porters grange weekly newsletter week ending 19TH JANUARY 2024

Coat Donations

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


We have had a fun time at nursery this week. Our new starters have had their full first week and have done extremely well settling into nursery class. Well done to all our older children for helping them and inviting them into their play. We have enjoyed lots of outdoor play, wrapping up and keeping warm. We have enjoyed looking at the effects of the very cold weather in the garden.

REMINDERS: Please remember no water bottles are to be brought into nursery, water and milk is provided. Also please remember to name all of your children’s uniform and bags.


This week we have enjoyed learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We have heard different versions of the story and retold the story using role play and acting. In our phonics lessons we have started to record our writing using handwriting books learning how to form our letters correctly. In Maths we have been learning to represent 1 more and 1 less and identify patterns in counting 1 more and 1 less. We have been learning the meaning of new words such as ‘tower’ and ‘fig’. Maybe you can spot some towers when you are out and about.

REMINDERS: Please remember to complete the dental audit questions sent out via ParentPay. Please ensure your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the cold weather.

Year 1

This week we have been learning about how to write a familiar report. We found out facts about frogs, birds and bears then wrote the information down. We have also introduced maths jotters and we have been learning to write each digit in a square. For Geography, we have been looking at the seven continents and which oceans they are surrounded by.

REMINDER: Please make sure you use the SeeSaw app to keep up to date with the home learning activities. Please write a note of how your child has read at home in their reading records.

Year 2

In English, we let our imaginations soar as we wrote our very own stories, inspired by “The Princess and the Pea.” We got to share our stories with the class. We started learning about money in maths, counting pence and pounds. During History we looked at a map of London back in 1666 and compared it to today’s map. We identified landmarks such as the River Thames, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Pudding Lane.

REMINDER: While reading with your child at home every night, please remember to log it in their home school diary. Please ensure your child has a suitable PE kit in school ready for them on a Tuesday.

Year 3

This week in maths we have been tackling multiplying two digits by one digit. In English we have been finishing our poems from last week and trying out shape poems. Geography has led us into discussions about the weather (a very British topic!) and the difference between weather and climate and in art we have begun our collages in response to Henri Rousseau’s painting ‘Tropical Birds and Flying Things’.

REMINDER: Please provide your child with a PE kit – we are not outside at the moment, however long training trousers in blue or black are acceptable to wear. Trainers should be supplied.

Year 4

In English, children have been enhancing their poetry skills by using descriptive vocabulary in their expanded noun phrases. In maths, children continue to multiply one and two digit numbers by 100. We have begun investigating states of matter in science and exploring all their properties. In Art, children are learning the technical skills needed to draw faces and create portraits. They have begun to use their knowledge of shading to create contrast and depth in their drawings.

REMINDER: Please remind your children to read every day for 10-15 minutes. With the weather becoming colder, please ensure your children are wearing warm coats and jumpers to school.

Year 5

This week in history, we have been learning about the process of mummification. We went back in time to Ancient Egypt and learnt about the gory steps to mummify a dead body!

In English, we have written our own reports about Biomes. We ensured that we included all of the features and explained about biomes in detail.

REMINDER: Please ensure that your child logs in to Times Table Rockstars weekly.

Year 6

This week we have been forming and solving algebraic equations in maths. In English, we have enjoyed writing our own Greek myth as a class. In computing, we have created different variables for our games and in science, we have learned how to classify animals into groups.

REMINDER: Please remember to practice the key skills at home: Times Table Rockstars, spellings and reading for at least 15-20 minutes.


Music Clubs

  • Tuesday 12.00: Choir
  • 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
  • Tuesday am: Guitar
  • Wednesday am: Keyboard
  • Wednesday am: Guitar

Future Events

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

Healthy Schools

Online Safety

Smartphone Safety Tips

According to Ofcom, 69% of under-18s use a smartphone as their main method of going online. Additionally, 49% of children use them for online gaming – putting smartphones only behind consoles (59%) as the device of choice for playing games on. Most people won’t require such statistical evidence, however, to acknowledge the huge importance of phones to young people.

Given that Santa’s recent visit is likely to have bestowed smartphones on an even greater number of young people, it’s a particularly opportune moment to ensure that children are able to use their handsets responsibly – and, above all, safely. From passcodes to parental controls, and from screen time to scams, This guide has the essential advice.

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.



This week, Porpoise and Stingray classes enjoy displaying the class cup and Shell Class get to display Attendance Ted in their class for having the highest attendance across each key stage. We are improving but there still were no classes that were high enough to hit our school target. The school’s attendance target is 96%. Keep trying everyone!

There are 462 children in our school and of those 332 came to school every day, 100% for the week. Well done to all those children. Keep it up, the more children that are in every day and on time the better their learning, the better their progress

Attend every day! Achieve tomorrow

Reporting absences

Parents don’t forget, it is your responsibility to let the school know if your child is going to be absent from school by telephoning the school 01702468047 (option 1) on the morning of absence or emailing to give the message. Please provide your child's name, class and reason for absence. Please also keep us updated if the absence continues into the following day.

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. So we are reminding you to 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.

Please make a point of getting in contact, ask to speak to your child’s class teacher or one of us, make call or email. A member of staff from school will always get back to you as soon as we can.

Please direct your email related attendance queries to: attendance@pgps.porticoacademytrust.co.uk We are here to help!

School Keeps You Safe, Educates You, And Prepares You For Your Future. Don’t Miss Out!

Dinner Menu

Week 1

Monday - Beef Bolognaise with Spaghetti - Vegan Bolognaise with Spaghetti- Baked Jacket with Grated Cheese - Peas & Broccoli - Maryland Cookie.

Tuesday - Ham & Cheese Pizza with Baked Wedges - Margherita Pizza with Baked Wedges - Pasta & Tomato Sauce - Carrots & Sweetcorn - Apple Crumble & Custard

Wednesday - Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy - Vegan Vegetable Biryani - Baked Jacket with Baked Beans - Seasonal Greens & Cauliflower - Cherry Cornflake Cake

Thursday - Chilli Con Carne with Steamed Rice - Vegan Bean Chilli with Steamed Rice - Pasta & Tomato Sauce - Broccoli & Carrots - Chocolate & Pear Sponge

Friday - Breaded Fish Fingers with Chips & ketchup - Vegan Goujons with Chips & Ketchup - Baked Jacket with Grated Cheese - Peas & Baked Beans - Banana Flapjack

Diary Dates


  • 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


  • Monday 6th - BANK HOLIDAY - School Closed
  • Monday 13th - Thursday 16th - KS2 SATS week
  • Monday 27th - BANK HOLIDAY - School Closed
  • Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st - May Half Term


  • Monday 3rd - INSET DAY
  • Monday 10th - Friday 14th - Phoncis 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


The Art Group is held at The Hub in Cluny Square. They now run an Intermediates session for those ages 8- 14 years on a Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. The Friday session is now an Art group for those aged 8 – 11 (junior school) from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.