Happy Half Term!

What a week! It was a short half term but everyone has earned a rest!

  • Our rounders team (see photo above) made us very proud in a local tournament. They are are through to the Chelmsford finals and if they win again they could enter the County stage of the tournament!
  • Year 5&6 children returned from our residential trip, tired but buzzing from a week of adventure. See some photos here.
  • Children have been publishing their best writing for display and wow, it is impressive stuff. Read this extract, from David in Year 2…In a sandy, blustery desert grows a weird and scary plant. It is gloomy and slimy. It was so terrible and frightening. How does it grow? What shiny spikes it has! Suddenly a powerful, purple bird popped out of the plant and it was bright and beautiful. Unexpectedly, the creature flapped its wings so fast that made a sandstorm…
  • Children have been working very hard to improve in all areas of learning and prove to themselves what they can achieve when they put their mind to it.. Check out this handwriting from Mason in Year 3 and compare it to his efforts from just a month before.

Back to it in June! Let’s see how much learning and achievement we can squeeze into the final weeks of the school year!

Mr Poyton

Word of the Week Challenge: vigilant

This week’s word is an adjective that means being careful and watching for possible danger or difficulties.


For example: The lifeguard at the swimming pool had to be very vigilant as they watched the swimmers.

Well done to Year 6 for the teamwork, positivity and resilience they showed during ‘SATS week’. These assessment activities are an opportunity for children to show what they have learnt and if they have just tried their very best, give themselves the confidence to start secondary school in September. They did themselves, their families and the school extremely proud.

Year 6’s perseverance inspired me to share the following poem in assembly. Thanks to the Year 6 girls who read it out…

Don’t Quit -by Edgar Albert Guest

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit – rest if you must, but don’t you quit. 

Life is strange with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about when he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow – you may succeed with another blow.

Often the struggler has given up when he might have captured the victor’s cup;
and he learned too late when the night came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out – the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and when you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar;
so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit – it’s when things seem worst, you must not quit. 

Word of the Week Challenge: jubilant

Our latest whole school word of the week is…


This is an adjective that mean feeling or expressing great happiness and triumph. For example… Many jubilant pupils shouted with joy when the house team winner was announced.

Can you use jubilantcorrectly in a sentence this week, perhaps in a comment below…?

Of course, we can’t feel jubilant all the time. In today’s KS2 assembly we talked about ‘mental health’. It’s very normal to feel worried, sad or angry. Life can be challenging and we need resilience. Dealing with negative emotions like fear or anger doesn’t necessarily mean we have a problem with our mental health. Our feelings are what make us human! But is is important to talk through our emotions with a trusted adult so we can understand our thoughts and feelings and they don’t stay in our head for too long or make it difficult for us to live our lives. Asking for help and talking helps us have good mental health, as will exercise, sleep, a good diet and even having fun!

We watched the 3rd and 4th videos on this Newsround webpage in case you want to watch again with family and discuss at home:

Mr Poyton