Weekly News – Friday 20th October

Dear Parents

Thanks so much to you all for attending Autumn Storytime last Friday afternoon, it was such a pleasure to see so many of you. The next one is on Friday 1st December, when we'll be feeling very festive! There was a lovely atmosphere at our Parents' Evenings this week. It seems that offering appointments at the same time as the Junior school and inviting children to attend if they wish has been a success. We certainly saw lots of smiling children and proud parents! We hope you enjoyed the goodies from our catering company, Stir Food, it was really good of them to come along and offer you a taste of the food they serve during the school week.

Year 1 and 2 had a brilliant day yesterday with Essex County Cricket Club, who presented an assembly about cricket followed by workshops for each class, where the children played 3 Tees cricket. Apologies if your children are now pestering you to join Writtle Cricket Club, but you never know, we may have the next Ben Stokes among us!

Thank you for your donations to Chelmsford Food Bank, which were collected today. We are very grateful for your generosity and know that it will be a great help to those who need it.

On Sunday Mrs Pluck and I will be at the first of the monthly Messy Church sessions at All Saints Church. We're delighted that a good number of you are able to attend and look forward to seeing you there.

This morning we celebrated Fantastic Friends in assembly. The children will bring certificates home to you in their book bags. A reminder that we love to celebrate achievements outside of school - please bring in any certificates, badges and trophies to the office.

Mr Taylor and I would like to express our thanks to you all for your support during our first half term in our new roles. It's been an absolute joy to spend time with your children over the past few weeks and we hugely appreciate the hard work of the staff as they settle them into the new school year. The next half term is always a busy one, so please keep an eye on school communications for key dates and make sure you all have a good rest this half term holiday - we certainly will!

We return to school on Monday 30th October and WISPA have planned a dress down day and pumpkin carving competition for Tuesday 31st. We can't wait to see your entries, we never fail to be amazed by your creativity! Please also be aware that school photos will be taken on Thursday 2nd November, so for Turtles and Year 2 classes, we will ask that you arrive in school uniform before changing into Forest School/PE kit. We'll remind you again nearer the time.

Finally, a reminder to our Year 2 parents that you must apply online for your child's Year 3 place by 15th January 2024. Writtle Juniors will hold meetings for you on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th November. The same deadline applies to parents of children due to start school in September 2024. We encourage all prospective parents to sign up to our Open Days at 6-7pm on 8th and 30th November. The best advertisement for our school comes from the children, so thank you to Mrs Pluck for capturing some of their magic in our promotional video, which we thought you all might enjoy.

Have a wonderful break, see you soon.

Best wishes
Tracey Wilson

Essentials for after half term!

  • Children return on Monday 30th October at 8.40am. Remember the clocks go back on Sunday 29th!
  • WISPA's Halloween dress down day and pumpkin carving competition is on Tuesday 31st October. £2 entry, pumpkins will be lined up along the path to school. No terrifying costumes please!
  • School photos will be taken on Thursday 2nd November. Turtles, Dolphins and Sharks will need to arrive in their uniform and then bring their Forest School (Turtles) and PE kits (Y2) with them to change into.
  • Poppies and other accessories in support of the Royal British Legion will be on sale after half term.
  • Forest School lessons are on Tuesdays for Dolphins and Thursdays for Turtles. On these days those children should come to school in their Forest School clothing. Please ensure that wellies are clearly labelled!!
  • Children should come to school in their PE kit on PE days. This is Mondays for EYFS, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Year 1 and Thursdays and Fridays for Year 2. Please ensure the children have warm clothing and a waterproof coat for activities in cold weather.
  • Please check the diary dates for details of upcoming events.

Word of the week

Our word of the week chosen by Foxes class is "lanterns".  Please discuss the meaning of the word with your child and try to use it in conversations this week.

WISPA Update

The PTA are running a dress down day and pumpkin decorating competition for your mini monsters this Halloween, for a £2 donation. Check out the fantastic poster that the Junior school's Photography Club have made!
N.B: No adult-themed or terrifying costumes please, as we will all be scared!
Also just a reminder to check your child's book bags for their Christmas card order form, as the deadline for orders is Wednesday 25th October!
Wishing you all a spooktacular half term!

Home Learning

Please follow the links below to access this week's home learning for Years 1 and 2.
Year 1 Home Learning
Year 2 Home Learning

Highlights of the week

Year 2

This week we completed a Great Fire of London quiz and designed our own board games. We followed a recipe to make some delicious 17th Century biscuits and worked as a team to play an exciting game of indoor cricket!

Year 1

We've used number lines and tracks in maths, to help us understand the vocabulary of "greater than" and "less than". We met the crocodiles 'Larry Less Than' and 'Gary Greater Than' when comparing numbers!


Foxes and Squirrels have been learning all about the number 3 this week, in lots of different ways!

Forest School

We made lovely hedgehog prints with mud and checked out the animal hibernation areas. There were lots of pumpkin activities including making pumpkin soup and learning sign language for the word pumpkin. We also had fun sitting in a massive nest made of falling leaves!

Keeping Children Safe

  • Emergency contact details must be up to date. Please email us at parents@writtleinfantschool.com if your details have changed.
  • Any food brought to school must not contain nuts or egg-based foods (e.g. egg mayo, scotch egg, omelette etc.).
  • We all have a duty to safeguard the children in our care. If you have any concerns about a child, please contact the school, the Chairs of Governors (if your concern is about a member of teaching staff), or the Essex Child and Families Hub on 0345 603 7627.