Riverside News Issue 416 – 23.05.24

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Please be reminded that we have our class photographs and year 6 leavers photo taken on Wednesday 5th June, please ensure your child is wearing FULL UNIFORM. Thank you

STAR of the Week

Leopard: Eden F

For being such an enthusiastic and happy learner and for always trying her best in everything she does. You are a super role model to your friends Eden. We are very proud of you! 

Zebra: Naomi L

For her amazing and resilient attitude towards learning. Naomi always puts 100% effort into her work and has learnt that is ok to make mistakes in order to learn. Well done, superstar!

Bear: Jude B

For fantastic effort in maths, making excellent progress and growing in confidence.

Otter: Kyla J

For working hard to master positions and directions in maths and for creating a detailed ‘Box – up’ plan for writing a letter. Great job!

Lion: Lois B

For creating a fantastic moving picture in DT that included sliders and levers to help teach others how to help a plant grow and stay healthy. Well done Lois!

Dolphin: Isaac D

For showing a good understanding when forming algorithms. For being able to change many features on Scratch without support and being able to explain how to do each instruction. Well done Isaac.

Panda: Ella S

For completing an excellent piece of art work when sketching a Tudor-style portrait. 

Tiger: Eleana H

For working really hard in her Math’s lessons this week, when learning how to tell the time, use am and pm as well as months and days. Great work Eleana!

Giraffe: Charlie P

For a fabulous effort with his writing, especially his hot write- Keep up the hard work Charlie!

Turtle: Dishvitha Y

For settling into Turtle class wonderfully. I can’t wait to help you on yuor learning journey for the rest of the year. 

Monkey: Maisie F

For outstanding performance in our French lesson. Maisie demonstrated her ability to articulate the time in French along with the lessons studied at that time.

Kangaroo: James R

For always working so hard in all lesson, plus always being polite and respectful. You are always the first to be sitting quietly and ready to listen.

Koala: Chloe C

For her amazing effort during the SATs but also for some great descriptive writing for our short animated film Ruckus – you really brought the characters to life!



W/E: 17/05/24

Overall Attendance

Congratulations to the following children who earned the following;

Year 3 25m Year 3 Strokes Year 4 25m Year 4 Strokes
  • Freddie F
  • Lydia T
  • Alice C
  • James M-L
  • Alfie B
  • Jessica M
  • Esther M
  • Mia B
  • Tilly M
  • George H
  • Orson B
  • Esther M
  • Lydia T
  • Alice C
  • James M-L
  • Alfie B
  • Freddie F
  • Mia B
  • Tilly M
  • George H
  • Orson B
  • Gregory S
  • Abigail C
  • Aiden P
  • Austin A
  • Chloe S
  • Sophie H
  • Sofie W
  • George N
  • Sophie H
  • Finley J
  • Buddy H-H
  • Freya S
  • Charlie P
  • Freddie H
  • Abigail C
  • George N
  • Aiden P
  • Austin A
  • Sophie H
  • Sofie W
  • Freddie H
  • Gregory S
  • Sophie H
  • Finley J
  • Chloe S
  • Freya S
  • Charlie P


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. 


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5/6

Parent Meetings

Year 3 Skreens Park Presentation

Year 6 Mersea Island Presentation

Year 4 MTC Information

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 12%
1 10%
2 11%
3 15%
4 16%
5 14%
6 6%
Overall 12%

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.

Writer of the Half-Term

Each term, class teachers will award a child with:

“The Writer of  the  Term”

The child is chosen for producing a piece of writing during the school term that is felt to be worthy of this high praise. A copy of the work is sent home with the child.

 This half-terms Writers of the Term are:- 


Frankie S (Leopard)

Nellie H (Zebra)


Elsie R (Lion)

Frankie B (Bear)

Aston H (Otter)

Henry H (Dolphin)


Eleanor E (Giraffe)

Sophie H (Turtle)

George H (Panda)

Elvi-Mae B (Tiger)


Flo C (Monkey)

Mason K (Kangaroo)

Joseph L (Koala)

Reading Awards

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


  • Olly G
  • Louis P

Year 1/2

  • Frankie B

Year 3/4

  • Grayson H

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


  • Myla R
  • Lily V
  • Thomas J
  • Ella L

Year 1/2

  • Robin M

Year 3/4

  • Ella S
  • Samuel S
  • Esme M-S
  • Theodore W-Y
  • George S
  • Thomas P
  • Daisy K
  • Ruby M
  • Rosie M
  • Charles F
  • Finley K
  • George H
  • William B
  • Anabelle L
  • Henry T

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

Year 3/4

  • Cali F
  • Esther M
  • Mia B

Year 5/6

  • Riminee P
  • Rupert W-Y

Sumdog Years 1-6

Sumdog is an online learning tool which provides personalised maths practice that children love. It adapts questions to each child, using engaging games to build their confidence, and it’s been shown to accelerate progress.

We currently have Sumdog Spelling and Grammar available until the end of August. 

Your child’s login details should be in their yellow reading journals. The school code is SS56ND

The East Essex Contest ends at 8pm tonight (23rd May).

PE Timetable – Summer 2

Below is a timetable of when your child will have PE, after half-term.



















Please note: Leopard, Zebra, Otter, Bear, Lion & Dolphin classes will require their Swimming kits on their PE day.


Year 3 parents, please note that Panda have had extended swimming sessions over the last two weeks to compensate for the missed session from the May Bank Holiday (Monday 6th).

Both Tiger and Panda class will have PE on Monday 3rd June for the first week back, due to the class photos being on Wednesday 5th June however the timetable will then revert back to usual with Panda and Tiger both having PE on Wednesday afternoons. This will then remain unchanged for the remainder of the academic year.

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























Team Points

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

Overall Points for Summer 1

Congratulations to Red team, who have earned the most amount of team points this half-term. As a reward you will have extra play on Friday 7th June.

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 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


Deanes are holding two football days for children in Key Stage 1 during the upcoming half term holiday. There will be a girls day, followed by a boys day. We have supplemented the days as much as we can financially to ensure we get as many children in attendance as possible. If there are any children in key stage 1 that play football, enjoy football or are good at football.
Girls Key Stage 1 
Girls in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2
At Deanes School Sports Centre
For just £5
Boys Key Stage 1
Boys in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2
At Deanes School Sports Centre
For just £5

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

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.

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

Bookings must be booked 24 hours in advance via ParentPay.

Twilight Mobile: 07597 007571

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


Dates not shown on previous issues are added in RED!

Summer 1 2024

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

06/06/24 — Year 2 to Hullbridge Library

07/06/24 — Winning Team Extra Play

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

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

20/06/24 — Year 1 to Hullbridge Library

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

Summer 2 2024

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