Weekly News – Friday 22nd March

Dear Parents

We are delighted that so many of you signed up to our Spring Storytime this afternoon, it was a lovely atmosphere, thank you for coming! We hope you are enjoying the Sponsored Reading Challenge we set last week, thank you for the photos you have sent so far. The challenge is open until Monday 15th April, so keep reading over the Easter holidays and ask your friends and family to sponsor your reading challenges. It will help raise funds for even more reading books for the school.

This half term has gone so quickly: we said it would! We break up for the Easter holidays next Thursday at 3.10pm. Next week, we will confirm clubs for the Summer term. The Junior School are hosting a workshop for parents on Wednesday evening at 5pm. The brilliant Joel Shaljean will be talking about therapeutic thinking, we highly recommend this if you haven’t already signed up - have a look at the ParentMail sent home on 19th March.

Reverend Tony is coming in on Monday to deliver an Easter assembly. We know he would love to see you at this Sunday’s Messy Church. For those of you who are coming, please remember it is in the afternoon at 3pm, not the morning. 

Thanks for your responses to our school lunch survey, we were very pleased to read that 95% of parents enjoyed their school lunch and would like to attend again. Quite a few parents said it was one of the highlights of the school calendar, rest assured we will continue to run these in future! We are currently conducting a similar survey of the children to see what they think about the school lunch options: we’ll report back as soon as possible. 

Please take a look at WISPA’s update below, as there are lots of events and offers over the Easter period, including their Easter Egg Hunt, which you can follow around the village over the holidays! While you’re roaming the streets of Writtle and beyond, don’t forget Beat the Street is running until 10th April! 

Have a lovely weekend, I'll see you at Messy Church!

Best wishes

Tracey Wilson

Essentials for next week

  • Please try to take good care of our school reading books as they are very expensive. Thank you to parents who have generously replaced books that have been damaged.
  • 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.

Message from WISPA

Easter Egg Hunt

Ahead of the Easter holidays, we’re pleased to announce that our Easter hunt maps will go on sale next week.  Each class has designed their own giant egg for the trail, which will take you on a tour of our beautiful village.  Please keep your eyes peeled for the lovely PTA teams before and after school. 

Discounted Tickets!

We have a very limited number of discounted Barleylands tickets for sale, please follow the link  to place your order. https://square.link/u/GThAeOHU

 And finally we’re very excited to be able to offer discounted wristbands for Adventure Island Southend,  priced at £17.50 each vs the ‘super saver’ advanced price of £20.  Please follow the link to order. https://square.link/u/ZNuQtufZ

 Tickets and wristbands will be available to purchase online until 6pm on Wednesday 27th March, and will be sent home with children on the last day of term.  Any remaining items will be sold before and after school on Thursday 28th.

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

This week we’ve been carrying out multiplication and division within the 5 and 10 times tables. We’ve also talked about verbs and how to use them in our sentence writing. In PE we’ve worked on our team skills in Tag Rugby!

Year One

In celebration of National Poetry Day, Year 1 have read a selection of poems this week and used "Rock Pool" as inspiration to write their own class poems linked to the text: How to Find Gold.


We have had a great week, learning about seeds, plants and growing. Mr Williams took an important phone call from the Easter Bunny who needs help to grow some healthy food! The children have been saving their seeds, writing letters and building egg machines - they are very excited!

Forest School

This week we toasted marshmallows on the fire, planted sunflower seeds, got the allotment area ready for the growing season and decorated eggs!  We talked about the Spring Equinox and what it means. Spring has sprung!

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.