Weekly News – Friday 12th January

Dear Parents

If, like me, you have been struggling with those dark early mornings and lack of sunshine, you may be pleased to know that this is technically the Spring term and we are actually gaining a little more sunlight every day! At least the rain seems to have stopped for the moment! As part of our discussions about the New Year the children have been encouraged to set themselves new goals and aspirations for the term, and today we celebrated Enthusiastic Learners from each class in assembly. We also acknowledged those children who brought in certificates they had been awarded outside of school - particularly in swimming and gymnastics today. Remember you can send us details of any achievements, whether from clubs outside school or even just new skills learned at home. Mr Taylor and I will be happy to celebrate them with your children and we know it really boosts their confidence and self-esteem. We are so proud of them all!

This week Year 1 and 2 have published new home learning activity passports so you have some fun activities to work on at home. We have also created topic maps for this half term, initially for Years 1 and 2, so that you can see what your children will be learning in each area of the curriculum.

Our old meeting room outside Parrots classroom has now been transformed into a nurturing space for children who may benefit from support with their wellbeing and learning. We are so grateful to WISPA for offering us the funds to refurbish the room and to Mrs Barber and Mrs Huckle for the dedication and creativity in designing the space and decorating the room, together with Miss Mangion. The children adore the calm and welcoming environment that they have created and it’s already proving beneficial across the school.

Squirrels braved the cold to visit Writtle library yesterday, Foxes will have their turn next week. We do encourage every child to participate in Essex Libraries’ Winter Reading Challenge, you still have time to sign up!

We look forward to welcoming Sharks parents for lunch next Wednesday 17th January. Please arrive at 12pm to meet your child in the classroom. We will pair up the children with their adult or a friend if you are unable to attend, then you will all enter the hall together. Please check our events page for details of upcoming parents lunches for each class.

Clubs began this week and the children have really enjoyed our new offerings - Spanish and Puzzle club. There are still spaces remaining for Tennis on a Wednesday and Football on Thursday if your child is interested.

Stay warm this weekend and I hope we see some sunshine!

Best wishes
Tracey Wilson

Essentials for next week!

  • Children must stay at home for 48 hours after the last instance of vomiting or diarrhoea. We have seen some nasty sick bugs in school and they can spread like wildfire if we are not vigilant.
  • In cold weather, coats, gloves, hats, scarves and warm layers are essential for PE kits and Forest School. Even if they are not the school colours, we would rather the children were warm than have unsuitable clothing and be uncomfortably cold!
  • Please ensure every item of clothing and footwear is named, as our Lost Property box is already overflowing and it is only the start of term!
  • Please check the diary dates for details of upcoming events.

Home Learning

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

Highlights of the week

Year 2

We have started thinking about our topic this half term, Dragon Quest! Please take a look at our half termly topic map to discover more.

Year 1

We've been learning about wolves in preparation for our new book 'Good Little Wolf'. A couple of naughty wolves even messed up our classrooms! They did send an apology letter and we wrote back and asked them some questions. We've also read lots of stories where wolves are one of the main characters.


Squirrels loved discovering new books during our trip to the library this week. Foxes can't wait to visit next Thursday and we are all keen to try the Winter Reading Challenge!

Forest School

We braved the cold this week, keeping warm with lots of physical activity and warming ourselves by the fire with hot chocolates!

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.