Riverside News Issue 406 – 01.03.24

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STAR of the Week

Leopard: Aria G

For being a super mathematician during our carpet time sessions. You are thinking carefully before answering questions and can explain how you know an annswer is correct. Well done Superstar!

Zebra: Emilie B

For her excellent maths! Emilie did amazing work with identifying doubles and recreating a double of her own. Emilie also wrote her doubles out into number sentences, superstar! 

Bear: Meila M

For excellent effort in maths this week, partitioning tens and ones using base ten equipment. 

Otter: Alexander O

For being a super listener in class and for trying your best in all your lessons! Keep up the good work!

Lion: Reggie R

For being a fantastic role model to his peers all of the time. Well done Reggie!

Dolphin: Harriett T

For building her confidence since starting at Riverside and for always trying her hardest. Well done Hattie, keep it up.

Panda: Henry T

For demonstrating excellent knowledge in science when investigating how shadows are formed from light, he used the correct scientific vocabulary, confidently and accurately. Great job Henry! 

Tiger: Evie F

For striving to do her best in her Math’s work on Non unit fractions; successfully completing the orange task. Fantastic effort Evie!

Giraffe: Aathavan S

For always giving his best, producing work of a high standard, being polite and courteous and being an excellent role model. 

Turtle: Mark K

For being a good leader when it came to constructing a Roman building during our visit at Colchester Castle. 

Monkey: Esther A-B

For her outstanding creativity and innovation in storyboarding her ideas for a new story.

Kangaroo: George B

For always being polite, hardworking and helpful. You are a role model for the school!

Koala: Blake H

For a great piece of written homework – showing he understood the sentences types, the importance of building up the tension and including the characters thoughts and feelings, which we had been working on in class. 

Penguin Pod: Scarlett W

For her amazing pencil control and tracing over her whole name. Well done superstar! 



W/E: 16/02/24

Overall Attendance

Persistent Absences

If your child takes too much time off school they will become categorised as PA or persistently absent.  Missing school will make your child fall behind in lessons and will impact on their academic progress and achievement.  Below is the percentage of children per year group who currently fall into this category.  If you are worried about your child’s school attendance, please do not hesitate to contact the school where we can work with you to improve this.

Year Group % of
Persistent Absences
R 10%
1 8%
2 4%
3 15%
4 11%
5 16%
6 6%
Overall 10%

🏆 Riverside Primary School Excels in Attendance! 🏆

We are thrilled to share some exciting news: Riverside Primary School has been honored with a prestigious award for school attendance by FFT for the Autumn Term 2023!

FFT, a trusted organisation collecting daily attendance data from over 10,000 schools nationwide, recognises our commitment to attendance tracking and monitoring. Through their Attendance Tracker system, schools like ours can compare and monitor attendance weekly.

This recognition is particularly special as awards are only bestowed upon schools ranking in the Top 10% and Top 25% of all FFT schools nationally for the 2023/24 Autumn term.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the entire Riverside Primary School community – our dedicated staff, hard working pupils, and supportive parents and carers. Your collective efforts have ensured excellent attendance during the autumn term, and this award is a testament to your commitment.

Thank you, once again, for your unwavering dedication to the success of our school. Let’s continue to strive for excellence together!


Below are a list of letters, leaflets and posters uploaded to the website this week.

Leaflets/Posters for Parents

Letters sent this week

Previous letters, leaflets and posters can be found on the school website Parents > Letters to Parents

Curriculum Newsletters

You can find out all about what your child will be learning over the coming weeks. Additionally, it contains some ideas and suggestions for how you could support your child’s learning at home, including: books to read together, ideas for activities, days out and programmes/videos to watch that link in with the theme. We hope you find it useful. 

EYFS       YEAR 1      YEAR 2       YEAR 3       YEAR 4       Year 5/6

KS2 Accelerated Reader: Word Counts

Each week, we will be sharing with you which KS2 class has read the most words. We will find this out by using data from the Accelerated Quizzes. 

Children must score over 70% in their quiz for the book to count towards their class word count. 

Below is this weeks results

Class Name

Total Word count























Year 4: Colchester Castle Trip

Year 4 went time-travelling on Wednesday and went back over 2000 years to learn more about our history topic. The children went and visited Colchester Castle, which is where they were able to explore the national story of Roman and Norman conquest and the Boudiccan revolt.

Both classes were also very lucky to have taken part in two workshops. One was very hands-on as they were asked to construct a large Roman Villa and Iron Age Roundhouse, as well as handling archaeologists finds. The other was a guided story tour in the Roman Temple Vaults which were underneath the castle!

As always, both Turtle and Giraffe classes were very respectful to their surroundings and asked very articulate questions.

Thank you to the parent volunteers who came and helped support the staff throughout the trip.

Times Tables Challenge - Quiz! - Microsoft AppsTimes Tables

Congratulations to the following Year 3/4 children who have earned their;

Bronze award as they can fluently and rapidly recall the 2,5 and 10 times tables.

  • Arnie F
  • Finley T-W
  • Daisy K
  • Oliver R
  • Finley T-W
  • George H

Silver award as they can fluently and rapidly recall the 3, 4, 6 and 11 times tables.

  • Finley J
  • Aathavan S
  • Peyton H-R
  • George S
  • Samuel S


A huge thank you to the following children who have been supporting the middays during lunchtime. They have been most helpful and encouraging others to join in their organised games.

  • Leo M
  • Harley F
  • Teddy C
  • Archie H
  • Finlay O

Reading Awards

Well done to the following children who have received their Bronze award for reading 50 times.


  • Nancy E
  • Lily V
  • Amira D

Year 3/4

  • Oscar W

Well done to the following children who have received their Silver award for reading 100 times.


  • Teddy L
  • Eleanor B
  • Adalyn T
  • Aria G

Year 1/2

  • Oliver S

Year 5/6

  • Taylor H
  • Isabel W
  • Ayla L
  • Leyla L
  • Archie H
  • Bertie D
  • Jayson A
  • Emily G

Well done to the following children who have received their Gold award for reading 200 times.

Year 5/6

  • Lydia H

World Book Day

World Book Day 2024 is fast approaching – Thursday 7th March 2024. On this day, we invite children to dress-up as their favourite book character.

The National Literacy Trust’s theme this year is “Footy and Bookys” encouraging children to dress-up as their favourite football player and read football themed books too.

Your child may choose to wear their football kits, wear a costume of their favourite book character or come in their favourite, comfy clothes to read books in.

No donation is needed for this dress-up day: it is purely to celebrate and enjoy reading.

Best wishes
Mrs Robson
English Coordinator

SEND Coffee Mornings

We will be holding SEND coffee mornings from 9:15-10am on the following dates;

2.5.24 & 4.7.24

Come along for an informal chat regarding any SEND issues, questions or queries with Miss Marshall and Mrs Rice.

Team Points

Congratulations to Green team for earning the most team points this week.

This weeks team points were counted by Rashford (Blue) team captains.

Dinner Menu

We are operating a three week rolling menu. The menus, ingredients and allergen lists can be viewed on our website by clicking here.
School Dinners cost £2.60 per day.

To see more posters swipe your screen.

Childcare Vouchers

Tax free childcare vouchers can be used to pay for Breakfast and Twilight sessions.

Breakfast club cost £6 per session.

Please arrive in between 7.30 – 8.15am. Your child will be walked back to their class by a member of staff when the school day begins.

Included in this cost will be a drink and a breakfast of toast and cereal.

The children can take part in many different activities including board games, laptops, painting etc.

Twilight club cost £7.50 per session.

Twilight Club runs from 3:15pm to 5pm. Your child will be taken to Twilight club by their class teacher at the end of the school day.

Included in this cost children are provided with a drink and healthy snack

The children can take part in many different activities including board games, laptops, film/CBBC/Cbeebies, painting etc.

Bookings must be booked 24 hours in advance via ParentPay.

Twilight Mobile: 07597 007571

Essex Local Offer Roadshows

Here are the dates and locations of the Essex Local Offer Roadshows for the Spring term.

  • Monday 4 March – South Essex –  The Holiday Inn  – Basildon
  • Thursday 7 March – Mid Essex – The Hamptons – Chelmsford
  • Wednesday 13 March – NE Essex – Colchester Football Stadium
  • Tuesday 19 March – West Essex – The Harlow Hotel

This is the link to the Essex Local Offer which will have more details about the roadshows as they become available, including which services will be attending  https://send.essex.gov.uk/i-think-my-child-needs-help/essex-local-offer-roadshows 

The marketplace is going to be run during the morning. There will also be parent/carer workshops which will take place during the morning and afternoon. These are being organised with SENDIASS.  Parents will be able to drop into the marketplace but will need to sign up for the workshops.

EYFS Parent Drop in sessions

The EYFS team would like to invite parents into their classroom on the following dates. These are short sessions where children can show parents their fabulous work on display from that half term.

Spring term
Thurs 28th March 2024

Summer term
Thurs 23rd May 2024
Fri 19th July 2024


Dates not shown on previous issues are added in RED!

Spring 2 2024

07/03/24 — World Book Day

07/03/24 — PTA World Book Day Wonka Bars (after school sale)

07/03/24 — PTA Meeting – 7pm

11/03/24 — Science Week

15-21/03/24 — Years 2, 5 & 6 Sumdog East of England Maths Contest

18/03/24 — Year 2 visitng Hullbridge Free Church

20/03/24 — Year 3 trip to St Thomas Church

22/03/24 — All clubs end today

28/03/24 — EYFS Parent Drop-in

28/03/24 — SEN Coffee Morning

28/03/24 — PTA Egg-citing Easter Event

28/03/24 — Children break up today

Easter Break
Monday 1st April 2024 – Friday 12th April 2024

Summer 1 2024

15/04/24 — Children return to school

15/04/24 — All clubs begin this week

22/04/24 — Year 6 Mersea Island Parent Meeting @ 3.30pm

29/04/24 — Year 4 leave for Kingswood

29/04/24 — Year 3 Skreens Park Parent Meeting @ 3.30pm

01/05/24 — Year 4 return from Kingswood

13-16/05/24 — Year 6 SATS Week

17/05/24 — PTA: National Children’s Day – Non uniform

18/05/24 — PTA: Colour Run

23/05/24 — EYFS Parent Drop-in

24/05/24 — NON-PUPIL DAY

Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2024