Riverside News Issue 419 – 21.06.24

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STAR of the Week

Leopard: Megan F

For your amazing Exciting Writing! You wow’d us all with your beautiful letter formation and use of phonics and wrote such an interesting sentence about your minibeast! Well done Superstar!

Zebra: Leo M

For his enthusiasm to hunt for minibeasts. Leo did a marvellous job at looking for minibeasts and found where the woodlice were hiding. Super hunting Leo! 

Bear: Oliver W

For demonstrating amazing skill and sportsmanship in athletics lessons, modelling skills and activities with confidence. 

Otter: Oscar B

For being able to sort animals into their groups correctly and for working hard to remember your finger spaces! You are an excellent role model too! Well done!

Lion: Koben P

For planning a fantastic fantasy story. He followed the structure of the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and used creative ideas to make the story his own. Great job Koben!

Dolphin: Casper G

For striving to achieve his very best in all areas of his learning this week. Casper has followed all class rules and has been an excellent role model to the rest of the class. Keep it up, Casper. 

Panda: Charles F

For excellent engagment in class dicussions. You have offered some really well thought out ideas and demonstrated great thinking. Great work! 

Tiger: Elvi Mae B

For some thoughtful comments in her RE work and for working really hard to improve her handwriting. Amazing effort Elvi. Well done!

Giraffe: Freya S

For always working hard and giving her all in every lesson. Well done, Freya!

Turtle: Abigail C

For being a star student in the class this week. For producing an excellent standard of work in all lessons and being an enthusiastic and happy member of the class!

Monkey: Aimos T

For great work in maths. He consistently exhibits a strong work ethic and actively engages in classroom discussions.

Kangaroo: Oakley F

For outstanding achievements in mathematics, particularly in converting units. He consistently demonstrates dedication and active participation in whole-class discussions.

Koala: Sophia H-R

For creating an amazing in-depth presentation about her chosen inspirational celebrity. 



W/E: 14/06/24

Overall Attendance
Computing Quality Mark

Riverside Primary School has been recognised for delivering high-quality computing education to young people, developing their digital skills and preparing them for the future.

Riverside Primary School has achieved the national Computing Quality Mark after evaluating its computing education and demonstrating high-quality provision. The Computing Quality Mark is awarded by the National Centre for Computing Education and recognises excellence of computing education offered by a school as part of their curriculum development through the Computing Quality Framework (CQF).

Mrs Mills said:
“As the computing subject lead, I am thrilled and honoured to receive the Computing Quality Mark. I am deeply passionate about delivering high-quality computing education that equips every child at Riverside with essential, transferable skills for our rapidly evolving technological landscape.Together, we are ensuring that our students are well-prepared for the future of technology.”

Riverside Primary School completed all seven aspects of the CQF in order to receive the Computing Quality Mark, which recognises achievement in:

  • Leadership and Vision
  • Curriculum and Qualifications
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Staff Development
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and SEND
  • Careers Education
  • Impact on Outcomes

Claire Garside, senior lead facilitator at the NCCE, said:
“Congratulations to Riverside Primary School, on becoming an NCCE ‘Computing Quality Mark’ school! They’re among the schools leading the way to deliver high standards in computing education. The Computing Quality Mark recognises the quality of their provision to ensure all students receive the computing skills and knowledge so valuable for today and in their future careers.”

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) is funded by the Department for Education and supporting partners, to improve the provision of computing education in England.

Since the NCCE’s establishment in 2018, it has engaged with 60,000 teachers from more than 20,000 schools in England, created the Teach Computing Curriculum which has seen over one million downloads of lessons, engaged over 1,600 schools with the Computing Quality Framework and supported 54% of students studying AS and A level computer science through the Isaac Computer Science platform.

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 11%
1 10%
2 11%
3 13%
4 15%
5 18%
6 6%
Overall 12%


Below are a list of letters, leaflets and posters uploaded to the website this week.

Leaflets/Posters for Parents

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

New Website

We are pleased to announce that our new school website will launch by Friday 28th June.


On Tuesday, Key Stage One were lucky enough to have a visit from a musician in assembly. She showed them a range of instruments she has as well as how to play a hose!


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


Six of our EYFS children represented the school at a Gymnastics event at Alleyn Court Preparatory School this week. The children were thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in some exciting gymnastics activities and to meet Team GB gymnast Brinn Bevan. They were treated to a fabulous floor routine by Brinn!

The children were a credit to Riverside with their enthusiasm and confidence to try new things. Well done Ariella, Darcie, Nancy, Frankie, Jared and Johnny, you thoroughly deserved your medals!

Reading Awards

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

Year 1/2

  • Isaac D

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

Year 1/2

  • Hudson B
  • Lenny K

Year 3/4

  • Freddie H
  • Jason Z
  • Grayson H

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

Year 1/2

  • Kyla J

Year 3/4

  • Anna H
  • Finley T-W

Autism Act

Autism Act- Sarah Bell:

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.

Row Row’s New Grab Bag

See below our new grab bag range ‘Row Row’s’. You can pre-order now on ParentPay.

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)

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.

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 2 2024

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

05/07/24 — Year R – 5 Reports to Parents

08/07/24 — District Sports

Summer 2 2024

09/07/24 — Year 6 Performance to parents

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

12/07/24 — Year 6 Reports to Parents

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

23/07/24 — Children break up for the Summer