What’s On – Friday 17th March

Message from Mrs. Castell

Dear Parents,

I hope our Year Two parents enjoyed the wonderful performance of "Pirates vs Mermaids" at the Infant Music Festival on Wednesday afternoon. Thank you to the staff for their commitment in putting the event together. Our school takes on a lot of the arrangements for the festival, which over the course of the week has given over 800 local school children the opportunity to perform together.

It was lovely to see the children in their bright colours for Red Nose Day today. Thank you for your donations, we raised £120 for Comic Relief. Next Wednesday 22nd March our Eco Warriors are asking all children to wear a blue accessory with their school uniform to mark World Water Day. This helps us all to be aware of how much water we use and waste each day and to appreciate how lucky we are to have access to clean and accessible water each and every day. We are raising money for Splash, a charity that helps children all over the world access clean water for hand washing, working toilets and drinking water. Thank you as always for your support.

Our thanks go to Writtle College for donating 200 plants which contributed to the lovely presents for the Someone Special stall. My thanks also go to WISPA and WJSPA who gave up their time to run the event. We hope you enjoy your gifts!

Thank you to Miss Wakeling for organising the ice hockey fundraiser for Avia and Ellis. We raised over £600 for the families and they are so grateful.

Please ensure you have signed up for Parents' Evening appointments. Year 1 parents are invited to look at their child's books on Wednesday 29th March at 8.30am, with Year 2 parents invited to do the same on Thursday 30th March, 8.30am. We are also happy to put books out on Parents' Evening, please let us know if this is more convenient for you. Please do not bring children to your appointment as there is no supervision for them. For children with a Person Centred Plan we will send home booking details for a separate evening on Thursday 20th April.

As part of our commitment to developing vocabulary with our children each class will be choosing a word of the week. This week's word is "spectacular", chosen by Turtles class. We would be grateful if you would discuss the meaning of the word and use it with your children.

Attendance this week is 93.9% compared to our school target of 96% - lots of illness to contend with this week!

Next week is the final week for clubs this term, although there is a catch up session for Tennis club on 27th March and Yoga at 8 - 8.45am on 31st March. Please ensure you make arrangements for your children to be collected during the last week of term.

Best wishes

Helen Castell


This video from Safeguarding Pro seeks to promote positive body imagery among young people, who as always are under so much pressure to conform to a standard image expected of them by their peers, and the social media community. It may be useful for older siblings.

We all have a duty to safeguard the children in our care and if the school suspects or knows that a child is at risk of significant harm, we will make a referral to Social Services. The school does not investigate any disclosures that children may make, we are a referring agency. Procedures on safeguarding from the Government make it clear that all staff should operate with an ‘it could happen here’ approach to any concerns they may have. If you have any concerns about a child please telephone the Essex Child and Families Hub on 0345 603 7627.


  • Please do not walk your children across the staff car park, it is not a thoroughfare and is very dangerous to cross. Thank you.
  • A reminder that you can email our Chairs of Governors, Matt Coffey and Esther Burton, at any time at chair@writtleinfantschool.com.
  • If anyone has any spare bird-feeders or teapots, we would love to hang them in the trees for Forest School!
  • As we have children in school with life-threatening allergies, please do not send products containing nuts into school, or egg-based foods such as egg mayo, scotch egg, omelette, frittata etc.
  • Teachers cannot check the class email during the day. Please send urgent messages to parents@writtleinfantschool.com.
  • We love to share awards, medals, trophies, even anecdotes from children’s achievements outside of school. Please hand them to me or email parents@writtleinfantschool.com for assemblies on Friday.
  • Diary dates and school events can added from our website to the calendar on your phone. Click on your chosen list of dates from the Links section and then click export at the bottom of the page.


SHARKS - Xander for persevering with a fabulous music festival performance and independently learning all his lines! Bobby for his politeness at the music festival.
Robin for perseverance and Rachel for politeness.

DOLPHINS - Primrose for her excellent playing and brilliant perseverance learning to play the glockenspiel for the music festival and Warren for his bravery and confidence for his solo singing during the musical festival - he displayed wonderful independence. Isabelle and Frankie C for inclusivity,

PARROTS - Henry for persevering with his independent writing and creating a wonderful Mother's Day card! Louie for being honest with how he is feeling. Lois for independence and Ruby for politeness.

TURTLES - Skyla for kindness and inclusivity. She has had a fantastic week and been very kind to her friends! Isla for always being polite and showing perseverance in her learning. Poppy for inclusivity and Avia for politeness.

SQUIRRELS - Jake for persevering with his letter formation - great work! Darcie for inclusivity - she was a great friend to someone who was upset this week. Martha for politeness and Alexis for perseverance.

FOXES - Tristan for persevering with his squirrel writing! Well done. Chloe for independence when making her rabbit coat! Fantastic design and fixing skills. Brilliant! Lottie for perseverance and Wilf for politeness.

Year 2 News

The highlight of this week has to be our performance of Pirates V Mermaids. Thanks so much to everyone who attended. The children and staff loved being a part of the Music Festival. We were so proud of all the children. Their enthusiasm, engagement and fantastic behaviour were commented on and praised by the festival organisers. Hopefully it will be an event to remember for many years to come. In Science we discussed food groups and healthy eating. The children thoroughly enjoyed making (and tasting) vegetable soups. We have included a link to the recipes if you would like to try them at home.


It was great to see them applying the chopping skills that they learnt making their fruit kebabs last week. We’ve also had some fun creating Giacometti inspired tin foil sculptures. The finished sculptures were incredible! In Maths we have a new measuring unit where the children have been measuring in grams and kilograms. The week ended with lots of Red Nose Day themed activities.

Please click here for this week's home learning and SATs information from this week.

Year 1 News

This week we have looked further  into our topic book ‘How to Find Gold’. In English, we acted out parts of the story and used expression while reading as a character or narrator. We finished the story, so we discussed parts that surprised us and parts that we liked or disliked. In Maths, we explored length and height and measured using both non-standard units and centimetres. We compared objects using the vocabulary longer, shorter and taller. We created some art pieces, inspired by Matthew Cusick who was a multimedia artist. We used our inspiration to create pictures of physical or human features of geography.

Please click here for this week's home learning.


This week we have loved learning about squirrels! Squirrels class enjoyed this so much! We learnt about how squirrels find their food and how they store it, we think they are so clever. We even found out about flying squirrels and we wrote a list of things we know about them. The poem was called 'Furry Squirrel', our class words of the week were scurry and scamper. In maths we found out about the number 9. We found some letters from the 'Number 9 Bandit', he told us he could only count to 9 in ones and we helped him find all the different ways of counting, including counting in 3s! We also found all the different ways 9 can be made.I n phonics we began working within phase 4 but still revisiting phase 3 phonemes. We are concentrating on reading and writing the phonemes within words and writing sentences with them too. This is a harder skill as many of the children know the sounds in their folders but can't spot them within words.

Have a lovely weekend!