Weekly News – Friday 17th November

Dear Parents

What a colourful day we've had for Children in Need! The children looked wonderful and we are very grateful for your generous donations, we raised £190. Next Friday we have another dress down day, this time in exchange for gifts we can wrap at our Elfridges store. Please see the WISPA notice below for details.

Reading in school is in full flow and our reading practice sessions are popular with the children. We have seen a noticeable improvement in fluency and confidence and we know that with your support at home we can enhance this progress. The teachers are tracking the number of ebook accounts accessed at home and the statistics are as follows:

Sharks: 9/29 - 31%
Dolphins: 10/28 - 36%
Parrots: 19/30 - 63%
Turtles: 11/31 - 35%
Squirrels: 8/28 - 29%
Foxes: 5/28 - 18%

Obviously we would like to see these numbers improve, so please help us by listening to your child read their assigned book at home, signing their reading record and making sure their book bags are in school each day. You may be reading other books at home with your child, but their ebook has been carefully matched to their needs, so it is important to practise fluency and comprehension by reading this book repeatedly. I have now heard every Year 2 child read during reading practice groups and I look forward to hearing the rest of the children soon. Each class will also be making a trip to Writtle Library over the next few weeks, starting with Sharks next Thursday morning. This will introduce the children to the library and encourage them to improve their reading further by taking part in the Essex Libraries Winter Reading Challenge.

Mr Taylor and Miss Storer were delighted to see so many parents last night and at this morning's induction meetings for children starting Year 3 next year. As you know, the partnership between our two schools is going from strength to strength, and we are all working hard to ensure a successful transition for children moving from Year 2 to Year 3. Next Thursday sees the final Open Evening for parents whose children will start at our school in September 2024. Do please let friends and family know that they can book a place via our website.

Mr Taylor and I were delighted to see parents and grandparents when we accompanied Year 2 to the War Memorial on Monday. The children behaved impeccably as they read poems of remembrance and held a 2 minute silence. In school, EYFS and Year 1 paused their learning at 11am for 2 minutes of silence while watching this very special video: bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/poppies. Thank you for supporting the Royal British Legion by buying poppies from the school, we will find out soon how much was raised.

We celebrated Super Scientists in assembly today, these children will come home with our special certificates. Please keep sending us your achievements from outside of school, we love to share them!

We're in the process of arranging clubs for next term, including a new Spanish club! Watch this space, as we will send booking information home in plenty of time before the end of term.

Finally, a few children helped me to deliver some thoughtful gifts to our neighbours in Long Brandocks this week. We are very aware of the difficulties for residents, pedestrians and other local drivers at our busiest times of day and we wanted our neighbours to know that all 3 schools (Infants, Juniors and Ducklings) are encouraging parents to park with consideration. Please help us by leaving a little extra time for your journey to school, parking without blocking pavements, crossing points or driveways and being kind and considerate towards local residents. There are lots of alternative parking places within a very short walk of the school which would avoid the most congested areas. Our main concern is of course the safety of the children, so please supervise your children closely when you walk them to school. Thank you so much for your support.

Enjoy your weekend.

Best wishes
Tracey Wilson

Essentials for next week!

  • WISPA is holding a dress down day next Friday 24th November. Donations of unwanted gifts for Elfridges would be much appreciated.
  • Flu immunisations take place on Wednesday 22nd November.
  • Some Year 1 children will be going to TeddyLympics on the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd November.
  • Parents are invited to our Advent Service for Year 1 and 2, which will be held at All Saints Church on Monday 27th November at 9.30am.
  • We would appreciate it if book bags only have one keyring so that they are easier to store.
  • Please name all children's clothing and belongings. We are finding a lot of lost property without labels. Thank you.
  • If you have any spare children's socks to donate, we would very much welcome them in school!
  • 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 wear lots of layers and accessories to keep warm and bring waterproofs if you have them! 
  • 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. Children must wear (or have in school) trainers for PE activities, so please ensure you send in additional footwear if they have worn boots/wellies to school!
  • Please check the diary dates for details of upcoming events.

WISPA Update

Dates for your diary

Friday 24th November is a dress down day in exchange for donations of gifts for the Elfridges store.
Things the kids love to pick and parents like to receive include: slippers, gloves, smellies, candles, chocolate, spa packs,  jewellery, trinkets, sealed make up and perfume/ after shave, mugs, jars of scrummy stuff, gardening packs, puzzles…
Things we can’t take: alcohol, fiction books, cds, DVDs, used damaged or expired items.
Thanks so much for your help!

Other events before the end of term:

  • Monday 27th November: Elfridges & movie night ticket sales open
  • Friday 8th December (day time): Elfridges store opens
  • Friday 8th December (after school): Movie Night! Grab some extra Christmas shopping time while your children enjoy a festive flick after school!
  • Wednesday 20th December: Christmas Crazy day.

Word of the week

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

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

We've learned about Antarctic explorers from the past and written about what we would need to embark on such an intrepid adventure. We worked very hard to use our knowledge of number bonds to subtract in maths and we enjoyed sharing poems at the war memorial.

Year 1

This week we invented menus for ‘Duck’s Kitchen’ from the story Pumpkin Soup. We had some great ideas for pumpkin recipes - pumpkin burgers, pumpkin bubble gum and pumpkin sardines!


We have been learning the words and actions from 'The Christmas Basket' collection of poems and songs, to prepare for our Christmas performance!

Forest School

Dolphins foraged in the Juniors' field for items to use in Christmas crafts and for making leaf garlands. Turtles printed beautiful Christmas trees using ferns and we held a competition to find the biggest leaf! We're lucky to have 5 sycamores and 1 ash tree in Forest School, all with impressive 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.