Weekly News – Friday 8th December

What an exciting week for our Foxes and Squirrels, as they performed for the very first time to a huge audience! Mr Taylor and I were so proud to see their confidence and enthusiasm yesterday morning, we love to see all that hard work from the children (and staff!) turn into such a special memory for their families. We hope it was a magical morning for you all.

We awarded certificates to our Magical Musicians today, celebrating stand-out performers from recent rehearsals and Christmas shows. The festivities continued with the ever-popular Eldridges store in the library this morning. The children have chosen from our incredible selection of gifts (thank you again for your generous donations) and our elves have been busy wrapping them into perfect packages to place under the tree. Tonight over 100 children attended our Movie Night until 4.30pm, so WISPA have had a non-stop day! We are so grateful for the time they volunteer to give the children these extra treats, and to you all for your support of their fundraising activities. We are also thankful to Tesco for generously donating some of the hot dogs for this evening.

Following another very popular story-time with parents last Friday afternoon, our love of reading continues in class and I really enjoyed my group reading sessions with Year 2 this week. Reverend Tony also read with a group of children on Monday and Parrots loved their trip to Writtle library yesterday. It will be Turtles’ turn next Thursday morning, Foxes and Squirrels will go in the New Year. Please take a look at the Essex Libraries’ Winter Reading Challenge, as we would love the children to take part. We hope you are enjoying the Big Cat books at home, please make sure your books and reading records are in school every day. A few books have been irreparably damaged, which sadly means they cannot be used for either reading at home or in group sessions at school. The replacements are expensive, so please take good care of our resources.

Next week is packed with festive fun! Ducklings will have their Christmas performance in our hall on Tuesday morning and Mr Taylor will be at the church for the Junior School’s annual Christingle service on Wednesday afternoon. As part of our RE curriculum exploring world religions and cultures, Year 2 will learn about the Jewish festival of Chanukah on Wednesday afternoon. Years 1 and 2 are super-excited to perform “Children of the World” to their loved ones on Thursday and Friday morning, and the whole school will enjoy a Christmas lunch together on Thursday. Year 2 will then go to sing at the Christian Centre in the afternoon, for the Link Club’s Christmas party. We really value our relationship with the elderly community in the village and beyond, so we have made Christmas cards for the Writtle ward at Broomfield Hospital and also for local company Home Instead, to deliver to the senior citizens they care for at home. We round off the week with a pantomime for the whole school, a production of Snow White by the Rainbow Theatre, which is another special experience for the children that has been funded by WISPA.

We know how hectic life gets at this time of year, so thank you as ever for your support and for taking the time to absorb the many messages we need to send in these busy final weeks of term.

Wishing you all a relaxing weekend ;-).

Best wishes
Tracey Wilson

Essentials for next week!

  • Costumes for the Year 1 and 2 show (Christmas jumpers/trousers, angel costumes and any summer accessories) should be sent to school on Monday in a named bag.
  • Turtles will have Forest School lessons on Tuesday.
  • Year 1 and Year 2 are swapping their PE days on Wednesday and Thursday. Please send Year 1 children into school in their PE kit on Thursday. Please send Year 2 children to school in their PE kit on Wednesday.
  • Tickets for our Christmas performances are still available at ticketsource.co.uk/writtle-infant-school. The dates of the performances are as follows:
    • 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

What an end to this term’s PTA activities! Both the Elfridges Gift Shop and the festive movie nights sold out, and by the time the sun sets this afternoon our fantastic team of volunteers will have wrapped over 300 Elfridges gifts and served nearly 200 hotdogs across our schools.

Thank you once again for all your support this term. We hope the children have enjoyed the events, and look forward to returning in the new year with a fresh schedule of events and activities for their enjoyment.

Word of the week

Our word of the week chosen by Squirrels class is "reflection"! 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 have been very creative this week and  made props for the Christmas performance. We can’t wait to show you all next week!

Year 1

We've made pop-up Christmas cards this week! They were such fun to make and gave us a change to practise our Design Technology skills!


We are so very proud of all our EYFS children for their wonderful performance in the Christmas show. They worked so hard and really enjoyed themselves! Christmas continues unabated of course and we will be enjoying more Christmas crafts, stories and songs next week.

Forest School

We made Santas from wood cookies and snowy trees from pine cones!

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.