Welcome to Primary News

It has been a busy week in Primary with a CIS accreditation visit, introductions from Kitti Kovacs, our school psychologist, to every class and a trip in Year 4. There was plenty of time for lots of lovely learning in class too.

Class News

Y5 Thames have been representing life cycles with plasticine models. Please see the gallery for pictures.

Y6 Trent have created their own 3D shape display from the nets they carefully measured and made.

Y3 Stour have been learning about African masks in their topic ‘ Being International’. Their art lesson also linked to their English unit ‘Stories from African culture’. We read the Awongalema and the Baobab tree.

Some children in Year 5 have been practising Maths rounding and bridging 2-3 digit numbers. Please see the gallery for pictures.

In Year 2 the children have continued to learn about measurement, this week focusing on weight. They predicted how many cubes an object would weigh, before testing their prediction using scales. This was an exciting lead in before learning about the difference between grams and kilograms.

This week in topic Year 1 explored the five senses by going outdoors. We listened to the sounds around us and collected different items from nature to touch, smell, and look at. We also discussed things we could taste!

Y3 Tamar have been learning about shapes this week. They used mirrors to find lines of symmetry and went on a treasure hunt around the classroom, finding shapes with right angles.

Key Dates

International Day Volunteers

On Friday 18th October, we will be holding our annual International Day Celebrations. There will be performances in the auditorium from 8.50 for Years 1,2,3 and 9.40 from Years 4,5,6. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend if they can as it does make it more special for our children to perform for their mums and dads!

A day of internationally themed activities will follow activities and hopefully a food fair, but we need your help for this!

It is lovely to have parents involved to prepare food for our children to taste from all the countries we have represented at Britannica. To help you link up with your countrymen to start planning if you would like to be involved, please click this link and we will help you link up.

Parents’ Afternoon

Parents’ Afternoon will run from 1pm on Thursday 10th October and you will have recievd a letter with details of what this event entails this week. Please also look out for the sign-up sheet for your child’s class teacher in the weekly communication this week. Specialist sign-ups will be a paper up on the reception notice board from Monday.

Poetry Week

Next week is Poetry Week where there will be lots of events, including No Pens Day on Wednesday some performance poetry in assembly on Friday. Parents are welcome to come along and join in the fun!

Children should also come to school for the week with a ‘poem in their pocket’ and be ready to read it at any time!

Parent Portal

Thank you to everyone who has been registering and logging on to explore the Parent Portal. Already I can see that many of you have downloaded the Parent Handbook and the Assembly and Assessment Timetables.

Also popular has been the guide to the marking symbols and codes used at Britannica.

You can find the Marking Symbols and Meanings by following this pathway:

School Information – Document and Files – Policies – Marking Symbols and Meanings

As always, if you find any information missing or unclear, do either let me or your class representative know so we can continually improve what we communicate and do.

Fun Run: Budapest Marathon

We are looking forward to the Budapest Marathon family fun run: the Erste Maratonka 2.3km race tomorrow on 28th September 2019. I will be running with Eve and I know that many Britannica families will be involved in the fun, so I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Class Representatives

It is lovely to hear that many parent reps have contacted their class parents and some have even arranged outings with the class families. Please see the gallery for a lovely activity organised by one of our Year 2 class representatives. It really does make our community come together when we play together outside of school too!

Welcome to Sara Spivey

As Year 4 Tees parents are already aware, Mrs Durbridge had to leave at the start of this year due to ill health. We were very sad to say goodbye to Mrs Durbridge and wish her a speedy recovery with family back in the UK.

On Monday, we welcome Ms Sara Spivey as the new Year 4 Tees class teacher. With a wealth of experience both internationally and in the UK, Ms Spivey is an excellent addition to the Lower Key Stage 2 team. I hope you join me in welcoming her on Monday as she is very excited to join us!

Student Council

The Student Councillors have been selected over the last couple of weeks. They have a very important job of making the student voice heard and make changes to our school that matter to our children. They gather opinions, concerns and ideas from their classmates and pass them along in their meetings. These are then discussed with the Primary Leadership Team and actioned.


This week, assembly was with 6 Tyne on Growth Mindset. We also had our introduction to our Student Councillors and reminders about Poetry week next week and the Fun Run on Saturday.

Many congratulations to all of our stars of the week - you can find their pictures and reasons for receiving them in the display in reception.

Congratulations also for those children who appeared in the Merit Book – please feel free to flick through the golden pages; the book is stored outside the Primary Office and parents are encouraged to take a look – it does make your children proud!

Star of the Week

Concerns and Queries

This is a reminder to parents that if you have any concerns or worries, please contact your child’s teacher. You can find all email addresses under the teacher’s picture on the school website: https://britannicaschool.hu/staff

The Key Stage Coordinators are also very lovely and willing to help. You can contact them here:

KS1 Coordinator - Rosie Wolland: r.wolland@britannicaschool.hu

LKS2 Coordinator - Justyna Bilski: j.bilski@britannicaschool.hu

UKS2 Coordinator - Ryan Phillips: r.phillips@britannicaschool.hu

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your families,

Marie Moreton

Head of Primary