice we are receiving regarding Coronavirus. School will look very different from what we know and remember and Google Classroom will remain a very important part of school.

As I come back to complete this entry, ACC has informed us and it appears in Saturday’s Evening Express, that pupils will return to school on a part time timetable to begin with. The time being made up through digital learning and face to face learning. As I wrote previously, we hope to inform parents and carers, as soon as we can, what these arrangements will be and what classes their children will be in as well as the groups they will be in for coming into school in work ‘bubbles’.

By now, I would hope that our parents and carers will have received copies of their child(ren)’s report cards. I would like to thank all the teaching staff for their efforts in completing the report cards whilst on lockdown and also to Michelle Stewart, our school support assistant, for managing the task of emailing hundreds of report cards to the relevant persons. These were tricky jobs which were linked together with the help of Miss Hampton and Mrs Innes.

At the end of week 10 of digital learning, we have another selection of our pupils’ work to share with you. I hope you enjoy viewing it, including the item you will, already, have seen.

Our first presentation, this week, is from Mrs Spry’s and Mrs Ng’s class – P6N

The class carried out work on Mehndi Art – Mehndi is the traditional art of painting the hands, feet or body with a paste made from the powdered, dried leaves of the henna plant. It stain’s a usually cherry-red to brown color but this can vary with time left on and a range of other factors.

By coincidence, the next showcase is some further work from our other Primary 6 class. It’s the turn of P6P – Mr Probart’s class.

First we have Majka’s cat story which I have loaded as a pdf file. Please click on the link to access it.

Majka’s Cat Story

Then we have Majka’s beautiful drawing of clematis.















The next group up with work for us is Mrs Henderson’s French classes. This is what Mrs Henderson had to say about the work she has submitted.

“Last week P5-7 were asked to spell French colour words using items in their houses. These are the results, I think they look fab and the children put a huge amount of effort into them. There is also a video from one of our P7E pupils which is fantastic! I’ll start with the video!

We have a lovely display of the other French colours. Practise your French colours vocabulary with the work below.

 Mrs Henderson continued with, “Last week, P2-4 listened to the story “Va-t’en, Grand Monstre Vert!” and then made their own monsters and labelled all the colours in French.” So, having practised our French colours, we can now practise our French body parts.

 Our next offering is from P3D – Mr Duarte’s Primary 3 class. As part of their written work, the class had to design ‘Wanted’ posters for a number of villainous pirates, even a villainous female pirate and if you look carefully, you will see someone’s terrific art work in making a stunning wanted poster for Jack Sparrow. I do love a bit of Johnny Depp!

Primary 3C – Miss Cody’s class are our next contributors. They read the story called The Magic Paintbrush and created their very own boats. Have a look at them.

Miss Coyle, Miss Howarth and Primary 1C have sent me their work from the week. Again, I’ll start with the viseo of a young lady who has been practising her Makaton.

We have a wonderful slideshow of all hte other work that Primary 1C have carried out during the course of the week.

The class have produced an Animal Diary. For maths they have carried out some work on Patterns. They then looked at the Nature Rainbow Search, tackled Tricky Words and finally they enjoyed Fruity Friday.

Science and mathematics were the order of the day in Miss Moreton’s P3F class.

P3F had fun being Scientists this week. They set up their own experiments to see how many coins it would take to sink a paper boat. First they had to guess how many they thought would sink it, and then they would test to see how close they got to their guess. Some P3s also looks around the house for what other objects they could test to sink or float.

Mrs Arqued’s, Primary 1A sent me a lovely item. Daniel made a lovely keepsake with his mum. Something that will remind them of the time they spent together on school work during lockdown.















Another young gentleman sent his greetings to the teachers, staff and friends he misses from outside the school.














Our penultimate offering is from Primary 5M – Miss Miller’s class.

The message from Miss Miller read, “This week P5M have been finding out about healthy eating and why it is important. We planned a healthy meal and made some colourful posters to encourage other children to eat their fruit and vegetables.”

Finally we finish up for another week with another super story from Calvin who has been working very hard for Mrs Smith. Enjoy the story!


Article 3 – The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.

Article 24 – Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must work to provide good quality health care …..

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education.

Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

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