porters grange weekly newsletter week ending 2nd february 2024

Coat Donations

Thank you for all the coat donations; they are really popular. If you have more donations, they would be greatly appreciated.


This week we have enjoyed ‘superhero play’. We have talked about our own super powers and made our own capes. We have had lots of fun in the role play areas, dressing up and doing imaginative writing. In our circle times we have enjoyed listening to a range of stories and learnt some new action rhymes.

REMINDERS: Please remember if your child has a favourite story they read at home, please bring it in so we can share their love of reading with the rest of the class.

Also, can we remind you that if you child has a birthday, we are unable to give out sweets.


We have been learning the story of Little Red Riding hood and we have enjoyed writing and retelling our own stories. In phonics we continue to learn how to write each of the sounds and we are trying hard to form our letters correctly. In maths this week we have been identifying and making 6, 7 and 8 and identifying 1 more and 1 less. In our art lessons we have been learning to draw self portraits focusing on our features.

REMINDER: You are welcome to come into class to join your child in our reading session on a Thursday and Friday morning. Please remember to read at home regularly and write it in the reading record.

Year 1

The children have learnt about verbs - they are ‘doing’ words! They acted out the actions to match the verb. They moved on to past tense verbs and were able to add 'ed'.

In maths the children have learnt how to add numbers within 20. They have counted on and recognised tens and ones to work the answer out.

The children have explored their own timelines and discussed when they were born and what they have experienced over time. Some children found that they were born in the same year and month!

REMINDER: Thank you to the families who have sent their child’s timeline in. If you have not returned it, please send it in as soon as possible.

Year 2

This week we have completed our report about the Great Fire of London. We used conjunctions and wrote captions underneath our pictures. In maths we have completed our work on money and will be moving on to multiplication and division next week. In science we conducted an investigation with some year 6 children to answer the question ‘Do we get faster as we get older?’ We completed some fun activities to prove or disprove this question.

REMINDER: Please remember to take children’s earrings out before they come to school on Tuesdays so that they can take part in our PE lesson.

Thank you for continuing to hear your children read at home; it really makes a difference.

Year 3

This week in Year 3 we have been retelling the story A Necklace of Raindrops using detailed descriptive sentences and embellishing parts of the plot. In maths we have started a new topic: length and measurement, learning to use our rulers accurately and the equivalent measurements for millimetres, centimetres and metres. In geography we have been looking at extreme weather; in science we have drawn soil diagrams; and in art we have worked towards completing our Henri Rousseau inspired collages.

REMINDER: Please send your child with a full PE kit, including plimsols or trainers.

Year 4

This week in English, children have been perfecting their handwriting and focusing on the presentation of their work. The best fact sheet on Frida Kahlo will be on the school display boards for others to see. In maths children have been applying their knowledge of multiplication to division facts. In science, we have been investigating the rate at which different types of liquids freeze. In dance and gymnastics, children have been using their bodies to demonstrate a sequence of movements and actions.

REMINDER: Please ensure that your child is reading every day for at least 10-15 minutes.

Please encourage your child to practise their spellings and times tables. These are sent out at the start of every week.

Year 5

This week, Year 5 have been writing persuasive letters to other children about why they should use sustainable energy. They included modal verbs and persuasive language to make their letters effective.

In science, the children have looked at the properties of materials and why certain objects are made from certain materials.

REMINDER: Please ensure that your child is wearing black shoes/trainers to school.

Year 6

This week, we have been learning about balanced arguments in our English lessons; we have started to write about whether Athens or Sparta created a better society for its citizens. In maths, we have started working with decimals. In art, we have started to create our figures for our stop motion animation projects.

REMINDER: Please listen to your child read their books at home. The children should also be practising their spellings at home and playing on TTR.


This week all classes are working on their super summary sentences to review the learning thus far. In addition, we are producing some in-class video-diary footage to showcase the children speaking French across a range of topics.


Music Clubs

  • Tuesday 12.00: Band
  • Tuesday 12.45: Year 2 Music Club
  • Tuesday 3.30: Music Making for Year 1 and 2
  • Wednesday 12.45: Choir for Years 3-6
  • Thursday 3.30: Choir for Years 3 - 6

Instrumental Lessons

We do have a few vacancies, please contact Mrs Baines if your child would like to learn an instrument.

  • Tuesday am: Drums (Mr Fletcher)
  • Tuesday am: Guitar (Mr Brown)
  • Wednesday am: Keyboard (Mr Hockey)
  • Wednesday am: Guitar (Mr Elliot)

Future Events

  • 15th March Southend Makes Music – KS2 Choir
  • 19th March Infant Music Festival - 1pm
  • 13th June Junior Music Fesitval - KS2 Choir


The Year 6 hockey team had a great morning representing our school and playing in the tournament at Southend Hockey Club, Warners Bridge on Wednesday. Well done team!

Online Safety

For many companies who operate in the online space, attention and engagement are the holy grail. Social media sites in particular make deliberate creative choices to keep people scrolling, reading, watching and clicking. This phenomenon is known as ‘persuasive design’ and it’s being employed in the vast majority of the digital world’s most popular destinations.

A study by the charity 5Rights Foundation concluded that “…the brain's response to rewards and punishments can be leveraged through persuasive design to keep children online.” To tie in with Safer Internet Day 2024, thisguide can help to educateyoungsters on the effects of persuasive design – and suggests ways to insulate themselves from its influence.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Our Uniform shop is located within the front reception area of the school and is open Monday-Friday 8.15am - 4.00pm. All items are 50p each. We always have a good selection of skirts, trousers, jumpers, tops, dresses and P.E items. Please ask at the office to point you in the right direction.

School Uniform Donations

We welcome school uniform donations for us to sell at our school uniform shop. Could we please ask that the clothes are in good, clean condition. All items can be dropped off at the school office between 8.15am - 4.00pm. Thank you so much for doing this for the school as it helps our parents out tremendously.



Porpoise and Stingray classes enjoyed attendance class rewards this week for the school target. It has been over three weeks since a class has met target. Seahorse, Porpoise and Stingray classes had the highest attendance in their key stage groups.

This week out of 460 children 329 came to school every day, 100% for the week, that is slightly less that our previous week. These children deserve huge well done, amazing effort keep it up.

Attend every day! Achieve tomorrow

Term-time holidays and planned absence

Holidays taken during term-time will not be authorised, so please bear this in mind when considering booking holiday dates. School term dates are available on the school website and printed copies are in the main foyer. Please plan to make holiday bookings during school holidays and weekends.

Please complete a Pupil Absence Request Form for planned absences from school for absence that will be for more than half a day. Some planned absences may be considered an exceptional circumstance and as such part or all of the time away from school may be eligible to be authorised. The office and attendance team will be able to give you an idea as to whether the circumstance of the absence would be considered an exceptional circumstance. A Pupil Absence Request Form can be filled in online or a paper copy can be collected from the school reception.

Every day of school is important, moments matter, attendance counts!

Lateness at the start of the day

There are an increasing number of children arriving for school late each day. One day this week there were 40 children who came to school after the class register had closed. Please ensure you are leaving home in time to arrive at school between 8.40 and 8.55am, after 8.55am the class register is closed and all children from this time are required to register at the school reception.

If you are struggling, for any reason, with getting your child to school the attendance team is here to help you. Mrs Wyer and Mrs Morris play a crucial role in supporting children and helping families improve on their school attendance.

Dinner Menu

Week 3

Monday - Chicken & Sweetcorn Meatballs with Tomato Sauce & Penne - Vegan Roasted Ratatouille with Penne - Baked Jacket with Grated Cheese - Carrots & Broccoli - Orange Shortbread Biscuit

Tuesday - Fajita Spiced Turkey & Vegetables with Steamed Rice - Vegan Burrito - Pasta & Tomato Sauce - Sweetcorn & Peas - Carrot Cake

Wednesday- Herby Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy - 3 Vegetable Mac n’ Cheese - Baked Jacket with Baked Beans - Seasonal Greens & Broccoli - Chocolate & Beetroot Brownie

Thursday - Macaroni & Cheese Bolognaise Bake - Vegan Chickpea & Spinach Korma with Steamed Rice - Pasta & Tomato Sauce - Cauliflower & Carrots - Vanilla Ice Cream

Friday - Breaded Fish Fingers with Chips & Ketchup - Vegan Bubble & Squeak with Chips & Ketchup - Baked Jacket with Grated Cheese - Peas & Baked Beans - Apple & Parsnip Cake

Diary Dates


  • Friday 9th - Billy's Band
  • Friday 16th - Inset Day
  • Monday 19th - Friday 23rd - Half Term


  • Monday 18th - Friday 22nd - Book Fair
  • Tuesday 19th - Infant Music Festival
  • Wednesday 20th - Parents Evening
  • Friday 29th - GOOD FRIDAY - School closed


  • Monday 1st - EASTER MONDAY - School closed
  • Tuesday 2nd - Friday 12th - EASTER HOLIDAYS
  • Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th - Y3 & Y4 Performance


  • Monday 6th - BANK HOLIDAY - School Closed
  • Monday 13th - Thursday 16th - KS2 SATS week
  • Monday 20th - Making the Band Day Y5/6
  • Monday 27th - BANK HOLIDAY - School Closed
  • Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st - May Half Term


  • Monday 3rd - INSET DAY
  • Monday 10th - Friday 14th - Phonics Screening Test Week
  • Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th - Swimming Lessons at West Leigh Junior School


  • Wednesday 10th - Friday 12th - Danbury Residential trip
  • Friday 19th - Last Day of Term