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JUNE (2)


We are delighted to congratulate Emma Lane for being awarded an MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours recently published.

The award is recognition of over 30 years of inspirational leadership in the education, care and development of children on Canvey Island.

As a teacher, headteacher and CEO of the Northwick Park Multi Academy Trust, which includes Northwick Park, Leigh Beck Infants and William Read schools, Emma has dedicated herself to helping children for decades and has now been made a Member of the British Empire in the King’s Birthday Honours List.

We are all very proud of Emma’s achievements and typically Emma herself has been the first to recognise that this award, her success, and that of the schools would not have been possible without the contribution, help and support of her colleagues, the parents, and carers and of course all the children.

Well done Emma and thank you.

The School Governors, Members and Trustees of Northwick Park Multi Academy Trust.


We have been busy learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.  Watching the process first hand has been a real learning opportunity for the children in Reception. We finally got to release our butterflies and we now spend lots of time trying to spot them around the outside areas.

Last week we were visited by the Royal Mail who explained how a letter, or a package can travel to any part of the world.  The children enjoyed meeting ‘Lennie the Letter’ and ‘Penny the Parcel’.

We have enjoyed training for our sports day which we hope will be re-scheduled very soon.


Year 1 have had a lovely summer term. We thoroughly enjoyed performing in our summer assembly, showing our parents all our hard work and singing ability.  The Year 1 teachers were incredibly proud!

In combined studies, Year 1 have been learning about castles. We have looked at the different types of castles, from Motte and Bailey to the stone-built structures we still see now. Year 1 have also looked at famous castles in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We are very excited to be going to Mountfitchet Castle to experience what life was like to live in one.

This term, children were also able to compete in sports day! All children tried incredibly hard and showed great sportsmanship. We particularly enjoyed watching the Mum and Dads race.


This half term, Year 2 have been learning about plants through a range of different subjects. In Science, we now know what plants need to grow and enjoyed planting cress, bulbs and broad beans. The children have been busy monitoring the progress of the plants.

In Art, we painted common flowers using watercolours and we look forward to sharing our paintings at Open Evening. We also created our own artificial flowerpots with clay.

The children had a fantastic time on Sports Day, and we are very proud how the children took part in the races and tried their best. They are looking forward to taking part in the inter-school sports competition where we will be working in teams with children from other schools.


This half term has been so much fun! We enjoyed our school trip to the Sealife Adventure in Southend as part of our ‘Sunny Southend’ topic. As part of the trip, we had the chance to explore the centre and see a range of amazing sea life animals. We also had lunch on Southend beach where we also carried out our fieldwork, including a sketch of the view and a fantastic scavenger hunt. What an adventure! 

In PE this half term, we have been looking at cricket and learning the rules of the game. We have had a chance to be bowlers, fielders and batters and have enjoyed these positions.

During art we have been looking at the famous artist Vincent Van Gough and in particular, his creation ‘The Starry Night’. We have begun our own recreations of the painting using a range of mediums to create a stippling effect. They are beginning to look really effective.

We are looking forward to meeting our new teachers soon and getting ready for Year 4. 


Year 4 had an exciting day of Geography; they used ordinance survey maps and atlases to measure straight line distances from Essex to other places in the UK. 

In science we have been investing bubbles, finding out the best bubble mixture we could make, including glycerine to make our bubbles even bigger. During our unit of money in maths we enjoyed buying food in our maths café, to practise finding totals and giving change.


Year 5 have had a very busy few weeks; we started this month with our music day where we celebrated a song by Vaughn Williams - the lark ascending. We had the opportunity to play a musical instrument, write a poem and create a birds-eye view of our school pond.

During our topic this half term, we have been looking at what it takes to sustain our environment by being 'Eco Warriors'. We have explored different food groups and how food is processed in order to make it safe and palatable.

We have also taken our knowledge of being eco warriors into our English lessons where we have been exploring deforestation and the impact it is having on our ecosystem. As a result of researching both 'for' and 'against' views, we created a balanced argument sharing both why it is essential but also detrimental.

Each Year 5 class have had the opportunity to venture out onto the roads with a safety specialist and learnt the correct 'Green Cross Code' in order to cross the road safely. They also researched and planned the safest route when they are walking about their local area alone or with friends.

We are all excited for our upcoming visits to both Cornelius Vermuyden on Monday 10th July and Castle View on Wednesday 12th July.


What a busy month June has been for Year 6! The children have been rehearsing, creating props and learning their lines/ cues for the very exciting, fast-approaching performance! We have also been enjoying our new topic of Ancient Greeks in History and are widening our knowledge of electricity in science.

Thank you to all the adults who were able to join us for Forest School parent sessions - the children were so excited to share their experience with you.

We are also looking forward to sharing Sports Day, Cinderella Rockerfella and Leaver’s assembly with you all in the next few weeks! Busy, busy, busy!


Monday the 19th of June was whole school art day. Our focus was 3D recycling and children created using egg boxes, newspapers and scrap paper. All children took part; nursery created egg box bees, Year 5 created their favourite animals from our Colchester Zoo visit and Year 6 created mythical creatures. A fabulous day was had by all, although the cleaners didn’t agree!


Mrs Painter produced one of her yummy breakfast spreads to thank the girls and their coaches for their commitment to training this year – especially on those cold winter mornings!


Thursday the 22nd of June, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Clare took a group of Year 5 children to ECL, the learning hub for adults with additional needs, to take part in craft activities. It was to celebrate not only arts week, but disability week. The manager, Jean Pierre, explained the aim of the centre; enabling adults with learning disabilities to achieve goals. The children had a lovely morning creating nature art pictures, then playing crazy golf and games with the adults they met. A most enjoyable morning was had by all.


In recognition of the time given to practice their routines and the many performances they have done this year; our cheerleaders enjoyed an end of year tea.  Well done girls, you have represented the school wonderfully on so many occasions.


What a wonderful evening!  We were treated to performances by our Year 2 and Year 6 choirs, our instrumental soloists and two duets.  Well done to everyone.  Thank you, parents/carers, for supporting your child with their music.  I am sure you are as proud of your children as we are.


We had our annual Career Fair.  Nearly 30 different careers were represented including plumbing, hairdressing, solicitors, teaching, and an artist, to name a few.  The children (and adults) thoroughly enjoyed talking to our visitors and participating in a range of activities.  A huge thank you to everyone who gave up their time to showcase their jobs to Year 6.


Thank you for all your donations and then coming and spending your money!  Over £1,200 was raised.  It will be used to purchase additional Forest School resources for all of the children to enjoy.


A group of enthusiastic gardeners planted several plant containers with a variety of summer flower plants; some very strong Year 5 children then delivered them to the residents of Sweetbriar Lodge for their community garden.  They left the residents with instructions on watering and caring for the plants!


Mon 3rd July               Y4 Swimming

Mon 3rd July               Sports Taster Day

Tue 4th July                Canvey Sports am

Tue 4th July                Canvey Awards at Cornelius

Tue 4th July                Y1 Mountfitchet trip

Wed 5th July               Swimming Gala pm

Wed 5th July               Y6 Residential trip celebration evening

Wed 5th July               2D Summer games at Deanes

Thur 6th July               YR Intake meeting – Nursery

Fri 7th July                   YR-Y5 visiting new classes

Mon 10th July             Y5 Taster Day – Cornelius

Mon 10th July             Pre-school open day

Mon 10th July             Y4 Swimming

Mon 10th July             YR-Y5 Reports go home

Mon 10th July              Y2 Sports Festival at Northwick

Tue 11th July               9:30 Reception Sports

Tue 11th July              3:10 – 6:00 Open evening

Wed 12th July            Y6 Afternoon performance

Wed 12th July            Y5 Taster Day – Castle View

Thur 13th July            Y6 Evening performance

Fri 14th July                Youth Board Sports Summer  Festival

Fri 14th July                 9:30 Y6 Sports

Fri 14th July                Y6 Reports go home

Mon 17th July             Nursery Sports

Mon 17th July             Parent Consultations pm

Mon 17th July             Big Blue Birthday Bash – wear blue  day

Tue 18th July              Parent Consultations pm

Tue 18th July              Y6 Leavers Disco and bbq

Tue 18th July              Nursery and Pre-school close

Wed 19th July            Nursery Intake meeting

Wed 19th July              Parent Consultations pm

Thur 20th July            1:30 Y6 Leavers Assembly



            The last day of the summer term for children is Thursday 20th July.

Monday 4th September – School re-opens for children in Y1 – Y6.

Monday 11th September – Nursery and Reception children start.

Advance notice - the school will be closed for training on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December.