Riverside Primary Academy | Reception New Starters 2021

Reception New Starters 2021


Reception Class New Starters September 2021

Update 5th July 2021


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.



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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 hopefully be invited to our Read Write Inc workshops in September (Subject to COVID regulations).


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Maths – Supporting Your Child at Home


Parent/Carers will also be invited to our Maths workshops in September – (Subject to COVID regulations).


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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




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



Update: 26th May 2021 

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. This form also provides us with any dietary or medical needs your child may have that we need to be aware of.


There is also a section allowing you to give us consent to take and use photographs of your child for school purposes throughout their time with us. We would appreciate if you could complete this form at your earliest convenience to allow us to plan for your child’s first days at Riverside Primary Academy.


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. Please contact the school office for more information on this.


Key Staff


Here is a selection of our key staff for you and your child to familiarise yourselves with.


Early Years Staff


Early Years Leadership Team



SEND Leader


Office Staff

Designated Safeguarding Staff

School Prospectus


As you have already chosen Riverside Primary Academy for your child, it is highly likely you will have already seen our wonderful prospectus. If not, click on the link below to find out more about our “Outstanding” school.

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Download our Prospectus Here


Update: 14th May 2021

Welcome to the Riverside Primary Academy!


We are delighted that you have successfully been allocated a place for your child to join our school in September 2021. We would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your child from everyone at Riverside Primary Academy.


The Reception year is a very special one indeed. It marks the first formal year of education for your child and the Early Years curriculum is specially designed to allow your child to develop a thirst for learning which will serve them for their entire life. Transitioning into this first year at school is important not only for your child, but also for you as parents/carers.


This is one of our favourite times of the year, getting to meet you and your lovely children in preparation for starting the school journey together.  In the coming weeks we will be arranging for our staff to visit your child in their current nursery setting and we will also be hosting transition visits to allow your child to explore their new classroom before they start formally in September. We will keep you informed and up to date of when these visits will take place.


Please be reassured that we will do everything that we can to ensure the transition into our academy runs as smoothly as possible for everyone. As a starting point, we have set up this new page on our school website, dedicated to sharing information with all of our new families.  On this page, you will find the information which will help you to support your child during their transition and some guidance to help you feel prepared for this new adventure in their lives.  Over the coming weeks we will continuously add useful information to this webpage to make sure you feel ready for the first day of school in September.   You will be given notification each time the webpage is updated.


In the meantime, please take a few minutes to read our Reception Ready leaflet below and please also browse through the other pages on our school website to find out more about us and our school community. If you have any questions or queries at all about your child joining us in September, please do not hesitate to give the school office a call.


We look forward to meeting with you all soon. Until then, stay safe and take care.





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.


Ofsted Report


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