Newsletter – 10th January 2020

Welcome back one and all! After a rest and a recharge, the children and staff have picked up where we left off. Diving straight back into our usual busy schedules with year groups getting stuck in to their new topics across the school.


Year 6 took part in a crime scene investigation day on Tuesday to support their understanding of their new topic, “Does the punishment fit the crime?”. The Detective Project South East Essex, who are real police detectives themselves, came in and asked the children to solve a murder that took place in the backstage of The Palace Theatre. The children quickly got to work and they spent the day dusting fingerprints, reading witness statements, creating timelines, narrowing down suspects by referencing where they were at the time and analysing data, such as tyre treads and footprints. Their workshops were followed by a science lesson, where the children learnt more about DNA – building double helix models and even extracting DNA from strawberries!

Year 5 are looking at “What makes a great adventure?” and spent a day looking at different cultures and practices from around the globe. Sport from the USA, Aboriginal art form Australia, cave paintings from South Africa, origami from Japan and food from France with Mr Fleury who encouraged children to be adventurous with their food by conducting a taste test for five different French foods. Many children surprised themselves in trying food that they had, up until now, avoided only to find they actually liked it!

Year 4’s topic, “How can you weather a storm?” saw them start the term by finding out all about the beginning of The Tempest through song. They also acted in role as members of the cast, investigated Shakespeare and participated in an art workshop developing their sketching technique and taking inspiration from Hokusai’s The Wave.


Year 3 are looking at “Who were the ancient Egyptians?” this term and they started by studying Egyptian artefacts, building pyramids, designing headdresses and even mummifying a tomato!


Attendance matters

This week there were 43 times when a child arrived late to school. Our overall attendance so far this year is 97%.


Dates for your diary – 2020  
Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 6:00pm 11+ meeting for parents
Thursday 16th January 2020 at 2:30pm 3AH  class assembly
Thursday 23rd January 2020 at 2:30pm 6RW  class assembly
Thursday 30th January 2020 at 2:30pm 3GB  class assembly
Thursday 6th February 2020 at 2:30pm 5CF  class assembly
Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 2:45pm-3:15pm Open afternoon
Tuesday 11th February 2020 all day Year 6 parent consultations
Thursday 13th February 2020 at 2:30pm 6AD  class assembly
Friday 14th February 2020 Last day of half term
Monday 17th – Friday 21st February 2020 Half term holiday
Tuesday 25th February 2020 all day Year 5 parent consultations
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 all day Year 4 parent consultations
Tuesday 10th March 2020 all day Year 3 parent consultations


Thank you for your continued support.