We've had such a wonderful morning raising money for Macmillan today. Thank you so much for attending our Coffee Morning and donating such beautiful cakes. The atmosphere was lovely too, it was great to catch up with parents and to see everyone taking a little time out of their busy day to raise money for a cause that is so special to us all. There can be no better way to end the week! With our cake sale after school today to add to the takings from this morning, we've raised over £200 for Macmillan. You can still donate online to our dedicated fundraising page here: http://www.justgiving.com/cm23032492.
We are very proud of Dorothy, Theo, Seren and Albie for representing our school on Tuesday morning at the official re-opening of the playground area at Oxney Green Park. They'd been invited to attend by Writtle Parish Council and were accompanied by myself and Mr Taylor. Along with the Junior school representatives, the children met the Parish Councillors for the opening ceremony and tried out the newly refurbished play equipment. They also gave their recommendations for new equipment to add to the play area. Having been tried and tested, the playground now has the Writtle schools' seal of approval!
It was lovely to see so many parents at our meetings for Year 1 and 2 this week - we hope you found them informative and have a good understanding of the curriculum for the year ahead. Information from both meetings has been sent to everyone via ParentMail and we have also published it on our website. Foxes and Squirrels parents have been invited to a meeting and Mini Picnic next Tuesday and Friday afternoons, we look forward to seeing parents there.
This week Mr Taylor had a brilliant time reading to the children in Foxes and Squirrels. He can't wait to visit the other classes too! I went to Ducklings Nursery to read a story to the little ones - it was so delightful and the children listened beautifully. We are also hoping to visit some of our other local pre-schools, as it is lovely to get to know the children in the village.
I have to say an extra special thank you to all of the staff who are working incredibly hard to get up to speed with the new Little Wandle phonics scheme. Their expertise in Phonics is long-established, but it does take a little while for a new scheme to settle in. In particular our English lead, Mrs Scott-Simons, is well and truly going over and above her part-time hours to ensure that everything is in place to improve standards of reading and the application of phonics skills for your children. We have just received some of our new reading books so we are excited to show these to the children. Thank you for being so understanding, I can assure you that the children are still having plenty of reading sessions in school and that assessments of their current reading ability are taking place regularly.
We look forward to new activities starting next week! Chris Michaelides from CMXSC, the company that leads our Gymnastics club, will take our EYFS children for PE lessons from Monday 2nd October. Our Foxes and Squirrels should already wear uniform suitable for daily active play, but please ensure that your child is wearing their joggers/leggings and trainers for Mondays from now on. As part of our enrichment activities for all children, we will also begin afternoon yoga sessions with Mrs Easteal on Monday. These will be conducted on a weekly rota, starting with Year 2, who will hopefully return home to you in a Zen-like state of calm on Monday afternoon! PE kits are not required for yoga lessons.
Finally a reminder that the School Census is next Thursday, when we encourage all children to have a school lunch. Also our Open Day for parents of children starting in September 2024 is next Friday morning at 9am. Please let friends and family know that they can book a place via our website.
Enjoy your weekend.
Highlights of the week
This week we looked at extracts from Samuel Peyps and John Evelyn's diaries about what happened during the Great Fire of London. We then wrote a diary about our day. We also enjoyed learning to skip in PE!
We're loving our book 'A House in the Woods'! We pretended to be the characters and discussed our views of the story. If you haven't already sent in a photo of your child's family, please email it to parents@writtleinfantschool.
We've learned to use our whiteboards and pens this week, so we're ready to begin our Phonics lessons. We've also been trying on dressing up outfits, so we can put on our clothes by ourselves.
We drew on the logs with charcoal and loved watching our hands go black! We also made a gallery of our artwork.