Weekly News – Friday 1st December

Dear Parents

Christmas preparations are well underway in school and it even snowed (briefly) on the first day of December! It was lovely to see so many Year 1 and 2 parents at the church on Monday for Reverend Tony’s Advent assembly. We hope you enjoyed the preview of the Christmas performance which is not long away, didn’t the children sing beautifully? Thanks to Reverend Tony for the Advent calendars which are now being used in each class, the children were very excited to add their first sticker today! You may have also seen a familiar face in the audience as Mrs Castell attended the service! It was lovely to catch up with her and she hopes to return for the Year 1 and 2 performance later this month.

We hope you’ve enjoyed your first reading book at home this week! Please remember to sign your child’s reading record and return their record and reading book to school. We will collect books on a Thursday, so they absolutely must be in on this day please! Can we also ask you to take extra care of our precious (and expensive) books, we have had a few mishaps with water bottles this week and are already seeking replacements. Dolphins class visited the library this week and are looking forward to taking part in the Winter Reading Challenge, we hope that all children will do this over the Christmas break. Parrots will have their turn next Thursday. We are very much looking forward to the Christmas storytime session this afternoon, the children are excited to see you.

This morning we celebrated our Great Geographers throughout the school as our Foxes and Squirrels are now joining us every Friday for assembly. This week’s theme fits in with our entry (joint with Writtle Junior School) for the Christmas Tree Festival - Children Celebrating Christmas Across the Continents - where each year group from Reception to Year 6 have chosen a continent to represent in Christmas decorations! Please make sure you come and see our fabulous double entry at the church this weekend. Thanks to all of the children for making such beautiful decorations and to Mrs Fisk, Mrs Barber and Mrs Prentice from WJS for putting together such a stunning pair of trees! The children are now very well versed in the 7 continents and 5 oceans - you can follow the links to the wonderful songs which we shared in assembly this morning as the children are dying to sing them to you!

We celebrate 100 years of Disney with our decorated Christmas hoops, which are now hanging from the ceiling hall. Hopefully you will see them at the children's performances which begin next week with EYFS on Thursday. It’s always a very special treat and we look forward to seeing you there.

Next Friday sees the opening of the Elfridges store and WISPA’s Christmas movie night. We understand tickets have sold more quickly than the Glastonbury festival. 😉

We had another lovely session at Messy Church on Sunday. The next one is on Christmas Eve when the plan is to share hot chocolates around a fire! Do come along if you can.

Have a great weekend. Keep warm!

Best wishes,

Tracey Wilson

Essentials for next week!

  • Tickets for our Christmas performances are now available at ticketsource.co.uk/writtle-infant-school. Due to limited space in the hall we ask that you book a maximum of 2 per family. The dates of the performances are as follows:
    • EYFS Thursday 7th December, 9.15am
    • Year 1 & 2 Thursday 14th December, 9.15am
    • Year 1 & 2 Friday 15th December, 9.15am
  • Please name all children's clothing and belongings. We are finding a lot of lost property without labels. Thank you.
  • Please check the diary dates for details of upcoming events.

WISPA Update

Dates for your diary

Thank you so much to everyone for the incredible response to the Elfridges and Festive Movie Night events!  These are our first sold-out events and we can’t wait to see the children enjoying them.

From Friday 1st December you’ll find us outside the infant school from 3pm with pre-loved Christmas jumpers, craft packs and wrapping paper for sale. Don’t forget you can still donate your children’s clean, unwanted Christmas jumpers - just drop them off to us at afternoon pick up.

Word of the week

Our word of the week chosen by Turtles class is "ailing"! 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 had a fun and busy week visiting the Writtle library, singing at the Advent service and creating lots of Christmas crafts!

Year 1

We read the story of Pattan's Pumpkin and found links to other flood stories including Noah's Ark.


We've been rehearsing for our Christmas performance and can't wait to perform for you next Thursday!

Forest School

Both classes made beautiful masks using the leaves from our trees! We kept warm with lots of physical play and we chopped and peeled veg in the mud kitchen!

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.