What’s On – Friday 25th June

Message from Mrs. Castell

Dear Parents

What a wonderful visit we had from Night Owls yesterday! I'm sure the children have already told you all about it, but they were absolutely enthralled by the owls flying across our hall and were fascinated to learn all about them. A proof copy of your child's photograph with Whisper the Barn Owl will be sent home today. If you would like to order the photo, please return cash or cheque payment in the envelope provided by Monday 5th July.

The chicks and ducklings continue to bring joy to the whole school, we can't believe how much they've grown since they hatched! They will be re-homed within our school community over the coming week.

Year One had a great sports morning on Wednesday. I appreciate how difficult it has been for parents not to attend, but we ensured the children were well supported with everyone cheering them on. We have taken lots of photos and awarded medals and certificates. EYFS are hosting their sports morning as I write and Year Two hold theirs next Thursday.

On Monday morning at a briefing for over 250 Essex headteachers, the Director for Public Health underlined that schools should not host events that might enable further mixing of households. Infection numbers continue to rise in school communities, so the clear expectation is to minimise contact for the remainder of term. Sadly this means we are unable to mix our Year Two children for a leavers disco, as the guidance states that we should avoid hosting large gatherings indoors for more than one bubble. However, our wonderful WISPA committee are funding a magical treat outside for each Year Two class bubble. More details of this and our leavers assemblies will be published next week, once I receive further guidance from Essex County Council.

The final day of the summer term for all children is Friday 16th July. There are three INSET days the following week, during which staff will undertake training and prepare the school for September.

Helen Castell


  • Please continue to test twice-weekly using lateral flow tests at home. If you receive a positive result, or experience any symptoms, you must isolate the whole household and arrange a PCR test. All test results should be recorded on the government website.
  • We love to celebrate achievements out of school in our Friday assemblies, such as swimming, karate, dancing and bike riding. Please email us at parents@writtleinfantschool.com so we can share them with the school.


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

Sharks: Ava for being brave during the owl visit and her brilliant retelling of owl facts! Kitty for her super reading with Miss Williams!

Dolphins: Erin for her brilliant balance and precision in PE! George for finding out some fabulous extra 'bread' facts at home!

Parrots: Poppy for her excellent knowledge of the UK coins and their value! Sophia for taking pride in her work and ensuring it is neat!

Turtles: Aria for being a super sportswoman and cheering her team on during sports day! Roman for always being a shining example to everyone else in the class!

Squirrels: Ruby V for lovely handwriting of our super sentences! Sophie for using a great loop technique with the sellotape and then teaching her friends!

Foxes: Max for always being so helpful, especially as you know where everything goes in the class! Felix for always being so keen to learn about new things and for excellent number skills!

Year 2 News

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Another fun packed week has whizzed by! We are sure the children have made you aware of the 3R’s this week; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. They researched facts and used them to make information leaflets. If your children have anything to do with it, the future of the world is in safe hands. We had a virtual trip around the world as part of our ‘Great Bread Bake Off’, product testing and tasting breads from around the world. We learnt some fascinating facts and obviously enjoyed the tasting!

Please click here for this week's home learning.

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

Year 1 News

Parrots class logoTurtles class logoWhat a fun packed week! Well done to all of the children for taking part in Sports Day, it was so much fun! The children did so well and we are so proud of them. The scores for the teams are: 1st Scotland: 227, 2nd England: 198, 3rd Northern Ireland: 177, 4th Wales: 166
In English, the children have continued to discuss the characters' thoughts and feelings in our story 'How to find Gold' and the children used the conjunction 'because' to explain their answers. In Maths, we have discussed measurements of time such as using the vocabulary 'before/after' and discussed the days of the week. We said farewell to our lovely chicks this week, they have been re-homed to a wonderful family within our school community, so a big thank you to them! The children made a digital card for 'Incredible Eggs' to say thank you.

Please click here for this week's Year 1 Home Learning.

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


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This week we finished off our speed stack challenge and enjoyed practising for our sports day. We LOVED the owls visit and we were amazed when they flew just above our heads! The children were all really brave as they had their photo taken with an owl. The ducklings have been so much fun and we loved watching them run around our carpet and having a bath! We are keeping them for a couple of weeks and then one of our teachers is taking them to her Dad, who already has lots of ducks! Thank you WISPA for funding this wonderful experience for our children.

Have a lovely weekend.