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Pakistan Day

Riversdale held a Pakistan Day on 19th October 2010. All the different classes took part in activities about Pakistan.

Year 6 took part in experiencing how people felt in Pakistan and India when India was partitioned and Pakistan was created in 1947. They also did an activity where they picked traditional Asian sweets and then wrote an advert for it.

Lots of people, both children and staff, had a henna pattern painted on their hands, (for a 20p donation towards the flood relief fund) and everyone could wear Pakistani clothes or wear green and white if they wanted!
ReportedĀ  by Shoaib – year 6


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Exploring artifacts – from the Second World War

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Wandsworth Museum came into school to tell us about all the different things that happened in WW2. They asked us what we knew first. On the board they drew a mind map and we told them all the different things that we already knew.

There were lots of big boxes that they had brought, full of artifacts, (things that were from a long time ago). The first one we were shown looked like a mushroom. We asked lots of different questions to find out what it was – it was a darning mushroom! (Something that helps you to darn things like socks.)

After splitting into four groups we were given a box or bag that had different artifacts inside it. We then had to discover who the things belonged to, and why they had them. We were like detectives! There was lots of many different kinds of evidence to help us.

At the end we had to tell the rest of the class who our mystery person was, and present and talk about our evidence to the class. It was great fun, and we got to dress up as our character!

Reported by: Nicholas Boyd

Find more about the wonderful Wandsworth Museum here:

If you could have chosen who to be in the Second World War, who would you be, and why?


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WW2 air raid practise

Hiya everyone – and welcome to our year 6 blog. This is our first media Smilebox this school year! Leave a comment below and tell us how it felt to take part in our World War 2 air raid experience….. šŸ™‚

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Riversdale Car Wash – buckets at the ready!

Time to get wet!

Students in year 6 were well prepared with their buckets and lovely new sponges. Gathered in the car park at school, they cleaned and splashed and had a great deal of fun cleaning the cars of all the staff.

It was all in aid of a fund-raising event, to help get enough money together to pay for an upgrade on our Radiowaves account. We started out with a free account that gave 60mb of space, but we soon ran out of that! Check out our channel on Radiowaves to see what we get up to over there…..

Some of us had never washed a car before, and were amazed at how filthy they could get!  One of us even became the ‘bird pooh’ expert, and was called over to do a bit of specialist cleaning whenever a large splodge of the feathered waste variety appeared…

Wendy, Miranda and Linda took plenty of photos of the event – Amy was involved in the endless filling of water buckets and was the general commander-in-action.  Wendy keeps talking about a film she will be making of the afternoon (once again, she took loads of footage), but for now, please enjoy the lovely Smilebox…..

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: At the Car Wash!


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Meeting the Mayor of Wandsworth

As you might know, Riversdale took part in the elections last week. We held our own Riversdale elections! Click here to read about it and watch the video of the events that took place. The mayor of Wandsworth heard about what we had been doing, and invited us to the Town Hall to meet her. Here is theĀ  Smilebox of our visit…..

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Riversdale Revels in Electrifying Election

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Normally school age children find the election of a new prime minister a boring process. Their television programmes are taken from the schedule and instead are replaced with dry political debate. However, at Riversdale Primary School every child is eagerly participating in the election process.
Each child wrote their own manifesto as to what their policies would be if they were elected Prime Minister.  These ranged from Felicity in Year one stating that she would make sure that everybody who had to go to hospital would have someone to hold their hand, to Cate in year 6 who would personally fill in every pothole in the country.
Children elected an MP for every class and then the hustings were held.  Each MP and their team have produced banners, posters, badges and flyers. Every child will visit the ballot box on Thursday May 6th and cast their vote!
Will it be – the Happy Party, the Sports Party, the Ginger Party, the Riverservatives, the SuperHero Party, the Magic Party.  We wait with debated breath!

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