porters grange weekly newsletter week ending 10th september 2021

Welcome back


Welcome back to Nursery to all our existing Nursery children/Parent/carers who have returned to Nursery this week. We have had a fun week playing together and building our friendships again. We have also welcomed some new children to stay and play sessions. We know this will be a fantastic year.

REMINDERS: Please remember to arrive on time in the morning/afternoon for the start and end of session.

Am- 8.45- 3.15

Pm- 12.15-3.15

Year 1

This week the children met the adults working in Pebbles and Shells. These are Mrs Morris, Mrs Caplan , Mrs Martin, Mrs Aldridge, Mrs Miserlisoy, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Tricker. They have settled into year one, learning how to use the different areas of the classroom and were introduced to the music room to have their weekly lesson. We heard the children read and gave them their reading books to take home.

REMINDER: Please ensure your child brings their reading book in every day.PE will be on a Wednesday. We are collecting kits ready to start after half term.

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2, the children have settled in well and have had a productive week. This week we have begun our topic on Southend, our local area. We have been counting in tens in our maths lessons. Thank you to all of the children who are bringing their reading books every day.

REMINDER: Please remember to bring in a water bottle every day. PE is on Tuesday, PE kits need to be in school. Reading books should be in every day.

Year 3

Year 3 have had a great first week back. They have settled in well and have already got stuck into learning all about our history topic of the Stone Age. In maths we have been exploring place value, in science we have been investigating light and in P.E we have been building our teamwork skills.

REMINDER: Please ensure that PE kits are back in school. We have PE on Tuesday and Friday.

Year 4

Year 4 have had a great first week! All the children have worked extremely hard and we are very impressed. We have started to learn about our new topic for this term which is the Anglo Saxons. Well done to the children who have read every day at home!

REMINDER: Please ensure that PE kits are back in school. We have PE on a Monday and Wednesday.

Year 5

It’s been a great start to Year 5 in Swordfish and Seaturtle classes. This week we have revisited place value and comparing numbers in maths and have been planning and writing our own verse for the poem Dragon Song, using personification. In History we have investigated timelines and in PE we are trying to improve our stamina and speed.


  • PE is on Monday and Thursday – please ensure your child has a PE kit, including trainers or plimsolls.
  • Reading at home as often as possible is very important and reading records should be brought to school daily.
  • Please bring a refillable water bottle in for use in class.

Year 6

We have had a wonderful return to school, with lots of imagination flowing in English – where year 6 tackled poetry. We created our own versions of personification and metaphor poetry using an owl as a guide! In maths, we have been reading and writing large numbers and consolidating our understanding of place value. We started our town planning unit in geography and felt the flow of electrical circuits in science.


  • PE – Thursday and Friday. Please ensure you have a suitable kit.
  • Swimming – Friday’s for Stingray (until half term) a letter will be sent about this.
  • Please read at home every night (20 minutes is the most beneficial!)


This week year 6 have made a great start to the topic of football in French; year 2 are looking at the topic of Autumn, and year 3 are learning about objects in the classroom.


This week year 1 have been introduced to the violin, and have joined in with singing and dancing in the outside area; year 4 have started a topic based around the song Mamma Mia; and year 6 have begun a module on Mars from the Planets suite by Holst.

Instrumental lessons:

  • Keyboard and Flute – Wed am;
  • Drums Wed pm;
  • Guitar Thurs pm.

Lessons for this term will begin next week fees are now due.

We still have spaces for guitar lessons – contact me for more information.

Dinner Menu

Week 3

Monday - Chickpea & vegetable curry with rice - Homemade vegan burger with baked sweet potato - Pasta with tomato & vegetable sauce - broccoli florets - Carrot & apple flapjack

Tuesday - Spaghetti bolognese - Carrot & pea risotto - Jacket potato with baked beans, cheese or bolognese - Carrot & peas - Lemon Drizzle cake

Wednesday - Roast Turkey with Roast potatoes & gravy - Lentil & bean vegan loaf with roast potatoes & gravy - Wholewheat pasta with cheese & leek sauce - Green cabbage & roasted carrots - Banana & sultana cake with custard

Thursday - Creamy chicken & vegetable with pasta - Margarita pizza with potato salad - Jacket potato with baked beans or cheese - sweetcorn - Chilled rice pudding with berry compote

Friday - Fish finger with oven baked chips - Vegetable & lentil croquettes with oven baked chips - Pasta with lentil & bean sauce - baked beans & garden peas - Chocolate & raisin shortbead

Diary Dates


  • Wednesday 15th - Yr 5 & 6 Southchurch High Assembly
  • Friday 17th - Stingray class swimming
  • Wednesday 29th - Yr 3 swimming


  • Friday 1st - Porpoise swimming
  • Stingray swimming
  • Wednesday 6th - Yr 3 swimming
  • Friday 8th - Flu Immunisations
  • Stringray swimming
  • Wednesday 13th - Yr 3 swimming
  • Friday 15th - Individual photos
  • Porpoise swimming
  • Stingray swimming
  • Wednesday 20th - Yr 3 swimming
  • Parent Consultation evening
  • Thursday 21st - Parent Consultation evening
  • Friday 22nd - Porpoise swimming
  • Stingray swimming
  • Monday 25th - Friday 29th - HALF TERM