Riverside News Issue 407 – 08.03.24

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STAR of the Week

Leopard: Lily V

For drawing a story map of her favourite Afrikaans bedtime story during her independent learning time. Lily retold the story in detail using the pictures on her map. Well done Lily!

Zebra: Darcie W

For her perseverance. Darcie has challenged her learning in all area’s of the provision this week and has demonstrated excellent resilience with her number bonds. Well done!

Bear: Alfie G

For fantastic contributions in maths lesons, ordering numbers to 50 and finding one more or one less.

Otter: Rechard C

For writing some fantastic exclamation sentences about the Great Fire of London and for being an enthusiastic learner every day!

Lion: Xavier W

For demonstrating good behaviour and making positive choices throughout the week. Xavier has shown kindess and respect towards his peers and adults. Well done Xavier!

Dolphin: Sophie D

For asking lots of thoughtful questions in our Talk for Reading sessions this week. Sophie has engaged well with the story, “Dear Greenpeace”, and has responded in a mature and sensible way. Well done, Sophie.

Panda: Ronnie M

For demonstrating an excellent attitude towards all areas of his learning this week. Well done Ronnie – we are super proud of you!

Tiger: Aylina M

For achieving an interesting persuasive text about banning school uniform, using a variety of sentence types that she had been taught. Well done Aylina!

Giraffe: Baylee A

For consistently fantastic work in maths – always giving 100% and never giving up. We are so proud of you!

Turtle: Benjamin H

For being able to discuss both sides of a debate in History, clearly articulating the cause and consequence of two different Roman leaders.

Monkey: Rosie C

For a captivating story featuring a kidnapping. Rosie adeptly employed exquisite language and impeccably punctuated her story.

Kangaroo: Mason K

For outstanding effort in mathematics. Mason applied his understanding of perimeter and area to tackle some challenging problems.

Koala: Tyler F

For his great attitude to his school work this week, he has produced some good pieces of work and is showing some good progress in his maths too!



W/E: 01/03/24

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 14%
6 6%
Overall 10%

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
























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

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.

  • Esme M-S
  • Anabelle L
  • Maxwell K
  • Jason Z

Guitar 4000

Congratulations to C in year 2 for his impressive achievement! He has successfully completed the Guitar 4000, one of the different models of the Lego Boost during Mr Sage’s lunchtime Computing club. 

Not only did he construct, he also programmed the Guitar using an iPad, C also demonstrated by orchestrating various sounds at different tones with just the flick of the sticks.

Furthermore, he shared his creation, allowing other children in the club, the opportunity to experience the joy of playing the guitar. Well done C!

Response from LEGO

Mr Sage contacted LEGO® Group to let us know you’ve been building with one of our LEGO BOOST sets. He said you’ve been busy building both Vernie the Robot and the Guitar 4000.

Those are both really impressive builds and I hope you enjoyed building and coding with them. It really shows amazing talent – you never know if you keep it up, you might have what it takes to be a LEGO designer one day. 😉

It’s always awesome to hear about the super talent builders across the world!


See videos below

Lost Toy

Please see below picture of a toy that was dropped yesterday (Thurs 7th March), outside Dolphin class and Breakfast/Twilight room. If this toy belongs to you, please collect from the main office in Blue building.

Thank you

Team Points

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

This weeks team points were counted by Parks (Green) team captains.

Coding Skills

We are excited and proud to announce that Riverside Primary School has been honoured with the prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Coding Skills from the European Commission for our work during 2023!

This esteemed recognition is a testament to the dedication, creativity, and innovative spirit of our students, teachers, and staff. Through hands-on coding projects, problem-solving challenges, and collaborative learning experiences, our school community has demonstrated exceptional skill and mastery in the field of coding.

At Riverside Primary, we believe in empowering our students with the essential skills needed to thrive in the digital age, and this award serves as a testament to our commitment to excellence in technology education.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the students, educators, and parents whose hard work and support have contributed to this remarkable achievement.

Let’s continue to inspire and ignite curiosity in the world of coding as we celebrate this remarkable milestone together. Congratulations to the entire Riverside Primary School community on this well-deserved honour!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates and future coding adventures at Riverside Primary School!

Reading Awards

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


  • Leo M

Year 1/2

  • Oliver P
  • Oliver W
  • Jayden S
  • Reggie B

Year 3/4

  • Joshua C
  • Teddy P
  • Louis W

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


  • Willow A

Year 1/2

  • Ellie-Rose A
  • Ethan F
  • Ethan K
  • Saketh C
  • Freddie H
  • Lois B
  • Noah G

Year 3/4

  • Austin A
  • Summer G
  • Jessica M
  • Melissa M
  • Sophie H
  • Charlie P
  • Andrew O
  • Aiden P

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

Year 5/6

  • Scarlett R

World Book Day Songwriting Competition

Be inspired by MC Grammar!

Write your own song/rap about your favourite book, character, book experiences or just write about the joy of reading!

  • Team point rewards for all entries.
  • Prizes for outstanding songs/raps.

Closing date: Friday 15th March (next Friday)

Entries need to be given to class teachers who will then send on to Mrs Watts.


At Riverside, we love celebrating our pupils’ achievements, both inside and outside of school. If your child has accomplished something beyond the classroom, we want to hear about it!

Please email admin@riversideprimary.co.uk with a brief description along with any photos of their achievement. We’ll be thrilled to showcase their success in our weekly newsletters.


ComputerXplorers Easter Holiday Clubs

ComputerXplorers Easter holiday clubs are coming to Essex. Booking for our Easter holiday clubs is open this week! Our holiday clubs are STEM focused and supported by the Department for Education and local authorities. We would like to support the families and their children living in south Essex.

We have FREE spaces available for children receiving free meals. Parents can just use the voucher code received from the school to book these FREE spaces. A hot nutritious meal will be provided to each free space every day. For secondary school children, we can request a voucher code for them. Spaces are very limited! In addition, we plan to launch Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food training programme this year, which is funded by Essex county council.

Please see below the booking links of our Easter holiday clubs:

EASTER FUN TECH HOLIDAY CLUB (HOCKLEY) – Venue: Greensward Academy  

EASTER FUN TECH HOLIDAY CLUB (SOUTHEND) – Venue: King’s Road United Reformed Church

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.

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

World Book 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.

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.

External Events


Dates not shown on previous issues are added in RED!

Spring 2 2024

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

08/05/24 — Year 2 Postal Museum Trip

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

Summer 2 2024

03/05/24 — Children return to school

04/06/24 — PTA Father’s Day Sale

05/06/24 — Class Photographs

10/06/24 — Andy Turner (Olympian) meeting KS2

12/06/24 — EYFS new parents meeting @ 5pm

13/06/24 — EYFS trip to Thorndon Country Park

15/06/24 — PTA Summer fete

18/06/24 — Year 6 leave for Mersea Island

21/06/24 — Year 6 return from Mersea Island

27/06/24 — Sweyne Park Year 7 (current Year 6’s) Parent Induction Meeting @ 7pm

28/06/24 — Sweyne Park Year 7 (current Year 6’s) Induction Day @ 8.45am

28/06/24 — Jump Up Day

28/06/24 — New EYFS Stay & Play Session 1

01/07/24 — Year 3 to Skreens (1st Class Leave)

02/07/24 — Year 3 to Skreens (1st Class Return, 2nd class leaves)

03/07/24 — Year 3 to Skreens (2nd Class Return)

08/07/24 — Year 6 Performance to school

09/07/24 — Year 6 Performance to parents (more information will be sent nearer the time)

10/07/24 — Sports Day

11/07/24 — PTA: EYFS & KS1 Summer Disco – PM

12/07/24 — All clubs end by today

12/07/24 — New EYFS Stay & Play Session 2

12/07/24 — PTA KS2 Summer Disco

17/07/24 — Sports Day (Reserve)

18/07/24 — PTA: Year 6 Leavers Party

19/07/24 — EYFS Parent Drop-in

23/07/24 — Year 6 Graduation (more information will be sent nearer the time)

23/07/24 — Children break up for the Summer