porters grange weekly newsletter week ending 6th October 2023

Year 4 live author experience

On the 27th September Year Four ‘virtually’ met the successful author Maz Evans who created the thrilling God Squad series. It was very exciting to hear about how Maz brings her characters to life and to hear about where she gets her inspiration. The children were intrigued that it takes Maz approximately 12 months to write a story, from the rough draft to completion. Her useful tips and advice on story writing were inspiring for all our future authors. From journaling to doodling, Maz suggested to get recording all your creative ideas!


This week we have continued to enjoy lots of different activities connected to our book this half term which is ‘The whales on the bus’. We are trying so hard with the vocabulary from the book and are using it in our play. We have also enjoyed rhyme time everyday where we have started to learn a selection of rhymes and action songs.

REMINDERS: Please remember if your child is absent from a session, to inform the school. Thank you.


This week we have been learning to join in singing familiar nursery rhymes and counting songs. The children have been learning some traditional rhymes such as ‘Humpy Dumpty’ and ‘Incy Wincy spider’. The children have been learning to count in order and to show the correct number on their fingers by joining in with counting songs such as ‘1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive’ and ‘Five Currant Buns’. We have been playing lots of listening games and learning to follow instructions. We have enjoyed sorting and matching activities as part of our maths lessons.

REMINDER: Please send in a family photo if you have not done so yet for our home corner. Please check your child has their name in all their items of clothing including their coat.

Year 1

We have been learning all about oak trees through a wonderful, newly published, text called ‘The Oak Tree’ by Julia Donaldson. The children have been learning about the changes that happen to a tree when the seasons change.

We have also been learning to use a new maths model called the ‘part- whole model’. Two parts are added together to make a whole amount. Maybe your child can explain this to you.

REMINDER: Please make sure you read with your child on a daily basis and make a note about how they have read at home.

If your child completes any independent work like drawing trees, writing stories, making their own calculations, can you please encourage them to bring them in and show us!

Year 2

During English this week, the children crafted intricate story maps and wrote stories reminiscent of the book ‘Whatever Next’. Utilising their understanding of conjunctions, they expanded their sentences showcasing their growing language skills.

The students worked diligently on their maths abilities focusing on addition and subtraction.

Our history lessons began with an exploration of modern day and Victorian Southend. We talked about the differences and similarities, broadening our historical knowledge.

In PSHE, we talked about our feelings and how to feel better. We learned some helpful things to do when we’re not feeling great.

REMINDER: PE kits in school every Tuesday please. Children should be reading at home every night.

Year 3

This week in Year 3 we have been planning and writing our own stories. In maths we are working on addition and subtractions and in history we researched the most famous of stone age/bronze age monuments, Stonehenge.

REMINDER: Please remember PE kits need to be in school – we have PE Tuesday and Thursday. Practising spellings and times tables at home is so important, along with regular reading. Thank you for supporting us with this.

Year 4

This week the children have been using their knowledge of fronted adverbials and pronouns to write all about the collapse of the Roman Empire. They have used lots of technical vocabulary and historically accurate facts where possible. In science we have started learning about teeth which was very interesting! In PE Orca class have started learning how to use the skills of tag rugby. There have been some scrapes of knees but the children have really enjoyed it. In Porpoise class they have been learning how to play golf using a putter.

REMINDER: PE kits need to be in school. Reading diaries and books should be in every day please.

Year 5

This week in English, we have written our own flashback stories. We included direct speech, ambitious vocabulary and punctuation. It enabled us to use our imagination.

In science, we took a closer look at our solar system. We created posters about a planet of our choice and presented it to the class.

REMINDER: Please continue to read at home and record it in home school diaries. Spellings need to be practised at home too. They are tested every Friday.

Year 6

This week we have enjoyed an online careers session during our PSHE lesson, where we heard from people who have jobs that involve keeping others healthy and happy. In English, we have put our detective hats on and have been writing scenes of dialogue and narrative between Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr Watson. We have learned all about prime, square and cube numbers in maths.

REMINDER: Please keep enjoying listening to your child read and sharing their books with them at home. Please record this in home school diaries.


Thanks to all those who have completed their Rugby / French themed poster, and a big encouragement to complete this and hand it to Mr Morris for those who have not yet done so. Thank you!


Music Clubs

  • Tuesday: Music Making for year 1 and 2.
  • Thursday: 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
  • Wednesday am: Keyboard and Flute
  • Wednesday am: Guitar

My future, My Southend

As part of an initiative called My future, My Southend, children in Years 3 – 6 were able to take part in an online careers session. During the event, the children heard from three people whose jobs help keep others healthy and happy. These included: a nutritionist, a mental health pharmacy technician and an animal assisted therapist. It was fascinating hearing about what their jobs involved and the children asked some very insightful questions. Hopefully your child will be able to share what they learnt and what inspired them during the session.

Healthy Schools

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


Reporting Absence

If your child is absent for any reason, you should let us know by telephoning the school 01702468047 (option 1) on the morning of absence. Please provide your child's name, class and reason for absence. Please also keep us updated if the absence continues into the following day.

Contact us

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

Mrs S. Wyer, Attendance Administrator or Mrs D Morris Assistant Principal and Senior Leader For Attendance attendance@pgps.porticoacademytrust.co.uk

Website link: ATTENDANCE | portersgrange

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


  • Monday 9th - Author visit
  • Wednesday 11th - Panathalon 10 pin bowling
  • Yr 5/6 TAG rugby competition
  • Reception & Nursery reading workshop
  • Friday 13th - Individual photos
  • Monday 16th - Friday 20th - Book Fair
  • Tuesday 17th - Parents Evening
  • Wednesday 18th - Parents Evening
  • Swordfish visiting Southend Planetarium
  • Thursday 19th - Sea Turtle visiting Southend Planetarium
  • Monday 23rd - Friday 27th - October Half Term
  • Monday 30th - INSET Day


  • Friday 17th - Children In Need
  • Monday 20th - Year 5 & 6 visting the cinema


  • Wednesday 6th - Flu Immunisations
  • Tuesday 19th - Christmas dinner
  • Thursday 21st December - Wednesday 3rd January - Christmas break