Weekly News – Friday 5th July

Dear Parents

Firstly the biggest thank you to our amazing PTA for organising such a successful Fair last Saturday, raising a remarkable £5160. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, it's hard work but immensely rewarding and your generosity will fund many additional resources and activities for children at both schools.

We have had another fun-filled week as we approach the end of term. Although perhaps not as momentous as the comings and goings in Downing Street, you will now know which class your child will move to next year. They will all visit their new classrooms and teachers next Wednesday morning. We hope you enjoy reading the children's wonderful reports this weekend, if you have any comments you are welcome to share them with us at parents@writtleinfantschool.com.

We started the week with Year 1's trip to Maldon Promenade Zoo, what an incredible experience the children had! There were lots of animal encounters, including snakes, skunks and spiders - rather them than me! A few lucky children had the trip of a lifetime to the Wimbledon Championships on Tuesday. They explored the courts, grounds and museum, watched plenty of tennis on No. 2 Court and soaked up the atmosphere as the competition gets underway. They returned as ardent tennis fans and said it was the best day. We will enter the ballot again and hope to secure more tickets for next year!

All children explored the culture of France this week as the Paris Olympics are not long away. Children have learned about French landmarks, picked up un petit peu de Francais and looked at French artists and composers. We will upload some pictures for you to see on our website. Of course, the staff also sampled some croissants and pains au chocolat in support of our theme!

This morning we were delighted to welcome Mrs Soden and Miss Pamphilon who gave an assembly to the children about Writtle Library's Summer Reading Challenge. Children will receive further information and a special bookmark next week.

Please check our clubs timetable as many clubs have now finished or are finishing next week, so your childcare arrangements may need to change for the remainder of the term.

Wishing you a great weekend, fingers crossed we can all enjoy the football on Saturday! Come on England! If it all goes wrong, we've still got the Writtle Euros semi-finals next week, where England still have a chance of winning!

Best wishes,

Tracey Wilson

Essentials for next week

  • A reminder that the children must have suitable sun protection this term, including water bottles, sun hats and sunscreen applied before school. Raincoats are still a useful backup plan!!
  • Please remember your child's additional daily snack in a named box.
  • 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.
  • Please check the Lost Property box in reception for any missing items and use the half term break to ensure all clothing and footwear still fits and is labelled!
  • If you are interested in volunteering, please speak to the office.
  • Please check the diary dates for details of upcoming events.

Message from WISPA

A big thank you from us all to everyone who helped to make such a success of the summer fair last weekend.  We’d particularly like to thank all the family and friends of the PTA community who contributed so much time in advance and on the day.  The hard work resulted in the most successful fair to date, raising £5,160 towards activities and resources for the children of both schools.  Watch this space for updates on how the funds we raise are being spent!

Barleylands & Adventure Island Discounted Tickets

We are fortunate to have been able to secure a limited number of discounted tickets for both Barleylands and Adventure Island for the summer.   Both are heavily discounted compared to retail prices and can be used ‘on the day’ without the need to prebook.

Tickets will go on sale via the links below at 6pm on Monday 8th July, with purchases being distributed via classes before the end of term.

Barleylands: https://square.link/u/MYDTMHVW

Adventure Island: https://square.link/u/ZNuQtufZ

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 had a very busy fun week this week! We had a fantastic time on our school trip to the Wilderness Foundation! We enjoyed building dens and learning about tying the rope to make it sturdy. We loved pond dipping and finding different insects during our bug hunt.

Year 1

We had a fantastic time on our school trip learning about animals on Monday. In celebration of the schools French week we have also learnt about the history of the Olympics and the famous artist Paul Cezanne. We enjoyed doing lots of art work and wrote fact files.


We have had such great fun learning all about France this week. We learnt how to say, 'hello' and 'goodbye' and lots of other words. We found out that the capital of France is Paris and the colours of the French flag. The children really enjoyed learning 'Frere Jacques' and doing some French dancing too!

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.