Infant Music Festival

On Thursday 28th March, we took a group of Year 2 children to the Infant Music Festival which was held at the Freight House in Rochford. This year’s theme was ‘People’ and we had great fun singing about a variety of people including our families, friends and even a firefighter and the Music Man.

The special song for us was ‘My Mum’, which we accompanied with bells and chime bars.

Our songs on stage were ‘We’re Detectives’ and ‘My Teacher’. The children sang out clearly, with expression and enjoyment.

They were all stars and we are very proud of all the children involved.

Red Nose Day

On 15th March Porters Grange celebrated Red Nose Day in style!

On the lead up to Red Nose Day with the help of some Year 5 pupils, the rest of the school generously bought hundreds of Red Noses to donate to this fantastic cause. The actual day saw everyone turning up to school in their best red clothes and once again the children had a blast raising a substantial amount of money. Altogether the staff and children of Porters Grange managed to raise an amazing £454.30 – A massive thank you to all of you who helped to achieve this. You are all amazing!

Reception Learn to Ride

What a fabulous time the children had during our ‘Learn to Ride’ week. All children enjoyed 3 sessions using balance and then pedal bikes with the Southend Learn to Ride instructors. The children amazed us with their commitment and drive to learning a new skill, with the majority completing the week riding a pedal bike without stabilisers. The team were so impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and behaviour that they have asked us to encourage parents to bring their children along to the free ‘Learn to Ride’ family sessions at weekends and during school holidays. These take place at Garons Park. Well done children!

Book week

When we returned from February half term we celebrated Book Week. Lots of fun activities were held to celebrate books and the joy of reading. Each class chose a book and all their English lessons for the week were based around this. The teachers swapped classes and read books to different children, we launched the FRED reading programme, held a second hand book sale and each class decorated their classroom door. Prizes were awarded for the winning classes who had the best decorated door. Well done to Nursery and Sea Turtle.


In Book Week we launched the FRED (Fathers Reading Every Day) programme to a group of nursery and EYFS parents. This involved the parents reading with their children every day for four weeks. They were encouraged to talk to their children about the books they were reading and the library was opened after school on Tuesdays for parents and children to choose books. On Wednesday 27th March we held our celebration event for the end of the four week programme. All participants were awarded a certificate and a book of stories at this event. The feedback from parents/carers was amazing.

‘Fred taught me to be more dedicated to my fatherly responsibilities not only in reading but in all areas of child development’

‘As a stepfather, it has also improved our bond, thanks’

Thank you to all the parents who were involved. It was lovely to see you all working with your children.

Snakes Alive visit Year 3

On Friday 29th March, Year 3 had some very special visitors arrive at Porters Grange… Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive a local company which specialises in reptiles and amphibians, brought in a number of unique and fascinating creatures for the children to interact with. Children and adults embraced their fears and held many creatures – including a massive spider. The highlight of the visit was probably when all of the children were given the opportunity to hold a 5 foot long boa constrictor. Although it looked a little scary it was perfectly well behaved. The visit really helped to support the children with their learning about rainforests and the session was followed up with further topic work back in class.

Portico Spelling Bee

During the Spring term the teachers in Year 3 through to Year 6 were on the lookout for the best spellers in their class. These children then took part in the Porters Grange Spelling Bee competition to find the best speller in each year group. It was a very close competition! Some of the contests even reached a tie break situation with a sudden death shoot out to find the winner!

These children then went on to the final of the Portico Spelling Bee, competing against children from Hamstel juniors, Friars and West Leigh. The competition was really close with the overall winners coming from Hamstel and West Leigh. Our children excelled themselves on the day and were a credit to the school.

Southend Diving Scout

This term Southend diving club, based at Garons, visited Year 2 and 3 to identify potential diving talent. The children were asked to participate in a number of activities involving stretching and balancing. The children participated with great enthusiasm and impressed the coaches and their teachers with their skills. Twenty children have been selected to go through to the next phase of the selection process.

Gemma's Farm visit Early Years

The children in Nursery and Reception had a visit from Gemma’s Farm. Gemma set up in our Early Years’ garden and the children were fascinated with the wide variety of animals! Some of the animals were very noisy, especially the chicks! We enjoyed grooming the ponies, stroking the ferrets and rabbits and holding the chicks, ducks and hens. We have been writing about our day and talking about our favourite animals.

KS2 Portico Football Tournament

On Wednesday 3rd April, the Year 5 and 6 football team participated in a Portico Academy Football Tournament at Hamstel Junior School. Despite the rain, the children managed to play with smiles on their faces and tried their hardest to represent Porters Grange in a positive way. The team worked exceptionally well together and showed great teamwork and passing ability. We managed to win three matches, draw one and lost one which meant we finished joint first – a great achievement for the school. Overall, the day was a great success and the children were a credit to the school. A big thank you and well done to all those involved.

Show Racism the Red Card

This term a number of children entered a competition organised by the group Show Racism the Red Card. We are very pleased and proud to announce that Joshua in Year 6 won in the creative writing category. As a result of winning Joshua has been invited to a special awards ceremony at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City’s football stadium, after the Easter break. There will be lots of entertainment at the event and we believe that Joshua will be presented with a shirt from his favourite football club – Arsenal. A huge well done to Joshua. We hope that you have a super time in Manchester!

Year 4 visit Colchester Zoo

On Friday 29th March 2019, Porpoise and Orca classes in Year Four had a fun filled day at Colchester Zoo. While they were there, the children saw lots of interesting animals. Across the term everyone learnt about Africa and this visit was a great opportunity to see African animals in real life. The children saw elephants, rhinos, zebra, ostriches, cheetahs, giraffes and many more animals!

In the middle of the day, the classes queued up to feed the giraffes. There was only one giraffe to feed and it enjoyed its lettuce! The children were surprised at how long the giraffe’s tongue was. At the end of their visit, the children took home a goody bag to remember their exciting day.

Dates for the diary

  • Tuesday 23rd April - Return to school
  • Thursday 25th April - Year 3 Fire Safety
  • Monday 6th May - Bank Holiday Monday - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Monday 13th - Friday 17th May - SATS week
  • Monday 20th - Reception Hyde Hall visit
  • Friday 24th May - INSET DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED

School dinner

Week 1

  • Monday - Chicken paella, vegetable paella, pitta bread, pepper and carrot batons, yoghurt or fruit
  • Tuesday - Hot dogs, vegetarian sausages, wedges and corn on the cob, yoghurt or fruit
  • Wednesday - Tuna salad, cheese salad, coleslaw, pancakes with fruit or yoghurt
  • Thursday - Cheese and tomato pasta bake, salad and garlic bread, yoghurt or fruit
  • Friday - Fish cakes, vegetarian fingers, mini waffles and peas, Arctic roll or fruit

Week 2

  • Monday - Chicken curry, Quorn curry, rice and chapati, ice cream or fruit
  • Tuesday - Cheese and onion pasty, peas and sweetcorn and salad, yoghurt or fruit
  • Wednesday - Breaded turkey burger, vegetarian burger, chips and salad, yoghurt or fruit
  • Thursday - Meatballs, vegetarian balls, pasta and garlic bread, jelly and squirt cream or fruit
  • Friday - Breaded fish fingers, vegetarian fingers, potato croquettes and baked beans, yoghurt or fruit.

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