Riverside Primary Academy | Reception Class New Starters September 2020

Reception Class New Starters September 2020


Reception Class New Starters September 2020


Welcome to the Riverside Primary Academy family! You will find all documents and useful information here in relation to your child starting with us in September.


Our Early Years class teachers have been working hard to prepare some information to help our new parents & children familiarise themselves with our school and what to expect when the children start with us. Please take a look at the slides below.


At the moment we are still organising start dates and times for your child and we will communicate these to you as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


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Read Write Inc


Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. Parent/Carers will be invited to our Read Write Inc workshops in September – see dates on the last slide below.


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Maths – Supporting Your Child at Home


Parent/Carers will also be invited to our Maths workshops in September – see dates on the last slide below.


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Some useful resources for you and your child


0-10 Number Track


Number & Shape Matching Activity – Number Bonds to 10 – Number Cards


Early Learning Goal – Prompt Cards



If you have not yet done, please ensure to complete our online registration form to give us the information we require to appropriately care for your child.


Under normal circumstances we would provide you with an information pack at the transition meeting, so as not to miss out, we have uploaded everything to this page and you will find in various links below. We hope this will give you some useful information for your child to start their journey in education at our school. If there is anything you feel we have not covered or if you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the school office on 0191 460 1918 or by email to info@riversideprimaryacademy.org.uk.


Online Registration Form

To allow us to care for your child in the appropriate way during their time in our school, it is vital that we hold up to date emergency contact details for parents and carers and any additional relatives or friends that we can contact in an emergency. Please remember to complete this form if you have not already done so.

School Prospectus

A glimpse into what life is like at Riverside Primary Academy.

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Download our Prospectus Here




Hear what some of our families have to say about our school on our Testimonials page.


Ofsted Report

View our latest Ofsted Report and see why we were rated “Outstanding” here:



The following information is intended to tell you a little about your child’s first year at school and hopefully answer any questions you may have.  In our Reception Class we believe that the best possible start will come from parents and teachers working together to provide a quality early education for your child.


We look forward to working together with you.




It is important that your child comes to school every day on time unless they are poorly.  Please telephone school or email absence@riversideprimaryacademy.org.uk before 9.30 a.m on the first day your child becomes unwell and send a note with your child on the day of their return to school.  Unauthorised absences are investigated on a regular basis.


Beginning School


We all want the best for our children and by working together we can ensure that your child benefits most from school.


Beginning school is a big step for many children.  Some may be uncertain and lacking in confidence, for others this may be the first time that the child has been away from his or her parents.  As the children will be in small groups this enables both child and teacher to get to know each other and helps the teacher build up the confidence of each child.


Children of this age need 12 hours sleep every day to function well in a busy, non-stop reception class.  If they sleep badly one night, please try to help them have more sleep the next night.  Grumpy, tired children do not learn at all well.


Healthy Living


The school provides well-balanced, healthy meals daily.   Morning and afternoon snacks usually consist of fruit or vegetables with milk or water.  If your child prefers a packed lunch, please note that no fizzy drinks are allowed and healthy food choices (with limited salt and sugar) are expected.




Children learn through activity, which frequently involves getting messy.  Our school uniform is comfortable, easily washed and manageable.  Please ensure that all clothing is clearly named as this helps to avoid mix ups when children are independently dressing and undressing themselves during P.E. Velcro fastening shoes does avoid embarrassment and difficulty for your child.


Outdoor playtimes require a warm coat in winter and a spare pair of shoes if wellington boots are worn to school.


Our curriculum involves accessing the outdoors in all weathers so please ensure your child has suitable clothing and footwear.


Going to the toilet completely on your own away from home is often left to the last minute therefore clothes should be easily removed, elasticised waistbands are ideal.  It would be useful if children had a spare set of clothes in a bag on their peg in case of accidents.


School Uniform


Our school uniform is supplied by a local company – Logos Unlimited – who handle all of your school uniform requirements on our behalf. They have stores at Team Valley and Swalwell and you can also order via their website. Click here for more details.


Our school uniform is an emerald green polo shirt, a bottle green sweatshirt or cardigan with black or grey trousers or skirt. Sensible school shoes must be worn. It would help your child if they had a black reading bag to carry books and homework between home and school.


We do have a small stock of pre-loved uniform items held in school, which can be purchased for a donation to our school fund.




In your child’s first term at Riverside,  Reception children take part in P.E lessons wearing their school uniform, simply removing socks and shoes. Usually from January onwards, once the children are well settled, we would then expect a P.E kit to be kept in school for the children to change into. Children will need a pair of school black shorts, a t-shirt in your child’s house colour (allocated by the class teacher) and a pair of plimsolls. Trainers are also required for outdoor sport. All kit should be kept together in a named P.E. bag, which is kept on the child’s coat peg.




Children are NOT permitted to wear jewellery in school.  Rings, chains, earrings and sleepers represent a considerable accident risk in physical education and play activities.  Children who wear jewellery at school will be asked to take it off and hand this into the school office until the end of the day. Any lost items found in school will be sent to the school office.


Ear piercing should ONLY BE DONE at the start of the summer holidays as newly pierced ears require stud ear rings and sports activities are not permitted whilst wearing ear rings of any kind.


School hours


Morning session: 8.55 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Afternoon session: 1.15 p.m. – 3.20 p.m.


If you wish to enter school between these times you must use the main entrance as the other gates are only open at the beginning and end of the school day. Please enter school by ringing the bell at the school office and we will attend to you as soon as possible. This procedure is to ensure that we maximise the children’s safety.  Any unexpected visitors will be challenged.


If you change your address or telephone number please request a form for completion to update our records. And inform your child’s class teacher.


Lunch Time


Our delicious school meals are provided by Dolce, who were the first caterer to innovate and introduce online pre-order and cashless payments to primary schools. Using their award winning software – School Grid – there are many benefits to pre-ordering online:


  • Your child will always gets what they want at the kitchen.
  • You will be involved in your child’s meal choice.
  • Ingredients listings, recipes and nutritional analysis can be viewed.
  • Your child can never accidentally be served something they are allergic to.
  • Flexibility – you can order that morning or up to a term in advance.


As you may be aware schools meals for reception class, year 1 and year 2 are paid for through a government grant and enable those pupils to have a free balanced meal at lunch time. Orders can be placed online from home or on the move via their online app. You can order up to 9.30am on any given day or as far in advance as whole term and orders can be placed on a pc, laptop, tablet or smartphone. We encourage all parents to order with their children and not for their children. If you do not want your child to have a school meal a healthy packed lunch is permitted.


For more information on how to get your School Grid account please click here: Parent Information


It is vital you inform us of any allergens your child may have when completing our Online Registration Form.


Income Based Free School Meals


It remains vitally important that all parents who qualify for a traditional income based ‘Free School Meal’, continue to register with Gateshead Council’s Benefit Service, even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and receiving a ‘Universal Infant School Meal’.

For every valid application submitted, our school receives valuable funding towards resources which will contribute to your child’s education.

If you believe your family are entitled to an income based ‘Free School Meal’ please complete an application form online here: Free School Meals – Apply Online.


For more information on ‘Free School Meals’ please contact the Benefits Service on 0191 433 3729 or visit www.gateshead.gov.uk.


How can you help prepare your child for school?


This is a question we are often asked by parents.  Preparing your child for school also means preparing your child for life and the attitudes and standards learnt from you will influence your child for the rest of their life.  Children need to know what standards are expected of them; e.g. good manners – knowing when to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.   Skills established early in life will always be remembered.  Some suggestions might be… when your child asks for something; you model what to say e.g. bring me your bag please. Please take a look at our Helping to Get Your Child Reception Ready leaflet for more tips.




Children need to be able to put on their coat and shoes and dress themselves.  With a little encouragement children can soon learn to dress and fasten buttons etc.  They also feel a great sense of achievement if they can dress and undress for P.E. without assistance and cope with their outdoor clothing.




Do make sure that your child can use the toilet on her/his own and use toilet paper.  Children can become distressed if they have always been used to their parents or carers accompanying them.  Also make sure that your child is trained to wash her/his hands after visiting the toilet.  Good hygiene is important to everyone.


Many children come to school unable to use a handkerchief properly; this can be upsetting for a small child if others make a comment about a messy nose.




At Riverside Primary Academy we operate a cashless school. Once your child joins our school we will issue each parent/carer their own personal SIMS Pay account. This account provides parents/carers with greater convenience for booking wrap around childcare, school trips and sports clubs amongst other things, allowing payments and booking to be made online.


To access SIMS Pay you will need an account with one of the following supported identity providers: Microsoft, Office 365, Google, Facebook and Twitter. It’s likely you already have an account with one of these providers but don’t worry if you haven’t, Microsoft and Google accounts are free and easy to create. SIMS Pay – Getting Started


Wrap Around Childcare Provision


In addition to set school hours, Riverside Primary Academy offers a wrap around childcare provision for a small fee.


If you require additional wrap around care for your child, bookings can me made via our SIMS Pay system.  Provision is offered and allocated on a first come basis, providing places are available and full payment is made. For more information on our wrap around care provision please click here