What’s On – Friday 16th June

Message from Mrs. Castell

Dear Parents

Congratulations to our Year One children who have persevered with their phonics screening this week. We are very proud of you all. We were pleased to welcome new parents to our induction meetings and introduce them to our staff and governors, including Mr Taylor and our new Foxes class teacher for September, Mr Williams.  Sharks class really enjoyed their visit to Writtle library, next week it will be Foxes' turn. The author Lynn How shared her book “Your Rainbow” with all the children. Please follow the link if you wish to purchase the book at a discounted rate.

Sports Day - next Wednesday

We hope the lovely weather continues for our Sports Day next Wednesday. Please ensure you read the ParentMail regarding the day, it contains useful information for those of you who haven't attended before. We are still seeing children without PE kits, trainers or sun hats in school. All are essential items as we are spending so much active time outdoors this term. Children must also have suncream applied before school. Our word of the week is "sportsmanship", appropriately. This was chosen by Dolphins class. Please talk to your children about the meaning of the word in advance of next week!

WISPA Summer Fete

We have 2 dress down days coming up in return for items for our Summer Fete on Saturday 1st July, I'm sure you already have the date in your calendar! Raffle tickets have been prepared so please check your book bags for them today or early next week.

Friday 23rd June -  for bottles, Pokémon cards, cuddly toys and Lego (no books or other toys please)
Friday 30th June  - for cakes

Please also read the attached pdf if you would like a cream tea at the event - they are available for pre-order from Suffolk Slice.

Staff clubs

Staff clubs were not running this week, as advertised at the time of booking, on our website and in last week's newsletter. Despite this a number of children were not collected on time and staff had to contact parents and supervise the children for an additional 25 minutes when they had other school commitments. Please make a clear note in your diaries that clubs finish the week of 3rd July.

Reading Monday

The next Reading Monday is on 3rd July from 8.45am.

Earlier opening from September

Another reminder that from September 2023 the doors will open at 8.40 when the register opens and learning begins. The doors will close at 8.50. This extra five minutes ensures that we are meeting the expected length of time from September 2023.


Attendance this week is 95.3% compared to our school target of 96%.

Have a lovely weekend. Enjoy the sunshine!
Helen Castell


Water safety advice - Tragically, more than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year. It is important to know how to keep yourself and those around you safe. The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has lots of useful information aboutstaying safe in and around water

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Year 2 News

The sun has been shining this week and the children have enjoyed being outside. We have continued on our ‘African Adventures’. Our new topic book is called ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’ by David Conway and Jude Daly. The story is set in Africa and gives children a good insight of how different people live around the world and encourages the importance of home for everyone. We have been exploring Kenya and the children created their own fact files after researching information from different sources. We have been so impressed with their enthusiasm and desire to find out as much as they can. The children have been exploring position and direction as part of their maths work. We have introduced the children to lots of new mathematical vocabulary including clockwise and anti-clockwise. We have also been preparing and practising for Sports Day. We are praying for good weather on Wednesday and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Please click here for this week's home learning.

Year 1 News

Thank you for another lovely week. The children have been fantastic this week with our phonics screening check. We want to say a big thank you for all of the support you have given the children at home. They have made so much progress this year and we cannot wait to share their results with you when you receive their reports. This week we have created some acrostic poems and learnt all about performance poetry. We have also compared numbers within 100, by comparing tens and ones. There has been a lot of sports day prep this week! Please ensure next week your children have their full PE kit in school. Last week, we needed our PE kits on Wednesday and Friday instead of the usual Tuesday & Thursday and there were a large amount of children without kits. Have a lovely sunny weekend!.

Please click here for this week's home learning.


This week we have learnt about snails. Our poem was called 'Tiny Shell' and we enjoyed reciting it. We loved hunting for snails in forest school and in the wooded area on the field. It was nice and cool and we had to look hard for the snails as they were all hiding from the heat! Foxes have created a snail home for all the snails and Squirrels have enjoyed coming in to look at them. We have learnt how to care for snails, how to handle them carefully and all about their lifecycle. In maths we have continued to work with numbers within 20 and in phonics we have been revisiting the phase 3 phonemes, please continue to read with your child as much as you can.  We have been practising a lot for Sports Day and completed the heats ready for the finals on Wednesday. We can't wait to see you all there!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Forest School

Look who joined us for the day on Tuesday! Thank you to Mrs Limpkin for the loan of her beautiful chickens Marco, Dolly Part-hen, Gertie and Ginny. They had a lovely time pecking around our Forest School area and the children were absolutely fascinated by them. We hope to have them back again next week.