Roman Activity Day – Year 4

Roman Activity Day


Next term, Year 4’s topic will be ’What did the Romans do for us?’ therefore on Friday 20th April we will be having a Roman activity day where the children will have the opportunity to learn more about Roman life.


To gain the most out of this day we would like the children to dress up as a person from Ancient Roman times. For those children who were with us last year, they could reuse parts of their Greek costumes.


Here are some useful websites that may help with the costume:


Staff will lead a variety of activities for the classes to participate in on the day, across many different areas of Roman life and their impact on modern day Britain.


Thank you for your continued support.



23rd March 2018

Sport Relief kicked off this week with a pupils v staff netball match.  The staff definitely had a height advantage in the game but a distinct inability to stick to the rules (especially me) leveled the playing field somewhat! The girls showed their skills and taught us a few things about netball along the way. Good game and well played all!

The children also had the opportunity to take part in a penalty shootout. Around 400 penalties were taken in all, raising money for Sport Relief. If you’re playing spot the ball in this photo, it’s in the bottom right hand corner. Great penalty!

Year 5 have been busy this week visiting St Saviour’s Church and Braintree Victorian Museum. Their Victorian experience saw them enduring some very strict rules in the classroom, and they thought they had it tough here at Chalkwell Hall!

There were lots of odd socks on Wednesday for World Down Syndrome Day. A total of £1000 was raised for a very good cause, well done and thank you to all who took part or donated.

All year groups were represented at the SEEDC art exhibition last night in stunning style. There was so much artistic and creative talent on display and great feedback was received from the judges. We should find out soon how our brilliant artists fared in the judging. Lots more pictures on Facebook and Twitter!

Sports news

Year 6 boys played in a 3 team tournament yesterday afternoon at Earls Hall. They won handsomely in both their matches with plenty of goals and some great football on display – well done boys!

Summer Term Clubs

If your child returned a club list form, they will bring home notification of which clubs they will be in for the Summer term today.  Where your child was not successful in getting all their choices, waiting lists have been created.

PTA news

This week you will have received a letter and donation bag for our textile donation fundraiser with BAG2SCHOOL. It’s the perfect time for a spring clean so please fill this bag (and any other pink or black sacks) with your textile donations. Please don’t forget to check the list of items that are not accepted. Please bring your bags back to school for collection on Wednesday 18th April 2018.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to Easyfundraising this month, we now have 83 supporters earning donations for our schools every time they shop online at NO extra cost to themselves. If you haven’t yet signed up, please do so and help us reach 100 supporters by the end of the month and earn extra money for our schools!!

Thank you to everyone who has bought in uniform donations this week, please note the Pre-Loved Uniform Sale will be on Monday 26th March 2018 at 3pm in the playground, weather permitting. Summer uniform can be worn after the Easter break so now is the perfect time to make your purchases.

We are sadly having to cancel the Quiz Night tomorrow, Saturday 24th March, due to a small response. Thank you to those who did reply and apologies for cancelling, but we feel that we cannot offer the same great evening with low numbers and your money has been returned to school today.

Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 30 and this is staying consistently low now so thank you all! Our overall attendance so far is 96.3%.


Dates for your diary 2018
Open Afternoon Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm
6RM class assembly Thursday 29th March 2018 at 2.30pm
LAST DAY OF TERM Thursday 29th March 2018
Children return to school Monday 16th April 2018


Thank you for your continued support.


Newsletter – 16th March 2018

16th March 2018


We seem to be having a wave of childhood illnesses at the moment across both Juniors and Infants with lots of cases of chicken pox and slap cheek, which isn’t unusual, but also now a couple of probable cases of scarlet fever too. Please have a read of the information sheets that we have sent out from Public Health England which advise on signs and symptoms to look out for along with basic hygiene advice to help try and avoid unnecessary spreading of germs.


We are advising children to wash their hands regularly and sneeze into tissues, etc at school so we can hopefully reduce the impact of this latest round of illness.

It’s been busy in school as it’s Science Week and the children have been working on their class marble runs ready for the grand testing today with an aim of keeping the marble moving the longest. There were some weird and wonderful designs on display and the winning teams will be announced at a later date.


The Science Club have been making slime which is 100% safe for other children to purchase and take home this evening. Please ask your child to keep it at home – 400 pots of slime in school on Monday is just asking for trouble!

We had our final parent meetings for Year 3 this week. The vast majority of parents managed to get in to have a chat with their child’s teacher, even in the snow, but if you couldn’t make it please try and catch up with them over the next couple of weeks.


We aren’t officially doing it as a day (our Junior Governors pick our charity activities and this wasn’t one on their list) but we are more than happy if anyone is supporting World Down Syndrome Day to come in with their official WDSD socks on. See for more information.


Sports news

Our Year 5&6 girls have been playing football this week with a very impressive 5-1 victory over Prince Avenue on Monday. A brilliant team performance and four goals for Kitty Weller who had a great game! They are also playing this evening against Hamstel so good luck!

The boys played their penultimate league game against Earls Hall yesterday and battled through to collect a 2-0 win and stay top of the league. Only one game to go boys, keep it up!


PTA news

On Saturday 24th March 2018 we will be hosting our Quiz Night from 7:30pm in the school dining hall. It’s a night of guaranteed fun and laughter, so dust off the grey matter and come and join us. There are prizes for the winning team as well as a raffle, £50 note game and Heads & Tails. Teams are a maximum of 8 people but you do not need a team to enter. Please return your slips and payment of £5 per person by Friday 23rd March 2018.


This week you will receive letters home for the Easter Eggstravaganza, an Easter Egg Prize draw, kindly sponsored by Coulson James. Each child can enter a maximum of 5 times, with each entry costing just 20p. Winning tickets will be drawn in assemblies and there will be a winner from each year group. Please send you entries and payment into school ASAP.


We hope you have all enjoyed reading our brand new Newsletter and have marked the dates for your diaries!

Thank you again for all your support!


Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 25 and this is staying consistently low now so thank you all! Our overall attendance so far is 96.3%.


Dates for your diary 2018
6AF class assembly Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 2.30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm
6RM class assembly Thursday 29th March 2018 at 2.30pm
LAST DAY OF TERM Thursday 29th March 2018
Children return to school Monday 16th April 2018


Thank you for your continued support.

Sports Relief Week

Sports Relief Week – 17th – 23rd March 2018


We will be holding the following events in school next week so that the children can participate in Sports Relief Week.


After school on Monday children in the Year 5 & 6 netball team will play a match against some of the staff.


On Wednesday children in Year 3 & 4 can take part in ‘Beat the Goalie’ with Mr Linfield as the goalkeeper. This will run during both break and lunch time for lower school. If children would like to take part, there will be a 20p donation for each shot!


On Thursday children in Years 5 & 6 will have the same ‘Beat the Goalie’ opportunity during break and lunchtime, again with a 20p donation.


All donations will be given to Sports Relief.  The money raised will help to tackle critical issues affecting people across the UK and the world.  Since the last Sport Relief, the money raised has done incredible things, including:


  • Treated over 900,000 people across Africa with anti-malarial drugs.


  • Helped over 4 millionpeople in Africa through maternal, neonatal and child health funding.


  • Helped more than 50,000 people, in the UK, living with a mental health problem.


Children will have the opportunity during the week to participate in class with games and on-line links related to Sports Relief.


Thank you for your continued support.

Science Club – Slime

This week, members of Science club will be making and selling slime with the aim to raise money for new Science equipment in our school.  The pots of slime will be available in a variety of colours and limited to one per child. The cost of each pot will be £1. Children can place their orders at the beginning of break-time in the downstairs hall between Monday and Thursday this week.


On Friday 16th March 2018, Year 6 will deliver the pots to each class at the end of the day, when children can take their freshly made slime home to play with.


The ingredients for the recipe are completely safe, containing: pva glue, optrex (eye wash), shaving foam and food colouring.


Thank you for your continued support.


Dear parents/carers,
We have had to take the decision to remain closed for Friday due to the continuing hazardous conditions. We would not wish to risk the safety of children, parents or staff by forcing the movement on hundreds of people around our school in these icy conditions.

We hope the advance notice will help parents make arrangements for tomorrow and hopefully we can all return to normal on Monday.
Thank you for your continued support,
Chalkwell Hall Junior School

World Book Day Celebrations

We will be celebrating World Book Day on the 1st March 2018 and, as promised, here are some details of how we will be spending the day.

Our theme is ‘The Big Bedtime Story’ and we cannot wait to see the children in their pyjamas and hear about their favourite stories on the day.

Children will be taking part in activities such as ‘Speed date a book’, ‘Wrap a book in words’ and DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time. The ‘World Book Day’ website has so many wonderful resources that we will also be using – definitely worth a look for book trailers, online stories and book related activities.

Your child will also bring home a voucher that entitles them to £1 off the price of a chosen book, or can be exchanged for a specially published book to celebrate the day. Please read the details on the voucher for more information.


Here is a chance to win your class a wonderful book related prize! All you need to do is take a photograph of yourself reading in the most unusual place you can think of (very similar to our in-school competition last year) and bring it into school, with your name and class details on the back, on World Book Day.

The photographs will be shared within your class and a secret vote will take place to find the most unusual. One entry per class will make it into the Lower School and Upper School competitions and the winners announced in assembly the following day.

Thank you so much for your support in making this an exciting and memorable day for the children.

Newsletter – 23rd February 2018

I had the pleasure of watching the creative dance festival this morning at Garon Park and our dance troupe performed absolutely brilliantly. All the dancers showed what hard work can achieve and their hours of practice certainly paid off. The only downside is that as I was videoing it my iPad shut down – so if anyone else watching has the full video, please send it our way!

We have been running the Conkers Breakfast and After School Clubs for 6 years now and there have been many changes during this time.  We are constantly striving to improve the service we provide to our families and would kindly ask if you could complete the short survey regarding the Conkers Clubs at the following link:

The survey will run until Monday 5th March 2018, whereupon the responses will be collated and analysed.  We will provide you with a summary of the feedback before the start of the summer term.

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback.

We will be celebrating World Book Day on 1st March 2018 with our theme ‘The Big Bedtime Story’. Ideas for dressing up were discussed with the Junior Governors and then class votes were taken. The outcome was that, instead of dressing up as their favourite book character, children can come to school in their pyjamas and bring their favourite bedtime story with them to share (far easier than finding another costume!). We look forward to sharing lots of bedtime stories on the day!

Sports news

We had a netball match against St Pierre this week and won 4-0. The team played beautifully, defended well and enjoyed themselves throughout. Top effort girls!

The boys are playing in the league at Greenways tonight – good luck!

PTA news

Hope you all had a wonderful half term and enjoyed the break. We are again selling discounted ride bands for Adventure Island and discounted tickets for Bounce Village, so if you are planning a visit please don’t forget to buy from us via the school offices or Coulson James Estate Agents on Leigh Broadway. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote on our Facebook poll, we are pleased to announce that we will also now be selling discounted Marsh Farm tickets!


We have got lots of exciting fundraising events coming up this half term for both the children and yourselves to enjoy and full details will be announced on our Facebook Page, posters will be displayed in the notice boards and letters will be sent home soon.

Tuesday 6th March – Burger Night at Henry Burgers

Saturday 24th March – Quiz Night

Monday 26th March – Pre-loved Uniform Sale

Thursday 29th March – Bunny Hop

Thursday 29th March – Easter Egg Prize Draw

Thank you again for all your support!

Attendance matters

The number of lates this week was 27 which isn’t too bad at all, thank you. Our overall attendance so far is 96.3%.


Dates for your diary 2018
Year 6 Parent Consultations Tuesday 20th February 2018
5OS class assembly Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 5 Parent Consultations Tuesday 27th February 2018
6NM class assembly Thursday 1st March 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 4 Parent Consultations Tuesday 6th March 2018
6SH class assembly Thursday 8th March 2018 at 2.30pm
Year 3 Parent Consultations Tuesday 13th March 2018
3GT class assembly Thursday 15th March 2018 at 2.30pm
6AF class assembly Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 2.30pm
Open Afternoon Tuesday 27th March 2018 from 2.45pm to 3.15pm
6RM class assembly Thursday 29th March 2018 at 2.30pm
LAST DAY OF TERM Thursday 29th March 2018


Thank you for your continued support.