Riverside News Issue 412 – 26.04.24

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Year 6 Leavers Hoodies

The deadline to order the Year 6 Leavers Hoodie is Monday 29th April.

Please ensure payment has been made, and the Google Form has been completed by the 29th April. Further details can be found on the letter dated 18th March.

STAR of the Week

Leopard: Amira D

For being such a super member of Leopard class! Amira always makes good choices, is a lovely friend to others and follows our class routines without reminders: she is always ready to learn!
We are very proud of you Amira!

Zebra: Henry H

For showing resilience with his hand writing. Henry is working hard to correctly form his letters and is willing to challenge his fine motor skills with multiple challenges in the provision.
Keep up the super work Henry!

Bear: Freddie H

For always following rules and routines and for joining in during carpet input with increasing confidence. Keep up the amazing work Freddie!

Otter: Olivia J

For writing an incredible description of a bear which included excellent adjectives and a simile and for confidently reading it aloud to your friends in the class. Well done!

Lion: Esmai T

For working extremely hard in maths lessons this week. Esmai completed some brilliant work finding fractions of amounts. Well done Esmai!

Dolphin: Sophey A

For showing a great understanding with fractions in Maths and for working really hard in the lessons to complete challenging questions. Well done Sophey, it is lovely to see your confidence growing in Maths.

Panda: George H

For excellent focus and working hard in all areas of his learning. Great job George! 

Tiger: Teddy P

For write an interesting warning story using a variety of sentence types and punctuation. Teddy always strives to do his best when writing, with excellent results.

Giraffe: Blake C

For being an enthusiastic reader in Guided Reading; reading aloud clearly and answering questions using evidence from the text. Fabulous!

Turtle: Emily C

For her wonderful Geography work. She succeeded in completing her work and a challenge, showing great resilience as it was a very tricky piece of work!

Monkey: Millie B

For excellent work during our modelled write. I can see that you’ve worked really hard to hug that text and include the different elements. Keep it up.

Kangaroo: Gracie J-M

For being incredibly resilient and continuing to work hard on all the SATs revision. You have been in the right place and the right time and have managed to move around UKS2 with agility.

Koala: Isabel W

For working on improving the grammar of her sentences but most importantly I know how hard she has worked on her spellings and this is really beginning to pay off in her work in lessons, keep up the great writing Isabel!



W/E: 19/04/24

Overall Attendance
Year 3: DT Making Biscuits

Today Tiger and Panda class made shortbread biscuits.  First of all we had to measure the butter and sugar and mix it. Next, we added the flour and then we had to roll out the mixture.  We had to remember to put flour on the table before rolling out our mixture or it got stuck.  Afterwards, we cut our mixture and decorated our biscuits.  Finally we sent them to the kitchen to be cooked.  We really enjoyed this activity and we would like to thank our helpers and the ladies in the kitchen.  We are looking forward to eating them.

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 11%
2 13%
3 18%
4 13%
5 19%
6 6%
Overall 13%

Reading Awards

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


  • Darcey B

Year 1/2

  • Darcey B

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


  • Jaxon B
  • Isla M
  • Primrose P

Year 1/2

  • Darcey B

Year 3/4

  • Thomas B
  • Eleanor E
  • Freya S
  • Elliot C
  • Sebastian D
  • Sadev W

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

Year 3/4

  • Abigail S
  • Sophie H

Year 5/6

  • Louie H


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

Year 2 SATS Information

This week we held a meeting for Year 2 parents to attend regarding the KS1 SATs. This involved discussing the layout of the test papers, further information about the tests, useful dates and ways to help at home. Please find attached the slides that were used to support this meeting as well as a document containing further parent guidance.

If you have any questions regarding the SATs, please feel free to contact me or your child’s class teacher via the class email address.

Kindest regards,

Miss Smith

Year 2 SATS Presentation

Information for parents: national curriculum tests at the end of key stage 1 from 2024

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























Motocross Achievement

O is now competing in his second year of motocross. In round 2 of his last motocross race (7/4/24) he placed 12th overall out of 39 riders. He is the youngest rider in his group, the boys/girls mostly range from 7-9 years old. He rode so well and had some amazing battles on the track.

We are so very proud of him and all of his hard work. It is his absolute passion and he strives to be on the top 3 podium by the end of the summer!

South Essex Extended Services 

As Riverside has access to the South Essex Extended Services there are 3 events for the summer term you may be interested in attending. Events are free for you to attend and no pre-booking is required.

✅Coffee mornings
This is a chance to meet with other parents in the area, hear some autism input and feel heard.

  • ☕Thursday 9th May 9 45 am to 11 30 amGreat Wakering Primary School (Please park in the roads near the school)
  • ☕Thursday 27th June 9 45 am to 11 30 am Venue to be confirmed (in the Rayleigh area)

✅Zoom workshop – Using Visual Supports with Your Child

  • Thursday 13th June 1 15pm to 2 45 pm

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.

  • Charlie P
  • Miller R

Gold award as they can fluently and rapidly recall the 7,8,9 and 12 times tables.

  • Gregory S
  • Chloe S
  • Stanley B

KS1 playground

Please do not allow children to play on the equipment either before/after school. At the end of the day, parents and children should leave the site promptly . This enables us to open up the playground for our other clubs. Thank you.

KS2 playground

Please note that the day in KS2 does not start until 8:40am when the doors open. Children should not be left unsupervised on the playground before this time. Children should not play on the equipment. Thank you

Team Points

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

This weeks team points were counted by Attenborough team captains.

Wakeup Wednesday: Safeguarding Tips


To see more posters swipe your screen. Further posters for events can be found by clicking here.

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.



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.

Dinner Menu

We are operating a two 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.

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


Dates not shown on previous issues are added in RED!

Summer 1 2024

29/04/24 — Year 4 leave for Kingswood

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

29/04/24 — Deadline to order Year 6 School Leaver’s Hoodie

01/05/24 — Year 4 return from Kingswood

01/05/24 — PTA Meeting at 1pm

02/05/24 — SEN Coffee Morning

08/05/24 — Year 2 Postal Museum Trip

09/05/24 — Year 1 Rainham Marshes 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

23/05/24 — PTA Krispy Kreme Sale

24/05/24 — NON-PUPIL DAY

Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2024

Summer 2 2024

03/05/24 — Children return to school

03/06/24 — Year 6 Leavers Party Fundraising begins

03/06/24 — PTA Meeting at 1pm

04/06/24 — PTA Father’s Day Sale

05/06/24 — Class Photographs

07/06/24 — PTA Paint & Prosecco Evening – 7pm

10/06/24 — Andy Turner (Olympian) Meeting

10/06/24 — Race to Paris with Andy Turner

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

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

15/06/24 — PTA Summer fete

Summer 2 2024

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 at 7pm

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

04/07/24 — SEN Coffee Morning

04/07/24 — PTA Meeting at 1pm

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

10/07/24 — PTA Sports Day Breakfast Bar

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

15/07/24 — Year 6 Leavers Party Fundraising ends

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