Friars Weekly Newsletter friday 15th march 2024

Coming up in this edition of the newsletter...

  • World Book Day door winner
  • Red Nose Day
  • A reminder about Learning Conversation evenings
  • Dog fouling outside
  • National Online Safety website - please do sign up - see the Online Safety section
  • Football reports

It's Friday! What a quick week it has been.

On Monday, I met the School Council to decide the winners of the World Book Day door competition. We walked the school, looking at each door before holding a democratic vote. I am pleased to share that our winners were...

Early Years: Nursery
KS1: Year 2
LKS2: 4S
UKS2: 4S
Highly Commended: Year 3

Our winners have received £50 to spend on books for their classrooms.

Today it was Red Nose Day. By lunchtime, Mrs. Andrews had counted up £164.73 of donated money as well a 1/4 dollar and a plastic penny! We asked the children to bring a joke in to tell. We have had some crackers. Here are some that have filled my inbox already...

Owls: Why did the baker have brown hands? Because he kneaded a poo!

Owls: What is a witch’s favourite subject in school? Spelling !

2G: What is orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot! (Sonny)

2G: Why did the lion not eat the clown? Because it tastes funny! (Ethan)

2G: What does lightning do in the mornings? Put on his THUNDERpants! (Gracie)

2G: Why did Micky and Minnie cross the road? To get to the North Pole. (Albie)

2G: Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it’s fried chicken. (Eddie)

2G: Why was the penguin’s head so cold? Because it was wearing an ice-cap! (Sienna)

2G: Why did the banana go to the doctors? Because he wasn’t peeling very well. (Molly)

2G: What do you call a fish with no eyes? FSH

2G: Why did the banana wear pyjamas? Because it was bananas in pyjamas! (Bessie)

2G: What’s a penguin’s favourite movie? Frozen! (Albert)

2G: Why did the pig oink? Because he was a pig. (Anna)

2G: What do astronauts eat out of? A satellite dish! (Ollie)

2G: Why did the chicken cross the road? To get some eggs. (Theo)

2G: What is a camel with no humps? A horse! (Jamie)

2G: Why are chickens so funny? BeCAUUUUUSE! (The end of because said like a squawk) (Kenza)

2G: How does the octopus laugh? Ten-tickles! (Anna-Leigh)

2G How do you talk to a giant? Use big words! (Ralph)

2G: Why do monkeys cross the road? To get to Monkey Business! (Thomas)

2G: Why do cats not like trees? Because of the bark! (Lexi)

2G: What kind of monkey can fly? A hot air baboon. (Oscar)

2G: What did the sea say to the sand? Nothing, just gave a little wave! (Ozzy)

2S: What do storm clouds wear under their clothes? Thunderwear! (Zac)

3B: Why do ducks have feathers? To cover their Butt Quacks!!!!!! (Mya)

4D: What's green on the inside and yellow on the outside? A cucumber dressed as a banana. (Isabel)

4S: What did the ocean say to the sand? Nothing – it just waved (Beth)

5A: I’ve made up a song about a tortilla…it’s more of a wrap actually.

5A: Knock Knock…who’s there?....Kim….Kim who?... Kim ‘ere and give me kiss!

5A: A ghost teacher said to the students, “Copy these sentences off the board, while I go through it again”

5BW: One day I saw a penguin walking down the street. I decided to take it to the police station. At the police station, the police officer said that I should take the penguin to the zoo. The next day, I was walking down the street with the penguin when I saw the same police officer. The police officer said, 'I thought I told you to take the penguin to the zoo?' I replied, 'I did, but today he wants to go to the cinema.' (Kendrick)

Miss Goodwin: What did the police officer say to the belly button? You're under a vest!

Next week, we have our Learning Conversation Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure you book by the end of Monday if you haven't already, as the booking system will close.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Mr. McClay, Principal

Dog Fouling

We have had recent reports of increasing amounts of dog mess near to the school. We have made contact with the council about this and we hope that some action will be taken.


Sorry, just another reminder about responsible parking around the school. Please can we not block driveways or park in the bus stop. Thank you.

Diary Dates


  • Tuesday 19th - School Nurse meeting Parents
  • Wednesday 20th - Learning Conversations
  • YMCA Songwriting for Yr 3/4
  • Thursday 21st - 2G Swimming
  • Learning Conversations
  • Friday 22nd - KS1 Girls' Football
  • Monday 25th - Nursery Maths Stay and Play
  • Tuesday 26th - Y1 Phonics Screening Information sessions at 9:00am and 2:20pm
  • Thursday 28th - 2G Swimming
  • Rhythm Connection Drumming
  • Friday 29th - GOOD FRIDAY


  • Monday 1st - EASTER MONDAY
  • Tuesday 2nd - Friday 12th - EASTER BREAK
  • Wednesday 17th - Tri Golf
  • Thursday 18th - 2G Swimming
  • Monday 22nd - Thursday 25th - Yr 6 Mock SATs Week
  • Tuesday 23rd - Y6 Isle of Wight meeting 3:15pm KS2 Hall
  • Wednesday 24th - Reception Height, Weight, Vision & Hearing check
  • KS1 TAG Rugby
  • Thursday 25th - Last Swimming for 2G
  • Tuesday 30th - Y5 Thriftwood Meeting 3:15pm KS2 Hall


  • Wednesday 1st - Yr 1 Education Visit to Wat Tyler Country Park
  • Monday 6th - BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY
  • Monday 13th - Thursday 16th - KS2 SATs Week
  • Friday 17th - National Numeracy Day
  • KS1 Quad Kids Athletics
  • Monday 20th - Friday 24th - Yr 6 Isle of Wight Residential
  • Wednesday 22nd - Nursery Sports Day
  • Thursday 23rd - Reception Sports Day
  • Friday 24th - Yr 5/6 Emerging Rounders
  • Monday 27th - BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY
  • Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st - May Half Term


  • Monday 3rd - INSET Day
  • Tuesday 4th - Friday 7th - Science Week
  • Wednesday 5th - Drumming Workshop
  • Thursday 6th - Reception Education Visit to Hyde Hall
  • Monday 10th - Friday 14th - Phonic Screening Week
  • Monday 10th - PTA Father's Day Sale (during school day) - Children can bring into school £1.50 per gift
  • Junior Music Festival
  • Tuesday 11th - PTA - Father's Day Sale (after school - KS1 and KS2 Gates)
  • KS2 Borough Sports
  • Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th - Yr 5 Thriftwood Residential
  • Monday 17th - Yr 3 Education Visit to Colchester Castle
  • Thursday 20th - Clean Air Day
  • Friday 21st - World Music Day
  • KS1 3 Tees Cricket
  • Wednesday 26th - KS1 Sports Day and Picnic
  • KS2 Picnic and Sports Day
  • Friday 28th - KS1 Borough Sports


  • Wednesday 3rd - Friday 5th - Art and D&T Festival at Friars
  • Wednesday 3rd - Parents Open Evening
  • Thursday 4th - KS1 & KS2 Mini Games
  • Friday 5th - Yr 6-7 Transition Day
  • Friday 12th - PTA Summer Fayre
  • Friday 19th - Last Day of Term
  • Monday 22nd - INSET DAY


  • Friday 16th February 2024
  • Monday 3rd June 2024
  • Monday 22nd July 2024
"I love seeing my friends at Friars" Year 1 child


It has been a very imaginative week in nursery. The children have shown an interest in puppets and puppet shows. A variety of puppets have been made, including princesses, dragons, cats and even a few ghosts. The children loved acting out little stories using these.

As always it was lovely seeing so many parents at the stay and plays. During our group sessions, we continue to learn a few phonemes and practise our counting. Those that are confident up to 10 are being encouraged to count beyond 10.

REMINDER: Please remember our final stay and play is Monday 25th March and will start with a maths focus.


We have had a creative week in reception. The children have enjoyed exploring our new junk modelling area and have made some impressive creations such as rockets, houses and even a Barbie! We have also continued our work on yucky worms. Some children have created their own worm posters, including diagrams and facts and we have also made our own worms. Also, thank you to all of our parents who have joined us for our stay and play sessions. The children were really excited to share their learning with you.

REMINDER: We are on the hunt for more junk modelling materials. If you have any clean boxes at home please could you bring them in. Many Thanks. (No bigger than a cereal box/no boxes from nut products please)

Year 1

This week the children have used bullet points to list the main events in our story, The Secret Sky Garden. In maths, we have been measuring length and height using cubes and rulers. Our science lesson focused on how our ears work and what sounds we can hear around the school.

Collins eBooks Logins

This week, your child will be coming home with a Collins eBook login. This is an online resource that we have purchased, where your child can access additional phonetically decodable books to read. There are a range of books allocated to your child, varying in difficulty. The purpose of these books, is to broaden your child’s reading experiences and provide them with the opportunity to choose books for themselves and enhance their reading for pleasure.

REMINDER: Miss Goodwin is holding a phonics workshop on Tuesday 26th March at 9am or 2:20pm in the KS1 hall. Please ensure that you attend one of these sessions to gather information in preparation for your child’s check which is held in June.

Year 2

Year 2 have been fascinated when learning about the Titanic this week. The children have learnt all about how this amazing ship was built and how different ‘classes’ had very different rooms and facilities to use in 1912. We all decided that we’d like to have travelled in 1st Class! Our research enabled the children to include lots of facts in their writing. In maths we have used our knowledge of number to solve length problems.

2S have enjoyed there outdoor learning and it will be 2G’s turn next week.

If your child did not pass the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1, there is an information session on Tuesday 26th March at 9.00am or 2.20pm in the Key Stage 1 hall. Please ensure that you attend one of these sessions to gather information about the resit your child will take in June.

Miss Goodwin

REMINDER: Please ensure that you book an appointment to attend one of our Parent Conversation Evenings:

Wednesday 20th March or Thursday 21st March

Year 3

In English we have continued to look at our story, ‘Escape From Pompeii.’ We created a story map and then rewrote the story in our own words, including some direct speech from the characters! During maths we looked at mass and capacity. We read scales, made equivalent mass equations, and made comparisons. In the afternoons during science, we investigated light and how it reflects off different surfaces. We started our additional PE this week and began with movement to music by looking at the soundtrack to Matilda and taking on some of the dance moves! We definitely have some budding dancers here in Year 3!

REMINDER: Parents consultations are on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March. Please ensure you book an appointment to come and have a chat about how your child is getting on.

Year 4

In English this week, the children wrote a recount about their trip to the Imperial War Museum. It was lovely to read them as they were able to tell the reader how they felt about the trip, what they enjoyed about it, what they learnt and maybe, if they really enjoyed it to get the opportunity to go back and visit the parts that they didn’t get to see, as our trip focused on the WWII exhibits.

In maths we continued with fractions, looking at mixed number and improper fractions. This is quite a hard concept and the children have worked hard to understand it.

In geography, the children had to identify and draw on a world map, the equator, the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. They then had to work out which countries around the globe these lines went through.

It was very exciting on Friday. Not only was it Red Nose Day but we had our first Year 4 P.E. lesson. We have started learning about the game of handball, which involves a lot of throwing and catching skills and working as part of a team.

Year 5

In English this week, the students wrote to the Director of Asda to explain the need to stop selling so many products that contain ‘dirty’ palm oil. They were very clear with their intentions and shared lots of facts about the damage non-sustainable palm oil does to the environment.

In maths, we completed our block on decimals, percentages and fractions. We then began a block about perimeter and area. We shared different methods for calculating the perimeter of a rectilinear shape and the children chose to use whichever they preferred and found the most efficient.

During RE, the children developed some questions that they will pose to our visitor from the Southend Mosque next Monday. We very much look forward to welcoming him to the school.

History saw us studying the symptoms of the plague. Many of us were very grossed out!

It was great to see so many children in non-uniform on Friday in support of Red Nose Day.

Year 6

This week, Year 6 have been extremely busy with mock SATs. We are proud of how the children approached these tests and the effort and perseverance they put in. In science we continued with our work on the circulatory system and in groups we made representations of blood samples that showed red and white blood cells, platelets and plasma. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and will never look at mini marshmallows and cereal hoops in the same way again.

We have ended the week with the children learning to play table tennis, which has been very popular.

"I can't believe we created our own games - I want to do this for my job" Year 6 child

Online Safety

Please do sign up to the National Online Safety website at So far, very few parents and carers have signed up.

Developing Healthy Sleep Patterns

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.

"It was great to win my event at the Borough Sports - I felt so proud" - Year 5 pupil

PE and Sport

This week our boy's football team played a great match against Blenheim. This followed last Friday’s girls match against Temple Sutton. The captains on the day have written their match reports. Thank you for all the positive support our teams have had from those spectating.

The Girls First League Game. Written by Poppy N.

Temple Sutton vs Friars Primary. Players: Poppy, Layla Z, Layla C, Alicia, Lottie, Jaimee-Rae, Kalessie, Gracie

At the end of the day, we made our way to the KS1 hall to get our Friars kits on and then (once we had found Miss Edwards) we walked with confidence out to the field. As we arrived, we were met by the stares of Temple Sutton. Parents and careers arrived, pupils from Friars came to cheer their friends on and teachers gathered for the start of our league. Stretches and warm-ups began, some Friars players took shots while others stretched, whereas Temple Sutton just stretched. Finally, our warm-up came to an end and we needed to know our starting line-up. Miss Edwards revealed our starting positions.

Both schools took their positions and captains faced off in a round of rock - paper - scissors to decide on which school would take on kick off. Luckily, as Friars’ captain, I won! Friars had kick off. The whistle started the game. The ball was kicked. Let the game begin…

The ball was played to me and I ran it down the line and took a shot - we missed but Friars carried on and no one would have guessed what would happen next. Temple Sutton’s goalkeeper kicked the ball which Friars rapidly collected; playing a cross to me and I drove home our first goal!

Friars cheered as I celebrated with my amazing teammates. Temple Sutton played from the middle of the pitch which got them to push up and level the score with a goal. Friars kept their heads up and restarted. The ball was passed to Gracie who made an incredible run and blasted in another Friars goal. The team hugged her; we were no longer tied!

Temple Sutton again, from the centre, managed to get to our GK and have a lovely shot that gave Temple Sutton their second goal. Friars were now annoyed, but that didn’t stop us. Just as the ball was kicked Alicia subbed on for Kalessie. The final pass was played and the whistle blew for half-time. Would anyone concede another goal? The second half would tell…

Our half time chat was short but important. Miss Edwards told us the football was ‘great’ but we needed to look up more, talk to each other and get the early pass off. As captain, I added that “we needed to play the ball towards Temple Sutton’s goal,” instead of the Friars’ goal - that was one of the reasons they were scoring. We could see in the corner of our eyes the opposition on the pitch, ready. Half-time was over. We kept our formation the same.

We had changed ends, but our confidence had not changed. Temple Sutton had the advantage of kick off and the whistle blew - the second half began. Temple Sutton started strongly but we quickly turned our attacking minds on; giving Temple Sutton a really difficult time. Not long after the beginning of the 2nd half Gracie was through on goal and took and scored with an excellent shot. Then another great goal from Gracie. The celebrating of the team was inspiring and showed great togetherness.

With a little lapse in concentration from us, Temple Sutton drew level with two more goals which brought us to 4-all. The competition was at its highest. Both schools wanted to win this game. Would we have what it takes? The middle may have been our good luck charm because with the pass to our captain, I made the run and smashed the ball into the bottom corner – we were in front again. Temple Sutton was furious. They wanted the win as much as Friars did. Temple Sutton took the ball from the middle, but Friars was quick to take possession of the ball. The ball was swiftly put through to Gracie, who rounded the keeper for another goal to Friars. The Friars team were jumping with joy, they were going to win this game - or so they thought. Yet again the ball was played from the restart and Temple Sutton made a run and, with lovely shot, they scored. Friars kept their heads up but they now knew their opposition could still win.

As the game restarted, I ran up the line with ease and, with a lovely cross, Layla skillfully volleyed it home to open her account with her first goal for Friars! The team cheered and the crowds applauded an amazing goal. It was the last few minutes and Temple Sutton pushed up hitting Alicia in the face as the defence stood strong. Gracie received the ball and fed me on the wing. In the dying moments of the game, I cut inside and shot. An eighth goal for Friars put the icing on the cake! The whistle blew with the final score 8-5 to Friars! The teams completed a wonderful game with three cheers and shook hands. The Friars squad went home happier than ever.

Friars Primary School v Blenheim. Written by Brayden.

On the 11th March, we played our first league game against Blenheim. We started the game by winning rock, paper, scissors and starting with the ball.

When the whistle was blown, Olly played the ball to Taylor and we got started. Ten minutes in, Tyler passed the ball to Brayden and kicked the ball down to Olly up front and we were through for a goal. Olly had a shot but narrowly missed the target. By half time we had fought hard and kept the score at a very even 0-0. We changed the team around for the second half and took off Tyler, Olly and put on Taylor, Bradley on the pitch.

They began the second half with the ball but we quickly overturned the play and won the ball. We were again through to score but again, we missed by an inch. We had some great possession but in a moment of lapse in concentration, we gave the ball away and they lobbed our defence, were through and scored. We were 1-0 down with minutes left. We played played well and had chances but we lost. Final score was 1-0.

REMINDER: Please help the children to remember to wear suitable kit on both days they have PE. Please ensure that earrings are able to be removed or kept at home on these days.

I've learnt so many new things but its different from normal school work because its 'life' things- Year 6 child

Outdoor Learning

2S have had a wonderful week learning about animals. Mr. Brady challenged the children to find evidence left by animals that live in our garden. They also looked under logs and rocks to find minibeasts. They were surprised to find animals such as slugs, spiders and millipedes. The children discussed whether they were carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. Although it was a very rainy week, the children really enjoyed their outdoor learning. We even finished the week at the beach! Thank you Mr. Brady!

REMINDERS: Next week 2G will be having outdoor learning. Please make sure your child comes dressed appropriately. They will spending Friday’s session at the beach so please ensure wellies are in a bag and your child has a waterproof coat.

Thank you!

Singing Assemblies

KS2 with Ms Taylor-Brown

This week's focus was movies featuring Queen songs on their soundtrack!

We came into an excerpt from Sing featuring one of my favourites- “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie.

I challenged the children to name films from pictures and we looked at the song choices made by the filmakers and why they may have been picked!

We then looked at a few films that featured characters overcoming adversity and Amelia in Year 6 suggested perhaps the song connecting them was “We are the champions” We then had a go at singing this one!

Year 6 tried really hard today and after a busy week of SATs practice, they definitely were my champions so won the trophy and the benches for next week!

We walked out to a favourite of Sophia in Year 3 - it got us all tapping and also featured in Iron Man 2!

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Dinner Menu

Week 3

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

Tuesday - Bacon & Mushroom Carbonara with Pasta - Vegan Lentil & Vegetable Curry with Steamed Rice - Pasta & Tomato sauce - Tuna Sweetcorn Baguette - Cheese Sandwich - Sweetcorn & Coleslaw - Carrot cake

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

Thursday - Cottage Pie Topped with Sweet Potato Mash - Vegan Chickpea & Spinach Korma with Steamed Rice - Pasta & Tomato Sauce - Chicken Mayonnaise Baguette - Ham Sandwich - Cauliflower & Carrots - Vanilla Ice Cream

Friday - Breaded Fish Fingers with Chips & Ketchup - Vegan Bubble & Squeak with Chips & Ketchup - Baked Jacket with Grated Cheese, Ham Salad Bloomer, Cheese Sandwich, Peas & Baked Beans, Apple Cake

Freshly Baked Bread - Courgette & Tomato or Wholemeal Bread.

OPAL Update

A bit of a rainy OPAL week this week and Miss Stuart had the great idea to relocate our loose parts so we don’t get so muddy when we play with them!

The sandpit is still very popular so is currently on a rota for two year groups per day.

Our next OPAL visit will be on 27th March so we are looking forward to sharing the progress we have made since our mentor’s last visit!


Celebration Assembly

The links for our Celebration Assemblies can be found below.

15th March 2024

8th March 2024

1st March 2024

9th February 2024


A very strong performance from 4D this week with an excellent 99%. It is a little while since we have seen a percentage of 99 or higher so Mrs. Halls decided to award 4D with… an extra break time to celebrate!

In Key Stage 1 with just over 97% it was a victory for 2G.

Well done 2G and 4D!

Oh… wow! Look at our team points now!

What a week it has been for Windsor who achieved a double win in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You can see what this has meant for the overall totals… now we have only three points separating first and second. Stormont and Stirling have also both closed the gap to Caernarfon over recent weeks.

Will our yellow team still be out in front by next Friday? Who knows?!!!


*Please note this club is not organised or delivered by the school.

Not so much a community event from me - but I am looking to arrange a careers event over the summer for our children to learn about different jobs and careers. If you would like to come and tell the children about your job or if you work for a company who might like to help out or have any connections through family and friends - please let me know! Drop me a line on

Music on Sea ensembles are a great way for students to learn to play an instrument as part of a group:

Harp Group - 4.15pm - 5.15pm Tuesday at the Southend Adult Community College. For Harp players of all abilities.

Primary Rock - 3.30pm - 5.00pm Fridays at Edwards Hall Primary School. For students in years 3 to 6 wishing to play as part of a band. Keyboard, guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, singers.

Southend Academy of Music - 10.00am - 12.00noon Saturdays at Porters Grange Primary School. For those aged 7+, beginners welcome. There is a junior orchestra, drumming/percussion group, keyboard group and guitar group.

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