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STAR Battle Bots at Riverside

STAR pupils gathered at Riverside, where they designed, build and then battled remote control K'Nex Battle Bots!

Matilda 2016

What a wonderful couple of shows we had!

Below are just a few pictures of our cast:

The P Factor!

You've heard of The X Factor? Well how about The P Factor? Pupils at Riverside School, Tadcaster were set the task of learning a poem off by heart and then performing for their own class (poetry learning and recital are part of the new national curriculum).
Winners from each class then performed in the Grand Final for the whole school and the judges. Entries were varied with poems from Wordsworth to some cheeky self-composed limericks.

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Pictured here are the winners, Daisy and Evie-Rose with their prizes. The competition was such a success that next year it is planned to become an inter-schools event.
Headteacher, Ian Yapp, said ‘as ever, I am delighted by the response in our school community – so many pupils and families joined in this challenge. I had great fun being involved in the judging, delighting in how much effort and energy our pupils gave to reciting their poems.’


Robot Wars Come To STAR Schools 

Let battle commence! - local schools in Sherburn and Tadcaster recently experienced a robotic showdown when students  put their engineering skills to the test to compete in a motorised K’nex robots war!
The project is the brainchild of the STAR Learning Alliance (Sherburn, Tadcaster And Rural schools working together) where neighbouring schools combine to share skills, best practice and organise events.
This latest initiative follows similar rules to K’Bots – robot vehicles made using K’Nex kits and materials.
Pairs of students from schools across the region gathered at Riverside Primary School, Tadcaster, for the day, practising their creative and engineering skills before refining their designs ready for the afternoon ‘battles.’
Just over 30 9-11 year old pupils from the various primary schools took part  with some of local secondary students, from Tadcaster Grammar and Sherburn High acting as facilitators.
The sessions were run by Ian Botwright, a former teacher at Riverside and keen robot warrior, who now owns a not-for-profit educational computing company, ‘Conker IT’, delivering such projects as well as professional development for teachers.

World War One Week

Pupils at Riverside School in Tadcaster have been marking the centenary of the start of World War One, with the support of several local community members, to create some exciting and poignant topic work.
The school worked on a ‘whole school theme’ involving a wide range of practical work.
The youngest children in school visited the War Memorial in Tadcaster, researched stories from the war, looked in detail at how messages were carried and even created their own memorials. Many of them also made models of World War 1 aircraft.
Older pupils created a trench in the hall, studied some of the battles and many of the pupils managed to research the history of great grandparents from the time. Year 5 had a ‘day from the time’ where pupils dressed the part and spent a day at school as they would have done in 1914, including boys and girls in separate classes.
Local folk helped out with many and various artefacts which were shared including photographs and letters from the front. Students from the Grammar School came down to Riverside on Thursday (the day after their drama GCSE practical) to lead some drama workshops and Jon Binstead, of History Alive helped work with pupils in various classes and helped create the trench.
The exciting and dramatic week culminated with a ‘museum’ display in the hall to which the whole school community were invited. All of the work from the week was shared, with pupils performing brass fanfares and singing songs from the time.
Ian Yapp, headteacher at Riverside, said ‘this week has been a great success. The pupils have learned so much, this week has brought true significance to Remembrance for even our very youngest pupils. The community has joined together so well including the turnout and enthusiasm for our museum. I cannot thank everybody enough.’
Around the hall, amongst the other exhibits, were more than 400 poppies created by the pupils, each representing 8000 British soldiers who lost their lives during the conflict.

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