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In Nursery we successfully hatched eggs in an incubator.  We have named the three chicks Daisy, Northy and Arna.  The children have been very excited to see them in their lovely big cage and watching them as they grow bigger in Nursery.  The children really enjoyed having the opportunity to hold them.

With the warmer weather on its way (hopefully), we are all looking forward to spending a lot more time together outdoors.


The children have come back to school refreshed after a well deserved Easter break. We loved hearing stories about all the fantastic things they got up to over the holidays and we are glad the children enjoyed the time off.

This half term we are really focusing on our writing, and we have already written an Easter recap and a letter to the King. We spent a morning learning about St George, and about why he is the Patron Saint of England, we got to decorate flags and even practised Morris Dancing!

In our PSHE lessons we have been focusing on friendships and how it is important to be kind to everyone.

We are very lucky to be a part of the 'Canvey Island Levelling Up Project.' Through this scheme we have expert PE teachers from The Deanes School coming in to teach PE every Thursday morning. The children have had their first session and they absolutely loved it. We encourage you to keep reading at home with your child and any extra work at home really does help!


Year 1 have made a fantastic start to the summer term and have already enjoyed many wonderful experiences. We kicked off our new topic ‘Mad about Minibeasts’ with a circus day (linked to the film ‘Bugs Life’).

Children thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the circus and the different acts that they might see there. They even got to have a go at practising some of the activities themselves.

We were then very lucky to have a visit from Eden Oasis. They came to show us some real-life insects that we were able touch and hold. Eden also shared with us lots of interesting facts about the insects. Some of the animals we saw were dung beetles, spiny stick insects, hissing cockroach and an African land snail. Year 1 had a brilliant time and were all very brave!

This half term, Year 1 are looking forward to practising their picnic dance and be able to perform it to their parents. We will also be using our art and DT skills to create a minibeast hotel and clay insect models.


Year 2 had an exciting start to the new term. We visited the Forest School area to discover that it had been trespassed by some visitors! We used the clues that they left behind to identify who the culprits were. We quickly worked out that farm animals had been to our school. We had lots of questions and our topic “Let’s Get Muddy” is now focused on learning about farm animals and where food comes from. We are looking forward to our trip to Boydells Farm on Wednesday 10th May.

Following on from this, we learnt that farms produce a lot of food and drink that we eat every day. “Farmer Fred” held a pop-up farm shop and children were able visit the shop and buy different farm foods and drinks, including honey, jam, juice, sourdough bread and many more.

In PE, we are busy learning our dance routine for the picnic. Our music revolves around animal kingdoms, and we are looking forward to performing at the end of half term.

In RE, we are learning about the importance of community and belonging. We are exploring Islam and understand what a mosque is.

In Science, we are learning about living things and their habitats. We have been discussing the world and local habitats, and the animals you would find in these locations. We also used the Forest School area to identify types of micro habitats and then create our own version of a ‘Bug Hotel’ for the insects to live in.


This half term in Year 3, we have had some exciting learning opportunities. We really enjoyed practising our cooking skills by creating some yummy apple and cinnamon cupcakes, alongside a tasty smoothie.

We also had a great time at Forest School and enjoyed spending some time outside. We made beautiful fairy wings and survival bracelets and had a fun time in our parent/carer sessions toasting marshmallows and playing games.

We have also been enjoying learning our picnic dance, and we are looking forward to sharing the performance with our grown-ups!


Year 4 have begun their swimming lessons at waterside and are enjoying their new found water confidence. Those children not swimming have started a project on climate change and the effect that humans are having on our planet. We will begin to look at the ways in which we can help to save our beautiful Earth.

We have enjoyed taking part in netball led by Miss Graham and choreographing some dance steps for our picnic dance ready for our king themed picnic.

Our new science and Combined units have started well, and we have some very exciting lessons planned for the children.

We are lucky enough to have some student teachers working with us this half term, the children have been working hard and enjoying having some fresh faces in our year group.

We are looking forward to forest school sessions with our grown-ups and hope that they love Forest School as much as we do.


Welcome back Year 5, we hope you had a wonderful Easter! The children have settled in well after a well deserved break. We have had lots of exciting things happening since being back at school.

In science, we have been conducting an experiment on the best conditions in which to grow broad beans, we can't wait to find out which pot will be most successful. We have also been looking and exploring the parts of a flower and were able to dissect them to create detailed diagrams.

The children were very excited to take part in both football and table tennis trials this week. They showed off their skills and are looking forward to finding out who has made it into the squads.

All of year 5, including the adults, are looking forward to our upcoming trip to Colchester Zoo on Tuesday 16th May. The children will need to be into school for 8:10am as we have an early coach. Just a reminder, the children will need to bring a packed lunch in a named carrier bag so it can be disposed of after they have eaten.

We look forward to seeing you at our Forest School and Reading Café/Book Swap sessions!


Since returning from the Easter break, Year 6 had the opportunity to explore skills involved in cricket whilst trying out for the festival team. The children actively encouraged each other and demonstrated improved teamwork and sportsmanship.

Additionally, they have really enjoyed classifying living things in science.

All Year 6 children will receive a letter and email inviting them to have breakfast at school during SATs week (week commencing 9th May 2023) - we are really looking forward to spending this time with the children and fuelling them in readiness to achieve their potential which they have all worked incredibly hard towards.

The residential trip is also fast approaching, so can we please ask for all appropriate slips to be returned as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

Well done Year 6, a great start  to the summer term!


What an incredible range of clubs our children participate in!  They looked amazing in their uniforms and kits and we loved hearing about their achievements and seeing all their certificates, medals and trophies.  Remember that they can collect Children’s University hours for all the clubs they attend in and out of school.



Tue 2nd May                Y5 Forest School

Tue 2nd May                Y1 Reading Café/Book Swap

Wed 3rd May               YR Clubs

Wed 3rd May               Y4 Forest School

Wed 3rd May               Y3 Reading Café/Book Swap

Thurs 4th May - School closed (Remote Learning YR-Y5) except for Year 6

Fri 5th May                   Street Party (Red,White,Blue clothes)

Mon 8th May                BANK HOLIDAY

Tue 9th May                 Y6 SATs week

Wed 10th May             Y2 Boydells Farm

Wed 10th May             YR Clubs (Last session)

Mon 15th May              Y4 Swimming

Mon 15th May              Y5 Reading Café/Book Swap

Tue 16th May               Y5 Colchester Zoo

Tue 16th May               Y4 Forest School Parent/Carer session

Tue 16th May               Y6 Reading Café/Book Swap

Wed 17th May             Hi 5 Netball Competition

Wed 17th May             YR Forest School

Thur 18th May             Y5 Forest School Parent/Carer session

Thur 18th May             YR Reading Café/Book Swap

Mon 22nd May             Y4 Swimming

Mon 22nd May             Class photos

Tue 23rd May              Nursery photos

Wed 24th May             YR Forest School

Fri 26th May                 Assembly + Family picnic

Mon 29th May – School Closed Bank Holiday

Tue 30TH May – Fri 2rd June Half Term

Busy Bears Open Tuesday – Friday 07.15-6pm Book spaces 

Mon 5th June               Y6 Residential trip

Mon 5th June               Y4 Swimming

Thur 8th June              9:30-10.30 Y3 Sports

                                      1:30-2.30 Y4 Sports

Fri    9th June             9.30-10.30 Y5 Sports

Mon 12th June            YR Call of the Wild trip

Mon 12th June            Y4 Swimming

Tue 13th June             Choir at the Cliffs

Wed 14th June            Year 3 to Sealife Centre

Mon 19th June            9.30-10.30 Y2 Sports

                                   1.30-2.30   Y1 Sports

Mon 19th June            Y4 Swimming

Thur 22nd June           Y6 Careers Fair

Fri 23rd June – School Closed Training Day

Mon 26th June – School Closed Training Day

Tue 27th June             Music Concert

Wed 28th June            Summer Fair

Thur 29th June            9:30 – 10:30 YR Sports

Thur 29th June            1:30-2.30 Y6 Sports


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

The school will be closed on Monday 8th May as this is an additional bank holiday to commemorate the Kings Coronation.

The school will again be closed for polling on Thursday 4th May.  On this day we will move to on-line learning for children in Reception to Year 5.  Work will be set on Purple Mash at the beginning of the week for the children to complete on Thursday 4th May.

There will be a limited number of places available at Busy Bears.

As this enforced closure is so close to their SATs, Year 6 will attend school as usual.  They will remain in the Year 6 block at the back of the school well away from where the public go to vote.

Busy Bears (chargeable) will open for holiday club, but places will be very limited.  Please book in early.


The school will be closed for training on:

  • Fri 23rd June
  • Mon 26th June
  • Fri 21st July

(Busy Bears Open as usual)