Weekly News – Friday 8th March

Dear Parents

It is lovely to see signs of Spring emerging all around us, the daffodils are blooming and we have pretty pots of flowers in the playground and Forest School area. Thank you to Mrs Winsley for creating such a beautiful display at the school entrance, we have had lots of comments about it! As always your child’s safety is paramount, so please encourage them not to pick the flowers (did you know that daffodils are toxic?). We also ask that children do not trample the flower beds on the approach to school. I know they love to play hide and seek, but it will really help us to keep the bulbs looking lovely for as long as possible. 

Thank you to Foxes parents for joining us for the final class lunch this week and to our lunchtime staff and caterers, Stir Foods, for accommodating parents for the last few weeks. We hope you have enjoyed the lunches and will send a short survey to all parents to give you an opportunity to provide feedback on the school meals. 

The children had an exhilarating day yesterday, celebrating a love of reading on World Book Day. We saw creativity in abundance as the children (and parents!) really used their imaginations to choose their outfits for the day. There were some fabulous word choices - a shark was "serrated", a fairy was "enchanting", a footballer was "agile" and a butterfly represented "metamorphosis". We even had a gymnast who performed the splits to become a "split digraph", Mrs E was so impressed! What a brilliant way to expand the children's vocabulary and develop their reading comprehension. In school our activities included book quizzes, a reading assembly and the children are making bunting from the words they had chosen. We hope that between World Book Day and our Little Wandle reading programme, the children have been inspired to read even more, so look out for our sponsored Reading Challenge next week!

I am pleased to say that attendance has been consistently improved in the last few weeks, despite many children suffering coughs, colds and sick bugs this term. In fact 99% of children were in school on World Book Day and Dolphins have had 100% attendance for the whole week! Thank you for your support in keeping children at school, we can see it's having a really positive impact on their academic progress too. Remember we will always call you if we feel your child is too unwell to be in school.

Next Friday is Red Nose Day, so we are having a dress down day in aid of Comic Relief. We encourage the children to wear something red (please don't buy anything new, any accessory is fine) and come prepared with their funniest joke to share with the class! You can donate online here www.justgiving.com/rnd24-writtle-infant-and-junior-schools or bring a small donation with you on the day.

Thanks to our lovely WISPA helpers at our Someone Special shop today!

Thanks to WISPA for organising our Someone Special shop today - those children with tickets will return home with beautiful gifts to give to their grown up this Sunday. All children will be bringing home something special for Mothering Sunday, so maybe keep your eyes closed when you’re emptying their book bags tonight!! We wish you all a relaxing weekend and hope you are thoroughly spoiled.

Best wishes
Tracey Wilson

Essentials for next week

  • Year 2 are attending the Infant Music Festival on Tuesday morning.
  • Please remember that Turtles are having Forest School lessons on Tuesday and Dolphins on Thursday due to the Infant Music Festival.
  • Please wear something red for our dress down Red Nose Day on Friday and bring along a funny joke to share!
  • Please check that your child has a coat in school each day as the weather is still wet and cold.
  • Our Lost Property box in reception is overflowing. Please check for any missing items  and ensure that you label all clothing and footwear.
  • We are lucky to benefit from many parent helpers in school, as well as governors like Mrs Gentle and Reverend Tony who come to read with the children regularly. If you are interested in volunteering, please speak to the office.
  • 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 been rehearsing for the Infant Music Festival on Tuesday. We can't wait to perform for schools there!

Year One

We were very excited to discover a treasure chest full of treasure this week! We made predictions and inferences about the story How to Find Gold and discussed the characters' thoughts and feelings. In Maths we explored the concept of length and height. We have begun to measure objects using centimetres.


Foxes and Squirrels had their first World Book Day in school. The children all looked amazing and have enjoyed sharing lots of books. Well done everyone!

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.