Riverside News Issue 413 – 03.05.24

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Reporting Pupil Absence

This is a reminder to all parents/carers that the correct way to report absences is to leave a message on the absence line answerphone daily. If messages are sent by email to the admin email address they will not be registered in time for the morning attendance and you may then receive a call from our attendance team.

STAR of the Week

Leopard: Adalyn T

For being such a super learner! Adalyn always tries her very best with all of her learning and loves to share what she has learnt in school with her family. You are a super role model Adalyn. Well done!

Zebra: Teddy L

For his superb knowledge about the solar system! Teddy shared a fun fact with the class about Saturn and said “Saturn’s rings are made of dust and icy chunks!” Well done super star! 

Bear: Ethan F

For practising his writing skills at home and creating his very own short story with illustrations. Well done Ethan. 

Otter: Mila-Rae R

For working hard to improve your sentences and for creating a detailed line drawing or a turtle. Super work!

Lion: Elsie R

For writing a fantastic story based on ‘The Papaya That Spoke’. Elsie used inverted commas, conjunctions, commas in a list and time conjunctions. Wow! Great work Elsie!

Dolphin: Ella C

For striving to achieve her very best in Maths over the past couple of weeks and completing some challenging questions based on our Fractions unit. Well done, Ella. 

Panda: Finley K

For excellent effort with his exciting writing this week when writing a warning story. Excellent work Finley! 

Tiger: Freddie F

For writing a gripping warning story using a variety of sentence types and for always giving a 100 per cent effort in all his lessons. Well done Freddie!

Giraffe: Olivia W

For being amazing on the residential trip to Kingswood and pushing herself out of her comfort zone to try new things – incredible! 

Turtle: Sebastian D

For showing exemplary behaviour throughout the Year 4 residential. He listened intently to all the instructors, encouraged his friends to challenge themselves as well keeping the adults entertained with his lovely humour. Good job!

Monkey: Aimos T

For excellent work during our RE work about Easter. Aimos could order the events of Holy week explain the importance of each event to Christians.

Kangaroo: Rosie Z

For excellent achievement on Read Theory this week!

Koala: Franky S

For his homework this week – it was full of descriptive detail, beautifully presented and handed in early! But he is also trying so hard in his revision lessons to help himself to be prepared for his SATs.



W/E: 16/04/24

Overall Attendance

This week, Year 4 went on their residential trip to Kingswood, which is in Norfolk, where they bravely spent 2 nights away from home.

The children had many opportunities to have a go at some adventurous activities such as caving, leap of faith, zip-wiring, archery, problem solving and fire-lighting, with so many fearlessly facing their fears.

The adults on the trip have all commented how each child showed exemplary behaviour and we want to share that we are very proud of each and every one of them. 

More photos can be found here.

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 10%
2 9%
3 17%
4 16%
5 16%
6 16%
Overall 12%

Reading Awards

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


  • Nathan H
  • Eden F

Year 1/2

  • Jayden S

Year 3/4

  • Ruby M

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


  • Ella-Rose P
  • Harrison W

Year 1/2

  • Noah P

Year 3/4

  • Ronnie P

Year 5/6

  • Mason R
  • Chloe C
  • Franky S

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

Year 1/2

  • Samuel P

Year 3/4

  • Oliver C
  • Lam Lam Y


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

Parent Meetings

Year 2 SATS Presentation

Year 3 Skreens Park Presentation

Year 6 Mersea Island Presentation

PTA Rainbow Rush

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
























This week the Riverside Netball team played in a netball tournament held at Deanes School. They played 5 matches against schools in Essex.

The team played their socks off from start to finish, making some great interceptions, scorings some amazing goals, but the greatest thing they did was play as a team!

Though they didn’t move on to the next phase they did hold off some teams who had won their leagues!

Grace scored a cracking goal in her first match for Riverside, Isla and Evie formed an incredible defensive double act – stopping the opposing team from scoring. Emily and Vienna just didn’t stop running until the final whistle! Scarlett and Lydia communicated brilliantly helping creat chances to score!

After today we are really excited for what they well achieve next year!

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.

  • Joshua C
  • Charles F
  • Summer G
  • William O

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 Rosen team captains.

Overall Points so far

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

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 1-6 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 1-6 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