porters grange weekly newsletter week ending 15TH march 2024

Comic Relief

Thank you to everyone for your donations to Comic Relief. The children enjoyed their non-uniform day, shared some fantastic jokes and even got to laugh at the expense of some teachers having a race on some very small bikes!

Diary Dates

Book Fair - all next week after school!


  • Monday 18th - Friday 22nd - Book Fair
  • Tuesday 19th - Infant Music Festival
  • Parents Evening
  • Starfish - Geography trip to seafront
  • Wednesday 20th - Parents Evening
  • Thursday 21st - Lobster - Geography trip to seafront
  • Monday 25th - School Nurse Drop in sessions at 8.40am & 3.00pm
  • Thursday 28th - Octopus Trip to The British Museum
  • 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
  • Wednesday 5th - Drumming Workshop
  • Monday 10th - Friday 14th - Phonics Screening Test Week
  • Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th - Swimming Lessons at West Leigh Junior School


  • Friday 5th - Year 6 Transition Day
  • Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th - Art and D&T Festival
  • Tuesday 9th July - Open Evening
  • Wednesday 10th - Friday 12th - Danbury Residential trip
  • Friday 19th - Last Day of Term

Book Fair

Monday 18th to Friday 22nd March

Next week we have the Scholastic Book Fair visiting! On Monday to Friday, straight after school in the North Hall, the fair will be available to browse and purchase new reads. Every purchase enables us to buy new books for our library! You can pay either by cash or online via QR link. The fair will be open during both parents' evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday . Alongside the fair, we will sell 2nd hand books that have been withdrawn from our library - 10 books for £1 come a grab a bargain!

See you there!


This week we have been enjoying finding out about different animals using lots of different sources including books and the internet. We have learnt some facts about them and so have our teachers! We have also visited the music room and investigated lots of different instruments which we really enjoyed.

REMINDERS: If you have any books about animals you share at home, we would love to read them to the class. Please bring them in to Nursery.


This week we have had fun learning about Ramanan and Eid. We have been learning about hydration and why we need to drink water. We have been learning how to compose a sentence saying out loud what we want to write, segmenting the sounds and writing the correct letter to match the sounds. In maths we have been learning the different ways to make 10 also known as number bonds. E.g. 4 + 6 and 9 +1.

REMINDER: Please read at home at least 3 times a week and sign the reading journal.

Year 1

The children have been writing instructions and using time conjunctions and bossy verbs to make their instructions clear.

In maths, they have been practising ‘partitioning’ where they separate a number into tens and ones.

As part of their geography lessons, we have been looking at the four countries of the United Kingdom; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and how to correctly identify them on a map.

REMINDER: All reading books must be in school every day. Children read with different adults each week and we cannot track progress without their books or reading records.

Year 2

In English, we had a blast making our sentences more interesting with adjectives and adverbs. We also created detailed fact files about selected animals and transformed them into captivating Top Trump cards. In maths we measured things! We used rulers to see how long things are, learning to measure in metres and centimetres. In history, we continued our exploration of dinosaurs. We matched dinosaurs to their fossil counterparts.

REMINDER: Please remember your child’s PE kit on Tuesdays and to enjoy nightly reading sessions with your child.

Year 3

This week in English we have been writing up our own stories based on the book ‘The Water Princess’. We have modified and embellished the details to make it our own and focused on improving our language focusing closely on conjunctions and adjectives. In maths we continue to explore fractions, focusing on equivalent fractions. We have also dived right in to learning our songs for our production for after Easter.

REMINDER: If your child has come home with some lines to learn, it would be very beneficial to let them practise reading them to you and anyone in the household, as the more they practise, the more confident they will be. Also get your child singing the songs, any practice would be greatly appreciated.

Year 4

In English, we have written our own stories about ancient Mayan gods based on the book ‘Rain Player’. We made it interesting to read by adding fronted adverbials eg After sunset and With a growl. In maths, we have started comparing and ordering fractions.

We are continuing to learn our songs for our Year 3 and 4 production next term and have started learning a dance too. We have cooked chipacitos (cheesey dough balls) and they were delicious!

REMINDER: Times table fact for this week:

9 and 7 climb a tree, 9 x 7 = 63

Year 5

This week, in English, we have been creating our own narratives and writing stories! We have focused on character development, setting description and adding jeopardy to our writing and wondering whether the heroes will escape. In science, we continued to look at different materials and their properties and in PSHE, we looked at stereotypes and how they can lead to prejudice if unchallenged.

REMINDER: Please remember a suitable PE kit for Monday and Friday.

Please strive to read for 20 minutes a night and record this in your home school diary.

Year 6

This week, Year 6 have begun to write a diary entry, based on the story ‘The Long Walk’, from the grandson’s point of view. In our history lessons they have continued to learn about the ancient Greeks and have considered the legacy they left. In PE, the children are developing their athletics skills and have been playing tag rugby.

REMINDER: Please have a PE kit in school on Wednesday and Friday.

Please read daily and write in your home school diary.


This week year one have started learning to identify and talk about some of the things in the sea; Year four have started a new topic on how they will spend the weekend; Year six have been describing their hair, eyes and interests in preparation for a few written paragraphs on the topic of themselves.


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 (those involved have been notified by letter)
  • 13th June Junior Music Fesitval - KS2 Choir

Online Safety

For children and young people, low-quality sleep can become a serious issue. It has been theorised that poor sleep can have a significant impact on children’s brain development, affecting them for the rest of their lives. A healthy – and consistent – sleeping pattern, therefore, is incredibly important for children and young people’s wellbeing.

With the stresses and distractions that can present themselves to youngsters, it can be tricky to ensure they’re in the best mindset to wind down in the evenings for the rejuvenating rest that they need. This can be the case when they are on digital devices before they go to sleep. The right approach, however, can give them a better chance of cultivating a healthy sleeping pattern. Our guide has some practical tips on helping them to achieve exactly that.

World Book Day - 7th March

We raised an amazing £414.17 in our last Scholastic Book Fair (autumn fair during parents evening week). We have spent it on lots of new reads based on the free World Book Day titles the children chose last week to continue their love of reading. This includes the following...more books from the DK Dinosaur Club, Marv Super Hero and Dread Wood series and the fun graphic novel collection Investor Gaters and lots more... These will join our Porters P.I.C.K collection. At Porters Grange we always strive to listen to what our children want to read so we look forward to sharing these new titles with your children when they arrive. We hope you support us in next week's book fair! Thank you for your continued support and commitment to your children's reading journey.

Mrs Bolter

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 always 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.



Well Done went to Swordfish and Orca classes for achieving the highest attendance this week in Key Stage 2. Seahorse Class had the highest attendance in Key Stage 1.

This week we had 320 children who achieved 100% attendance which is absolutely fabulous. Well done to all of those children for keeping that up, the more children that are in every day and on time the better their learning, the more progress they will make.

Aim to attend school 100% of every week.

Punctuality Week - 18th -22nd March

Punctuality Week is next week!

During punctuality week we will be having a focus on encouraging every child in school to be in, on time, every day.

Could your child be a Punctuality HERO?




On time

During celebration assembly next week the classes will celebrate those who have achieved 100% punctuality, very good punctuality and most improved punctuality, for classes and individual children.

  • Which class will have achieved 100% punctuality with no children late during the week?
  • Which children will achieve 100% punctuality with no late days in the week?
  • Which children will have the most improved punctuality, based on an improvement to previous weeks during this week?

Being here Is half the Battle.

Contact us

If you would like to talk to someone for support or advice on attendance or punctuality, please do not hesitate to contact the Attendance Team, Mrs S. Wyer, Attendance Administrator or Mrs D Morris Assistant Principal and Senior Leader for Attendance, you can pop in to the school office to request a chat face to face, alternatively you call the school or drop an email to attendance@pgps.porticoacademytrust.co.ukwe here and we are always happy to help!

From the first day of term to the last, the small moments in a school day make a real difference to your child.

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