What’s On – Friday 18th September

Message from Mrs. Castell

Dear Parents 

We start with some wonderful news. Baby Espinosa-Davis is here! Mila-Rosa Belle was born on Wednesday morning, weighing 7lb 3oz. We are all delighted for Mr and Mrs E (as the children call her) and wish them well. 

In assembly today we presented Mrs Wilson with a gift to recognise her 25th anniversary of teaching in our school. It is impossible to put into words how much she has done for thousands of children during that time and we thank her for her selfless dedication to the school. 

The children continue to amaze us with how they are coping with the new procedures. We are always looking at tweaks and we thank you for your suggestions. Please do all you can to ensure that your child stays with you and doesn't mix with anyone outside their bubble. 

We are looking for a new parent governor to start from this term. If you are interested, please call me for an informal chat about the commitment required. Our School Improvement Plans have been updated - there are versions for parents and children.

As you will have heard in the news, difficulties in getting Covid-19 tests and delays in receiving results are causing much frustration. We appreciate your patience and vigilance in reporting symptoms, arranging tests and isolating where necessary. Where this has affected our staff, it is already having an impact on cover, as staff are only permitted to work in one bubble per day. If we allowed staff to work across bubbles and there was a positive test, it would mean more than one bubble isolating for 14 days. We await further information from the government about teachers being given priority for tests, which will be essential to help bubbles stay open. 

As you know we are currently only offering a cold lunch, as we are unable to serve multiple bubbles in the hall and social distancing has restricted capacity at the Junior School's kitchen. However, Mr Taylor and I are committed to providing hot school meals again. Given the logistics of serving meals to the classrooms, we are undertaking a trial run on Friday 2nd October. You will see fish and chips as an option on our school menu going out today - please give it a go! Just to clarify, children are asked to stay in their places while eating their lunch, rather than mingling in the classroom. This is to prevent cross-contamination for any children with allergies and also to avoid food being dropped into other children’s storage boxes.

A reminder that children do not change for PE, so we encourage them to wear leggings/joggers/shorts every day, in order that they can be as active as possible. I do appreciate the lovely weather has meant the return of summer dresses etc, but do consider the practicality of this for PE lessons. We also cannot take children's earrings out for PE lessons, so if your child cannot remove them by themselves, please leave earrings at home on PE days. 

Warm regards
Helen Castell 


  • Can we please ask that parents do not arrive on site too early. The gate will not open until 8.30am.
  • To help with social distancing we need as few people in the playground as possible. Please try to ensure that children are accompanied by only one adult and that siblings only join you when necessary. Thank you.
  • Please avoid using our picnic tables to save us having to sanitise them before lunchtime.
  • We are finding that the tape preventing entry to certain areas of the playground is regularly torn down. Please watch your children closely.
  • We have new email addresses! Please email us at parents@writtleinfantschool.com if you need to contact the office. To contact your child's teacher please email the class name @writtleinfantschool.com, so for example dolphins@, foxes@, parrots@ etc.

Year 2 Weekly Plan

English: Focus Texts and writing Only one you - Linda Kranz
Handwriting - long ladder letters
Reading focus - Sequencing Suki
Phonics - Y1 Unit 15 ee written as - ea, e-e, ie, ey, y
GPS - commands
Maths: Consolidation of place value - fluency, reasoning and problem solving
Science: Food chains
Geography: Introduction to Asia
Art: Portraits in the style of Paul Klee
PSHE: Friendships - The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, meditation and mindfulness
PE: Skipping and fitness

The children really enjoyed using Topmarks.co.uk's Caterpillar Ordering and Coconut Ordering games, as well as ICT games's Look, Cover, Write, Check. You may want to give them a try at home.

Home learning activities for this half term are listed in our Year 2 Activity Passport: Autumn 1, which you can also find on the Year 2 Home Learning page. Please also log in to Bug Club, we have updated your child's account with phonics lessons, grammar activities and new reading material. Our new email addresses are dolphins@writtleinfantschool.com and sharks@writtleinfantschool.com. Please use these to contact your class teacher or send us any home learning.

Year 1 Weekly Plan

Here’s what to look forward to next week:

English: Writing facts about ourselves, writing labels for different parts of the body, discussing our favourite stories.
Maths: Comparing different groups, using greater than and less than to compare.
Science: Identifying different parts of the body, the different functions of those body parts and using the 5 senses.
PE: Continuing to increase our fitness. Persevering during different circuit activities.
Forest School: Parrots every Tuesday (Turtles after half term). Please arrive in Forest Schools clothes and trainers. Wellies stay in school. A change of clothes is only necessary if it will be wet that day.

Please click this link for the week's home learning.

Our new email addresses are parrots@writtleinfantschool.com and turtles@writtleinfantschool.com.


What a busy week we have had! We have been enjoying exploring all the resources inside and outside. The children have had so many new rules and routines to learn, we bet they will sleep well tonight! Please keep looking at Tapestry, here is a link to a YouTube video that explains how to set up your notifications. https://youtu.be/ZvjWs_1Fgn8

Each week in Reception we learn a new poem, we will upload a post about this on Tapestry soon. Next week our poem is called 'Chop, Chop' . It's a poem about vegetables.

If you haven't already, please send a family photo into school as soon as possible.

Have a lovely weekend!