Riverside News Issue 417 – 07.06.24

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If your child is in year 6 please can you email year6@riversideprimary.co.uk, with 3 photos of your child to be included in the Graduation. Please see original letter below.

Year 6 Graduation Photos – 23.05.24

STAR of the Week

Leopard: Amieka C

For persevering all week to be a Risky Risk Taker! We love your enthusiasm for learning Amieka!

Zebra: Hugh G

For his fantastic story telling. Following the story map, Hugh used Makaton signs to retell the story Dear Zoo to his friends. His confidence has grown an excellent amount and it was lovely to see such a positive attitude towards his learning. 

Bear: Dara L

For making a special effort to participate across the curriculum since joinging us at Riverside Primary School. Welcome to Bear Class Dara!

Otter: Hudson L

For excellent reading and for working hard in maths to calculate doubles greater than 10 and missing numbers beyond 50. Keep up the great work!

Lion: Devon F

For his enthusiasm when retelling the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ using our story map and added actions. Keep up the great work Devon!

Dolphin: Rocco C

For being super sensible during our trip to the local library. Rocco listened well, worked sensibly alongside a partner and followed all instructions. Well done, Rocco. 

Panda: Tilly M

For designing and drawing a beautiful symbol to represent Islam in RE.

Tiger: Ronnie P

For being a really enthusiastic learner. Ronnie has engaged with our Hands on History topic about Hullbridge by sharing interesting facts and made some worthwhile contributions.
Fantastic effort Ronnie!

Giraffe: George N

For always working hard and trying his best in everything he does. Well done, George, you are a superstar! 

Turtle: William O

For writing a 5 sentence suspense story. He built the tension up by using figurative language and skills. Well done. 

Monkey: Leyla L

For outstanding achievement in French. She skillfully applied her newly acquired knowledge from the unit to express her school preferences in written form.

Kangaroo: Jessica O

For always working hard at the best of your ability in every lesson! For completing the PE competitive sports, despite not feeling 100%. 

Koala: Deekshitha Y

For the way she has settled into life at Riverside, she has shown a great attitude to learning and has slotted into Koala class beautifully – it is like she has always been a part of the class!



W/E: 24/05/24

Overall Attendance
Sailing across the channel

During half term, I sailed across the channel with my Dad to Belgium. Crossing the channel was a long way but it was fun as we were spotting seals and porpoise’s and we saw seagulls catching fish and lots of cuttlefish floating in the water. When we got to Belgium there was a sea festival. On the way back to Suffolk the weather was very rough and I felt a bit ill but wasn’t sea sick. On the way back to the River Crouch I steered the boat for most of the trip. I am looking forward to the next trip.


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 13%
5 14%
6 6%
Overall 11%

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.

Great Wakering Fire Station

Last week, we have received calls of ongoing concern, reporting many young people entering the old Great Wakering Fire Station building.

Due to structural weakness in floorings, we have sent out media messaging, advising parents speak with their children and strongly advise them to avoid this, and any other similar derelict locations, whilst they are out playing.

Kind regards

Essex Police

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.

  • Teddy P
  • Lennon W


We would like to congratulate the newly wed Mr and Mrs Byrne on their wedding which took place over the May Holiday. This is lovely news and we are very happy for the couple!

Sumdog Contest

Years 1 to 6 were entered into the Sumdog East England Maths Contest, that ran from the 17th – 23rd May.

Congratulations to the following children who came in the top 5 of the Riverside Leaderboard for their class.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 4 Year 5/6


  • Jack M
  • Ethan K
  • Connie F
  • Saketh C
  • Sawyer B


  • Henry P
  • Alexander O
  • Rechard C
  • Jake M
  • Kyla J


  • Henry H
  • Oliver S
  • George T
  • Ella C
  • Charlie F


  • Ronnie-Ray S
  • Leo G
  • Mason O
  • Lennie D
  • Lois B


  • Archie C
  • Evie A-B
  • Andrew O
  • Lilly O
  • Aathavan S


  • Stanley B
  • Summer G
  • Sophie H
  • Sadev W
  • Aiden P


  • Aydan M
  • Prathyush R
  • Leo M
  • Leyla L
  • Bertie D


  • Mason K
  • Warwick B
  • Oakley F
  • Grace W
  • Zac G


  • Isabel W
  • Scarlett R
  • Taylor H
  • Chloe C
  • Freddie R

Unfortunately there was not enough players in Panda and Tiger. Well done to everyone who participated in the contest.

Reading Awards

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

Year 1/2

  • Oakley J
  • Willow J

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


  • Thomas J
  • Ela L
  • Megan F
  • Hollie N
  • Frankie S
  • Hettie W

Year 1/2

  • Thea S

Year 3/4

  • Serenna H
  • Ollie R
  • Lennon W

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

Year 1/2

  • Henry P
  • Jack M

Row Row’s New Grab Bag

Our new grab bag range ‘Row Row’s’ starts Monday. You can pre-order now on ParentPay.

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.

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

Autism Act

Autism Act- Sarah Bell:

Thursday 13th June
Via zoom Using Visuals to Support Your Child
Sarah Bell is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Sarah and visuals workshop for SEES parents
Time: Jun 13, 2024 01:15 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 516 611 8854
Passcode: autismact
Thursday 27th June
Coffee morning
Rayleigh Primary School 
9 45 am to 11 30 am 
Guest speaker tbc
Please park in the car park behind Iceland and not in the school car park.

Year 2 Library

On Thursday, Year 2 visited the library to consolidate their learning from last half term about plants. They had the opportunity to discuss what plants need to survive and grow, role play seeds changing into plants, complete a quiz to test what they had learnt and plant their own seeds. What a busy morning they had! Thank you to the volunteers who joined us and Hullbridge Library for being so accommodating.

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

UKA National Ballroom

On Saturday 1st June, B took part in three competitions 11 and under waltz, cha cha and Jive, at the UKA national Ballroom and Latin finals in Blackpool.

He danced his socks off as it meant a lot to him to do well at this prestigious event. He got a 1st in waltz, 2nd in cha cha and 1st in Jive. Undoubtedly we are very proud of him alongside his sister who came 5th waltz, 4th cha cha and 6th jive in the junior category, and I came a respectable 2nd across the board in Silver foxtrot and cha cha.


Dates not shown on previous issues are added in RED!


Summer 2 2024

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

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)

Summer 2 2024

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