porters grange weekly newsletter week ending 15th September 2023


This week we have welcomed all our new starters and have started to build some friendships. We are learning about our new environment and all the rules and routines. We have been busy using the sand, drawing, painting and working hard to share. We have started to enjoy our ‘love of reading’ book this half term which is ‘The Whales on the bus’.

Year 1

We have continued to set the expectations for behaviour and lesson choices this week. We are very proud of their excellent start to their year 1 journey.

In English, we have been looking at letter families, focusing on the ‘curly caterpillar’ letters. The children have been learning how to write the days of the week, short dates and titles, as well as using a ruler to underline.

In maths, the children have been writing numbers as words from 1-10. Also, we have been identifying ‘one more’ than a given number.

The children have loved our read aloud books – ‘Oi Cat’, ‘Oi Dog’ and ‘Oi Frog’. They were very good at identifying the rhyming words within the text.

REMINDERS: Please ensure reading books come into school every day.

PE kits must be in school. It is important the children learn how to change independently.

No water bottles please. The children have their own assigned cups in class, that are named and cleaned after every use.

Year 2

In year 2 we have been continuing our work on place value in maths. In English we have been thinking of lots of different adjectives to describe animals. We have started our foundation subjects this week and have learned about materials in Science and the differences between a village, town and city in Geography.

REMINDER: Don’t forget to bring in your reading books every day and read at home.

We do PE on Tuesday and all children need to have their PE kits in school.

Year 3

Year 4

This week year four have been learning about place value to 1000. We have used different methods and have shown great success! We also had a very fun lesson experimenting with clay. We made clay coils and eventually made some practise clay pots. In PE Orca class started to learn about how to play golf and Porpoise class started learning about tag rugby.

Year 5

This week, as a class we have been writing a poem. We have revisited similes and relative clauses. Next week, we will be writing our own poems about planets.

In Science, we found out interesting facts about planets and had a class quiz!

REMINDER: Please ensure home school diaries are brought in every day.

Year 6

This week, we have been reading and writing numbers to one million in maths. In English, we have been exploring a poem called ‘The Thistle’ and using the literary techniques to create our own poems about a setting in Sherlock Holmes. We have learned the scientific symbols to accurately draw a range of circuits in our science lessons.

REMINDER: Please continue enjoying listening to your child read and discussing their books with them. It is important they read books that they love.

All PE kits must be in school every Wednesday and Friday.


Year 2 have been enjoying learning about Autumn in French. Year 4 have been describing themselves with adjectives, and year 5 have become adept at using bi-lingual dictionaries in French.


Instrumental Lessons

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

  • Tuesday am; Drums
  • Wednesday am: Keyboard and Flute
  • Wednesday am: Guitar

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.

*** White Polo Shirts needed ***

If you have any white polo shirts or short sleeved white shirts in good clean condition that your children have grown out of could you consider donating them to the school.

Thank you


Attendance Awards

This week in celebration assembly Mrs Morris proudly introduced our best in the key stage attendance awards for the highest attendance in year 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. Lobster class and Swordfish received a cup to display in class and Shell class received Attendance Ted to display in class as recognition of there classes having the highest attendance last week. The children really enjoyed being recognised for their efforts. Unfortunately there were no classes that were achieved an attendance reward activity, as all year groups had attendance below 96%. We can’t wait until Monday to hear which classes have achieved a reward for their attendance this week

Week 2 Whole School Attendance

The term had a slow start with attendance gradually improving 81% to 90% across the course of the week. These are still lower than expected figures as our target has remained 96%.

If you would like any support or advice on attendance or punctuality, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Mrs S. Wyer, Attendance Administrator or Mrs D Morris using the email attendance@pgps.porticoacademytrust.co.uk

Dinner Menu

Week 1

Monday - Ham & Pineapple Pizza - Margherita Pizza - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans - Sweetcorn - Chocolate Rice Krispie Cake

Tuesday - Beef Bolognaise with Spaghetti - Vegan Bolognaise with Spaghetti - Jacket Potato with Cheese - Peas - Spiced Carrot Sponge

Wednesday - Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes & Gravy - Macaroni & Cheese - Jacket Potato with Baked Beans or Cheese - Seasonal Greens - Vanilla Ice Cream

Thursday - Chicken Fajita Wrap - Vegetable Pasanda with Rice - Pasta with Roasted Tomato & Basil Sauce - Steamed Carrots - Maryland Cookie

Friday - Breaded Fish Fingers - Vegetable & Bean Chimichangas - Pasta with Cheese Sauce - Chips & Baked Beans - Chocolate & Courgette Sponge

Diary Dates


  • Wednesday 20th - Year 2-6 Harvest Assembly
  • Wednesday 27th - Yom Kippur visitor Assembly


  • Friday 13th - Individual photos
  • Monday 16th - Friday 20th - Book Fair
  • Tuesday 17th - Parents Evening
  • Wednesday 18th - Parents Evening
  • Monday 23rd - Friday 27th - October Half Term
  • Monday 30th - INSET Day