porters grange weekly newsletter week ending 19th APRIL 2024

Diary Dates


  • Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th - Y3 & Y4 Performance


  • Monday 6th - BANK HOLIDAY - School Closed
  • Thursday 9th - SATs Meeting
  • Monday 13th - Thursday 16th - KS2 SATS week
  • Wednesday 15th - Nursery parents in for National Smiles Week
  • Monday 20th - Making the Band Day Y5/6
  • Thursday 23rd
  • Danbury Parent Meeting - 3.30pm
  • 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 - Healthy Eating Week
  • Tuesday 11th - KS2 Borough Sports
  • Tuesday 18th - Class Photos
  • Thursday 20th - Southend School Gotta Dance - Palace Theatre


  • Thursday 4th - KS2 Sports Afternoon at Southchurch Park
  • Friday 5th - Year 6 Transition Day
  • Wednesday 10th - Friday 12th - Danbury Residential trip
  • Friday 19th - Last Day of Term


We have had a wonderful first week back. We have been very lucky to welcome some new friends into nursery. All the children have been amazing helping their new friends with the rules and routines. We have enjoyed painting pictures of butterflies looking at their colours and pattern. We have also enjoyed our letter and sounds time where we have started to oral blend the sounds.

REMINDERS:Please continue to bring in any stories your child enjoys at home. They love sharing these with their friends at story time. Thank you


It has been great to see all the children after their Easter holidays. The children have been sharing their news about the Easter holidays and learning to ask each other questions. We have enjoyed drawing pictures about our Easter holidays and writing a sentence to match our pictures using our phonics to sound out the words. In Maths we have been learning about length and height identifying and ordering items and using use the words long, short, longer, shorter, tall, taller, tallest, longest, shortest. This week we started going to the music room for our music lessons, we had great fun exploring the different instruments.

REMINDER: Please read regularly at home and sign the school reading record. Please ensure this is in school everyday.

Please bare in mind the weather is very changeable and the children spend a lot of their time outside. Please dress your child accordingly

Year 1

Welcome back! We have been learning about adding the suffix ‘-ing’ to verbs. The children have acted out the actions and written the verbs down in sentences. Also, our new unit is about the story of Billy Goats Gruff. The children have seen the adults act the story out to immerse them in to what is yet to come!

We have been learning about weight in maths, using specific vocabulary ‘heavy’, ‘light, ‘heavier’, ‘lighter’ and ‘mass’. The children have compared mass and investigated mass that is equal to objects.

REMINDER: Please make sure you read with your child on a regular basis.

Also, please bring in your child’s P.E. kits. Your child has P.E. every Thursday.

Take note of the letter sent out regarding the Y1 school trip, it is to the Sea Life Centre on the 7th May.

Year 2

We had an exciting time reading the book “On Sudden Hill.” During our English lessons, we focused on identifying the inference and external features of the main characters. Additionally, we applied our learning by writing apology letters, using the features of a letter that we’ve been practicing.

In maths, we began our journey into fractions. We learned to recognize halves and understand equal and unequal parts. Our science lessons centered around identifying healthy and unhealthy foods. We predicted the amount of sugar in different items and learned more about what a balanced diet entails.

REMINDER: A friendly reminder to please send your child’s food diary back to school on Monday. Also, keep encouraging your child to read every day and record it in their reading log book.

Lastly, please ensure all PE kits are returned by Tuesday.

Year 3

This week we have continued to explore mass and capacity in maths. We have been looking at equivalent measures in kg and g and also comparing masses by using <, > or =. In English we have started reading a new narrative text ‘Voices in the park’ by Anthony Browne. We are exploring the characters this week in the build up to create our own.

REMINDER: Next week is our upcoming performance, please allow the children to read their lines to you and practice reading with emotion.

Year 4

Children have been settling back into school life this week. In English, we have begun reading the Brilliant book: The Day the Crayons quit. Children have been analysing the emotions behind the characters in this story and learning how expression in writing can have a real impact. In Art, children have been learning the skills applied in drawing the human figure. They have been using the visual alphabet as a base to mark out the human body, giving it shape and form.

REMINDER: Please ensure that your child is reading every day for at least 10-15 minutes. Please make sure that your child has a proper kit for PE lessons on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.

Year 5

In English, the children have read The Island by Armin Greder. We have had lots of discussions about why the stranger is on the island and if the islanders were right to seclude him. Next week, we will be retelling the story from the stranger’s point of view.

In geography, we have looked at why flooding occurs and the different types of floods.

REMINDER:Please make sure that the children are logging onto Times Table Rockstars weekly.

Year 6

During our first week back of the term, we have moved onto our shape unit in maths, learning about types of angles. In English, we have been enjoying the story of The Tin Forest and understanding the meaning behind it. In Art, we have used dip pens and ink to master different shading techniques such as hatching, cross-hatching and stippling.

REMINDER:The children will have a ‘mock’ SATs week next week in order to familiarise with how the real SATs week will look when it arrives on 13th May.


This week year two return to French by learning the language of playground activities; year three restart French learning the language of sensations and feelings (and hoping to hear soon from our linked school in France); year five restart French learning about shops and the names for them in French.


Music Clubs

  • Tuesday 12.00pm: Band
  • Thursday 3.30pm: Choir (Yrs 3,4,5,6).

Instrumental Lessons

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

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

Future Events

  • 13th June Junior Music Fesitval - KS2 Choir

Healthy Schools

Online Safety

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However, any safeguarding issues that the game might have can (with a little knowhow) be neutralised – allowing young players to have some engrossing fun without adults needing to worry about children’s data, their money or their mental wellbeing. Our guide outlines how to help young gamers enjoy Township safely and responsibly.

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.


Being here Is half the Battle.

Being ready for every day and getting in on time is the challenge you set yourself to achieve greatness!

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 speak face to face, alternatively you call the school or drop an email to attendance@pgps.porticoacademytrust.co.uk we 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 2

Monday - Pork Sausage with Mashed Potato & Gravy - Vegan Sausage with Mashed Potato & Gravy - Pasta & Tomato Sauce - Sweetcorn & Baked Beans - Chocolate Rice Crispie Cake

Tuesday - Chicken & Sweetcorn Pasta - Vegan Tomato & Mixed Bean Sauce with Fusilli - Baked Jacket with Grated Cheese - Carrots & Broccoli - Mandarin Jelly

Wednesday - Honey Roast Gammon with Roast Potatoes & Gravy - Sweet chilli Stir-fry Mushroom & Steamed Rice - Wholewheat Pasta & Tomato Sauce - Seasonal Greens & Peas - Vanilla Ice Cream

Thursday - Beef keema with Tumeric Rice - Vegan Layered Vegetable & Sweet Potato Bake - Baked Jacket with Baked Beans - Carrots & Sweetcorn - Apple & Carrot Flapjack

Friday - Breaded Fish Fingers with Chips & Ketchup - Vegan Fajita Wrap with Chips & Ketchup - Peas & Baked Beans - Lemon Drizzle Sponge