The youngster pleaded guilty to violent disorder and theft on August 8, in Hackney, at a hearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court.
Taiwo Adesina, prosecuting, told the court the boy had been seen on CCTV throwing bottles at police and attempting to set fire to a building.
The youth told District Judge Lacqueline Comyns that he had also stolen crisps and chocolate from Clarence Convenience Store, contributing to the store’s estimated £50,000 damage.
The store was reopened on 19 August after £20,000 was raised through the Help Silva appeal.
The referral order will mean community payback work and helping clear up damage caused during riots.