End of Week 13 of Digital Learning! Welcome to the Holidays!

This week has been quite an emotional week for Team Riverbank! There have been many meetings….all virtual, of course. The pupils and staff are now very adept in using Google Meets and the staff have had to master Microsoft Teams too….not as easy as you’d think! In among all that, some training meets have been via Zoom and Webex! My vocabulary on video conferencing has fairly spiraled out of control! Every day we learn something new….even in lockdown!


Dylan from Mrs Smith’s class created artwork from items found on the seashore as part of Edinburgh Zoo’s ‘Wild About June’ Challenge!

We have reached the end of 15 weeks of lockdown and minus 2

weeks Easter holidays we have reached the end of 13 weeks of digital learning. It seems a long way back that we all abandoned ship …..er… Riverbank School and started working from home. The learning curve for the whole Team was extremely steep but we have made it all the way to summer holidays. I do recall saying that the Easter holidays were the strangest holidays that I’d ever had and it seems that summer may be just a little less strange as Covid19 restrictions are slowly relaxed.

During the course of this week we have had Achievement Awards Assemblies with Google Slides presentations rather than real certificates. These assemblies were carried out as Google Meets and it was lovely to see so many parents and carers dropping in for these events. I would like to thank all the staff who helped make these occasions memorable ones for our young learners.

The Primary 7 Leavers’ Assembly was a lovely affair with Google slides and videos from the brave P7s who summed up Riverbank in one word…or maybe two and also said what they would miss most. Unusual things to be missed were the cook’s chicken and mealie and the water fountain!!!

Miss Hampton and the class teachers said that they were disappointed the leaving process for the P7s was not what we wanted but that she was delighted to see so many people in attendance at the Leavers’ Google Meet. Mrs Ironside wished the P7s well and reassured them that the staff at whichever academy they would be attending were all preparing for the arrival of new S1s and that they would all be made welcome. She assured the pupils that they would all cope well with the change to a new school and she wished them well for their future.

Again, I would like to thank all our parents and carers for the support they have given the children over the last 15 weeks. Things can be very tricky working from home. A reminder that we return to school on the week commencing Monday 10th August and all parents should have received an email with joining instructions for each pupil.

I would like to thank the pupils who have dutifully completed the learning tasks set for them by the teaching staff. It is their efforts which have enabled me to showcase such a great variety of work, on this website, over the last three months.

Finally, a big thank you to all the staff at Riverbank for all their efforts in maintaining contact and learning with the pupils.

I hope everyone at Team Riverbank has a very restful and enjoyable break. Remember to Keep Safe!

And now the final showcase of work for academic session 2019-2020…the strangest one we’ve ever had!

Mr Probart’s P6P

Majka Dzieza shared, with us, the things which make her smile. Aimi provided art work in the style of Piet Mondrian, Patrycja made a home for ‘beasties’ described by Mr Probart as Air B’n’B for Beasties and they even sent virtual flowers to Mrs Gilchrist, their PSA!

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Mrs Smith’s Class were busy carrying out some of Mr Colvin’s Daily Daft Challenges! One of the challenges was to see how many socks you could put on in 30 secs. Personally, I think they were being too tidy!!!

Our next challenge was from Edinburgh Zoo which supplied their ‘Wild About June’ challenge. Not sure if I like this one, though! But our bold hero took on the ‘wild’ challenge and made Nettle Soup!


At this juncture, I would like to take this opportunity to remind folks that I am not allowed, for child protection reasons, to display a photograph or video where the child’s name appears with the image. So, I have received some items like this and, unfortunately, cannot present them. I wouldn’t want any of our pupils thinking they’ve been deliberately left out of the website. Also, videos which are more than 3 minutes long are huge files and make it difficult to display on our website.

Primary 1A – Mrs Arqued’s class sent me a video of a young lady reading a story for her younger sibling. No mean feat for one so young.

Our next contributors are Primary 1C – Miss Coyle’s class, aided and abetted by Ms Howarth.

First we have the multi-talented Ms Howarth showing her Makaton skills in singing along to an old apt favourite – Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard. That will be closely followed by one of our recurring stars of the Riverbank website who does her own take on the Makaton video.

Miss Coyle’s class also carried out a Tower Building Challenge and Miss Howarth sent me this montage of participants and their efforts. I cannot believe how high or tall these buildings were! Fantastic efforts!

Tower Building Challenge in Primary 1C















As frequent browsers of our website will be aware, Primary 1C has contributed many items to the website over the last 13 weeks of digital learning. As a reminder, Ms Howarth has sent me a video of many of the activities which P1C has taken part in.

Finally, before I go on holiday, we have the efforts of P4L – Miss Littler’s class. Miss Littler’s pupils were tasked with an Upcycling Challenge. They were asked to make a piece of jewellery, a necklace in fact, from odds and ends they could find around the house. From the returns, it is clear that we could have some young entrepreneurs in our midst. Well done folks!

























At their final Google Meet, they used a Google Jamboard to make their very own Message Board to send messages to one another and Miss Littler and Mrs Smith, the class PSA, added their messages too. In addition Miss Littler added a reminder photograph of the class pre-lockdown. What a lovely thought.

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I hope everyone has a lovely break but remember to keep safe and, hopefully, we’ll be back IN Riverbank in August once again! Take care everyone!


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.

End of Week 12 of Digital Learning

Here we are again at the end of our 12th week of digital learning. It makes 14 weeks since we were last all in Riverbank.

The staff has, only, recently been given access to the school. This has allowed the removal of personal items and arrangements for pupils for their eventual return.

It’s certainly been a surprising week for us all! The announcement by the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, that schools would be returning in August to full time schooling resulted in many of our plans having to be redrawn. We were also advised that we would be given a further teacher and this has resulted in us being able to realign some of our classes. We are very sorry for any inconvenience that the rearrangement of classes may have caused.

Over the next week our pupils will have the opportunity to attend online Achievement Award Assemblies where Star Awards will be given out….virtually, of course.

Mrs Robb was on hand at the Tillydrone Campus giving out our P7 Leavers’ Hoodies. Something, that for quite a while, we thought might not happen, due to Covid19 and the lockdown. I’m sure our P7s will look smart in their hoodies.

Mrs Ironside has been keeping up a constant stream of information for staff, pupils and parents. This is a really difficult job given how many changes she has had to cope with and how often they have occurred. I wouldn’t have her job for all the tea in China.

As we head towards the holidays next Friday, we will keep you up-to-date with any news about returning to school.

Despite all that’s happened, I have still been able to pull together our usual wide range of items for our weekly showcase. So, let’s get started!

The first contributions come from Mrs Spry’s and Mrs Ng’s P6N. Suzanne, Sophie and Ksawery, carried out some mosaic art.


Our second contributions come from P6P, Mr Probart’s class. Aimi was looking at the famous Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh and Majka was looking at the work of Pablo Picasso. Majka did her art work as a collage and said how difficult it was. I think she’s made a pretty good job of it!

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Our third contributions come from Mr Duarte’s P3D class. The pupils in this class have been working on a mini topic on pirates. Let’s show case their work now!

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Next up we have P5B, Miss Bush’s class who have provided us with a range of items.

We have some lovely art work made from circles. We also have some Rainbow time activity work on what makes a happy house.

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We also have an animal fact file. Animal fact file

Work from a young lady on what makes a happy place for her. My Happy Place

And lastly from P5B we have a lovely review, from one pupil, on the work they have covered in RME.

For our next class, we have Mrs Stephenson’s P4U. They were participating in Art with Rob, who was teaching them how to draw owls. Some of these were pretty good!

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Next we have an array, from P1A, Mrs Arqued’s class, on ‘Thinks That Make Me Happy!’

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The class also carried out work on creating lapbooks. The children were supported by adults, at home, in producing a short book or lapbook on their favourite animal. We have giraffes, butterflies and dogs for a start!

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We also some lovely work on describing animals. Anastasia’s animal adjectives

They have been very busy in P1A because they also designed some posters to help with their tricky words!

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Next we have the work of P3C – Miss Cody’s class. The class have been working on making estimates of how long a tasks might take. They then learned how to use a stopwatch to find out how long it actually took.

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The class were reading the book Winnie Goes Batty and they enjoyed making headdresses for Wilbur…and themselves. They also looked at gathering information and making bar charts.

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And the headdresses!

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Mrs Smith’s pupils have been taking part in Virtual Sports Day. Mr Flanagan recommended the virtual sports day where the pupils carry out a different event each day.

We have a young man taking part in the bottle toss challenge.

The second event involves jumping over a given line from side to side and to try and get as many jumps as you can in 30secs. Here we can see a young man tackling the challenge.

The boys in the class were also carrying out work on 3D shape.

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Miss Moreton’s Primary 3F class have sent their work on newspaper reporting. They were tasked with providing news which wasn’t all doom and gloom but it was about spreading Good News! Their news items were to bring a little hope and happiness to everyone.

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As always Miss Howarth has sent on Miss Coyle’s class work, that of P1C. This week they have designed their own school badge since all school is at home now. They took part in building a strong bridge challenge, Trick Word work, Phonic Sounds work plus a 3D shape challenge.

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We also had one particularly busy young lady who had learned how to sign happy and sad in Makaton and she also composed her own music from the virtual music room.

Finally, our very own Mr Flanagan shared with his class something he saw when he went out for his daily walk. it looks great. Fantastic nature seen on our doorstep.

So here we are again….at the end of another week and we have seen some lovely work from throughout the school.

One week to go and I hope I’ll have some last things to share with you before the holidays!


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.

End of Week 11 of Digital Learning

Another week has flashed past and we now have only two weeks left before we start the summer holidays or should that be non-holidays! Who knows what we will be allowed and not allowed to do as, slowly but surely, we work our way through the various stages of leaving lockdown!

It’s been a truly rushed off our feet week for all staff at Riverbank but especially Mrs Ironside. Lots of new documents have been coming our way giving us instructions, guidelines and advice on everything you could possibly imagine and probably things you would never even think of.

School will definitely look completely different as all soft furnishings, soft toys and rugs are removed from classrooms in order to make everything as hygienic as possible. We don’t want places where viruses can lurk!

In the coming few weeks, we will provide parents and carers with more information about how our pupils will return to school in August. Things have kicked off with our young learners having been told which classes they will be in and arrangements have been made for them to visit a Google Meet with their new class teacher.

For the nursery and new Primary 1 pupils, virtual meetings have been arranged for parents.

We are still waiting to receive certain guidelines and information from ACC and we will share everything as we know what is expected of us and what is happening.

All our pupils’ report cards were sent out last Friday, by email. A number of parents did not provide us with an email address or have changed their email address and so we still have quite a few report cards which we have been unable to deliver. If you haven’t received your child’s report card, then please contact us by email and we will arrange to get the report card to you.

Meanwhile, the pupils have been toiling away in their digital classrooms and I have been provided with another selection of work for us to share with you.

Our first offering this week comes from Miss Bush’s P5B class.

As a spelling task the children were asked to draw a picture of their spelling words. One pupil completed a book review of A Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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In the Arts and Crafts we had a young lady who made a lovely item as a Rainbow Time activity and we saw some pupils try to replicate the famous concentric circles of Wassily Kandinsky.

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Mr Probart’s P6P has offered up a drawing by Patrycja Kolodynska.

This reminded me of the work of LS Lowry!

Our next contributors are two young gentlemen, Charlie Thomson and Yichen Jiang from P4L – Miss Littler’s class. These two chaps were carrying out maths work on 3D shapes. Charlie and Yichen took a different approach to the work with Charlie finding his 3D shapes in the home before photographing his items and adding them to his worksheet. Yichen, on the other hand, found his 3D items online and copied and pasted them into his worksheet. Well done guys!

Our next piece of work is a video. This was sent to me by Mr Flanagan of P2F fame! Remembering that this is a Primary 2 pupil what he did was pretty amazing. Sadly, I cannot name him as I’m not allowed, for security reasons, to have a name and a face together. But we know who he is and I’m not sure if we have a budding scientist, doctor, engineer or inventor on our hands. Mr Flanagan asked the class what they would like to learn about and our young man decided that we should learn about how the heart works, and here he is showing how the heart moves blood from the lower chambers, to the upper chambers and then onto the body! Wow!!!

Primary 3C, Miss Cody’s Class have been busy finding out about China. They spent time finding out where in the world China is and also putting together some interesting facts about China.

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Science, engineering and experiment design were the order of the day for P1A – Mrs Arqued’s class.

P1A were set the challenge of creating a ramp to roll an egg on with the aim of getting the egg to go as far as possible. They were then challenged to see how they could alter the ramp to make the egg go faster and further!

Our first young person went to the forest to carry out her experiment.

Next up, someone who took a different tack!

The class also spent some time looking at minibeasts. They designed and created their own versions of minibeasts. Maybe we need a little more work on how many legs spiders have.

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Mrs Smith’s pupils were also busy looking at shape, although they were concentrating on 2D shape. They have sent me a Google Slides presentation.

Tuesday in Mrs Smith’s room was Taco Tuesday. If anyone was having tacos for lunch they were to send a photograph of their taco. I have a photograph of Mrs Smith’s taco but one pupil went a step further and made up his own ones. They all look mouthwateringly delicious to me!

Mrs Smith’s Taco!

Our next class is Miss Coyle’s Primary 1C class, as always aided and abetted by Miss Howarth their trust EYP. Again, as always they have provided a montage of different activities.

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Mrs Stephenson’s P4U were carrying out work on maps and grid references.

The Primary 7s from Mrs McGregor’s and Mrs Robb’s chipped in with their designs for trainers! I reckon if some of these went into production they would cost a fortune.

The focus in P3F – Miss Moreton’s class was health and wellbeing. Some of the children provided fitness videos whilst others provided sun safety posters/video and healthy menus. I would have liked to have shown all of the videos on the website, unfortunately some of the videos were to big for me to use.

First the exercise videos! We have two very enthusiastic siblings followed by a young man who gives his all and runs out of puff. Talking and demonstrating at the same time doesn’t half take it out of you!

Get your breath back!

The Sun Safety Poster.

Kerin submitted a lovely sun safety poster and to see it click on the link. Kerin’s Sun Safety Poster

Then we have the Healthy Menu options of Ruby and Lexi. Well done ladies.

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Finally, Miss Miller has presented me with the work of P5M. The Primary 5s were concentrating on Healthy Snacks. The pupils were asked to come up with a healthy snack and design the packaging.

Alex gave his design and I’ve included a link so you can view his ideas. Healthy Snack Creation

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So, here we are at the end of the showcase for this week. I hope everyone enjoys browsing through the work of our pupils. I certainly do!

I hope everyone keeps safe and well until we end the next week of digital learning!


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.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

End of Week 9 of Digital Learning

It just seems like a few days ago that I was presenting some of the work which had been carried out during our 8th week of digital learning……. Maybe that’s because it was just a few days ago that I posted that work. I’m pleased to say that I remain connected…digitally….. to Team Riverbank and I’m in a position to share the work from the 9th week of digital classroom.

I think everyone is getting a bit stir crazy and have itchy feet, we want a bit more freedom, but we must keep following the medical advice to keep the level of infection of the Covid 19 virus as low as possible.

Over the last week we have received a great deal of information from both the Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council about what a return to school may look like. Many things need to be discussed and put in place before this can happen. As soon as we have firm details of what is going to happen, we will let you know.

School report cards will be sent, by email, to the parents and carers of our pupils at the end of this coming week. Unfortunately, we don’t have a personal email address for all of our parents and carers. If you know that you have not supplied us with an email address then, please, contact us and supply us with an email address. You can contact us using your child’s email account if you don’t have one. If you have changed your email address then, please, let us know so we can update our records and ensure you receive all relevant information; whether that be about report cards, return to school, school uniform or any of the many information bulletins which we need to send you.

On a similar vein, we have discovered that a number of parents and carers have changed their phone numbers and even address, but have forgotten to let us know. Again, we ask that you ensure that you advise us of any change to your contact details. To stay in touch with Team Riverbank you need to keep us informed!

Now to get down to business….the work of our pupils during Week 9 of Digital Learning!

This week I’m going to start us off on our stroll through the Riverbank Gallery with an item that arrived last weekend. By the time I picked it up I had everything in folders ready to use for Week 8 but I’ll start off Week 9 with the following….

P6N – Mrs Spry and Mrs Ng’s class.

The class had been looking at reading and displaying TIME, so Holly Robertson designed her own game for aiding in the telling of time.

Holly’s Time Game















Our second offering this week comes from P5B – Miss Bush’s Class.

Miss Bush’s class were busy doing book reviews. I have a lovely review on Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I have loaded this with a link, please, click on the link to read the review. Unfortunately, I wasn’t told who wrote the review.

Review of Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Two pupils gave us their reviews by video.  The first is a review of Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Our second review is of Donkey Derby by Lucy Daniels.

The class also carried out work on portrait painting, helping to make lunch and writing instructions. Enjoy the view!

First Course is the Portrait Painting.

The Main Course and Dessert is a Recipe for Tuna Salad and a ‘Here’s One I Made Earlier’ photograph. Yum!

Our next contribution comes from Mr Duarte’s Primary 3D class who have been very busy learning about Fractions. They have looked at finding fractions of shapes as well as fractions of whole numbers.

Next up we have Primary 1C who work with Miss Coyle and, their EYP, Miss Howarth. We can always expect unusual and exciting photographs from P1C. This week they have worked on Construction – making different buildings using the same number of bricks! They carried out a Draw, Make, Show & Tell on their Favourite Food! The extended their practice on Fine Motor Skills. As the weather took a turn for the cooler and windier, the pupils made Kites for a Breezy Day! In hope of a return to the fine warm weather, they also learned How to Make Ice Lollies and dare I say there was a Miss Howarth in there having made her own one. Finally, they showed me some of the lovely messages, pictures and ribbons which have been displayed on the school fence. I hope you enjoy seeing their work.

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Moving on to our next contributors: Primary 4U – Mrs Stephenson’s Class.

During a Google Meet the pupils did some art work and they drew a Gregosaurus. Rob from RADS had a hand in this…I hope poor Greg, one of the RADS coaches is not offended.

Mrs Arqued’s Primary 1 A Class sent me lots of work this week. They have been very hard working.

Christian was busy with Maths practising his Doubling. He used some ladybirds to help him. Another industrious young pupil decided to use some Loose Parts…or maybe loose change to practise revision on the Alphabet!









Next, P1A offered me some lovely posters they’d made. I thought that the theme for the posters was so kind and thoughtful. There mission was to create a poster welcoming the new Primary 1s into Riverbank. They could tell what they had enjoyed as Primary 1s and what the new pupils would love.

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Our busy P1As also carried out work on phonics, where they revisited the ‘S’ sound as well as all their letters of the alphabet. I’m sure you’ll all be amazed at the items that have been used to make the letters and words.

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Miss Moreton’s Primary 3F class are next up. Amelia read a story for a Google Meet and took her time to read all the words carefully. Unfortunately, reading a whole book, even a short one, makes for too big a video to place on the website.

The class also carried out work from CLAN’s Little Lights programme of work. They read the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and then made up their own menus for the lighthouse keeper. I think his wife will be out of a job when he sees what our pupils have put on the menu for him.

We move on, now, to Miss Miller’s Primary 5B.

Some of Miss Miller’s boys were very keen to upstage Joe Wickes and provide their own workout. I received three videos, unfortunately two were too long to upload. It’s maybe just as well we can’t show those two as I was exhausted just watching Oskar and Dominykas. Our third chap worked on his eye hand coordination.

We also have two fabulous stories from P5B. Chloe wrote a story about a mysterious house and Amelia wrote her story about an old tree house which is a magic portal. I wonder where it takes you? Again, I have created a couple of links so that you can read these stories.

Amelia’s Story                               Chloe’s Story

The pupils in P5B also continued with their work on habitats and animal adaptations.

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Finally from Miss Miller’s Class, they were honing their drawing skills and provided us with someone getting ready to draw and what he finished with, a young lady with a love of cars, it would seem and an imaginative super monster. A right good mixture.

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We move along now to Primary 3C – Miss Cody’s Class who have carried out some ‘blended’ work in maths and art and craft! What, you are asking, could that be? Symmetry! The work belongs to Austin, Jacob, Pijus, Marhama, Luke and Vanessa! Well done to them all.

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French is the order of the day,now. Mrs Henderson, as I’m sure you all now know teaches French throughout Riverbank. This week she wanted to let me know that the P1s had worked very well. They read Tout le Couleurs by Alex Sanders and sang Arc-en-Ciel by Alain Le Lait. These items are about rainbows and she sent me three lovely rainbows inspired by their French work.

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We are back to Primary 2 for the work of Mr Flanagan’s P2F Class.

They were inspired, this week, by the flight of the American astronauts to the International Space Station in the Space X Dragon. They made drawings and wrote stories about what it would be like to view Planet Earth differently.

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Mr Probart’s Primary 6P class passed on the work of Scott Ward who was doing some tricky maths.

We’re back to Primary 1 with Mrs Lade’s Class. They too had been inspired by science and space. We were lucky to receive work from Milana, Rio, Reuben and Lucas. They looked at the shape and colours of the Earth and talked about why the Earth is those colours and then they used that as inspiration for their art work.

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Second from last we have an excellent story from Klaudia in P7M – Mrs McGregor’s and Mrs Robb’s class. It’s called Trapped in a Cave and, once again, I have included a link so that you can read this story comfortably.

Trapped in a Cave by Kaludia P7M

Finally, last but not least: Mrs Smith’s Link Room pupils were also hardworking.

The boys provided us with origami and stone painting. One chap gave us a video of his origami work and of him making pancakes. I love pancakes and I didn’t receive any. Boo Hoo!

Making Pancakes! Mary Berry eat your heart out!

Just in finishing off a few little snippets of gossip.

Our Active Schools Assistant, Keiron Scoular has been very busy. He has made a number of videos which our pupils can use to help keep fit. Thanks to Keiron for doing that for us.

I would like to thank our PSAs who have been very busy doing their digital learning…online training…and also for their continuing support of the teaching staff and pupils especially during Google Meets!

Once again, all of us in the Google Classrooms would like to thank all parent, carers, relatives and friends who are supporting our young learners during this trying time!


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.

End of Week 8 of Digital Learning

Yes, yes, I know, I know…..it’s way past the end of week 8 of digital learning, however I have had digital connectivity problems since Saturday morning and have only just managed to get back online. I already have lots of material for this weekend’s up date but to be fair to our hardworking pupils, teachers and support staff, I’ll try and remember what we have from last week.

Mrs Ironside has been doing her best to keep everyone up-to-date with what we know about schools returning. Things will be very different to what we were used to before the lockdown. We don’t have a final picture of what will happen, yet; things are being updated and changing all the time. Keep your eye out for information from our head teacher as she will pass things on as we receive them.

Once again, I have a great variety of different pieces of work to share with you.

Mr Duarte’s Primary 3D Class

Mr Duarte’s class were carrying out topic work on endangered animals. I have some great work to show you. I can show some work as images but other pieces of work were rather large and need to be uploaded as files. Just click on the links if you need to.

Mr Duarte’s class also gave us some literacy work, too. These pieces of work were photographed and sent back to Mr Duarte.

Next we have the Fact Files on Endangered Animals.

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Marcel and Emil carried out some splendid work on the Polar Bear and the Narwhal respectively. I have sent their work up as files. Please click on the links to see their work.


Marcel’s Fact File on the Polar Bear


Emil’s Fact File on the Narwhal


Primary 1A – Mrs Arqued’s Class

Primary 1A were responding to the fact that it was Mental Health Awareness Week. They spent time on breathing exercises and balance movements. They had help from Mrs Arqued and a poster of Indian yoga positions. The children made a good job of replicating these poses and practising controlling their breathing.

Yoga & Breathing

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Mrs Arqued’s pupils also studied Plants & Living Things alongside seasons in their science project.

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The last task for sharing with us is a writing task.The pupils were asked to think about sign posts or signage. The children were asked to design their own signage for their homes. This could indicate specific rooms like kitchen and bathroom as well as their own room! You will see that lots of different media were used to make the signs.Ou

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Our third contribution this week is from Primary 6P – Mr Probart’s Class. Again, Mr Probart’s class offered art work, a written piece of work and cakes!

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Majka D also took some photographs for the photography topic. I have converted her photographs into a Google Slides presentation.

Our next class up is Primary 2F – Mr Flanagan’s Class.

First we have a video from a young lady who is looking to snatch Mr Flanagan’s job from him, as she explains about Number Fact Families.

The pupils also worked hard with pasta and other household items to help with their number facts.

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For our next show case, we have Miss Cody’s Primary 3C Class

STORYWRITING: Primary 3C pupils were busy writing stories about aliens. They even took time to think about the adjectives they might use to describe the aliens. So, in no special order, my thanks to Artjoms, Carter and Pijus for submitting their work.

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Miss Cody’s pupils were also looking at energy and they spent some time looking at the energy from wind. This young chap showed the windmill he made…I think he may need stronger wind, though!

Miss Littler’s Primary 4L provided us with a selection of their work.

Symmetry: The class had an attempt at blending maths and art by put some symmetry into art. These are pretty good efforts done free hand. well done to Abigail and Klaudia.

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Miss Littler’s pupils were busy using the Little Lights Project Pack to make Worry Monsters last week. This week they were looking at lighthouses. They used a ‘How to Draw’ video to create their lighthouse drawings. I think they look great!

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It just so happens that our next class is our other Primary 4 class….Primary 4U – Mrs Stephenson’s Class

Mrs Stephenson’s class had a go at the Worry Monsters which eat up your worries.

Matthew sent us some photographs showing us how he made his Worry Monster. He didn’t let me into the secret of what he used to make his Monster but I think it may have been some socks…I wonder if he gave his Monster a name?

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I also received some other Worry Monsters. Franek made the ‘orange’ monster, Daria’s Monster is green and Declan’s is blue.

I think they’ve done really well and I hope that I can have their monsters eat some of my worries.

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I’m dipping down to the younger end of the school, now, to show you the work of Primary 1L – Mrs Lade’s Class.

This week they have stunned me with the wonderful DREAMCATCHERS they made. Just have a look at them!

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Mrs Smith’s Class tried out some really novel art work. Very good for fine motor control.

The boys in Mrs Smith’s class took some paper towels and using coloured pens, they filled the imprinted pattern on the paper towel. These are the efforts, in no special order, of Dylan, Leland and Calvin.

Paper Towel Art

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Calvin was particularly hardworking as he, also, had a go at designing a Riverbank tartan. The instruction was that it had to include the colours on the Riverbank School badge. I think he made a really good job of this and it looks quite Scottish too! I think he met the colours rule.

I have included a school badge for you to compare.

Calvin’s Riverbank Tartan.










Our next showcase is offered by Primary 1C – Miss Coyle’s Class…aided and abetted, as always, by Miss Howarth.

Our young pupils in Primary 1C have been learning Makaton which is a sign language. They enjoyed sharing it with us. I will intersperse the videos with the other items in this showcase of P1C’s work.

Weather Diary – It is what it says it is. The class kept a weather diary; studying the different weather on different days. Some people have strange way of recording the weather….cookies!

Weather Diaries

Our First Makaton Learner

Floating & Sinking: The class carried out some science work looking at floating and sinking. Trying to guess what will float and what will sink can be tricky!














Our next offering from P1C is maths and work carried out on Odd and Even!














Next we have our second Makaton student.

Next we have some more work on science. The children made ice ornaments. They found out about freezing water and also adding things to the water before freezing it.

The States of Water – Freezing!

Some of these are beautiful and look like paperweights!












Some more maths, now. The children were looking at symmetry. Some lovely work carried out in this work, too! It’s amazing to find that some letters are symmetrical…can you believe it?














Now, our third and final Makaton video.

Finaly from Primary 1C we have a lovely piece of work where the children tell us what they have missed most during the lockdown.

We Miss our Friends!

We miss our friends.














Mrs Henderson teaches French throughout the school and has sent me the work carried out on Body Parts.

French Body Parts in P1

The following Google Slides presentation shows work from across the classes.

Primaries 4 – 7 were asked to find out about interesting buildings or monuments in French speaking countries. They were asked to present it back to their peers and teacher.

Sophie P6P

Kata P6N

Emily P7E

Amelia P5M

Sandra from P7M submitted her research as a file. Click on the link below to see her work.

Sandra P7M

Beth from P5B submitted her research as a short video.

Franek and Abigail from P4 sent drawings.

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Finally, Mrs Campbell who teaches RME throughout the school, was impressed by the work of her Primary 1 pupils who were very imaginative in using a variety of media to make Joseph a brand new coat of many colours! She also looked at Wesak Lanterns which are used in the Buddhist religion.

Coats of Many Colours even in Lego!!!!

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Once again, I’m sorry we’re late with last week’s update but that was due to technical difficulties. I will start again tomorrow on Week 9’s work.

Team Riverbank hope everyone is keeping safe and well and a special thank you to all our parents and carers for supporting our pupils during this digital learning time. We know it can be difficult.


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.


Information for New P1 Parents

Below is a letter with some information for the parents of the P1 children we will welcome to Riverbank after the summer holidays.  We are also keen to find out what you would like your child to participate in before the summer, if t were possible.  Please complete this short questionnaire to let us know.


Letter to P1 parents re transition

A Fantastic Cheer You Up Video Starring Riverbank’s EYPs and PSAs!

Our support staff are exactly that…SUPPORTIVE. Team Riverbank wouldn’t be Team Riverbank without them and during lockdown, they have been working away quietly and sometimes quite noisily in the background. I had a lie in this morning, reading a book, showered and came down to the living room where my phone had been on silent mode. I followed my daily routine and had a quick check to see what the latest news and gossip was! I was somewhat perturbed to see that the SMT links were very busy. I thought something had happened and buzzed in to see what.

This is what met me and it made my day. It was a real cheer you up, brighten your day experience and I hope it has the same positive effect on all of the Riverbank Community.

Thanks to our PSAs and EYPs for sending us this and I think a special thank you to Miss Coleman, one of our EYPs, for putting it together. I think it was her but if I’ve got that wrong just let me be corrected!

I hope all of the Riverbank Community ENJOY!


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


End of Week 7 of Digital Learning

We have, now, reached the end of the 7th week of digital learning and the 9th of lockdown. Some pupils are still engaging fully in their virtual classrooms, others not quite so well. We would ask all parents and carers to encourage their children to login to the Google Classroom Stream on a daily basis, Monday to Friday. It would be very helpful if the pupils, once they’d logged in to do some work, too. We don’t wish to pressurise our pupils or their parents or carers but I have to say that it would help keep the work they had completed, in school, fresh if they attempted some or all of the tasks which the Team Riverbank teachers are placing in the Google Classrooms for our pupils

A lovely drawing of Riverbank School by a friend of Mrs Arqued.


Once again, over the course of the week I am amazed at work which the children are handing in. From maths to literacy, French and RME and lots of art work. I am ashamed to say that I didn’t realise how many talented artists we had a Riverbank until I saw and continue see, on a daily basis, the work being carried out by our pupils.

I am also, continually impressed by the resources which our parents and carers come up with the support the learning of our pupils. Whether the family fruit and vegetable supply is pilfered for Carroll Diagrams or Lego ends up being used to support counting.

We also have a number of budding film makers and this can be seen by the number of videos which have been made to demonstrate the learning activities of the pupils.

This week we’ll start our showcase with the work of Mr Probart’s P6P class.


Mrs Campbell, who teaches RME to P6P sent this report to me: “This week for RME P6P listened to the Buddhist story Siddhartha and the Injured Swan. They then had to follow instructions and draw their own swan. They did a fantastic job! Here are Aimi and Maja’s drawings.” I have placed these in the slideshow along with….

Tower Building Challenge

Throughout the lockdown, Mr Probart’s class has been involved in a tower building challenge. This weeks’ entrant managed to find some bricks and I think everyone else will be hard-pushed to beat her tower. But…we ‘ll wait and see.

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Another task set by Mr Probart this week was to write poetry about colour. I have included two of the finished poems.

As you can see, Majka D’s poem is very colourful. Aimi has given us two poems. Aimi’s poems are in the form of pdf file. Please click on the link to open, read and enjoy it.

Aimi’s Colourful Poem




Next up this week we have a great display of work from Mrs Arqued’s class – P1A, Thehave been concentrating on:

Maths & Number Bonds

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Mrs Arqued’s class also looked at:

Spiders and their Webs

We are learning about spiders and have found some cool facts about them. There are two photos; one shows Markuss making his spider web with his mum and the other shows Aiden with the web he made in his kitchen with pretend spiders and yarn.

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Our next offering is from Mr Flanagan’s class – P2F. I am led to believe that a young chap from Edinburgh was missing the normality of being at school and so he persuaded his teacher to have a Meet where everyone wore school uniform. Mr Flanagan’s class decided they would like to do the same. So here we have a still shot from Mr Flanagan’s Google meet from Friday afternoon with pupils in school uniform. It made me quite emotional to see pupils in school uniform, again  and very surprised to see Mr Flanagan in charge of the Show and Tell Meet wearing a suit!!! Great Stuff everyone!

School Uniform Day in P2F!!!!

Still got a way to go.

Mrs Smith’s Link Room pupils offered up some of the work they’d been doing.

Calvin completed a fact file on Scottish Beavers.

Leland Robertson showed us his before and after magic pictures. 

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Calvin wrote a story about a Green Dog!

There were lots of good things to see in the P3C – Miss Cody’s Stream.

Below are links to some work that was carried out by Adnan, Hamza, Rileigh and Artjoms. Please click on the links to see the great job that they did.

Marhama Adnan – Homophones                          Hamza Shahid – Homophones

Rileigh’s Multiplying by 5                                      Artjoms Agajevs – Multiplying by 5

We also had some art work from P3C’s IDL topic.

Miss Littler’s Primary 4L

The next item is a Google Slides presentation on Worry Munchers. Riverbank had made an application to take part in CLAN’s (CLAN is the local support organisation for people suffering from cancer and their families.) Little Lights Project. The idea was that their Lights projects would see a trail of decorated lighthouses appear round the North of Scotland (a bit like the dolphins and Oor Wullies trails) Little Lights was to be the project with Little Lighthouses for schools. The project which was to have run in the summer has been postponed until next year. As part of the project CLAN provided an educational kit and Miss Littler took the Worry Munchers from there. The whole idea is that we design a monster that will munch away our worries.

Our next show case is of the work of Primary 1C – Miss Coyle’s class with lots of input from their EYP – Miss Howarth. I haven’t tried to break this up into categories as they have provided me with a wealth of work. I’ve made one big slideshow. I hope you enjoy it.

Primary 1C

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The shopping idea came from Mrs Gregoriou’s class.

Primary 2G – The Shopping Trolley

Yuchen has got some interesting items in his shopping trolley.

Next up we have Primary 7M

Mrs Henderson was very impressed with this French Weather Forecast by Karolina.

Miss Miller’s Class

Miss Miler’s P5M has been very busy. We’ll start off with a link to a smashing story by Chloe McKendrick.

Chloe McKendrick Imaginative Story

Further stories:

In IDL the class were looking at the characteristics of things and also life cycles.

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Next up we have Primary 3F and with Mrs Farquharson now on maternity leave we have Miss Moreton in charge.

Miss Moreton  – P3F

The class wrote stories about superheroes. The first two I have had to upload as pdf files. remember to click on the links to read the stories.

Amelia – Superhero Story                                              Kai Superhero Story

Next up we have Mrs Lade’s Primary 1L.

Primary 1L – Time

The slideshow shows a number of our P1L pupils practising telling the time at home!

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Mrs Stephenson’s class offered their work

Primary 4U

The star of the show here was Franciszek Kryszek who participated in Look Draw Imagine and also completed some good lighthouse work, too!

Franciszek’s Written Work

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Next up we have Mrs Spry and Mrs Ng’s Class.

Primary 6N

The class were doing work on the water cycle. Fiona made a good explanation of the various stages of the watercyle.

Fiona Henderson – Water Cycle Experiment-Results

Fiona’s experiment taking place in her home.








Second last on our showcase this week is Mr Duarte’s class. The were looking at using the natural world to making their feelings be told through their art work.

Primary 3D – Mr Duarte’s Class

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The final presentation is from Miss Bush’s P5B.

Primary 5B included maths – tiling, animal facts, tables and positive thoughts and a lovely list of goals from one pupil.

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Gary’s Goals!

Video Corner

One of our P5B Pupils show how he learns his multiplication tables.

So, that’s it for another week! Well done to everyone for yet another week of digital learning. Let’s stick at it a t Team Riverbank and continue to produce some really startling stuff!

Until next week….Keep safe and well!


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.