What’s On – Friday 27th November

Message from Mrs. Castell

Dear Parents

As Christmas comes hurtling towards us, my main hope is that we are able to stay open in order to enjoy some of the traditional Christmas festivities in school. This year that means virtual plays, Christmas stories recorded by the staff, holding parties and our Christmas lunch in class and decorating the school. The children are clearly delighted that rehearsals are in full swing and the preparations for Christmas have certainly brought some joy to our school. We are focusing on making the corridors very festive for the children to enjoy - we'll post photos on our website so you can see them too.

Please continue to follow the guidelines carefully so that we can maximise the chances of all our families and staff being able to spend time with their loved ones over Christmas and not being in two weeks isolation. I have been asked about rumours that schools will close early, but the government’s position is clear that schools will close on the 18th December.

A reminder that we will be unable to distribute Christmas cards from children to their friends as the advice is that this could transmit the virus from one home to another. The staff are donating to the British Heart Foundation instead of giving cards and, in the absence of charity collections at our Christmas concerts, parents are invited to donate to Barnardo's, a charity that supports the well-being and protection of children.

A massive thank you to WISPA, who are fundraising for us in the absence of the annual Christmas Fayre. We've already had some lovely prizes donated for our virtual Christmas raffle. Details of how to purchase tickets will be published soon. On 11th December we will hold a Christmas Jumper day for donations to WISPA, and on 18th December we're inviting the children to show off their crazy Christmas hair, again in exchange for your donations. In the New Year there are plans afoot for a fundraising recipe book and I am very grateful to our new catering company Miquill for the support of their chefs and food photographer for this project.

Please note that there is no compulsion to donate to everything; I am aware that we are asking for a number of donations at the moment. We are trying to balance what parents might usually spend at festive events such as the Christmas Fayre with an acute awareness that family budgets may be squeezed more than ever this year.

Can I remind all Year 2 parents that you need to submit your application for a Year 3 place at the Junior School by 15th January. Mr Taylor has published some introductory videos on his website to give you a flavour of Writtle Junior School. We have also published our virtual open day videos for parents of children starting school in September. Please pass the link on to any friends or family members who may be interested.

Finally, details of the Writtle Outdoor Christmas Tree Festival have been sent home by ParentMail - it sounds like a lovely opportunity to create a festive trail around the village! We'd love to see photos of your Christmas trees - please email them to parents@writtleinfantschool.com!

Have a good weekend and stay safe.

Helen Castell


Well done to the following children in Years 1 and 2 who have been awarded Shooting Stars for setting a great example to others this week.

Sharks: Harry for working so hard on his reading, you must be so proud! Kitty for being such a kind friend and always letting others join in!
Dolphins: Jamie J for his marvellous Maths! Amy for her amazing reading!
Turtles: Leo for fantastic phonics and English work this week! Millie for always being kind and caring to everyone!
Parrots: Blythe for always taking pride in her school work! Phoebe for finding her love for reading!


  • Please ensure that you are aware of the symptoms of headlice and threadworms and treat your child promptly if necessary. You can follow the links to NHS advice. Both conditions are very common and easily spread, so it pays to be vigilant! Thank you for your support.
  • To contact the School Office or Mrs. Castell, please email us at parents@writtleinfantschool.com. Class email addresses are listed in the year group sections below.

Year 2 Weekly Plan

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Here's what to look forward to next week.

English: The Ice Bear: Becoming an Arctic expert, video presentations. Reading with fluency and expression.
Phonics: Phonics screening
Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling: Similes
Maths: Money: coins and notes, shopping and change problems (using Topmarks' Toy Shop Money game)
Science: Melting ice investigation
Geography: Life as an Inuit
Art/DT: Christmas decorations and crafts

The new activity passport has been published - please give these a go and let us know how you get on. We can't wait to see your photos!

Our email addresses are dolphins@writtleinfantschool.com and sharks@writtleinfantschool.com.

Year 1 Weekly Plan

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Here’s what to look forward to next week:
English: We are going to read with adults to see what reading level we are and begin to re-tell Little Red Riding Hood.
Maths: We will compare groups of 0-20 objects using the greater than and less than signs and assess the children's recall of the names of 2D and 3D shapes.
Music: We will continue to practise our Christmas Production Songs.
PE: We are going to practise our dances for the Christmas Production.
Art and D&T: We are going to create some of our own Christmas decorations.
Forest School: Turtles every Tuesday. 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 email addresses are parrots@writtleinfantschool.com and turtles@writtleinfantschool.com.


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We have been busily working on our secret mission for Christmas! All will be revealed during the last week of term. Today we have enjoyed making Christmas decorations for our classroom and the corridor. We have been practising cutting, joining and sticking and being very creative.  We will bring them home at the end of term. We have been looking at the number 4 and have loved 'Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons'. We enjoyed the song and found different ways of making 4! Next week we will learn about number 5 and the sounds h, b, f, ff and the tricky word 'no'. Have a lovely weekend.