Riverside News Issue 408 – 15.03.24

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STAR of the Week

Leopard: Joseph J

For being a Risky Risk Taker with his learning this week! Joseph rose to the challenge of making 2d shape outlines using the threading boards and completed several challenges in his Challenge Passport. Super learning Joseph!

Zebra: Pugazhiniyyan R

For his positive attitude towards learning and playing. What a fantastic week you have had! Well done, we are all very proud of you.

Bear: Saketh C

For amazing effort and progress with reading and for always reading at home. What a supertsar!

Otter: Albie W

For your engagement in the maths festival and for writing some amazing sentences in our English lessons on The Great Fire of London!

Lion: Lennie D

For always being an extremely helpful and happy member of the class. Well done Lennie!

Dolphin: Jack K

For always showing kindness and patience when on the playground and being a good role model with his peers.

Panda: Theodore W-Y

For excellent effort in his Exciting Writing this week when writing a persuasive letter to ban school uniform. Great work Theo!

Tiger: Saraya B

For always working hard in class and tries her best. Keep it up!

Giraffe: Eleanor E

For an amazing attitude to her learning, always being enthusiastic and putting her all into everything she does. Well done, Eleanor!

Turtle: Sophie H

For being an excellent role model in Turtle Class. She is caring, respectful and an incresibly hard worker. Well done!

Monkey: Isaac P

For excellent work during our music lessons. He always enthusiastically participates in the singing portion of the lesson with great passion and dedication.

Kangaroo: Jack S

For wonderful research about the Ancient Greek’s religious beliefs and how their beliefs impacted their life.

Koala: Oliver T

For producing an amazing piece of descriptive homework, which he has translated into his independent writing this week brilliantly! Well done Oliver!



W/E: 08/03/24

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 7%
3 13%
4 11%
5 9%
6 6%
Overall 9%

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

Half-Term Holiday Camps – Easter

Letters sent this week

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

Riverside vs Edward Francis

The Year 3/4 football team saw out a tricky match on February 26th, playing against a very tough Edward Francis team. Despite many good chances and great forward plays, the team were unlucky to see none of these lead to a goal in Riverside’s favour. After a hard match, Riverside saw out a 2-0 loss, holding their heads high after a very balanced game with no luck on our side. A big well done to the team despite the result.

PTA: Wonky Bars

We hope this newsletter finds you well and full of the joys of spring! This past Thursday, our school was buzzing with excitement as we extended our World Book Day celebrations with a delightful addition – “Wonky Bars”! Our very own Oompa Loompas were on site, offering these scrumptious treats to our eager children.
Not only did they satisfy sweet cravings, but they also helped raise funds for new PE mats! What a delicious way to support our school! In an extra sprinkle of excitement, fifteen lucky children were presented with their very own “Golden Ticket” during our Celebration Assembly on Friday.
The joy on their faces was truly heartwarming! These Golden Ticket winners are in for an extra special treat, and we can’t wait to see the smiles it brings.
As always, we extend our deepest gratitude to the Riverside Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) for orchestrating such wonderful events and creating cherished memories for our students. Your hard work and dedication continue to make our school community vibrant and thriving.
Thank you for your unwavering support!

Team Points

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

This weeks team points were counted by Attenborough team captains.

Overall Points

Reading Awards

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


  • Darcie W

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


  • Caitlyn S
  • Rosie J
  • Amieka C

Year 1/2

  • Amelia S

Year 5/6

  • Woody H-H

Times Tables Challenge - Quiz! - Microsoft AppsTimes Tables

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

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

  • Freya S

Gymnast of the Week

Congratulations to S in year 5 who during her gymnastics class this week, was awarded the Gymnast of the Week certificate. This was for her continued hard work and perseverance in learning new complex skills.

Wakeup Wednesday: Online Safety Tips

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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

Krav Maga

A in year 4 has been training in Krav Maga, a self-defence system from Israel almost 5 years. On Saturday she took her 2nd grading, promoting her to a Y2 level. To achieve this, she has to kick and punch pads, escape from being pinned on the ground and she even had to fight the head instructor!

A did so well, she was recognised as the star of the grading!

Horse Jumping

N in year 6, gained a rosette for achieving a clear round in a ‘learn to jump’ show jumping event during half term. A clear round is the horse jumping over 7 different jumps without knocking the pole off. He showed strength and control and rode his horse, Tom, clear round the course.

11+ 2025 Entry Important Dates

14 May 2024 — GSSE online registration link opens at 9am. Parents can register for the 11+ tests through the CSSE website: www.csse.org.uk or by completing the postal form in the Information Guide.

28 June 2024 — Deadline date for receipt of evidence supporting requests for special arrangements.

28 June 2024 — GSSE Registration closes at 5pm

17 July 2024 — Test centre letters should be received by parents.


21 September 2024 — SATURDAY MAIN 11+ DAY

1 October 2024 — TUESDAY TEST DAY for applicants that have a religious objection to sitting on a Saturday or are ill on the main day.

14 October 2024 — Results will be emailed to all candidates.

31 October 2024 — Published closing date for the receipt of applications to Local Authorities.


Double Header 

Both the boys and the girls played in matches against Rayleigh last week, with tricky match ups for both sides. The boys played in a league match where a win would see them go to the top of the league with two matches remaining. However, a very difficult match provided few chances for the boys to capitalise on. 

Every player on the team fought hard and tried their best, putting in tough challenges, finding tough passes, and trying to get shots off. Despite their best efforts, the boys’ match finished 2-0 to a very good Rayleigh side.

The boys have another chance to go to the top of the league in their next match against Grovewood.

The girls’ match was a game of two halves. In the first half, the girls defended fantastically, and played loads of passes to keep the ball in play and under control, though the strong Rayleigh defence stopped any chances at goal.

In the second half, despite letting goals in, Riverside’s girls had several chances going up the pitch to attack, making great attacking chances. The girls are making fantastic progress and worked incredibly hard together as a team.

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.

Essex Local Offer Roadshows

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

  • 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.

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


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.

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

External Events


Dates not shown on previous issues are added in RED!

Spring 2 2024

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

18-27/03/24 — Year 3/4 Battle of the Bands TTRS Tournament

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

17-23/05/24 — Years 2, 5 & 6 Sumdog East of England Maths Contest

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)

05/07/24 — Year 6 Performance to school

08/07/24 — District Sports

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

12-18/07/24 — Years 2, 5 & 6 Sumdog East of England Maths Contest

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