Every wednesday our sixth formers get together and take part in a range of recreational activities!


Our students have been busy cooking up a storm in cooking club last week 🧑‍🍳⏲🍰🍕


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Don't forget our Christmas Light turn on from 4pm on next to the Children's centre tomorrow. Complementary sausage rolls, mince pies and mulled wine. Bring money for hot dogs etc. Carols - a time of festive cheer!


Our Year 12 students performed very well in the Senior Maths Challenge💡 Out of 40 students who participated we were awarded with 16 Bronze and 3 Silver Certificates🤩 This happens to be one of the toughest maths competitions we have out there. Well done to all involved👏


Mr Russell and Mr Balogun's Year 8 team are at it again. Well done to the Year 8 football team for fighting back from 2-0 down, to finish with a 6-4 win. Making it through to the next round of the Harris cup👏


On Wednesday, our SEN team and PE dept combined forces for an amazing trip to lakeside. "I think this is going to be my best day ever, I had so much fun" 🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️🧗‍♂️ Thank you to the wonderful Rock Up team for making it an amazing experience 👏


On Tuesday, our Year 8 students went to see the The Lion King at the Lyceum theatre🦁 🎭🎶


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Sat near a group of students from the Harris Academy Riverside at a performance of The Lion King last night. They were great! Enthused, bouncy, well-behaved, accompanied by committed and caring staff. We were very impressed by them all.


Thank you for your kinds words. This is amazing to hear! 👏🏼


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A little Hooke's law today


*SIXTH FORM OPPORTUNITIES*💡 Please see below the FREE webinar’s available to explore exciting carers and post-18 options!


ANTI-BULLYING WEEK Don’t forget to wear your odd socks tomorrow!!


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Some of our brilliant year 8's made oxygen today.


Year 10 GCSE Art students doing direct observation drawings at Kew Gardens today ✍🏻 🖼 🪴


Students are invited this week at break and lunch times to spread kindness around the academy this week! ♥️


The first walk of the week is underway. Our students and staff are taking part in the ‘Walk and Talk’ for Stand Up to Cancer ⬆️ We are walking around the school grounds and the Purfleet community! Great start guys 💪🏻


Walk & Talk for This week all of our students are invited to complete a two mile sponsored walk during their PE lessons. We are asking for students to donate £1 to Stand Up to Cancer ⬆️ Please bring your signed forms in with your PE kit on your PE day!


Wow! 🌟 Nearly half of all year 11 students are currently attending a voluntary Sunday night Maths revision session on TEAMs. Demonstrating outstanding habits of learning and behaviour👏🏼


On Thursday 18th November all students and staff are encouraged to wear odd socks of any pattern or colour to support


Coach Naiwo preparing the seniors for their first game of the season next week 🏃🏀

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Riverside Reading!

Reading for pleasure is the highest indicator of future success!

(OECD 2020)

According to the Open University (Reading for Pleasure, 2020,) there are three main ways we can encourage a lifelong love of reading:

1. Reading aloud - this could be students reading to a younger relative, or hearing parents or carers read to them. It does not have to be limited to fiction

2. Reading alongside students - reading at the same time helps students to develop resilience. This could be shared reading, or parents and carers could read their own individual books - knowing that their parents or carers are readers sends a powerful message 

3. Book Chat - discussing what students have read and expressing an opinion is a big motivator. Having an adult show interest in a story, and encouraging discussion around the events within the story will develop comprehension skills and deepen understanding

What are Harris Academy Riverside doing to help?

  • Revamped library space with a new and varied range of books which opened (finally!) on 1st November 2021 (in the period 1st November to 26th November, approximately 400 books have been loaned! Read more about our library.
  • Providing regular lesson related reading through our Prep packs 
  • Taking our year 7 students to 'Waterstone's' to kick start their literary passion
  • 'Riverside readers' club every lunch time
  • Specific text book clubs after school
  • Sixth form readers
  • Bedrock vocabulary programme and associated rewards
  • Explicit vocabulary instruction in all lessons

Our prep packs provide students access to disciplinary literacy directly related to their lessons.

Reading prep with your child a few times a week will help them learn lots of new subject specific vocabulary and promote confidence in reading and learning.

Encourage your child to access our library space and join a book club today!