What’s On – Friday 9th July

Message from Mrs. Castell

Good luck to England on Sunday! Click the photo to view our red and white gallery.

Dear Parents,

We were so pleased to welcome back our EYFS children and staff today, following their isolation. A positive case at Ducklings has meant they have sadly had to close this week, so we wish everyone well. Please be assured that we are following all public health guidelines with regard to children returning to school after isolation and all families affected in recent weeks have also observed all guidance received from NHS Test and Trace. We very much appreciate your continued cooperation in terms of social distancing, testing and isolation where necessary. We would all be so upset if isolation affected the start of your summer holiday and by working together, we will do everything we can to avoid this.

As you know, there are significant changes on the horizon to lift Covid restrictions. I will write to you next week with further details, but the removal of bubbles means we can plan for a more "normal" academic year to come, including a return to our usual school hours of 8.45 until 3.10. We will also be able to welcome parents and visitors into school and hold extra-curricular clubs again, which will be fantastic. School uniform for Years 1 and 2 will return to normal, please see our school uniform page for full details. Please note there is change to footwear - we will ask children to wear black velcro trainers so that they can easily take part in our daily physical activity and PE lessons. Branded uniform is available from our online supplier, but book bags can be purchased from the school office for £5 (cash or cheque only).

Our Year Two children had a socially distanced visit to the Junior school this week and Mr Taylor would like to pass on to parents how fantastic they were! We celebrated their time with us at their leavers' assemblies this morning and were so delighted that their parents could join us on the playground. Thank you to everyone for being so understanding about the strict limits on the number of spectators. Congratulations to the following children, who were awarded our annual trophies.

Max Meadows Award for Scientific Knowledge – Michael in Sharks, Ted in Dolphins
Graham Gowers Award for Musical Talent – Betsy in Sharks, Bethany in Dolphins
Dick Candler Award for Sporting Achievement – Iris and Harry in Sharks, Iris and Finn in Dolphins
Barry Grainger Award for Knowledge of the World – Prim in Sharks, Samuel in Dolphins
Forest School Award - Oscar in Sharks, Tia in Dolphins
Eileen Thomas School Ambassador Award – Bella in Sharks, Amy in Dolphins

You will have received your child’s report this week and had a call with their class teacher if requested. Thank you for all your comments, which have been so positive and are very gratefully received. Despite the lockdowns, the children's progress is a credit to you and our staff working together in partnership during this difficult time.

Coming home in book bags today are children's class photos if you have ordered them. You will also receive a bookmark with details of the Essex Library Summer Reading Challenge. Owl photo orders were collected today and will be delivered next week. On Monday we welcome back Mrs Espinosa Pardo after her maternity leave, we are looking forward to seeing her. The children break up on Friday 16th July and return on Thursday 2nd September.

The excitement is already building in school due to a certain football match! Enjoy the game on Sunday (or try to - this is from someone who hid behind a chair when Kane took that penalty!). Could it be coming home....?

Kind regards
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.
  • Chelmsford City Council have published a helpful flyer with lots of summer activities for SEND children during the holidays.
  • Essex ActivAte are offering free summer holiday clubs for families eligible for free school meals and working families who are struggling financially and who would benefit from holiday support. Every club offers fun physical activity, a range of enrichment activities and every child attending will get a nutritious meal. Details and booking links for all of the sessions can be found via Essex ActivAte - Summer 2021.
  • 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: Lucy for super cricket skills! Bobbie and Isla for being good friends to everyone.

Dolphins: Jessica for always trying her best! Rosie W for being a kind and caring friend!

Parrots: Hannan for persevering to use his sounds when writing! Austin for being super brave when bumping his head but keeping a smile on his face!

Turtles: Hope, Una and Rowan for completing a fantastic timeline of their Year One experiences!

Foxes: Raury for working so hard at home with Mummy and your fabulous drawings! Noah for your love of drawing and writing - you are doing so well! Cienna for setting so well into Foxes class and for working so hard on your sounds!

Squirrels: Eden Rose for wonderful snail facts! Bobby for super work at home during isolation!

Year 2 News

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It’s coming home…. well, all of the children's belongings will be anyway! Fingers crossed the Euro 2020 trophy will be too!
On Tuesday the children visited their new classes at the Junior school and all came back smiling. Although they are a little bit nervous, excited and emotional at the moment we think they are definitely ready for the next exciting chapter in their school journey.
Obviously this week’s highlight was our rather unusual Leavers’ celebratory assembly. We are so proud of them all. It isn’t the end of something, but the beginning of something new!

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

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

Year 1 News

Parrots class logoTurtles class logoWe hope you are happy with your children’s reports and have had great, positive feedback too. What a fun packed week! We finished our own versions of How to find Gold and we’re so impressed with how many children wrote a high quality story! Well done! In Maths, we have been assessing what we know and what we need support with ready for Year 2! We have continued to learn about Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

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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Foxes class logo

We have been super impressed with how hard the children have been working during their time at home. Thank you to all the parents for your help with this. It’s been so lovely to meet up on Google Meet as well. It was wonderful today to welcome the children back to school! There will be no Tapestry Challenge this week, just enjoy your freedom - I know we will! We will be closing the children’s Tapestry journals at the end of next week and sending you a PDF of your child’s time with us. We will email a letter explaining how to do this. Please download your child’s journal as soon as possible, as after one month they get deleted from the system.
Have a great weekend everyone!