Riverside News Issue 421 – 05.07.24

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STAR of the Week

Leopard: Jaxon B

For always trying your best in all areas of learning and being such a positive, happy member of Leopard class. You are a super role model to others Jaxon!

Zebra: Harrison B

For his curiosity with finding out how things work. Harrison has been building some great constructions and asking enthusiastic questions about the world around him.

Bear: Hudson B

For excellent effort and patience when learning to sew in design and technology. Your running stitch was amazing Hudson!

Otter: Maddie O

For thinking of some brilliant questions when interviewing a zoo keeper about giraffes, demonstrating your super understanding of animal groups! Well done for being a great role model and an excellent team player too!

Lion: Leo G

For creating a fantastic sculpture based on the artist Barbara Hepworth. Leo harnessed his artistic skills to create his masterpiece. Well done Leo!

Dolphin: Charlie F

For his amazing perseverance during our Maths lesson on addition this week. Charlie did not want to stop until he had completed all calculations. Well done, Charlie. 

Panda: Whole Class

For behaving exceptionally well when on the Skreens Park residential trip and positively immersing themselves in all activities. You were a fantastic credit to our school!

Tiger: Jacob N

For showing true resilience on the residential trip to Skreens Park. JJ pushed himself out of his comfort to try out new things. You were amazing!

Giraffe: Peyton H-R

For an excellent improvement in her handwriting – incredible! Keep it up! 

Turtle: George W

For being a fantastic role model in class. George has worked so incredibly hard this week, supporting others and being a good friend. Well done!

Monkey: Jayson A

For excellent work in maths, particularly in our study on volume. He actively participated and responded to questions during the input.

Kangaroo: Louie H

For working enthusiastically in science this week and enjoying learning about taxonomy and classification of living things.

Koala: Hattie B

For her amazing resilience and determination that the show must go on despite the matter of an operation getting in the way! You are a star Hattie!



W/E: 28/06/24

Overall Attendance
Skreens Park

This week, our Year 3 students had the exciting opportunity to enjoy an overnight stay at Skreens Park in Chelmsford. Nestled just past Roxwell, Skreens Park is a beautiful site offering a range of thrilling activities. Our adventurous students took part in the ‘gladiator challenge,’ ‘crate stacking,’ ‘tomahawk throwing,’ and conquering the ‘traverse wall.’

One of the highlights of the trip was the campfire, where everyone had tremendous fun singing silly songs—from ‘Baby Shark’ to the ‘Bumble Bee Song.’ If you ask the children, they’ll surely remember all the fun tunes we sang together!

The food was absolutely fantastic, and to the delight of many, we were allowed not just seconds but thirds and fourths as well! It was a feast to remember.

We are incredibly proud of both classes. Their impeccable manners, teamwork, and willingness to help and encourage each other were truly commendable. However, Tiger Class deserves a special mention for setting a new Riverside record by being the first class completely asleep by 10 PM. Well done, Tiger Class!

A big well done to all of Year 3 for making this trip so special. We hope these memories will be cherished for years to come.  Enjoy the photographs!

Photos can be found by clicking 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 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


If your child is in Year R to 5, you should have recieved an email from your class email address, with your child’s report. If you do not receive the email by 5pm, please email admin@riverside.essex.sch.uk.

Thank you


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

Lego Boost

Well done to Charlie F supported by Hayden C and Lennie D, who have completed the third model, Auto Builder, of the Lego Boost set. See out dedicated Lego Boost page here.

Essex Activate

The Essex ActivAte Holiday and Activity Programme provides enriching educational activities, promotes physical health, and supports social interaction. It ensures children stay active, engaged, and well-nourished during the holidays, all in a safe and inclusive environment. This programme also offers essential support to parents, making it a valuable resource for our community.

For a complete list of clubs and activities, visit the Essex ActivAte webpage here

Reading Awards

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

Year 1/2

  • Nancy P

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

Year 3/4

  • Chloe S
  • Aiden P
  • Finley J
  • Mark K
  • Benjamin H
  • Stanley B
  • Austin A
  • Josiah A-B

Year 5/6

  • Jayson A

Times Tables Challenge - Quiz! - Microsoft AppsTimes Tables

Congratulations to the following Year 3/4 children who have earned their;

Bronze award as they can fluently and rapidly recall the 2,5 and 10 times tables.

  • Baylee A

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

  • Aiden P

Platinum award as they can efficiently divide numbers in the 3,4,6,7 and 8 times tables.

  • Sadev W

Row Row’s New Grab Bag

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

Exciting Wins for Our Year 5 and Year 1 Football Stars!

We’re thrilled to share the fantastic news about our talented footballers!

Year 5 Champions: Congratulations to Louie, Mason, and Oakley, who, along with their Hullbridge Under 10s Blues team, recently triumphed in their latest tournament. Competing in the Premier Division, they faced some tough competition but played brilliantly to win the overall tournament. Well done, boys!

Year 1 Superstars: A big shoutout to Lenny, Ethan, and Oliver, who had their very first tournament with the Hullbridge Under 6’s team. They won all their games and went on to clinch the tournament victory! What an amazing achievement for our youngest players!

Both teams have made their parents, the Hullbridge Sports and Social Club, and our school incredibly proud. Keep up the great work!

Thank you to Mrs K for sharing this information with the school, enabling us to share it with you.

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

Happy’s Circus – August 29th


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

08/07/24 — District Sports

09/07/24 — Year 6 Performance to parents

10/07/24 — Sports Day

10/07/24 — PTA Sports Day Breakfast Bar

11/07/24 — Year 6 Production being filmed and performed to KS2

11/07/24 — PTA: EYFS & KS1 Summer Disco – PM

Summer 2 2024

12/07/24 — Year 6 Reports to Parents

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