What’s On – Friday 14th May

Message from Mrs. Castell

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Dear Parents

It is so nice to see some warmer weather! At the time of writing our classes are doing their bit for school funds by taking part in the Mini Marathon. We've already received some incredibly generous donations, thank you so much to all the family and friends who have sponsored the children. Thanks too to WISPA for organising the event and Miss Grant for sourcing a water bottle and a lovely sticker for every child!

This week we've also had great fun riding large toy animals around the school - take a look at our picture gallery to see the photos. Thank you to Mrs Scott-Simons for organising this, the children have loved it (and the staff too!).

I've received a few queries about Parents' Evening this term. We will offer telephone appointments with the class teachers alongside the publication of the children's annual reports in July. This gives parents a chance to discuss their child’s progress further if they wish to, at a time when teachers will have the most current assessments for discussion. Please remember that you can contact the school at any time if you need to speak to your child's teacher. 

Forest School Gallery
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The school is still expected to limit social interaction as much as we can to avoid transmission of COVID and we sent you a letter from Essex County Council on Wednesday. We are aiming to give the children as many experiences as possible, for example the horse riding this week and an owl experience later this term. Our plans for further events remain tentative until we know whether restrictions on numbers are in fact lifted on June 21st. After extensive discussion with the governors we think it best not to have a whole school sports day this year, but we will have a year or class based event so the children do not miss out, which we hope parents will be able to attend. Until we receive further advice from the government, I would not want to publish dates which may be subject to change.

One of our Foxes children broke her wrist in a scooter accident last Saturday. The family have asked us to share with you her doctor's assessment that her helmet protected her from much worse injuries. We see a number of children riding bikes and scooters without helmets, so please consider how a helmet can protect your child. She is doing very well and hopes to be back soon!

Can I remind you again that if your child has a new persistent cough or a temperature, the household must isolate and arrange a full PCR test. I know how difficult this is, but we still have to safeguard against Covid. A test may mean a day away from school and work for a family, but a positive case means 10 days of isolation for everyone within a bubble. All Essex Headteachers had a meeting with the Director of Public Health which reiterated our need to continue to follow the guidance. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Warm regards

Helen Castell


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

Sharks:  Evelyn for some amazing cricket! Ethan for super hard work with his English writing!

Dolphins: Navayah and Lucie for amazing confident and fluent reading!

TurtlesLeo for reading so confidently this week! George for super blending in phonics!

ParrotsFreddie for being such a kind friend! Lily H for writing an excellent set of instructions for how to plant seeds!

Foxes: Farrah for being super brave when she broke her arm. We miss you and your creations! Madeleine for always being very enthusiastic and keen to learn new things!

Squirrels: Ella for working so hard and being a cheerful and friendly member of the class! Hollie for being a super friend and a really good role model!

Year 2 News

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In Year 2 there has been a lot of horsing around this week (adults and children)! Our horse-themed day was certainly the highlight of the week and was a perfect example of how to improve our mental health. We even managed to include our work on position and directions, although some of the horses seemed to have a will of their own! Don’t be surprised if your child displays an interest in becoming a jockey or a fashion designer, as they all designed their own racing silks!

On Friday 28th May, Year 2 will have a pirate-themed day in school! We would love the children to dress up as pirates for the day, although please make sure their clothes are still suitable for school work and active play.

Please click here for this week's home learning.

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

Year 1 News

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The Year One children have had a fantastic week learning how to write instructions. We have been using bossy imperative verbs to write instructions for how to take care of a bird. In Maths, we have learned how to find 1/4 of shapes and quantities and the children have been fantastic! We have had amazing mini horses in school, the children (and adults!) had so much fun riding them around the school hall and taking part in races. We have also listened and appraised some Latin music!



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This week our poem was called Sliced Bread. We enjoyed learning about bread and how it’s made. We also read the story The Little Red Hen. We loved making jam sandwiches today. They were delicious and we practised spreading and slicing the sandwich in half and for some in quarters. We absolutely loved our horse/animal racing on Wednesday. It was so much fun and very good for our core muscles. We have learnt all about the number 13 this week. Have a lovely weekend.